Sustainability

Carbon Dioxide Levels Jump Higher Than Experts' Worse Case Scenario

WASHINGTON (AP) - New U.S. Energy Department figures show the biggest jump ever in heat-trapping carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere last year.

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Food Prices and Insecurity Are Predicted to Increase in The Next Decade

A new UN report has concluded that high food prices are likely to continue and possibly increase over the next decade which could lead to increased food insecurity in many countries.

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Factory Farms Produce 100 Times More Waste Than All People In the US Combined and It's Killing Our Drinking Water

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently delivered a major victory to factory farms. Under a 2008 EPA rule, any confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) "designed, constructed, operated, and maintained in a manner such that the CAFO will discharge" animal waste must apply for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit under the Clean Water Act. The livestock industry ridiculed the notion that a farm must apply for a permit to discharge manure whether it intended to discharge it or not. And while, when phrased that way, it might sound ridiculous to you too, the details of the case betray a different story.

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To Meet Predicted Population Growth UK Farmers Will Need Help to Increase Production

Food production will need to rise substantially by 2026, when the UK population is expected to reach 70 Million, according to the National Farmers Union, which represents the interests of the UK's farmers.

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What Is Genetic Engineering?

Genetic Engineering: It's a topic many find both fascinating and concerning, and with good reason. The idea that we could solve the world's hunger problems and eliminate our dependence on non-renewable fuel sources, that science could literally save the planet, could save us from ourselves, is undoubtedly appealing on first glance. But whether we, as a people, can possibly accomplish these goals through genetic engineering is not nearly as pressing an issue as whether we should.

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Smaller Farmers Could be Adversely Affected by Stricter EU Plant Protection Rules

The EU has completed a review being carried out into approved substances in plant protection products been and as a result more rigorous rules and regulations were published in June 2011.

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New Research on the Relationship Between Land Use, Farming and Biodiversity

New research has prompted debate on how best to use land for farming and to preserve biodiversity.

A study by researchers at the UK's Cambridge University was carried out in Ghana and India to assess the diversity of birds and trees on land being farmed in a variety of ways as well as land that was left natural. The research also looked at the amount of food being produced.

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There is Encouraging News on the Environment and Farming

Recently there have been two pieces of positive news on the environmental and farming fronts recently, one of them in the UK, the other affecting farming right across the world.

In the UK it has been reported that many rivers across the country have been cleansed of their industrial past as pollution controls have been tightened and enforced, and water quality gradually improved.

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Sustainable Farming Can Improve Our Diets and Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases

The targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the UK have been set at 80% by 2050, with a 34% cut by 2030.

One recent illustration of the global effects of climate change already being seen in the news has been that the rising sea water level is now increasing the salt content of the river water in the Mekong Delta and threatening the livelihoods of millions of Vietnam's poor farmers and fishermen. There are already three grams of salt per litre of fresh water in the rivers now and at the moment those nearest the sea are the most affected.

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Fewer UK Farmers Are Converting Their Land to Organic Growing

The acreage of land being converted to organic cultivation across the UK has gone down by around 60%, according to figures released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The reduction is being blamed in part on reduced demand from the country's major supermarkets as consumers cut back on food spending following the recession, rising prices and the rise in the cost of living.

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