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  • 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 [...]

  • Don’t bypass Brazil’s environmental protections

    Sunday, November 27th, 2016

    Brazil has had its ups and downs when it comes to protecting the environment, but on paper, at least, many of the country’s policies are admirably green. The right to an “ecologically balanced environment” is even enshrined in the Brazilian constitution. Now, however, a loose-knit coalition of agricultural and industrial interests is working to undermine [...]

  • Animal Waste Converted into Protein Feed Source in Finland

    Sunday, November 27th, 2016

    FINLAND – The Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) has developed a solution for converting even small sources of methane-rich biogas into raw materials for animal feed or bioplastic on farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants.
    Methane-rich biogas is generated on farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants in anaerobic digestion of biological material. Until now, the [...]

  • Don’t bypass Brazil’s environmental protections

    Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

    Brazil has had its ups and downs when it comes to protecting the environment, but on paper, at least, many of the country’s policies are admirably green. The right to an “ecologically balanced environment” is even enshrined in the Brazilian constitution. Now, however, a loose-knit coalition of agricultural and industrial interests is working to undermine [...]

  • Soil could become a significant source of carbon dioxide, experts warn

    Saturday, November 12th, 2016

    UNIVERSITY OF EXETER-If people continue using and changing the land over the next century in the same way they currently do, soils will have limited potential to counter the effect of climate change and will become a net source of atmospheric carbon dioxide, experts have warned.
    Experts have forecast that a quarter of the carbon found [...]

  • New tool opens world of climate finance to dairy sector

    Saturday, November 12th, 2016

    Rome – The dairy sector will soon be able to participate in international carbon credit markets thanks to a new methodology that lets farmers and project designers reliably document how they are reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions – a step that will open up new sources of finance for the livestock industry and help promote [...]

  • How food affects political regimes

    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

    Apparently, a richer diet is associated with an increase in the middle class, which tends towards economic and political independence and democracy-fostering values.
    Andrey Shcherbak, Senior Research Fellow, Laboratory for Comparative Social Research of the Higher School of Economics, has found, based on a cross-country comparative study using data on 157 countries, that a change in [...]

  • Reducing the spread of antimicrobial resistance on our farms and in our food

    Sunday, September 18th, 2016

    FAO today pledged to help countries develop strategies for tackling the spread of antimicrobial resistance in their food supply chains, as governments prepare to debate the emerging challenge posed by medicine-resistant “superbugs” next week at the UN General Assembly.The increased use – and abuse – of antimicrobial medicines in both human and animal healthcare has contributed to an increase [...]

  • 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 [...]