Viewpoint: Carbon negative farming? Cover crops, rotational grazing and no till agriculture could capture greenhouse gas emissions

Viewpoint: Carbon negative farming? Cover crops, rotational grazing and no till agriculture could capture greenhouse gas emissions

Farmland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Everyone seems to agree this is a good idea. But how do we do ...
Colombian university develops next-generation oil-producing transgenic crops

Colombian university develops next-generation oil-producing transgenic crops

In products as common as wine, beer, cotton, flowers and others from the food sector such as soybeans and corn, ...
Viewpoint: ‘A toxic soup of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides is wreaking havoc’ on soil in farms around the world

Viewpoint: ‘A toxic soup of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides is wreaking havoc’ on soil in farms around the world

Like citizens of an underground city that never sleeps, tens of thousands of subterranean species of invertebrates, nematodes, bacteria and ...
Podcast: Will gene editing's potential be realized in agriculture? GLP's Jon Entine and Innovation Forum's Toby Webb talk about the future of genetic modification

Podcast: Will gene editing’s potential be realized in agriculture? GLP’s Jon Entine and Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb talk about the future of genetic modification

The Genetic Literacy Project’s Jon Entine and Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb talk about why gene editing has yet to make ...
'They offer a magical vision of a better future but not in this world': In Foreign Policy, social scientists opposed to conventional agriculture spark fierce organic vs intensive farming debate

‘They offer a magical vision of a better future but not in this world’: In Foreign Policy, social scientists opposed to conventional agriculture spark fierce organic vs intensive farming debate

A recent back and forth has stirred up controversy over at Foregin Policy. Are “Big Ag” and intensive farming destroying ...
Viewpoint: Is aquaculture good for the planet? Here's a carbon footprint sustainability snapshot

Viewpoint: Is aquaculture good for the planet? Here’s a carbon footprint sustainability snapshot

Reliable figures on the carbon footprints of different aquaculture species are hard to find – not least due to the ...
Beer and sustainable farming: How brewing waste can disinfect soil and increase yields

Beer and sustainable farming: How brewing waste can disinfect soil and increase yields

Despite the simplicity, beer brewing generates substantial amounts of by-products, including large amounts of spent grain, which are difficult and ...
How climate change is disrupting animal ‘food webs’ and what it might mean for the future

How climate change is disrupting animal ‘food webs’ and what it might mean for the future

It seems like each day scientists report more dire consequences of climate change on animals and plants worldwide. Birds that ...
Could the current fascination with ‘regenerative agriculture’ spur production of more sustainable eggs?

Could the current fascination with ‘regenerative agriculture’ spur production of more sustainable eggs?

Over the past decade, producers have skillfully persuaded consumers to pay four times the price for a dozen eggs that ...
Space wine: How sending grapevines into orbit could protect the wine industry from devastating impacts of climate change

Space wine: How sending grapevines into orbit could protect the wine industry from devastating impacts of climate change

[A] group of scientists is cultivating the next generation of mutant grapes, which they hope will be resistant to shocks ...
Ditching disposable: How a circular food system — where waste becomes new products — could boost food security and the economy

Ditching disposable: How a circular food system — where waste becomes new products — could boost food security and the economy

Linear economies follow a “take-make-dispose” plan in which raw materials are collected, transformed into a product and used until discarded ...
Greenhouse gas emissions from farming wild lobster and shrimp often eclipse livestock emissions. Animal-free chickpea-based seafood could cut our carbon footprint

Greenhouse gas emissions from farming wild lobster and shrimp often eclipse livestock emissions. Animal-free chickpea-based seafood could cut our carbon footprint

In 2016 alone, marine-fishing vessels released 207 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, compared to just 47 million in ...
Search for the perfect cell-donor cow: Why cultured lab-grown beef is the future of sustainable meat

Search for the perfect cell-donor cow: Why cultured lab-grown beef is the future of sustainable meat

At a glance, the formula for cultured – or lab-grown – meat is simple. Take some animal cells, feed them ...
How CRISPR gene editing could dramatically reduce health threats posed by disease-carrying mosquitoes

How CRISPR gene editing could dramatically reduce health threats posed by disease-carrying mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are one of humanity’s greatest nemeses, estimated to spread infections to nearly 700 million people per year and cause ...
Replacing unrecyclable plastics: Sustainable ‘biopolymers’ are made from tree bark and compost

Replacing unrecyclable plastics: Sustainable ‘biopolymers’ are made from tree bark and compost

Trees, crops and even organic waste can be transformed into a bewildering array of plastics to use in products ranging ...
Futuristic food: From 3D-printed meals to DNA-based diet analysis, here are the 10 biggest food tech breakthroughs over the last decade

Futuristic food: From 3D-printed meals to DNA-based diet analysis, here are the 10 biggest food tech breakthroughs over the last decade

[F]ood tech has changed how we eat, for good. So, what’s the driving force behind this activity? And where have ...
‘Zero input’ seaweed burger? This sustainable kelp-based patty requires no fertilizer, land, or fresh water to produce

‘Zero input’ seaweed burger? This sustainable kelp-based patty requires no fertilizer, land, or fresh water to produce

With the increasing consumer demand for plant-based meat alternatives, kelp could be an important sustainable solution: a zero-input crop that ...
Video: To feed nearly 8 billion people, we need to grow more food on less land. Vertical farming could increase yields by up to 700%

Video: To feed nearly 8 billion people, we need to grow more food on less land. Vertical farming could increase yields by up to 700%

Vertical farming is a form of agriculture that grows plants indoors in floor-to-ceiling, tower-like walls of plant-holding cells. Instead of ...
Billions of baby male chicks are slaughtered every year because they can’t lay eggs. Here’s how CRISPR gene editing could prevent them from being culled after birth

Billions of baby male chicks are slaughtered every year because they can’t lay eggs. Here’s how CRISPR gene editing could prevent them from being culled after birth

The problem: Chick culling is the practice of killing small, day-old male chicks with a variety of fairly gruesome methods ...
How important is soil quality to addressing climate change? It's critical, and here's a blueprint for refocusing American R&D

How important is soil quality to addressing climate change? It’s critical, and here’s a blueprint for refocusing American R&D

COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis have highlighted and exacerbated the plight of American farmers, while also threatening already dwindling ...
Fast-growing genetically modified salmon arrives in South America, as Brazil approves AquaBounty fish sales

Fast-growing genetically modified salmon arrives in South America, as Brazil approves AquaBounty fish sales

Genetically Modified (GM) salmon producer AquaBounty said [June 1] it has received regulatory approval from Brazil’s National Biosafety Technical Commission ...
Viewpoint: ‘Trading one moral catastrophe for another’ — Why swapping beef for chicken won’t fix animal agriculture’s ‘devastating’ environmental impact

Viewpoint: ‘Trading one moral catastrophe for another’ — Why swapping beef for chicken won’t fix animal agriculture’s ‘devastating’ environmental impact

[O]ften, the messaging is that we can save the world by switching out our beef consumption for chicken. The problem ...
Hemp is a ‘dream crop’ but challenging to work with. Here’s how Calyxt is mobilizing gene-editing technology to produce fiber with less water and pesticides than cotton

Hemp is a ‘dream crop’ but challenging to work with. Here’s how Calyxt is mobilizing gene-editing technology to produce fiber with less water and pesticides than cotton

Calyxt, a Minnesota-based plant technology firm, has transformed the hemp genome to provide a “proof of concept” that the crop ...
Africa cracks down on ravenous locust swarms by ignoring Greenpeace’s anti-pesticide rhetoric

Africa cracks down on ravenous locust swarms by ignoring Greenpeace’s anti-pesticide rhetoric

As nations around the world struggle with COVID-19 and related economic lockdowns, African countries are fighting another plague: swarms of ...
Viewpoint: National security and agriculture — Why the US needs a forward-thinking farming blueprint that ‘encourages local produce, livestock raising and meat processing’

Viewpoint: National security and agriculture — Why the US needs a forward-thinking farming blueprint that ‘encourages local produce, livestock raising and meat processing’

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed an ignored truth of the American agriculture system: While the U.S. agricultural system is able to ...
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