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Category archives for: Organic agriculture

Researchers Develop New Approach to Conserving Tree Species

Globally, forest trees are increasingly at risk from habitat destruction, pests and disease, and a changing climate. But the guidelines for effective preservation of a tree species’ genetic diversity and adaptive potential have been limited to simple mathematical equations for crop collections from the 1970s, or best guesses based on intuitions. Globally, forest trees are […]

Prehistoric Vegetation Helps Predict Future Ecosystems

An international research team found that planet warming drove major changes in vegetation and future warming may drive similarly dramatic changes around the world. As the last ice age came to an end and the planet warmed, the Earth’s vegetation changed dramatically, reports a University of Arizona-led international research team in the journal Science. The […]

Improving Soil Quality Can Slow Global Warming

Widespread use of proven agricultural land management practices can help slow global warming. Low-tech ways of improving soil quality on farms and rangelands worldwide could pull significant amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere and slow the pace of climate change, according to a new UC Berkeley study. The researchers found that well-established agricultural management […]

Connectivity Explains Ecosystem Responses to Rainfall, Drought

In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers reveal techniques – inspired by the study of information theory – to track how changes in precipitation alter interactions between the atmosphere, vegetation and soil at two National Science Foundation Critical Zone Observatory sites in the western United States. “Information […]

Research Focuses on Factors that Fuel New Plant Invasions

A new research study published in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management tackles those questions and provides insights that can benefit land managers. Researchers from Miami University investigated the relative importance of seed dispersal, canopy disturbance, and soil disturbance on four invasive species growing in a mature Maryland forest: wine raspberry, Japanese barberry, multiflora […]

Human Wastewater Valuable to Global Agriculture, Economics

Cities produce and must manage huge quantities of wastewater. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a model to clarify what parts of the world may benefit most from re-circulation of human-waste-derived nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus from cities and back into farm fields. They report their findings in the journal Nature Sustainability. […]

This startup wants robots to pick vegetables grown in indoor farms

Artificial intelligence will soon be powering robots that will essentially replace farmers to pick vegetables. Thanks to the global warming, the increasing demand in agriculture, and the lack of ample land for farming, robotics is the solution seem by many to meet the demand of the exploding global population. An American startup, Root AI, is […]

Switching to organic farming could cut greenhouse gas emissions, study shows

Converting land from conventional agriculture to organic production could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the run-off of excess nitrogen from fertilisers, and cut pesticide use. It would also, according to a new report, be feasible to convert large amounts of currently conventionally farmed land without catastrophic harm to crop yields and without needing huge amounts of new land. […]

Assumed safety of pesticide use is false, says top government scientist

Damning assessment by one of the UK’s chief scientific advisers says global regulations have ignored the impacts of ‘dosing whole landscapes’ and must change. The assumption by regulators around the world that it is safe to use pesticides at industrial scales across landscapes is false, according to a chief scientific adviser to the UK government. […]

Organic Farming Doesn’t Mean Fairer Labor

The first organic unionized farm in America, Swanton is among an increasing number of growers adopting a new label: Food Justice Certified. Just ten miles north of Santa Cruz, a battered black-and-yellow pickup sits rusting in the grass along a gorgeous stretch of coastal California highway. From its bed rises a huge strawberry-shaped silhouette of […]

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