Reducing phosphorus waste in the food system

We are wasting a mineral essential for our food security. A mineral without which crops and grass cannot grow, i.e. phosphorus.…


Dairy foods and meat, good for all ages?

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.…


Research focuses on factors that fuel new plant invasions

Which environmental factors are most important to the establishment of new plants of invasive species? Is it seed dispersal from existing plants?…


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.…


Beehive fences protect farms from foraging elephants in Tanzania

Southern Tanzania is home to over half of East Africa’s elephants making it a globally important region for their conservation. Unfortunately, abrupt boundaries between protected areas and farmland mean elephants easily wander into village farms and eat or trample human food crops or both.…


New study shows timing is an important factor in auxin damage

With the introduction of crops engineered for resistance to the auxin herbicides, concern has soared about unintentional injury to auxin-sensitive crops through off-target spray drift, volatility and spray tank contamination.…


Finding fresh ways of tackling Negative Energy Balance in dairy cattle

The animal article of the month for June is ‘Integrated regulatory network reveals novel candidate regulators in the development of negative energy balance in cattle‘ The biological cycle of milk production for dairy cows is a crucial factor for dairy farmers.…