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  • Agriculture`s greenhouse gas emissions on the rise

    New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and could increase an additional 30 percent by 2050, without greater efforts to reduce them. This is the first time that FAO has released its own global estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use ...

  • Use of residues from agriculture and forestry as energy source improves food security

    The sustainability of growing crops for use as energy sources has been disputed for many years. A potentially attractive alternative is to use waste and residues from agricultural and forestry. However, using waste and other residues may have an impact on land use, biodiversity and food security. The additional sources of income from the sale of waste and other residues could prompt an increase ...

  • General Mills Announces Plans to Reduce Emissions from Agriculture

    Food company General Mills announced this week that it would reduce its supply chain emissions to a target level by August 2015, and cited agriculture as the primary source of those emissions. The company said agriculture emissions “are the single largest source of emissions in our value chain. For this reason, we intend to focus our efforts on achieving agriculture emissions reductions and ...

  • Agricultural ammonia emissions could be reduced without affecting crop yield

    Ammonia released by nitrogen fertilisers in Spanish agriculture could be reduced by up to 82% with only a very minimal impact on crop yield, finds new research. This could be achieved by combining optimised management of manure with the use of non-urea synthetic fertilisers. Agriculture accounted for almost 94% of total European atmospheric emissions of ammonia in 2011. The main sources of these ...

  • 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

  • Gauging the impact of climate on U.S. agriculture

    Original story at MIT News To assess the likely impact of climate change on U.S. agriculture, researchers typically run a combination of climate and crop models that project how yields of maize, wheat, and other key crops will change over time. But the suite of models commonly used in these ...

  • 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

  • A new tool to assess nitrogen and phosphorus flow in agriculture

    MITERRA-EUROPE is a new tool that models the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus, among other key pollutants, used in agriculture across all 27 Member States at regional, country and EU-27 levels. It can be used to calculate the effects of different strategies to minimise excess pollution.  Many regions in the EU-27 use more nitrogen and phosphorus in agriculture than is required. The main sources ...

  • New initiative will reduce air pollution from agriculture

    Ammonia emissions into the air is a major threat to human health, causing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Atmospheric ammonia is also a significant source of acidification and excess nutrient loading, causing loss of biodiversity in many of the most vulnerable ecosystems. This calls for stronger action to reduce emissions. Ammonia or NH3 mainly comes from manure produced by ...

  • Walmart unveils global sustainable agriculture goals

    Walmart today launched its new global commitment to sustainable agriculture that will help small and medium sized farmers expand their businesses, get more income for their products, and reduce the environmental impact of farming. The initiative also seeks to strengthen local economies while providing customers around the world with long-term access to affordable, high-quality, fresh food. "More ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Livestock emissions: Still grossly underestimated?

    The environmental impact of the lifecycle and supply chain of animals raised for food has been vastly underestimated, and in fact accounts for at least half of all human-caused greenhouse gases (GHGs), according to Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, co-authors of 'Livestock and Climate Change' in the latest issue of World Watch magazine. A widely cited 2006 report by the United Nations Food and ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • New strategy aims to reduce agricultural ammonia

    As concerns about air pollution from large dairies and other concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) continue to mount, scientists are reporting a practice that could cut emissions of an exceptionally abundant agricultural gas—ammonia—by up to 30%. In the May-June 2011 issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality, a team led by Mark Powell, a soil scientist with the USDA ...

  • Breakthrough research to produce sustainable food and fuel sources in UAE desert ecosystem

    A biofuel research facility in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), is tackling the dual challenges of food and water security, while simultaneously providing a sustainable source of aviation fuel. CH2M, along with its clients - Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (Masdar Institute) and the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), is working together ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • UN climate emission strategy will Harm ASEAN economies

    Proposals before the UN to restrict land and forest access areas in developing countries in the name of climate change will have a detrimental effect upon economic growth in the region and do little to reduce emissions, according to Washington-based NGO World Growth. The pro-development NGO highlighted the release of new research that further halves emissions from deforestation, conclusively ...

  • Comparing N2O emissions from organic and mineral fertilisers

    A recent study compares the effects of organic, 'natural' fertilisers, such as compost, with mineral, synthetic fertilisers, such as urea, on N2O emissions from Mediterranean soil. It suggests that there is little difference between the fertilisers, but that pig slurry offers the best overall balance in terms of emissions and crop yield. Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a powerful greenhouse gas (GHG). ...

  • FAO Statistical Yearbook paints a big, and detailed, picture of food and agriculture

    The 2013 edition of FAO's Statistical Yearbook released today sheds new light on agriculture's contribution to global warming, trends in hunger and malnutrition and the state of the natural resource base upon which world food production depends. Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture grew 1.6 percent per year ...

  • African countries step up focus on statistics for better agriculture and nutrition

    Improving the quality, availability and relevance of data on food and agriculture has become a key priority as Africa strives to develop more effective policies to tackle its persistent food security problems. The issue took centre stage as an unprecedented number of experts from 35 countries met for the 23rd session of the African Commission on Agricultural Statistics (AFCAS), an FAO statutory ...

  • New Holland Fiat India Receives 2012 Agriculture Leadership Award

    New Holland Fiat India Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of CNH Global and part of Fiat Industrial, has recently been recognized with the 2012 Agriculture Leadership Award during the 5th Agriculture Leadership Summit on the Environment and Agriculture in India. The awards are given annually in different categories to individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions in their respective ...


    By Marketwire

  • Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, testimony before the U.S. house committee on agriculture

    Chairman Lucas, Ranking Member Peterson and Members of this committee, thank you for inviting me to testify. I’m pleased to be here today. I have great respect for the oversight role of Congress and believe that this ongoing dialogue is central to the commitment I have made to the American people to conduct EPA’s business transparently and with accountability. I also believe an ...

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