Archive for the ‘Agriculture’ Category

  • UN/FAO International Code of Conduct for Use and Management of Fertilizers

    Saturday, September 1st, 2018

    Developed to respond to UN Environment Assembly and UN Committee on Agriculture (COAG) objectives and to implement the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (2016), this proposed Code aims to provide a locally adaptable framework and voluntary set of practices with which governments, the fertiliser industry, agricultural extension and advisory [...]

  • EU proposes increased transparency on sewage sludge

    Saturday, September 1st, 2018

    The European Commission is proposing to oblige publication of information about sewage sludge quantities, quality, treatment and where the sludge has been applied (on which fields). This is included in the proposed new EU Regulation aligning environmental reporting obligations. This is conform to the Aarhus Convention and the Directive 2003/4/EC on public access to environmental information. The [...]

  • Intended Phosphate Reduction Plan for Dutch Dairy

    Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

    NETHERLANDS – The members of the chain organisation ZuivelNL (the Dutch Dairy Association, the Dutch Federation of Agriculture and Horticulture and the trade union of the Dutch dairy farmers) expect to complete their part of the phosphate reduction plan next week.
    Together with the Dutch Agricultural Young People’s Association (NAJK) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, [...]

  • Intensification of land use leads to the same species everywhere

    Friday, December 2nd, 2016

    In places where humans use grasslands more intensively, it is not only the species diversity which decreases — the landscape also becomes more monotonous, and ultimately only the same species remain everywhere. This results in nature no longer being able to provide its ’services’, which range from soil formation for food production to pest control. [...]

  • New book released on safe use of wastewater in agriculture

    Friday, December 2nd, 2016

    The United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) has launched a new book that will serve as a resource for governments interested in learning from existing good practice on using wastewater in agriculture.
    The book Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture: Good Practice Examples, aims to highlight how a sound [...]

  • New report on impact of investing in ag research and extension

    Thursday, September 1st, 2016

    A new report, “New Insights on the Impacts of Public Agricultural Research and Extension,” discusses the importance of public investment in agricultural research and extension activities. While the U.S. has been a leader in science-based increases in agricultural productivity for most of the 20th century, growth in public funding for agricultural research declined by 20% from [...]

  • New Way of Fertilising Pastures Helps Environment

    Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

    AUSTRALIA – James Cook University researchers have shown a way to potentially halve the amount of fertiliser dairy farmers use while maintaining pasture yields, providing improved protection for the Great Barrier Reef.
    JCU’s Dr Paul Nelson said nitrogen from fertiliser spread on fields can have significant environmental effects on creeks and coastal waters.
    “Ensuring plants have sufficient [...]

  • Toward a sustainable farming model

    Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

    China, despite only having some 9 percent of the world’s farming lands — as farming land per capita here is less than 40 percent of the global average — is a net exporter of food and successfully feeds 21 percent of the world’s population through intensive agriculture. But this tremendous achievement comes at a cost.

    Chinese [...]