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: More than 50 Australian plant species are facing extinction, NSW farmers lop trees to feed cattle, Japan set to resume commercial whaling and National Geographic’s running list of action on plastic pollution.
NSW Farmers Take up Tree Lopping to Feed Drought-Stricken Cattle
Farmers in the north-west of New South Wales are lopping hundreds of kurrajong trees in an effort to feed their cattle the trees’ leaves before the trees drop their leaves and reshoot.
More Than 50 Australian Plant Species Face Extinction Within Decade
More than 50 Australian plant species are under threat of extinction within the next decade, according to a major study of the country’s threatened flora.
Hemp Seed Demand Growing but More Education Needed About Difference to Cannabis, Experts Say
The Australian industrial hemp market is steadily growing, but industry leaders in Queensland say the public needs to be better educated about the difference between cannabis and hemp, for the industry to really excel.
Life on the Land with the Lama Lama Rangers – a Picture Essay
The Indigenous rangers in this Cape York national park are driven by their love of country and deep satisfaction to be finally back on their homelands
A Running List of Action on Plastic Pollution
The world is waking up to a crisis of ocean plastic—and National Geographic are tracking the developments and solutions as they happen.
Mexico’s Ten-Year Effort to Overturn the Dolphin Safe Tuna Label Ends in Defeat
Earth Island Journal
The World Trade Organization issued a final ruling last week on the long-running dispute between the US and Mexico over the US Dolphin Safe tuna label, declaring that the label does not “discriminate” against the Mexican tuna industry and is fully consistent with WTO rules.
Japan Confirms It Will Quit IWC to Resume Commercial Whaling
Japan is facing international condemnation after confirming it will resuming commercial whaling for the first time in more than 30 years.
US Livestock Farms No Longer Report Their Air Emissions
The New Food Economy
Recent actions by the GOP-controlled Congress and the Trump administration have exempted big livestock farms from reporting air emissions.
Ten Feelgood Environment Stories You May Have Missed in 2018
Here are ten upbeat environmental stories from this year that prove it’s not all doom and gloom.
This week: New migrant visa deal for food and farm jobs in Victoria, Costco’s 100 million chicken experiment, Cadbury dairy milk bars may become a thing of the past and the latest country rankings in the 2018 Food Sustainability Index.
New Migrant Visa Deal for Food, Farm Jobs a Pathway to Permanent Residency
Victoria’s south-west is the first region outside the Northern Territory to receive the five-year Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) to ease a workforce shortage, particularly in food processing, agriculture and hospitality.
Algae Entrepreneurs: Today’s Science Students, Tomorrow’s Food Security Experts
Sydney Morning Herald
You don’t need to own land or have a farming background to get into food. Sustainable agriculture and food security are so much bigger than that – and so small it includes microalgae.
The Suburbs Are the Spiritual Home of Overconsumption. but They Also Hold the Key to a Better Future
The average consumerist suburban lifestyle is unsustainable. But what if affluent suburbanites and battlers alike ditch the rat race and embrace economic ‘degrowth’? Here’s how it might unfold.
Opinion: Five Things You Need to Know About Drought
Queensland Country Life
While the outpouring of support for farmers has been largely welcome, most farmers would trade the kindness in a heartbeat for a better understanding of what they do, year in, year out.
Costco’s 100 Million Chickens Will Change the Face of Nebraska
The state has paved the way for Costco’s experiment in extreme vertical integration for years. But farmers and activists brought together in opposition envision another way forward.
EU Launches Knowledge Centre for Global Food and Nutrition Security
Led by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, the new platform will serve as a reference point for scientific data and publicly-accessible briefings, interactive maps, databases and reports aimed at identifying priority areas for EC action.
Cadbury’s Stark Warning: Radical Action Needed to Keep the Chocolate Flowing
Cadbury has warned Dairy Milk bars could become a thing of the past if radical action isn’t taken soon.
Palm Oil Is Unavoidable. Can It Be Sustainable?
Our appetite for the oil hurts the environment and wildlife. But Gabon hopes to show how to build an industry while protecting its forests.
Report: 2018 Food Sustainability Index
Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition
The Food Sustainability Index ranks 67 countries on food system sustainability. It is a quantitative and qualitative benchmarking model that measures the sustainability of food systems across three categories: Food Loss and Waste, Sustainable Agriculture and Nutritional Challenges.
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