Archive for April, 2013

  • 3 Great Infographics On Water And Agriculture

    Monday, April 29th, 2013

    The following post is part of a series in anticipation of our March 20 panel “Too Hot, Too Wet, Too Dry: Building Resilient Agroecosystems” in Washington, D.C., co-hosted with theWater for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska. Please join us!
    In the May 2012 Water for Food Industry Leaders Panel, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Chief Executive Jeff Raikes declared [...]

  • Research: Living near intensive farms a health risk

    Friday, April 19th, 2013

    Dutch scientists found that the DNA of livestock-associated MRSA strain ST398 is found more frequently and in higher concentrations in the air in a radius of 1 km around intensive pig and poultry farms. Scientists only tested for MRSA, but believe other types of antibiotic resistant bacteria might also be emitted from intensive livestock farms. [...]

  • Food Waste has Environmental Downside

    Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

    Far too much of the food we produce goes to waste. This is not just a waste of resources – it is also something that has a needless detrimental effect on the environment. It is particularly the consumer who is responsible, but waste is also an issue in other parts of the food chain.
    In the [...]

  • Sustainability Push Offers Land Owners Money Making Opportunities

    Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

    A Government sustainability initiative ‘Filling the research gap programme’ is targeting $AUS30 million at land owners and farmers in developing solutions to improve sustainable food production.
    The raft of research projects coincides with the release of a Climate Commission report which last week reinforced the necessity of facing up to climate change.
    The Minister for Agriculture Fisheries [...]

  • Brazilian researchers to assess bioenergy for UNESCO

    Saturday, April 6th, 2013

    Agência FAPESP – The Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), which is part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), invited researchers from FAPESP’s Research Programs on Bioenergy (BIOEN), Biodiversity (BIOTA) and Climate Change to conduct a Rapid Assessment Process on biofuels and sustainability.
    The evaluation is the result of a [...]

  • China: Number of dead pigs found in rivers reaches 16,000

    Saturday, April 6th, 2013

    Over the last weeks, dead pigs have been found in rivers around Shanghai. The rivers supply water to residents.

    According to Chinese government reports, 10,570 carcasses were discovered in the Huangpu river and 5,528 pigs were pulled from rivers in the Jiaxing area of Zhejiang province.
    Water safety
    Authorities have stated that the river waters is safe for [...]