European wheat lacks climate resilience

From EurekAlert! Public Release: 26-Dec-2018 European wheat lacks climate resilience European farmers need to take a new course with regard to ensuring climate-resilience of important crops such as wheat Aarhus University The climate is not only warming, it is also becoming more variable and extreme. Such unpredictable weather can weaken global food security if major…

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Changes in agriculture could cut sector non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions by up to 50 percent

From Eurekalert Public Release: 17-Dec-2018 International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis The agricultural sector is the world’s largest source of non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions, and IIASA-led research has found that changing agricultural practices and a shift in diet away from meat and dairy products could reduce the sector’s emissions by up to 50% by 2050…

Organic food worse for the climate

From Eurekalert Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required. This is the finding of a new international study, published in the journal Nature Chalmers University of Technology IMAGE: The crops per hectare are significantly lower in organic farming, which, according to the…

Simple steps to climate-proof farms have big potential upside for tropical farmers

From Eurekalert Public Release: 6-Dec-2018 Climate-smart agriculture boosts yields, mitigates extreme weather impact and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. A study in Central America, Africa and Asia points to profitable opportunities for farmers and the environment International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Cacao farmers in Nicaragua lose their crop, the main ingredient for chocolate, to fungal…

Climate is Not the Only Limit to Agriculture

Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball (Adaptation of article originally published in The Landowner) “Agriculture… is the first in utility, and ought to be the first in respect.” Thomas Jefferson “There are no farms in the cities, but there are no cities without farms.” Tim Ball There are marked differences between the atmosphere and nature of…

Global Warming to bring biblical insect plague

From the UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT and the “plague of locusts” department Global warming: More insects, eating more crops Global loss of wheat, rice and maize projected to rise 10-25 percent per degree of warming Crop losses for critical food grains will increase substantially as the climate warms, as rising temperatures increase the metabolic rate and population…