Crop probiotics are natural, eco-friendly and could provide huge benefits for Australian farmers. But our loose regulations means genuine products are competing with snake oil.
To help feed a growing world population, restore biodiversity and slow climate change, a geologist calls for a moon shot effort to restore healthy soil around the world.
Taxing meat may be unpopular, but an urgent problem calls for an urgent solution.
Whether or not farmers believe human activities are changing the climate (many don't), an agriculture specialist urges them to pursue payments for techniques that return carbon to the soil.
Sydney, Melbourne and many other areas can expect to pay more for veg from next month, after widespread crop losses in Bowen, a major source of winter vegetables such as tomatoes, beans and capsicum.
Conventional wisdom says we need industrial agriculture to feed the world. Not so, says geologist David Montgomery: Practices that focus on creating healthy soil can transform agriculture.
There is no longer any good reason to waste any type of water. We have the technology to turn waste water into a vital resource.
Worldwide, farmers are already using untreated waste water to irrigate their crops. Here's how to mitigate the danger.
We're in danger of losing the health benefits of soils faster than they are replaced.
Colombia's plan to turn coca-leaf farmers into coffee growers has a fatal flaw: the market.
Import bans in Africa are a poor substitute for the creation of incentives that enable
local producers to compete favourably.
In North-east India, children of the Khasi Hills (Meghalaya) learn slash and burn cultivation, an intergenerational yet controversial indigenous practice.
Is organic produce better for you? Can organic farming feed the world? Those might be the wrong questions.
In the 1980's Uganda was one of the largest coffee exporters in the world, far ahead of Vietnam which hardly exported any. Now the tables have turned raising interesting comparative questions.
According to widely-cited estimates, world food production must double by 2050 to keep up with population growth. New research challenges this target and calls for balancing growth with conservation.
In Benin the differences between male and female farmers are their specific gender productive and reproductive roles, norms and identity.
President Trump signed an executive order to roll back the 2015 Clean Water Rule. Two water experts explain why the rule alarms farmers and ranchers concerned about over-regulation.
The main source of global warming isn't baking or transport, but fertiliser used to grow wheat.
Scientists' success in producing synthetic vanilla flavouring means it is used 99% of the time. So why does the price of genuine beans keep rising?
With little action at the national level on climate change, state and city officials are taking the lead – but by emphasizing local benefits.