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Huge changes to farming are needed to avoid destroying Earth’s ability to feed its population

October 11th, 2018 / The Guardian, UK

Huge reductions in meat-eating are essential to avoid dangerous climate change, according to the most comprehensive analysis yet of the food system’s impact on the environment. In western countries, beef consumption needs to fall by 90% and be replaced by five times more beans and pulses.
The research also finds that …

Uganda’s soils undergoing last key changes, says soil scientist

July 13th, 2018 / Daily Monitor

A cross-section of scientists believe that Uganda’s fields have already entered the final stages of weathering. This means that the soils fertility of the land is not the same anymore. The situation has been worsened by bad farming practices, swamp degradation and over working the land among other factors. This …

Retaining forests benefits African farmers, new study finds

July 13th, 2018 / Global Landscapes Forum

The closer a farm is located to a forest, the better it performs in terms of livestock productivity and long-term soil sustainability, according to a recent study conducted in southern Ethiopia. Additionally, proximity to a forest increases the ability to deal with shocks and equality between households. The findings of the study …

Soil microbiome – research into practice

April 17th, 2017 / Claudia Canales, B4FA

The previous blog looked at the extraordinary complexity of life supported by soils, in particular healthy, productive soils. This is especially true in the rhizosphere, the soils directly affected by plant root secretions. Key functions modulated by microbes include plant nutrition through the release of inorganic phosphorous in soils, the …

OPINION | To feed the world in 2050 will require a global revolution

December 2nd, 2015 / PNAS

Achieving universal food security is a staggering challenge. Large population size, high per capita consumption, and inequality of wealth or income can each (and especially in combination) impede attempts to achieve progressive and effective policies that will be needed to reverse the trend toward persistent maldistribution and environmental degradation. But …

Ants are as effectives as pesticides

September 2nd, 2015 / Aarhus Science and Technology, Denmark

A new scientific review from Aarhus University shows that when farmers use ants as pest controllers, it is just as effective as using chemicals. In addition, the method is sustainable – and far cheaper. See …