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Reap what you sow: ensuring responsible stewardship in agricultural investment

As the Wellcome Trust buys up the Co-operative Group’s farms, four tips on how to invest sustainably in agricultural land<p>The Wellcome Trust’s recent acquisition of the Co-operative Group’s farm business for £249m has turned the spotlight on investment in agricultural land in the UK.<p>While the number …

The rise of south-south trade: a challenge for sustainable agriculture

Trade in agricultural commodities between southern countries is booming, but with a lack of sustainability standards, a crisis is brewing<p>Patterns of trade and the distribution of market power in the global economy are shifting – rapidly. In the past, most trade in agricultural commodities occurred …

Drones may provide big lift to agriculture when FAA allows their use

When Steve Morris began building unmanned aerial systems in the late 1990s, he envisioned flying them over fields and collecting data that would be useful to farmers.<p>But after the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, drones became largely associated with military strikes and surveillance operations. …

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Brazil's Silva, a lifelong environmentalist, courts big agriculture | Reuters

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva, an icon of the green movement, is cozying up to old adversaries in the sugar and ethanol industry as she seeks to win over the powerful farm lobby ahead of next month’s election.<p>Presidential candidate Marina Silva of Brazilian …