Agriculture Trends 2018

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Is this goodbye? Chocolate producing plants will go extinct by 2050

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have said that a temperature rise of just 2.1 degrees centigrade might put an end to the chocolate industry...

By Njideka Agbo 9 Jan 2018

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Blockchain Food Safety Alliance formed to enhance supply chain transparency
Blockchain Food Safety Alliance formed to enhance supply chain transparency

Walmart, JD.com, IBM and Tsinghua University National Engineering Laboratory for E-Commerce Technologies have formed a Blockchain Food Safety Alliance...

19 Dec 2017

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Wines and their labels: Crafting narratives that speak to us

If wine brands want to signify their differences and tell a story, be it real or fictional, about their product, they do so primarily through label design...

By Franck Celhay 14 Dec 2017

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Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces
Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces

Better soil management could boost carbon stored in the top layer of the soil by up to 1.85 gigatonnes each year, about the same as the carbon emissions of transport globally...

By Thin Lei Win 21 Nov 2017

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Meat without animals to hit shelves in 2021
Meat without animals to hit shelves in 2021

A growing number of startups are trying to produce meat products without using animals, with a view to addressing concerns about animal welfare and the carbon footprint of meat...

10 Nov 2017

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More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study
More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study

Planting more trees, farming more sustainably and conserving wetlands could significantly slash the amount of carbon emissions that humanity spews into the atmosphere...

17 Oct 2017

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Bayer sells crop science units to ease Monsanto takeover
Bayer sells crop science units to ease Monsanto takeover

Bayer announced a multi-billion-euro deal Friday to sell parts of its agrichemical business to rival BASF, easing the path of its planned takeover of US seed maker Monsanto...

16 Oct 2017

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Underwater nurseries help revive Mediterranean fish stocks

Ecocean harvests baby fish, nurtures them onshore and then returns them to the sea after a short acclimatisation period in an underwater "bio-hut" or nursery...

13 Oct 2017

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Polluted chicken muck piling up in The Netherlands
Polluted chicken muck piling up in The Netherlands

Tonnes of chicken muck contaminated with a banned insecticide are piling up in hundreds of Dutch poultry farms hit by the tainted-egg scandal...

12 Oct 2017

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FAO calls on all countries to join PSMA, crack down on illegal fishing
FAO calls on all countries to join PSMA, crack down on illegal fishing

"Healthy oceans are a vital condition for the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development..."

9 Oct 2017

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The fight against antimicrobial resistance depends on good agricultural practices
The fight against antimicrobial resistance depends on good agricultural practices

"Good health, good productivity and good economies depend on safe and nutritious food. Prudent use of antimicrobials in public health and agriculture is essential to achieve this."

26 Sep 2017

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Chocolate industry driving deforestation of Ivory Coast: report
Chocolate industry driving deforestation of Ivory Coast: report

The chocolate industry is indirectly driving massive and illegal deforestation in Ivory Coast, fuelling a catastrophic decline in wildlife...

15 Sep 2017

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DowDuPont a done deal

The successful merger of Dow and DuPont has been announced - operating as a holding company under the name DowDuPont with three divisions: agriculture, materials science, and specialty products...

4 Sep 2017

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Agriculture a culprit in global warming, says US research
Agriculture a culprit in global warming, says US research

Agriculture has contributed nearly as much to climate change as deforestation by intensifying global warming, according to US research that has quantified the amount of carbon taken from the soil by farming...

By Ellen Wulfhorst 25 Aug 2017

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McDonalds to limit use of antibiotics in chicken supply
McDonalds to limit use of antibiotics in chicken supply

McDonalds says it will start globally rolling back use of antibiotics in its chicken products from 2018 as part of efforts to curb microbial resistance to drugs...

25 Aug 2017

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Contaminated eggs show continuing problems with supply chain
Contaminated eggs show continuing problems with supply chain

Another food scandal: this time eggs used for making sandwiches and other processed products that contain traces of an insecticide called fipronil...

By Lisa Jack 17 Aug 2017

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New study: Pesticides increase extinction risk for bumblebee populations

Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides that are used on agricultural crops to control insect pests. Unfortunately, numerous studies have shown that they can also damage beneficial insects like bumblebees...

By Mark Brown 16 Aug 2017

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#CSIMonth: An opportunity to use commercial enterprises to ensure global food security
#CSIMonth: An opportunity to use commercial enterprises to ensure global food security

We chat to President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib, the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017, about his win, entrepreneurship and feeding the world...

By Cari Coetzee 18 Jul 2017

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Growing food in the post-truth era

The global food system has been operating in post-truth mode for decades. Having constructed food scarcity as a justification for a second Green Revolution, Big Agriculture now employs...

By Alana Mann 6 Jul 2017

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Global status of commercialised biotech/GM crops

A year after the second decade of commercialisation of biotech/GM crops in 2016, 26 countries grew 185.1m hectares of biotech crops - an increase of 5.4m hectares or 3% from 179.7m hectares in 2015...

4 Jul 2017

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EkoFarmer: High-tech turnkey solution for businesses who want to grow their own
EkoFarmer: High-tech turnkey solution for businesses who want to grow their own

Finish enterprise Exsilio has developed a high-tech solution comprising a redesigned container for growing salad and herbs, among others, in urban environments. The social aspect of urban farming is also prominent...

28 Jun 2017

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Disrupted agriculture, high food prices deepens food insecurity in Africa

While large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are booming for global food supply, protracted fighting and unrest are increasing displaced and hungry people elsewhere...

12 Jun 2017

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Blockchain seen as tool in food safety
Blockchain seen as tool in food safety

The food industry is turning to the same technology used by virtual currencies to strengthen food safety and inventory management by tracking meats and crops...

6 Jun 2017

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Resurgence in global wood production

Global production of all major wood products is showing its largest growth since the global economic downturn of 2008-2009, according to new data...

22 Dec 2015