Agriculture v/s Environment
From theory to practice: Perspectives on Climate-Smart agriculture in India and Africa
The impact of climate change on agricultural food systems the world over cannot be overemphasised enough. A strong scientific consensus has already been reached regarding the projected long -term impacts of climate change globally, regionally and locally. (FAO, 2018) It is expected that climate risks related to extreme weather events – such as droughts and floods, and changes in local weather patterns – will affect ecosystems and, by extension, communities. Therefore, communities and ecosystems will need to adapt to the emerging conditions and build their resilience.
Netherlands launches 2030 vision to protect biodiversity in agriculture
The Dutch government has launched a new vision for the country’s agriculture, which prioritises the protection of natural resources and the reduction of the sector’s environmental impact.
The new 2030 Plant Protection Vision is based on two principles: innovative plant breeding and precision or smart farming, which are both hot topics for the future of EU farming.
Cornell, Tamil Nadu to collaborate on climate-smart agriculture
An agreement signed in January between Cornell and the drought-stricken Indian state of Tamil Nadu has brought a delegation of engineers from India to Cornell for three days of learning about the latest in water resource management. “Water is the critical link between the climate, humans and the environment, and no resource is as critical to human survival,” said Ronnie Coffman, director of International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (IP-CALS), welcoming members of the Tamil Nadu-Irrigated Agriculture Modernization Project (TN-IAMP).
Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture – Organic Farming the Vegan Way
This question seems superfluous at first glance, since it is generally assumed that these staple foods are vegan per se because they do not contain any animal ingredients. However, if one looks at the common production of fruits and vegetables, it can be seen that, especially in organic farming, organic inputs of animal origin such as manure and slaughterhouse waste (blood meal, bristle meal, feather meal and horn chips) are often used for fertilisation.
Growing Corn Is A Major Contributor To Air Pollution, Study Finds
That changed Monday with a study published in Nature Sustainability. It modeled how the production of a single crop, corn, contributes to air pollution in the United States. The researchers found that corn production accounts for 4,300 premature deaths related to air pollution every year in the United States. Ammonia from fertilizer application was by far the largest contributor to corn's air pollution footprint.
Efficiency up, pollution down in farming sector in China
China has made great progress in promoting agriculture over the past several years, resulting in reduced environmental pollution, according to a report released by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
The use of synthetic fertilizers in China started to decline after reaching a peak in 2015, with about 59 million metric tons used in 2017, which is a decrease of more than 1.6 million tons from 2015, the report said.
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ARTICLE: 2030 climate goals in agriculture can only be reached by reducing livestock – report
ARTICLE (AFRICA): Solving Two Major Problems Plaguing Africa; Commercial Organic Fertilizers From Urban Organic Wastes
ARTICLE: Climate Smart Agriculture: How can we be smart about it?
ARTICLE: Meat And Agriculture Are Worse For The Climate Than Dirty Energy, Steven Chu Says
ARTICLE: Water Scarcity Forum Calls for Urgently Adapting Agriculture, Food Systems
Interview: China leads world in ecological civilization efforts: American scholar
China has been committed to a sustainable development path and has taken the lead in global ecological civilization efforts, said U.S. ecological philosopher John Cobb, Jr. in a recent interview with Xinhua.
"No other country has adopted a goal of ecological civilization like China did, and no other country has taken a similar kind of effect," said Cobb, a 93-year-old member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
"That's tremendous leadership in itself," he said.
Insect-deterring sorghum compounds may be eco-friendly pesticide
Compounds produced by sorghum plants to defend against insect feeding could be isolated, synthesized and used as a targeted, nontoxic insect deterrent, according to researchers who studied plant-insect interactions that included field, greenhouse and laboratory components.
To defend against pests like the aphids, sorghum has evolved defenses that includes biosynthesis of secondary metabolites, including flavonoids to poison the pests.