Faced with a massive food production shortfall, Africa can look towards India’s Green Revolution to jump start its agricultural output.
And don’t expect chocolate ice cream, either.
Millions of Americans believe brown cows produce chocolate milk? The way the media reported this factoid raises questions about science literacy – but different ones than you may think.
Technology, like this tea-picking machine in Kenya, can harness agriculture’s power to change lives.
Governments on the African continent must increase their investment in research and development so that science can yield self-sufficiency.
Drought-damaged corn on an Ohio farm, 2012.
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Climate change, rising food demand and globalization are putting pressure on world food production. New research explores the risk of failures in several of the world’s breadbasket regions at once.
Bowen’s market gardens supply some 13% of Australia’s perishable vegetables.
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.
Tanzania has around 30 species of tilapia, 11 of which are found nowhere else on earth.
Tilapia could play an important role in Tanzania’s economic development.
Many people are suspicious of GM crops, but new techniques could massively increase food production.
Australia already has many plants that can cope with harsh conditions.
Australia’s deserts can be a harsh environment but plant life still survives there. So why not use them to develop the next generation of drought-resistant crops?
An Indonesian oil palm smallholder sells fruit bunches to a trader.
Over the past few years many companies have committed to sustainable palm oil. But that is threatened by a growing alliance between industry and government.
Rice cultivation is one of the ways food production pumps methane into the atmosphere.
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Fossil fuel emissions are slowing, but another major climate problem is becoming clear: food production.
Artichokes growing in Werribee South, an area that uses recycled water for irrigation.
Australians eat a lot of water. Nearly 500 L is required to produce the food each of us eats every day.
Sydney’s farms on the urban fringe produce 10% of the city’s fresh vegetables.
Farms on Sydney’s fringes supply 20% of the city’s food. That could drop by more than half if urban sprawl isn’t kept in check.
Wheat ready for harvest in New South Wales. But how to increase production using the same areas of land?
Flickr/Tim J Keegan
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.
Cattle comes at a high cost, with or without a rosette.
That eating beef is environmentally costly is by now widely appreciated. But little has been done to curtail the amount of cattle farmed for meat consumption. To try and address this, my colleagues and…
Meat production, halal style.
John Blackwell, the new head of the British Veterinary Association, recently waded into the ritual slaughter debate by calling for kosher and halal meat preparation to be banned. With vets at European…
“The optimist”, wrote American fantasy fiction writer James Branch Cabell, “proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.” Reading about the global food…
Crop yields could be dramatically reduced due to climate change as soon as the 2030s. Researchers have found that with only…
Harvesting existing cropland more frequently could substantially increase global food production without clearing more land…