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World powers round on Donald Trump at UN over climate change

China, the UK, the European Union and Brazil have all filed questions at the United Nations about the United States’ policies on climate change amid …

Donald Trump

Solar-powered tiny houses take the spotlight in California competition

Some 20,000 people showed up to tour these designs<p>For over a decade, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition has challenged college students around the world to build the most energy-efficient solar-powered house. The biennial event is impressive for sure (just look at last …

Santa Clara University

Tough agriculture market spurs trading alliances and ventures

Some of the world’s biggest traders of agricultural commodities are seeking new alliances and joint ventures as they battle tough market conditions …

Selling
Agriculture
United Kingdom

Will Precision Agriculture Bring You Food Grown by Drones, Using Swarm Intelligence?

“The application of swarm robotics to precision agriculture represents a paradigm shift with a tremendous potential impact” says Dr. Vito Trianni, …

Harnessing The Plant Microbiome For Cleaner, Pesticide-Free Agriculture

To meet rising food demand, we need to do better than relying on toxic chemical products.<p>We may need 70% more crop production by 2050 to keep up with food demand, and that’s scary for several reasons. One, yield gains are flattening out among farmers in developed countries, despite high use of …

Cape Town

Urban farms flourish, but neighbors feel growing pains

<i>Detroit</i> — If Matthew Wollack has his way, a desolate section of the city’s east side will get new life in the form of an 11-acre apple orchard.<p>The …

Urban Agriculture

Post-industrial agriculture: France's field-to-table approach to food

Finding the perfect harvest item from a local grower is one of the joys of strolling through a French market. But life isn't always easy for French …

Farming

A farm bill just for urban agriculture?

Yes, if Sen. Debbie Stabenow has her way. The Michigan Democrat announced The Urban Agriculture Act in Detroit on Monday.<p>The Department of …

Urban Agriculture

Federal Dollars for Urban Farms

A new agriculture bill could help city growers expand their operations.<p>Urban farming has deep roots in Detroit, as I reported in a three-part series last month. Some 1,400 farms are scattered across the city’s 139 square miles. Many farmers are concerned that their land will be razed and …

Aquaponics

Small Business with Microfarming in the Village and Urban Areas

Small-scale farming usually swiftly surfaces as a quest that could possibly help resolve every one of these. Most reject the concept of coming to be …

Small Business

Will This New Bill Level the Playing Field for Urban Farms?

Urban farming received a legitimizing nod last month when Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) introduced the Urban Agriculture Act of 2016 in hopes …

Urban Agriculture

A desert farm is growing tomatoes on seawater and solar power

Agriculturalists dream of making deserts bloom. Now the dream is coming true using sun, seawater, and little else.<p>On 20 hectares in the South Australian desert, Sundrop Farms—officially launched on Oct. 6—uses a field of 23,000 mirrors to produce energy for electricity and water conversion. …

Farming

Can agroecology feed the world and save the planet?

As agricultural production across the world is increasingly threatened by climate change and overpopulation, some farmers are exploring radical alternatives like agroecology – which might just be the answer to global hunger<p>You wouldn’t necessarily know it, but right now Africa is facing a food …

Agriculture
Agriculture

Trump and Clinton don’t like Obama’s TPP trade deal, but American farmers are trying to save it

With only one month until the US presidential election and just three months until US president Barack Obama officially vacates the White House, the fate of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) hangs in the balance.<p>At stake for American farmers is a mouthwatering opportunity to tap …

Farmers Are Manipulating Microbiomes to Help Crops Grow

In the back of Indigo’s Boston headquarters—past the gleaming new desks, past empty rooms awaiting new employees after a $100 million fundraising …

The Age of Vertical Farming Is Officially Upon Us

Farming Evolution<p>The world population is currently ballooning, and the problem is only expected to get worse as the decades go by. With the world …

Haiti: Very grim picture of the agricultural sector - Domar Agri

On Monday, the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR) released a first partial report of extensive damage caused …

What Does Organic Really Mean? | Women's Health

The essence of the meaning of organic, as defined by the USDA is this:<p>No synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides<br>• No sewage sludge<br>• No irradiation<br>• No genetic engineering (GMOs)<br>• Organic livestock must have access to the outdoors and grass in humane conditions and must be fed …

Natural food industry missing opportunity with future farmers

One of the most important annual trade shows for the organic and natural food business is coming up October 19-21st in Indianapolis. Too bad hardly …

Ethical arguments won't end factory farming. Technology might.

"This is an insane system." — Bruce Friedrich, The Good Food Institute<p>As a meat-eater, I have a hard time talking about the ethics of animal agriculture. I can’t justify myself. Our industrial farming system is a moral (and ecological) horror, and to the extent that I participate in that, I’m …

Agriculture

Science Barge floating farm gets decked out in new solar electric system

The Science Barge is a fully functioning off-grid urban farm and environmental education center on the Hudson River that teaches students about the …

Climate Change

Ayush Ministry raises concerns over GM crops

In context: The Genetically Modified (GM) crop debate<p>What are GM crops?<p>Genetically modified (GM) crops are plants which are used for agricultural …

Agriculture