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  • SoCo: Sustainable agriculture and soil conservation

    The European Parliament has requested the European Commission to carry out a study on Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Conservation. Two Directorates of the EC are involved in this project: DG Agriculture and DG Joint Research Centre. The JRC participates in the project with two institutes: Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES: Land Management and Natural Hazards Unit and the Rural, ...


  • World’s future food security “in jeopardy” due to multiple challenges, report warns

    Mankind's future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new FAO report out today. Though very real and significant progress in reducing global hunger has been achieved over the past 30 years, "expanding food production and economic growth have often come at a heavy ...

  • Alternative agricultural practices combine productivity and soil health

    The progressive degradation of useful soils for agriculture and farm animal husbandry is a growing environmental and social problem, given that it endangers the food safety of an increasing world population. This fact prompted the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development – Neiker-Tecnalia – to design a series of research projects in order to evaluate alternative agricultural ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Artificial wetlands on farmland help to prevent soil loss and recapture agricultural by-products

    Small field wetlands are a simple and effective way to reduce soil erosion and nutrient pollution, recent research suggests. The authors adapted Norwegian designs for the UK environment and created a series of small rectangular lakes on the edges of agricultural fields. After three years, the wetlands had prevented tonnes of soil from leaving the land, and helped alleviate some of the nutrient ...

  • World Soil Day hails symbiotic role of pulses to boost sustainable agriculture

    Soil and pulses can make major contributions to the challenge of feeding the world's growing population and combating climate change, especially when deployed together, according to Soils and Pulses: Symbiosis for Life, a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization released on  ...

  • Agricultural Bacteria: Blowing in the Wind

    It was all too evident during the Dust Bowl what a disastrous impact wind can have on dry, unprotected topsoil. Now a new study has uncovered a less obvious, but still troubling, effect of wind: Not only can it carry away soil particles, but also the beneficial microbes that help build soil, detoxify contaminants, and recycle nutrients. Using a powerful DNA sequencing technique, called ...

  • Sustainable Agriculture to Promote Biodiversity

    • Biodiversity affects key ecosystem services, such as the primary production of food for humans and the rest of nature, plus the recycling of nutrients and water. • One hectare of land contains a lot of biodiversity in the soil – equivalent to the weight of one cow of bacteria, two sheep of protozoa, and four rabbits of soil animals such as earthworms. The INSPIA* project is ...

  • Grasslands: The future of sustainable agriculture

    Grassland: Quietness and Strength for a New American Agriculture was written to increase our awareness of the vital role grass and grassland plants have in ensuring a sustainable future for American agriculture. Published by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, the book's content is geared toward agriculturists, students, the ...

  • Diesel efficiency in agricultural production

    The topic of diesel efficiency has only become an increasing focus for farmers in recent decades, following earlier decades of concentrating above all on timely and high quality performance of work with modern agricultural machinery and equipment. The discussion on diesel efficiency, which is still topical today, was triggered not only by rising fuel costs, but also by the environmental policy ...

  • Eco-efficiency in agriculture

    Eco-efficiency in the simplest of terms is about achieving more with less—more agricultural outputs, in terms of quantity and quality, for less input of land, water, nutrients, energy, labor, or capital. The concept of eco-efficiency encompasses both the ecological and economic dimensions of sustainable agriculture. Social and institutional dimensions of sustainability, while not explicitly ...

  • Blue Sphere Announces US Agricultural and Dairy Farm Waste to Energy and High Value Soil Amendment Production Initiative

      Blue Sphere Corp. (OTCBB: BLSP) (the "Company" or "Blue Sphere"), a company in the Cleantech sector as an emission reduction and renewable energy project integrator, is pleased to announce that it has embarked on a campaign to implement dairy farm waste to energy and high-value soil amendment production projects across the United States. These projects will ...


    By Blue Sphere Corporation

  • Rediscovering sound soil management

    At the same time that demand for food is soaring along with the world’s population, the soil’s ability to sustain and enhance agricultural productivity is becoming increasingly diminished and unreliable. Fortunately, it’s not too late to restore our soil resources. What it will take, say the editors and contributors to a new book, Soil Management: Building a Stable Base for ...

  • Challenges in soil and water conservation

    Productive soils and clean water are essential elements for economic and social prosperity and environmental sustainability. Throughout history, civilizations have thrived or collapsed based on the availability of these vital resources. The lack of arable land and evidence of soil degradation have been identified as causes for the fall of many ancient civilizations, such as those in Mesopotamia, ...

  • Agriculture: the unlikely earth day hero

    Rising temperatures, erratic weather, population growth, and scarce water resources—along with growing civil unrest and skyrocketing food prices—are putting unprecedented stress on people and the planet. For over 40 years, Earth Day has served as a call to action, mobilizing individuals and organizations around the world to address these challenges. This year, Worldwatch ...


    By Praxilient

  • Agriculture: the unlikely earth day hero

    Rising temperatures, erratic weather, population growth, and scarce water resources - along with growing civil unrest and skyrocketing food prices - are putting unprecedented stress on people and the planet. For over 40 years, Earth Day has served as a call to action, mobilizing individuals and organizations around the world to address these challenges. This year, Worldwatch Institute's ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • New Holland Agriculture Associate Sponsor of World Sustainable Agriculture Congress

    New Holland Agriculture announced it will be Associate Sponsor of the World Sustainable Agriculture Congress, which will be held in Singapore on the 11th and 12th of July 2012. The conference will bring together the whole food value chain, including agribusiness and farming leaders, food manufacturers, NGOs, academics and policy makers to discuss the challenges and solutions needed to achieve ...


    By Marketwire

  • Congressional briefing: climate change and agriculture

    Event Wednesday June 16 on Climate Change and Agriculture: Food and Farming in a Changing Climate Experts to discuss climate change impacts and agricultural adaptation strategies.   What: Briefing on agricultural adaptation to climate change, featuring presentations from experts in the fields of agriculture, climate change, and economics.   ...

  • G8 pledges US$20bn for agriculture

    G8 leaders meeting in L’Aquila, Italy, unveiled a plan to commit US$20 billion of funding to the development of agriculture and said they would tackle persistent food shortages in developing countries. The three-year initiative will also help developing countries develop scientific research in agriculture; foster international collaborations and improve the dissemination of research. The leaders ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Report highlights conflict in agricultural research

    Efforts to increase food production are clashing with efforts to reduce agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions says a group of international scientists. Agricultural research to improve food security often depends on technology to increase yields and crop intensification -- resulting in greenhouse gas ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Adapting agricultural water to climate change

    This policy brief, published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), examines the relationship between climate change, water and food security and outlines potential adaptation strategies and policy priorities for developing countries. Agriculture in developing countries is already under pressure from growing populations, industrialisation and environmental degradation. Climate change is ...


    By SciDev.Net

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