Proper management of Africa’s savanna regions is crucial for the continent’s climate and food security future.
Africa's savannas provide high potential for farming development but this needs to be done in a smart manner to not worsen climate change.
Nitrogen pollution is one of the factors driving outbreaks of crown-of-thorns - giant starfish that devour the reef.
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The latest Great Barrier Reef report shows some improvements to water quality over the past five years, but there's still a lot to do on one particular problem: nitrogen.
Not all is good on the ‘technified’ coffee farm.
High demand for coffee has pushed growers toward sun or 'reduced-shade' plantations that require more water and pesticides while reducing biodiversity.
Negotiators appear to be giving Japan’s rice farmers short shrift.
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Japanese negotiators in Maui appear to be bending to American pressure to accept more US rice imports. The flood of grain, local farmers say, will end their way of life.
A piggery in New South Wales.
A current bill before the New South Wales Parliament proposes to end the use of sow-stalls.
Antibiotic resistance is pressing issue in medicine but the extensive use of antibiotics in farming is part of the problem.
Indonesia is turning to homegrown cattle for its beef needs, and cutting its Australian live imports.
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Indonesia's shock decision to cut imports of Australian beef signals two things: Indonesia's desire to focus on domestic cattle farming, and Australia's lack of alternative options for exporting its own herd.
Worldwide, the livestock industry is a bigger source of greenhouse gases than transport.
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The recent Lancet Commission report rightly pointed out that climate change is a huge risk to global public health. But it shied away from one of the main issues: the world consumes far too much meat.
New African economic history is challenging earlier wisdom by showing, for example, that railways have had profound effects, both positive and negative on African societies.
African economic history has had a renaissance and its most valuable contribution has been to show that Africans have not always been poor, nor are current poverty levels an inevitable destiny.
The Curtis Island gas precinct is one of the biggest developments along the Great Barrier Reef coast.
The coast alongside the Great Barrier Reef is home to ports, farms, holiday resorts, and more than a million people. It all puts pressure on the Reef, and it's time for some firms plans to manage it.
A flood plume containing sediments, nutrients and pesticides flowing onto the Great Barrier Reef from Bundaberg.
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Successive plans to curb the sediments, nutrients and pesticides flowing into the waters around the Great Barrier Reef have fallen short, leaving the corals that call the reef home highly vulnerable.
Australian cattle wait to be loaded onto a ship to Indonesia. Their voyage to the United States would be even longer.
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Australia's cattle industry is keen to begin live exports to the United States. But America is very different to existing live export markets such as Indonesia, making the move much more ethically fraught.
Research shows monocultures of crops - such as this canola field - can be bad for the environment.
Monocultures - vast expanses of a single crop - may look pretty, but mounting research shows they are likely bad for environment. And in turn that's bad news for farms as well.
No insects here – and no insecticide either.
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Spraying chemicals on crops has proven costly and counter-productive, according to new research.
A woman farmer?
New research suggests that female landowners were by no means as rare as was once thought by historians.
Wheat ready for harvest in New South Wales. But how to increase production using the same areas of land?
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The world's population is set to double by the end of the century. But there is only so much land available for food production.
You know what you’re eating - but what about them?
European countries can stop growing genetically modified crops, but many of their cows are still fed with imported GM.
“All we want is the chance to go to a supermarket.”
Cheap "ugly food" campaigns in supermarkets have been criticised as not really helping to cut food waste. But they do, by ensuring that more of what farmers grow actually makes it into the shops.
Sheep farming would be protected by an Animal Welfare Commissioner.
Plaid Cyrmu's agricultural policies clash with Wales' current course of action.
The decoration of choice by Europe’s farming-friendly forefathers.
Studying beads, shells and animal teeth – ornaments which carried deep cultural meaning to prehistoric man – reveals that northern Europeans resisted the spread of agriculture for centuries.