agriculture

Sep. 14, 2021

Intensive Olive Farms Contribute to Desertification in Spain, Experts Warn

Researchers caution that one-fifth of Spain is at risk of desertification. Poor agricultural and land-use practices paired with historic mismanagement are largely to blame.

Sep. 8, 2021

Even During a Pandemic, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Soared to Record Highs in 2020

A report from the American Meteorological Society found that carbon dioxide concentrations were the highest they had been in at least 800,000 years.

Sep. 2, 2021

Weakened Gulf Stream Will Have Major Impact on European Agriculture, Scientists Predict

Weakening ocean currents will likely increase incidences of extreme weather events, researchers warn, particularly in the Mediterranean Basin.

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Aug. 23, 2021

Europe Sets New Limits on Cadmium in Fruits and Vegetables

The limits on the carcinogenic heavy metal will come into force at the end of August.

Aug. 2, 2021

Turkey Announces Plan to Advance Sustainable Agriculture

The new plan aims to promote organic farming, technological innovation, recycling and renewable energies just weeks after the E.U. made a similar commitment.

Jul. 29, 2021

Only One Percent of Olive Growers Expected to Lose Funding Under Spain’s New CAP

The new Common Agricultural Policy will benefit traditional growers, organic growers, young farmers and women at the expense of the largest producers.

Jun. 29, 2021

E.U. Set to Approve Future Common Agricultural Policy

The new CAP will provide increased flexibility to member states, increase funding for small farmers and apply more stringent environmental requirements to aid payments.

Jun. 10, 2021

European Commission Considers Use of Gene-Editing in Agriculture

The commission will discuss with member states and other stakeholders how gene-editing technology could influence the future of sustainable agriculture.

May. 28, 2021

Climate Change Is Altering the Nutrient Profiles of the World’s Crops

A new report shows a direct link between the amount of carbon dioxide in the air and the nutrient composition of the world’s most popular staple crops.

May. 20, 2021

Deforestation and Industrial Agriculture Spur Zoonotic Diseases, Study Finds

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, new research examines the association between the emergence of zoonotic diseases, forest clearance and monocultures.

Oct. 14, 2020

Challenges Await Growers As Mediterranean Basin Becomes Hotter and Drier

Erratic and unseasonable rainfalls will face olive growers in Italy, while farmers in Andalusia may no longer receive adequate chill hours as winter temperatures rise.

Sep. 8, 2020

Reforming Food Systems Crucial in Fight Against Climate Change, Report Finds

In the fight to keep global temperatures from increasing more than 2 ºC (3.6 ºF) above pre-industrial levels, policy makers will need to focus on adapting their food systems to be more plant-based and sustainable, according to the United Nations and World Wildlife Fund.

Aug. 31, 2020

E.U. Trade Commissioner Steps Down After Breaking Covid Rules

In an uncommon occasion in European politics, Phil Hogan has left his post as agriculture commissioner over the Golfgate scandal.

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