Forest edges have genetic consequences: a further threat for lemurs in Madagascar?

Natural habitats such as forests continue to be destroyed at an alarming pace across the globe and are becoming increasingly fragmented.…


Dairy foods and meat, good for all ages?

The animal article of the month for August is ‘Review: Dairy foods, red meat and processed meat in the diet: implications for health at key life stages‘ People are living longer but rising obesity increases the risk of a number of long term diseases such as type 2 diabetes which increases the risk of other problems such as heart disease and stroke.…


Organic smallholders are cultivating resilient rice systems

In the Philippines, organic rice systems are proving to be more climate resilient than conventional rice systems. This is according to a Self-evaluation and Holistic Assessment of climate Resilience of farmers and Pastoralists (SHARP), a methodological tool developed by a team at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.…


Researchers document the role rainfall plays in organic weed control

Organic  growers can face tough challenges when it comes to weed control.  But new research published in the journal Weed Science shows weather conditions and well-timed cultural management techniques can make a big difference.…


Demand for wild bear bile in Vietnam is not satisfied by commercially farmed alternatives

For the past 20 years in Vietnam, thousands of bears have been held in cages up and down the country so that bile, extracted directly from a bear’s gallbladder, can supply the Traditional Asian Medicine market.…


Confronting Drought Impacts in Puerto Rico

There was a time when agriculture was widespread across all of Puerto Rico, and many of its citizens were in some way associated with agricultural labor.…


Innovations for Agrifood Resilience

How do we create resilience in the agrifood system?   With every new day we better understand the impact of humans on the environment, particularly our impact on the global climate.…


Towards an improved estimation of animal feed efficiency

The animal article of the month for July is ‘Isolating the cow-specific part of residual energy intake in lactating dairy cows using random regressions ‘ Improving feed efficiency is essential for sustainable livestock farming: it is expected to reduce feed resources use and to decrease waste and environmental impacts.…