A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Davis, finds that agriculture is one of the leading cause of smog formation in the state. When nitrogen fertilizer is applied to soil, excess nitrogen is volatilized or leached out and forms nitrogen oxides (NOx), a primary component of smog. Researchers found that nitrogen application, primarily in the Central Valley, is likely contributing 25 percent or more to state-wide NOx pollution levels.
The Thompson family have been farming fruit and vegetables at Brook Farm, near Harwich in Essex, since 1948. Today, they are market leaders in specialist products for the oriental foodservice sector and niche tree fruit like apricots, as well as…
Dermot O’Regan started Grow Bristol in 2013, in a shipping container behind Bristol Temple Meads train station. They use vertical indoor hydroponics to grow a variety of salad leaves, herbs, and micro-greens, for both retail and catering customers. Their goal…
Plastics are ruining the planet. Manufactured from fossil fuels, they last forever, making their way into every environment and causing untold damage. With these issues coming more into focus in the public eye, there are those who are seeking solutions.…
The Hepple estate consists of ancient woodland, hill farms, and much of the heather moorland that covers the Simonside hills. It stretches from the highest point on the range, across peat bogs undulating with vivid green mosses, past wind-ground rocks…
Certain marine species will fare much worse than others as they become more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, a new UBC study has found.
After analyzing the biological characteristics of 1,074 marine fish and shellfish, the study identified 294 species that are most at-risk due to climate change by 2050. Species most at-risk include the Eastern Australian salmon, yellowbar angelfish, toli shad, sohal surgeonfish and spotted grouper.
A study coordinated by an international consortium of French (IRD), Indian and Chinese researchers has enabled the genome sequence for millet to be obtained for the first time. This discovery improves our understanding of the organisation and evolution of the genome of this cereal, which provides food security of the poorest people in the world. Secondly, because it provides new prospects for selecting or improving varieties of millet which may be better equipped to cope with climate change for almost 100 millions people.
Africa has 25% of the world’s arable land but only produces 10% of its agricultural output. The continent spends US$35 billion on food imports a year, but if this money was invested in developing smallholder farming and rural infrastructure, Africa could feed itself.
Scientists at the University of Granada (UGR) studied the effects and benefits of maintaining vegetation, or weed cover, in olive grove soil. In a recently-published article in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, these scientists showed their results after a year of measuring an olive grove in Jaen (SE Spain), which show that weed cover significantly increases carbon uptake, acting as a sink for one of the principal greenhouse effect gases, CO2.
Funding to boost the numbers of people with access to electric power and clean cooking is too low to meet the global goal for everyone to have modern, reliable and affordable energy by 2030, international organisations said on Monday (18th Sept 2017).
Just over 3 billion people still use traditional, solid fuels like firewood and dung to cook, the latest data shows.
Your afternoon chocolate bar may be fuelling climate change, destroying protected forests and threatening elephants, chimpanzees and hippos in West Africa, research suggests.
Well-known brands, such as Mars and Nestle, are buying through global traders cocoa that is grown illegally in dwindling national parks and reserves in Ivory Coast and Ghana, environmental group Mighty Earth said.
At a time when weather patterns are becoming less predictable and population pressures on food supply are increasing, a group of crop scientists are laying the groundwork for an international crop network to systematically tackle threats to global food security.
According to new research by The Prince’s Countryside Fund, the UK public appears to have a rosy view of farming life, with 1 in 4 (25%) UK adults liking the idea of giving up their day job and working on a farm.
However, the findings of the ‘Who’d be a Farmer Today?’ report, launched to mark the start of National Countryside Week (Monday 31st July to Sunday 6th August) highlights a disconnect between the positive perception and the tougher realities of the profession.
Widespread use of biochar made from recycled waste in farming could both enhance crop growth and reduce health care costs by clearing the air of pollutants, new research suggests.
Biochar is ground charcoal produced from waste wood, manure, or leaves. Added to soil, the porous carbon has been shown to boost crop yields, lessen the need for fertilizer, and reduce pollutants by storing nitrogen that would otherwise be released to the atmosphere.
A mobile phone application that helps record small-scale fish catches was launched this month by the Cook Islands.
The launch adds this self-governing group of islands to the wider network of Pacific island countries that collect these data to manage fish resources.