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  • Increase in cancers and fertility problems may be caused by household chemicals and pharmaceuticals

    Chemicals which disrupt the hormone system – also known as 'endocrine disrupting chemicals' (EDCs) – may be a contributing factor behind the significant increases in cancers, diabetes and obesity, falling fertility, and an increased number of neurological development problems in both humans and animals, according to a review of recent scientific literature commissioned by the European ...

  • Urine as a Commercial Fertilizer?

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports joint project by Swiss aquatic research institute and South African water utility The separate collection of urine provides innovative opportunities for the improvement of sanitation and the recycling of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Urine separation is an excellent sanitation solution, particularly in places where classic sewer-based ...

  • Fertilizer Market in India 2012

    Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:   Fertilizer Market in India 2012 ...


    By ReportLinker

  • Rice Farmers in China use Less Fertilizer, Increase Yield

    “Rice farmers can decrease their nitrogen fertilizer and pesticide use by around 20%, and increase their yield by 10% by using the ‘three controls technology’ (3CT),” says Dr. Xuhua Zhong, crop physiologist at the Rice Research Institute of the Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GDRRI).  The meaning of “three controls” is controlling the amount of ...

  • Using organic fertilizers could protect against climate change

    Studies show that soil fertilized with organic materials, such as compost, could increase the amount of stored carbon and potentially help slow down greenhouse emissions. Applying organic fertilizers, such as those resulting from composting, to agricultural land could increase the amount of carbon stored in these soils and contribute significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, ...

  • Research to restore the fertility of earth`s soils

    In keynote addresses at the FAO Workshop on Sustainable Agriculture in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 28 and April 29, 2009, soil fertility experts from the Nutrition Security Institute, (NSI) a non-profit organization located in Bellevue, Washington, presented advances and understandings in biotic soil fertility as a proven solution to the serious problems facing global agriculture. Their dual ...

  • Fertilizer and plastic pollution are main emerging issues in 2011 unep year book

    Fertilizer and plastic pollution are main emerging issues in 2011 unep year book Massive amounts of phosphorus, a valuable fertilizer needed to feed a growing global population, are being lost to the oceans as result of inefficiencies in farming and a failure to recycle wastewater. Phosphorus pollution, along with other uncontrolled discharges, such as nitrogen and sewage, are linked with a rise ...

  • 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 ...

  • US farmworkers sue to block use of four toxic pesticides

    A coalition of farmworker advocates and environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Friday, seeking to force a halt to the use of four organophosphate pesticides. Some of these pesticides have been detected in California's rural schoolyards and homes, Sequoia National Park, and Monterey Bay. The four organophosphates at issue in the case are methidathion, ...

  • Integrating animal and crop production can reduce nutrient leaching from agricultural fields

    Nutrient leaching, the movement of plant nutrients from soil to water, can have negative effects on aquatic ecosystems due to eutrophication, which reduces the oxygen available in water, causing species and habitat loss. Ecological Recycling Agriculture (ERA), which is based on ecological principles and integrates crop production and animal husbandry, may limit this effect. This study ...

  • Using rotation crops to improve soil quality

    Soil quality issues are being researched within two crop rotation experiments that started in 1994 at Narrabri. They compare several crop rotations that include or exclude legume phases. The data presented here relate to the most recent 2-year cycles of these experiments. Following cotton harvest at the end of the previous cycle, rotation crops are sown (winter cereal, faba beans (grain) or vetch ...

  • UF/IFAS researchers use pigs to root out problem weeds

    Sometimes, the old-fashioned ways are the best ways. Back before chemical pesticides and herbicides, farmers had to come up with ways to kill the weeds that took over their fields. One method used “back in the day” was letting pigs loose in fields that were not being used for crops for a season and allowing the pigs to do what they do naturally: dig up the roots of weeds and ...

  • US$4.8bn merger of Corn Products Int. and Bunge Ltd. prompts industry to take notice

    This week's US$4.8 billion merger of Corn Products International and Bunge Ltd. probably didn't catch your eye, but with revenues projected to increase 29 percent this year to $4 billion, you might consider paying attention -- for the sake of your belly and the environment. Corn syrup manufacturers are going on the offensive -- and that includes a charm offensive. The Corn Refiners Association -- ...

  • DuPont completes purchase of MECS

    DuPont (Wilmington, DE) announced that it has completed its acquisition of MECS (St. Louis, MO) from American Securities LLC (New York, NY). MECS is a global provider of process technology for pollution control, including specialty equipment and technical services for sulfuric acid producers. Its technologies are designed to help customers, primarily in the fertilizer, non-ferrous metals, ...

  • Eco friendly advice for healthy lawns and greenscapes (PA)

    Beautiful lawns are a big part of summer, but the average lawn can eat up your free time and cost a bundle to maintain. Going with eco-friendly methods can actually save you time and money, and help the environment. A thick, full lawn reduces soil erosion, filters contaminants from rainwater and absorbs airborne pollutants like dust and soot. Grass is also great at converting carbon dioxide to ...

  • U.S. EPA Honors Dixon Ridge Farms as Sustainable Agricultural Champion

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld today recognized Dixon Ridge Farms in a Winters, Calif. environmental award ceremony. The Pacific Southwest Region’s 2012 Sustainable Agricultural Champion Award was presented to the organic walnut farm’s founder, Russ Lester. “EPA applauds Dixon Ridge Farms for its many sustainable ...

  • Dangerous nitrogen pollution could be halved

    The most important fertilizer for producing food is, at the same time, one of the most important risks for human health: nitrogen. Chemical compounds containing reactive nitrogen are major drivers of air and water pollution worldwide, and hence of diseases like asthma or cancer. If no action is taken, nitrogen pollution could rise by 20 percent by 2050 in a middle-of-the-road scenario, according ...

  • New CapDI for Horticulture Brochures!

    Voltea, the world’s leader in membrane Capacitive Deionization (CapDI©), has created and published a new brochure that focuses on how CapDI benefits the horticulture industry. CapDI tunably removes and controls ...


    By Voltea B.V.

  • Silage Production Hindered – Silage Inoculation, Sprayers and Vertical Storage Tanks

    If you follow Farming Life then you may have heard their report that it might not be a very good year for silage production.  Tests on grass this year have shown that nitrate levels are high and that sugar and dry matter low.  Apparently, a combination of changeable weather has resulted in conditions that are far from ideal for grass. Speaking to Farming Life, expert Tommy Armstrong ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Agribotix Wins Emerging Cleantech Company of the Year Award

    Agribotix, a provider of drone-derived agricultural intelligence, was selected as this year’s winner of the coveted Emerging Cleantech Company of the Year award. The award recognizes companies that demonstrate the highest level of creativity, innovation, and dedication in the field. “We are humbled that the Association selected Agribotix for this exclusive prize,” said Tom ...


    By Agribotix LLC

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