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Plant scientists hope to avoid a repeat of the GM foods debate from two decades ago.
President Joe Biden talked about healing the rifts and uniting America in his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 2021.
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A new federal antipoverty program for both rural and urban areas is part of the solution, but the power of Big Ag, lack of internet and struggling towns need attention, too.
Fruit and vegetables at a market in Kenya. The WHO is pushing for consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, fish and unsaturated fats.
When a pandemic hits, questions that immediately arise include what impact there will be on public health, the economy and other aspects of society. Another set of questions involves response priorities…
Numbats are among 20 mammals on the federal government’s priority list.
The first Threatened Species Strategy fizzled out last year without making a big difference to conservation. With the next strategy due to roll out this year, let's look at what needs to change.
Researchers have unearthed a 'biological switch' which could boost crop yield worldwide.
Humanity is destroying Earth’s ability to support complex life. But coming to grips with the magnitude of the problem is hard, even for experts.
The process that brought you your morning latte could have produced half a kilogram of CO₂.
Agricultural mechanisation can reduce work burden, increase prosperity and enhance diets.
Agricultural mechanisation can be accompanied with appropriate policies that help to harness its potentials while minimising potential negative effects.
Madagascar is a hotspot for biodiversity – and deforestation.
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Our research shows we could feed the world sustainably – but conservation will have to become a lot more proactive.
The Amazon rainforest meets soybean fields in Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Deforestation in Brazil recently reached a 12-year high, prompting France to cut soybean imports from the country.
Despite the many jobs on offer, agriculture courses are struggling to attract students. A visionary curriculum is needed that is as exciting, diverse and challenging as the sector itself is becoming.
South Africa produces about 16% of sub-Saharan Africa’s maize.
As African economies recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, governments should explore technologies like global positioning systems and blockchain for use in the registration of land rights.
Harvest from a confined field trial in Uganda shows a significantly higher yield (right) for the 3R Victoria potato, and without the use of fungicide.
Could bioengineered potatoes play a crucial role in food security?
This year’s World Soil Day theme is: ‘Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity’.
Healthy soils are vital for food, biodiversity, and a healthy planet, but this below-ground world is often overlooked. The launch of the State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity Report highlights this.
Grazing cattle in wood pastures could be a win-win for food growers and the environment.
Alternative farming models, like wood pasture grazing, would allow the UK government to maintain food production while regenerating ecosystems.
Humans have caused ecosystems to collapse on purpose for millennia, to grow food or build settlements. But unplanned collapses are a different matter.
The ‘three sisters’ are staple foods for many Native American tribes.
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For centuries Native Americans intercropped corn, beans and squash because the plants thrived together. A new initiative is measuring health and social benefits from reuniting the "three sisters."
Most of the wastewater produced worldwide receives no treatment and the nutrients in wastewater go to waste. Here's how households can draw these nutrients from urine and use them as fertilisers.
Sesame seeds could help boost local diets in Ghana
Oilseeds in local diets could be the answer to poverty in Ghana's savanna region.
Around 25,000 Ethiopians fleeing conflict in the Tigray region have crossed into neighbouring Sudan.
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Food security in Tigray was becoming critical even before the current armed conflict.