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Organic Agriculture Builds Healthy Soil, Stores More Carbon, Study Says

Organic Agriculture Builds Healthy Soil, Stores More Carbon, Study Says

Organizations in the agriculture industry may have a new reason for going organic: a new study indicates that soils on organic farms store away “appreciably” larger amounts of carbons, and for longer periods, than typical agricultural soils. The study is proof that not only do organic agricultural practices help fight … Read more »

We Don’t Always Write about Cows, but When We Do…

We Don’t Always Write about Cows, but When We Do…

Reflections from Jen… When I found myself searching cow images (and mulling dairy puns) for the third time in the span of two weeks, I had to stop to think. In all my years writing for Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today, I’m not sure I ever wrote about dairy … Read more »

CalCom Solar, Wexus Partner to Bring Water Savings to Ag Industry

CalCom Solar has partnered with Wexus Technologies to deploy technologies that will save energy and water in the farming industry. The California Energy Commission recently awarded Wexus a $4 million grant to commercialize a cloud-based, mobile platform for the agricultural industry. The platform is designed to make the industrial and … Read more »

Bunge Makes Sustainable Palm Oil Pledge

Global agribusiness giant Bunge has committed to building a traceable supply chain for 100 percent of the palm oil and palm derivatives it trades, processes and utilizes in commercial and consumer products worldwide. Bunge trades palm oil and derivative products, and uses the products as ingredients in some of its … Read more »

Report: Climate Change Increasing Conflict Risk in 32 Countries

Report: Climate Change Increasing Conflict Risk in 32 Countries

Climate change vulnerability and food insecurity is increasing the risks of conflict and civil unrest in 32 countries, including the emerging markets of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and the Philippines, according to a report by global risk analytics company Maplecroft. These risks in a country have the potential to destabilize … Read more »

How Big Data Helps Water Management

Canada’s Southern Ontario Water Consortium, a public-private-university initiative working in the areas of watershed, wastewater, drinking water management, ecotoxicology and sensor development is now generating big data for global research and development purposes. The new data integration platform for SOWC is being provided by Smarter Planet Solutions for IBM Canada. … Read more »

Monsanto Joins White House Panel On Climate Change And Farming

Monsanto joined a roundtable of leaders from the technology and agricultural sectors at the White House July 29 to offer their assistance and collaborative efforts as part of the President’s Climate Data Initiative. The focus of the meeting was on releasing data that will help make certain the country’s food … Read more »

Agriculture, Livestock Remain Major GHG Sources

Agriculture, Livestock Remain Major GHG Sources

Global greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector totaled 4.69 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2010, the most recent year for which data are available — an increase of 13 percent over 1990 emissions, according to Worldwatch Institute. By comparison, global CO2 emissions from transport totaled 6.76 billion … Read more »

agricultural runoff

USDA Launches Agricultural Water Quality Tool

A new online tool developed by scientists at the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service can help farmers and ranchers understand the quality of water flowing off their fields. The Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff (WQIag) — inspired by the Dow Jones Index — gives producers a complete picture of … Read more »

Coal, Cattle Ranching ‘Most Environmentally Costly’ Businesses

Coal-powered energy and cattle ranching are the two most environmentally expensive industries — and cost the economy more in environmental damage than they generate in revenue, according to a UN-backed report. Natural Capital at Risk – The Top 100 Externalities of Business by the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Business Coalition, … Read more »

UK to Oppose EU Ban on Pesticides Linked to Bee Decline

The UK is not expected to support the European Commission’s upcoming vote on a proposed Europe-wide ban of three pesticides linked to serious harms in bees, leaving it little chance of being passed. Owen Paterson, the UK’s environment secretary, is set to oppose the proposal, despite almost three-quarters of the … Read more »