This week: Australian Labor Party plan to review Murray-Darling Basin Plan, calls for a ‘food production zone’ in Melbourne, Britain’s widespread loss of pollinating insects and reducing the environmental footprint of rice production.
Murray-Darling Basin Plan to Be Reviewed If Labor Elected
Federal Labor has signalled it will withdraw support for a major part of Murray-Darling Basin Plan, if elected.
Calls for Dedicated ‘Food Production Zone’ to Preserve Farming Areas in Melbourne’s Food Bowl
Melbourne’s food bowl is at serious risk of disappearing to housing development unless significant changes are made, according to a new report.
‘Common Sense’: Littleproud Backs Victoria Plan to Earn Carbon Credits by Forest Conservation
The agriculture minister, David Littleproud, is breaking ranks on federal forest policy and backing a long-stalled proposal for Victoria to earn carbon credits through native forest conservation – a move which suggests curbing logging.
8 Aussie Teachers and Students Explain Their Passion for Agriculture
Teachers and students explain why they are passionate about agriculture, why it deserves more prominence in schools and what needs to be done to improve education about the industry.
New Consortium to Reduce Environmental Footprint of Rice Production
A new global consortium, the Sustainable Rice Landscapes Initiative, will bring together expertise from international organizations, research institutions and business groups to tackle the enormous environmental footprint of rice production.
Widespread Losses of Pollinating Insects Revealed Across Britain
A widespread loss of pollinating insects in recent decades has been revealed by the first national survey in Britain, which scientists say “highlights a fundamental deterioration” in nature.
In Indonesia, a Company Intimidates, Evicts and Plants Oil Palm Without Permits
A state-owned plantation company is evicting farmers to make room for an oil palm estate on the eastern Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The case is one of thousands of land disputes simmering across Indonesia, as President Joko Widodo attempts to carry out an ambitious land reform program.
Desert Green: Jordanians on Frontline of Climate Change Turn to Permaculture
Middle East Eye
Facing drought and rising temperatures, Jordan is on the frontline of climate change. Abu ElHajj’s mission is to green the desert in Jordan.
Photo Essay: Puerto Rico’s Small Farmers Rebuild, with Help from Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen
A year and a half after Hurricane María struck the island, grants from World Central Kitchen are helping dozens of small farmers start fresh.
This week: Australia’s live export regulation review, farming and agriculture in the age of Trump, the environmental impact of Brexit and can the ocean really be cleaned up?
Live Export Review Implementation Has Some Graziers Saying They’re Being ‘Regulated out of Existence’
Big changes to the regulation of live sheep and cattle export voyages signalled this week in the release of a comprehensive Federal Government review have drawn mixed reactions from industry and animal welfare groups.
How Will Australia Feed Our Growing Population?
In broad-ranging conversation, a special panel line-up explored food waste, genetically modified crops, veganism, obesity, a sugar tax, organic farming – and a host of other issues. Whose job it is to ensure we grow the right foods sustainably in Australia?
Plastic Pollution: Can the Ocean Really Be Cleaned Up?
While the ultimate goal is to stop plastics from entering the water in the first place, cleanup projects play an important role.
Salmonella Egg Recall a Reminder About Hygiene but Not Cause for Panic, Scientist Says
The recall of hundreds of thousands of eggs due to the detection of salmonella should not prompt panic, but should serve as a reminder for Australians to adopt proper food hygiene practices, according to a researcher.
Farming and Agriculture in the Age of Trump
The American Interest
As is the case elsewhere these days, corporate interests are in, worker safety, environmental stewardship, fairness, common sense, and facts are out.
The Environmental Impact of Brexit
With two-thirds of EU regulatory environmental protections already enshrined in UK law, is farming really in danger from Brexit?
Asia Prepares for Crop Battle with Fall Armyworm
UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization warns pest is “here to stay” – but it can be managed to limit damage.
Weedkiller Glyphosate a ‘Substantial’ Cancer Factor
A US jury has found that one of the world’s most widely-used weedkillers was a “substantial factor” in causing a man’s cancer.
In Ethiopia, Women and Faith Drive Effort to Restore Biodiversity
Firewood and charcoal make up nearly 90 percent of household energy consumption in Ethiopia, where the reliance on fuelwood has endured despite negative environmental impacts and unsustainable growth.
This week: Could Australia’s first Modern Slavery Act help stamp out slave labour from seafood supply chains, saving Japan’s seed heritage, and the impact of targeted vegan campaigns on livestock farmers’ mental health.
A Warning for Wine-Lovers: Climate Change Is Messing with Your Favourite Tipple’s Timing
Record-breaking daily maximum temperatures, warmer than average overnight temperatures, and increasingly erratic weather patterns are playing havoc with the way wine grapes grow and ripen.
Dairy Industry Welcomes NSW Election Commitments but Warn of Ongoing ‘Deregulation Disaster’
Dairy farmers have welcomed a commitment from both sides of politics ahead of the NSW election, but some fear it will not be enough to address “systemic problems” they say were caused by industry deregulation.
Fish Sold in Australia Being Caught by Modern-Day Slaves Who Are Forced to Spend Months at Sea
Australian fishmongers and academics are hoping the introduction of Australia’s first Modern Slavery Act will help stamp out slave labour from our seafood supply chains.
Lab-Grown Meat and Ancient Grains – What Will Be on the Menu in 2050?
Sydney Morning Herald
By 2050, Australians will be eating less of the classic meat-and-three-veg and more foods produced to suit our rapidly changing world – such as lab-grown meat, rooftop-grown tomatoes and fermented soy products rich in protein.
Online Abuse and Farm Protests: The Vegans Impacting on Farmers’ Mental Health
Sustainable Food Trust
As part of an ongoing series exploring the debate around what constitutes a healthy and sustainable diet in which we are featuring different outside perspectives, Jessica Brown looks at the impact targeted vegan campaigns are having on individual livestock farmers.
How America’s Food Giants Swallowed the Family Farms
Across the midwest, the rise of factory farming is destroying rural communities. And the massive corporations behind this devastation are now eyeing a post-Brexit UK market.
Is Singapore’s Decades-Long Shift Away from Agriculture About to Take a U-Turn?
More calls for renascent food production and processing sector in Singapore have been made to encourage increased production for food security but also as a potential value-adding sector which could foster new livelihoods.
In his new book, Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food, Wise explores the ways in which U.S. food and agricultural policies can distort global markets and impact communities around the world.
Long form: Saving Japan’s Seed Heritage from “Free Trade”
A broad “Coalition to Protect Japanese Seeds” has been formed by food coops, citizens’ groups, NGOs and farmers to issue ordinances that protect Japan’s native seeds, in the absence of adequate national laws.
Image courtesy of Future Feeders
It’s admittedly been a while between drinks. But Friday Feed is back for 2019 with a weekly dose of the latest food and farming research, news and feelgood features from Australia and around the globe.
This week: National Regenerative Agriculture Day launches in Australia, why we need to build awareness of native and indigenous Australian food, new study finds that just four crops are dominating farms globally and how does the EAT-Lancet diet pan out in practice?
The Big Dry: Feeding the Future – National Regenerative Agriculture Day
A nationwide challenge has begun to spend Valentine’s Day sending love to farmers with a regenerative twist. It’s called National Regenerative Agriculture Day and it’s hijacking February 14.
Shark Bay: A World Heritage Site at Catastrophic Risk
Everyone knows the Great Barrier Reef is in peril. But a continent away, Western Australia’s Shark Bay is also threatened by marine heatwaves that could alter this World Heritage ecosystem forever.
Cream of the Crop: Innovation and Resilience a Key Crop in the Future Generation of Farmers
If adaptation is the key to evolution, our next generation of farmers could be up to the challenge. These four young regional famers are already tackling some big challenges through innovation and adaptation.
Aboriginal Foodways: Towards a Return of Native Food in Australia
Sustainable Food Trust
In Australia, as a ‘foodie’, cosmopolitan and multicultural society that wholeheartedly embraces ethnic cuisines from around the world, Australians remain surprisingly unaware about what is native and indigenous Australian food.
Why Are Insects in Decline, and Can We Do Anything About It?
Answers to key questions about the global insect collapse.
Italian Farmers Destroy Milk in Protest Over Falling Prices
Farmers and shepherds on the Italian island of Sardinia have been pouring their milk away, saying they would rather destroy it than sell it for next to nothing.
A Very Small Number of Crops Are Dominating Globally: That’s Bad News for Sustainable Agriculture
A new study finds that globally we are growing more of the same kinds of crops, and this presents major challenges for agricultural sustainability on a global scale.
To Fight Deforestation First Tackle Inequality, Study Says
The world is losing its tropical forests at an alarming rate, despite increased efforts to save them. A recent study now shows that the best way to tackle deforestation, at least in Latin America, is to reduce inequality.
Eat-Lancet Says You Can Save the Planet on Its Diet. I Tried It for a Week
The New Food Economy
We know the broad strokes: Less meat, more beans. But true sustainability also means considering the practical realities of eating.
Photo courtesy of Future Feeders