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  • 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 [...]

  • Why is Trump slashing the USDA’s independent research arm? Look at its findings

    Saturday, September 1st, 2018

    Last Tuesday, staffers at the Economic Research Service (ERS), the research arm of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), were called to a town hall meeting, where departmental leadership gave further details on what had been announced the week prior: The office was losing its independent status in the agriculture department, and being moved [...]

  • Turkey litter could partially replace coal as fuel

    Friday, February 9th, 2018

    That leftover Thanksgiving turkey on your plate? The waste it produced over the course of its life could be repurposed as vast amounts of energy-dense fuel, according to a new study published in Applied Energy. In fact, poultry litter could be a sustainable replacement for 10% of the coal that’s used for global electricity generation, the study’s [...]

  • Dietary recommendations for a warming planet

    Friday, February 9th, 2018

    Eating a balanced diet isn’t only a boon to our health; it’s also a surefire way to save the environment, according to recent research. By examining the national diet guidelines of several countries, a PNAS study has shown that if recommended dietary measures were widely adopted–in high-income nations especially–they could significantly reduce global environmental impacts.
    In fact, [...]

  • Global Diet, Farming Methods ‘Must Change for Environment’s Sake

    Friday, June 23rd, 2017

    The research, from the University of Minnesota, also found that future increases in agricultural sustainability are likely to be driven by dietary shifts and increases in efficiency, rather than changes between food production systems.
    Researchers examined more than 740 production systems for more than 90 different types of food, to understand the links between diets, agricultural [...]

  • Bacteria that turn methane to electricity could help fight gas emissions and leaks

    Friday, June 23rd, 2017

    A new way to turn methane directly into electricity using bacteria could keep large amounts of the planet-warming gas out of the atmosphere. The method, reported in Nature Communications, could be used to produce electricity right at oil and gas wells where gas either leaks or is deliberately vented or burned.
    We waste around 3.5 trillion cubic feet of [...]

  • 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, [...]

  • New System Affords Greater Flexibility on Using Phosphorus from Manure

    Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

    US – US Department of Agriculture scientists and their collaborators have developed a mobile system for removing phosphorus from cow manure that may offer dairy farmers greater flexibility in where, when, and how they use the nutrient to fertilize crops.
    Manure can be spread onto crop fields as a source of phosphorus, nitrogen, and other nutrients [...]

  • 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. [...]