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Agriculture causes much of global warming

Reuters / Food production accounts for up to 29 per cent of man-made greenhouse gases, twice previous UN estimates, according to a new study. The new study looked at emissions across the food system — including forest clearance, fertilizer production and transport — rather than just farming itself. But agriculture could profit by cutting its

Study says pesticide combinations put bumblebee colonies at risk

Reuters / Pesticides used in farming are also killing worker bumblebees and damaging their ability to gather food, meaning colonies that are vital for plant pollination are more likely to fail when they are used, says a study released Oct. 22. The United Nations has estimated that a third of all plant-based foods eaten by

African farmers responding to changing climate

Reuters / African farmers are finding new ways to cope with droughts, erosion and other ravages of climate change, but need to do more to thrive in an increasingly uncertain environment, scientists say. Smallholders have started to plant more drought-resistant and faster-growing crops to keep the harvests coming in, according to a survey of 700

Scientists are watching Ug99 closely

Wheat experts are stepping up monitoring of a crop disease first found in Africa in 1999 to minimize the spread of a deadly fungus that is also a threat in Asia, experts said Aug. 31. A “Rust-Tracker,” using data supplied by farmers and scientists, could now monitor the fungus in 27 developing nations across 42

Bee Deaths May Signal Wider Pollination Threat

Mass deaths of bee colonies in many parts of the world may be part of a wider, hidden threat to wild insect pollinators vital to human food supplies, a UN study indicated March 10. Declines in flowering plants, a spread of parasites, use of pesticides or air pollution were among more than a dozen factors

Eco-Farming Can Double Food Output By Poor

Many farmers in developing nat ions can double food production within a decade by shifting to ecological agriculture from use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, a UN report showed March 8. Insect-trapping plants in Kenya and Bangladesh’s use of ducks to eat weeds in rice paddies are among examples of steps taken to increase food