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  • Europe rejects GM crops as new report highlights 20 years of failures

    All 19 government requests for bans of GM crop cultivation have gone unchallenged by biotech companies, pathing the way for two thirds of the EU’s farmland and population to remain GM-free [1]. The growing opposition to GM crops coincides with a new Greenpeace report reviewing evidence of GM environmental risks, market failures, and increased pesticide use [2]. Greenpeace EU ...


    By Greenpeace International

  • Cultivating crops on city rooftops

    To meet the challenges of producing food in a more environmentally-friendly way, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has called on cities to develop 'living walls' of edible plants. Through vertical farming, agriculture could become a feature of urban life, lowering energy consumption, carbon emissions and resource use in food production. By shortening the distance produce has to travel from ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Motorizing Sudanese crop irrigation

    The parched landscape of Sudan, on the southern edge of the Sahara desert, is among the world's driest regions, with a nine-month dry season and a highly unreliable rainy season. Large-scale farmers there manage to grow about half of the impoverished nation's food production with the help of motorized irrigation pumps, but for individual subsistence farmers and their families--about two-thirds of ...

  • Warming Threatens to cut Crop Yields

    Projecting the impact of climate change on global food production is no easy task. A warming climate might result in better crop yields in one region, but cause drought and crop failure in another. A new US study, published in the journal Environmental ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Warming threatens to cut crop yields

    Projecting the impact of climate change on global food production is no easy task. A warming climate might result in better crop yields in one region, but cause drought and crop failure in another. A new US study, published in the journal Environmental Letters, assesses the odds of a major slowdown in global food production over the next 20 years. Overall, the study’s authors say, the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Warming climate may devastate major US crops

    Three of the most important crops produced in the United States—corn, soybeans and cotton—are predicted to suffer declines of as much as 80 percent if temperatures continue to rise with manmade climate change, says a new study. In recent years, experts have debated whether human-induced global warming will cause crops to suffer or flourish, depending on the region and the crop. The new study, ...

  • Crop models help increase yield per unit of water used

    Crop water use efficiency (WUE, or yield per unit of water used), also known as crop water productivity, can be improved through irrigation management and methods, including deficit irrigation (irrigating less than is required for maximum yields) and supplemental irrigation (irrigating to supplement precipitation so as to avoid crop failure or severe yield decline). Thus, WUE is key for ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Maintaining food crop diversity: an interview with Gary Paul Nabhan

    Guest author Fred Bahnson interviewed Gary Paul Nabhan, a lecturer, food and farming advocate, folklorist, and conservationist who lives and farms in the U.S. Southwest. Nabhan discusses his new book, the future of agriculture, and how 1,400-year-old Lebanese farming techniques influence his land ethic. Tell me about your latest book, Where Our Food Comes From-Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Record-breaking $17.3 billion in crop losses last year; significant portion potentially avoidable

    Report shows county-by-county analysis of impacts in the ten states with highest crop insurance losses due to extreme weather: Extreme weather forced the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) to pay out a record-breaking $17.3 billion in crop losses last year, much of which could have been prevented using water-smart strategies, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Payments ...

  • Robot harvests autonomously first sweet-peppers in the greenhouse

    The robot to harvest ripe fruits fully autonomously is a result of the European FP7 project Clever Robots for Crops, CROPS, which is coordinated by Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture. After 3.5 years of research the integration of the final modules was completed. The base of the robot consists out of a carrier platform on which a robotic arm with the end-effector to grip and cut the fruit, ...

  • OSU Extension: Acorn Poisoning a Potential Threat to Cattle, Sheep

    The increase in this year’s fall acorn crop means that livestock producers who have oak trees in their pastures need to be on the lookout -- acorns from these trees could cause kidney failure in their animals, particularly in cattle and sheep. Acorn poisoning can be a significant issue for producers, especially in feeder calves that are more susceptible to developing kidney failure after ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Rainwater Harvesting Tanks Taken More Seriously as Part of Program for Climate Resilience

    The Pilot Program for Climate Resistance (PPCR) is a major programme that invests in ways to integrate climate risk and resilience into core development planning across the globe, whilst complementing other on-going activities. Comprising 20 strategic programs for climate resilience under the PPCR, a pipeline of 66 projects and programs has emerged with PPCR grant allocations. So far the ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • VEPOWER to break ground on bio-energy nursery

    VEPOWER Limited is to break ground on their new nursery in Southern Europe. The nursery will bring on Jatropha curcas saplings to be dispatched to plantations around the World.  The plants will be grown from seed of known provenance and cultivated for resilience and hardiness.  The nursery will work on organic principles to aid conscientious growers in their sustainability endeavours. ...

  • Micro-insurance scheme pays off for Kenyan farmers

    Some of the farmers who lost their crops in the Horn of Africa drought this year may be able to afford farming next season, with the help of a 'micro-insurance' scheme. Kilimo Salama — Swahili for 'safe ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • PodPonics Closes Seed Funding Round, Secures $725,000

    Atlanta-based PodPonics, an innovative technology-driven urban agriculture start-up, recently completed a seed funding round, raising a total of $725,000 from a group led by international private investors. PodPonics repurposes recycled shipping containers as Grow Pods, combining advanced technology to create a controlled growing environment regulated by a proprietary system that controls ...


    By Marketwire

  • FAO and EU help Zimbabwe’s farmers expand productivity and commercialization

    The European Union (EU), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Zimbabwe have launched a major programme to assist poor smallholder farmers to boost production, productivity and engage in commercial agriculture through integrated farming approaches. The 4-year US$19 million (13.78 Million Euro) programme will be managed by FAO and will focus on ...

  • El Niño set to have a devastating impact on southern Africa’s harvests and food security

    Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years. Across large swathes of Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, and Madagascar, the current rainfall season has so far been the driest in ...

  • From Mules to Biofuels

    Farmers and policymakers are wrestling with two main concerns when it comes to ethanol production: the effect of ethanol demand on food prices, and changes in land use that are detrimental to the environment. While families were sharing corn at backyard barbecues this summer, both issues perked up ears across the globe. The Environmental Protection Agency rejected Texas Governor Rick Perry's ...

  • FAO urges farmers to join “Greener” revolution

    Some 100 delegates from 36 countries meeting at FAO last week called on farmers to join the ongoing “Greener” revolution represented by a form of farming known as Conservation Agriculture. This farming system, CA for short, aims to help feed the world more sustainably by building up soil ecosystems and reducing unnecessary soil disturbance wherever possible. According to one study, some 20 ...

  • Farming in cities could help feed the world

    With traditional food production under threat from climate change, we should switch from agriculture to cell culture, says Lucía Atehortúa. If climate change begins to limit the global production of food and energy crops, it will be necessary to develop a new system of food production. Imagine agriculture in small spaces, using high-tech tools such as ...


    By SciDev.Net

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