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The memories retained by soil contain countless records, including a history of human encounters with the land. Shutterstock

Soil is the key to our planet’s history (and future)

Understanding the different facets of soil reveals a complex and fascinating cultural and evolutionary history.
Soil carbon can play a role in tackling climate change. Shutterstock

How soil carbon can help tackle climate change

Carbon in soil can help with tackling climate change. Maintaining soil quality by supporting farmers through economic incentives and technical approaches is important.
Workers spray pesticides on strawberry fields. Most of the studies that examine the effects of pesticides are funded by the chemical’s producer. (Shutterstock)

Pesticide research must stay transparent and independent

Most studies on the use of pesticides are funded by those that produce the chemicals but only independent research can inform us about the best agricultural practices.
Global synchronization of food production negatively impacts food security. Shutterstock

Synchronizing food production can have disastrous effects

Governments need to think about global ways agricultural policies may affect the stability of the food system as a whole, beyond locally focused efforts to increase resilience in production.
Argentine ants are a fact of life in many parts of Australia, but can still potentially be banished from Norfolk Island. Davefoc/Wikimedia Commons

Invasive ants: federal budget takes aim but will it be a lethal shot?

Invasive pest ants cause billions of dollars worth of damage to crops, and threaten some of Australia's World Heritage rainforests. The federal budget has pledged nearly $30m on wiping them out – but how?
Without significant tree cover, dry and dusty landscapes can result. Don Driscoll

To reduce fire risk and meet climate targets, over 300 scientists call for stronger land clearing laws

A new petition is urging state and federal governments to rein in Australia's rampant land clearing, which worsens the risk of bushfires and threatens to undo the work of the Emissions Reduction Fund.
The receding waters of Lake Pamamaroo which makes up part of the Menindee Lakes system near the township of Menindee, Thursday, February 14, 2019. Dean Lewins/AAP

Droughts, extreme weather and empowered consumers mean tough choices for farmers

Australia's farming industry will need to take full account of its obligations to its workers, its customers, society and the environment if it is to prosper in the years to 2030.
The Mediterranean diet. Foxys Forest Manufacture/Shutterstock

First ever global scientific eating plan forgets the world’s poor

A Lancet commission has come up with a new sustainable diet that's supposed to be the way forward.

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