The development of an industry in edible insects such as these mopane caterpillars has been slow.
There needs to be more awareness of the benefits of insects as food, and support for farming and markets.
The impact of climate change on agriculture will affect food supplies.
The impact of climate change on agriculture and food production is clear: the sector will suffer. Here’s what needs to be done.
Sennedjem and Iineferti in the Fields of Iar, 1295–1213BC.
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What ancient crop genomes can tell us about our history.
The Yorkshire Dales, England.
Much of the UK’s farmland is unproductive. It could be put to better use storing carbon, offering recreation and providing wildlife habitat.
These inspirational food sharing initiatives around the world demonstrate that sustainable food system can – and should – be democratic.
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But better diets and less food waste would reduce reliance on imported organic food
Strips of native prairie grasses planted on Larry and Margaret Stone’s Iowa farm protect soil, water and wildlife.
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Investing in farming methods that improve lands and water, and in rural infrastructure and markets, could bring new prosperity to agricultural communities.
Migrant workers picking strawberries in Greece live in unhealthy and highly flammable shacks.
Greece is the 10th largest exporter of strawberries in the world, but evidence shows that success is due to captive migrant farm labour who work in precarious, unsafe and unhealthy conditions.
Cocoa production is an important cog in Ghana’s economy.
It is time for Ghana to consider the future of its cocoa farmers rather than multinational chocolate producers.
George Christensen and Bob Katter seem to be using the science replication crisis to cast doubt on research findings that farmers don’t like.
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Across science, only around half of published results can be successfully replicated. But while this is a serious problem, the proposed public audit looks like a political bid to cast doubt on science.
Over the past two decades digitisation has steadily transformed African farming.
Technological tools could unlock a new system of resource sharing in agriculture which is ethical and productive.
Since the feudal ages, fences have become a symbol of separation and ownership. Now, sensors and technology allow for a system of pooling resources which is not only sustainable but also productive.
A fire in the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, in Amazonas state, Brazil, Aug. 17, 2019.
Don’t blame climate change for the 39,000 forest fires now incinerating huge tracts of the Brazilian Amazon. This environmental catastrophe is human-made and highly political.
A government-commissioned report estimated that South Australia’s ban on genetically modified crops cost canola growers A$33 million since 2004.
South Australia has lifted its moratorium on GM crops, while Tasmania has extended its ban. But the question should no longer be a simple binary of being “for” or “against” GM technology.
Connecting with the digital economy is a trickier prospect out here.
Remote Queensland farmers are among the least “digitally included” communities in Australia, according to a new report that documents the impacts of low access, affordability and digital ability for families and communites.
A new IPCC report has called for radical changes in food production to avoid catastrophic climate change. Rice-fish farming and mixed crops could help.
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The ‘tractors and chemicals’ recipe for farming has let human populations boom, but left us with degraded soils.
China retaliated with tariffs on U.S. imports after Trump imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports.
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The US-China trade war shows no signs of slowing down. Here’s what readers need to know.
Understanding happiness in chickens could tell us how to improve their housing.
Whitlanders in the 1940s. Established in 1941 near the base of Victoria’s Mount Buffalo, this Catholic community celebrated the ‘dignity of manual labour’ and was led by a charismatic athlete and former judge’s associate, Ray Triado.
Long before 70s hippies and hipster artisans, Australians were seeking solace by going back to the land. They ranged from anarchists to suffragists to Catholic agrarians.