agriculture

Jan. 12, 2022

Study: Shifting to Plant-Based Diets Can Cut Global Emissions and Capture CO2

This new approach to eating in high-income nations would slash more than half of all greenhouse gas emissions.

Jan. 7, 2022

Andalusian Officials Criticize Loss of Funding for Farmers in Proposed Ag. Policy

Andalusia’s regional agriculture minister warned that the current Common Agricultural Proposal in Spain would lead to 53 percent of farmers losing funding.

Dec. 22, 2021

E.U. Moves to Block Deforestation-Derived Imports, Including Some Palm Oil

A new European Commission proposal aims to significantly slash imports of commodities associated with deforestation, especially in Brazil, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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Dec. 22, 2021

Global Agriculture Loses Billions of Working Hours to Heat, Study Says

New research shows that billions of working hours have been lost to excessive heat globally. The trend will accelerate in the next decades as the planet warms.

Dec. 20, 2021

La Niña Is Back, Bringing Rain and Drought for Second Straight Year

The World Meteorological Organization predicts that La Niña will result in cooler, wetter weather in Australia. California, Europe and South America will experience much warmer, drier weather.

Dec. 8, 2021

Calif. Olive Farmers Should Blame Their Government for Inability to Compete with Spain, Not the E.U.

Uncle Sam paid U.S. farmers a record-high $46.5 billion in 2020. Olive farmers in California missed out.

Oct. 21, 2021

Report: Staple Crop Yields Will Drop as Global Population Grows

Climate change is causing extensive damage to global agriculture. A new report warns that some of the worst impacts may be irreversible by 2030.

Oct. 6, 2021

Study: 9.7 Billion Tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Come from Meat Production Each Year

More than half of greenhouse gas emissions are from growing food for livestock and the animals themselves. Plant production for human consumption produces far fewer emissions.

Oct. 5, 2021

Ahead of Climate Summit, African Leaders Discuss Fate of The Continent

Africa Climate Week highlighted the role of agriculture in the continent’s worsening desertification and climate crises, and its role in the potential recovery.

Sep. 30, 2021

Europe’s Farm to Fork Strategy Moves Closer to Becoming Law

The European Parliament’s agriculture and environment committees voted to pass the Farm to Fork strategy to a full vote in October.

Sep. 27, 2021

Expanding Agriculture and Climate Change are Placing the World’s Endemic Species at Risk

A conservation group has warned that one-third of the species on its “survival watchlist” are now at high risk of extinction.

Sep. 20, 2021

Most Agricultural Spending Does More Harm Than Good, UN Report Claims

Much of the $540 billion provided to the agriculture sector each year harms the environment, harms vulnerable populations and creates market inequalities.

Sep. 20, 2021

BBC: Number of ‘Extremely Hot Days’ Each Year Is Rising

A BBC report found that the number of days with temperatures that surpass 50 ºC has nearly doubled in the past 40 years.

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.

Aug. 12, 2020

European Farmers Ask E.U. Not to Cut Agricultural Spending from New Budget

Agricultural organizations from across the 27-member trading bloc are lobbying their representatives to restore the sector’s budget. If passed, the latest update of the Common Agricultural Policy will include a 10 percent cut.

Jul. 30, 2020

In Italy, Farmers Unite to Compete With Multinationals

One of Italy’s largest agricultural firms has agreed to invest $200 million to provide more bargaining power and a larger pool of resources for independent farmers.

Mar. 4, 2020

Precision Agriculture Celebrated at Guggenheim

An exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum provides a thought-provoking experience on the ways technology can affect agriculture throughout the world.

Feb. 21, 2020

Climate Change Is Transforming How Plants and Soil Interact

Changes in temperature and precipitation patterns can fundamentally transform microorganism communities in the soil. This, in turn, impacts plant growth and, potentially, crop productivity.

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