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Smaller farmer's fields can reduce biodiversity loss and increase wild plants, birds, beetles and bats
Smaller farmer's fields can reduce biodiversity loss and increase wild plants, birds, beetles and bats

Around the world, biodiversity is dropping precipitously. In North America, about three billion birds have been lost over recent decades and amphibian populations are declining at a rate of about four per cent per year. Globally, insects are vanishing at a rate of about nine per cent per decade.

By Lenore Fahrig 4 hours ago

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Global poultry production to reach 137m tonnes in 2020

In 2019, the global poultry market increased by 6% to $231.5bn, rising for the third consecutive year after two years of decline.

The market value increased at an average annual rate of +4.4% from 2009 to 2019. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011 with an increase of 11% year-on-year. Global consumption peaked in 2019 and is expected to retain growth in the near future.

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EU contributes €15m to the fight against desert locust in Africa

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' (FAO) director-general, QU Dongyu has welcomed a €15m contribution from the European Union to fight the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa as a new wave of locusts is emerging in the region.

9 Jul 2020

Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil - new findings
Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil - new findings

Born in the Netherlands and brought up in Germany, it wasn't until I was 21 that I met my first coconut. It was on a beach in Thailand where I ended up during a one-year sojourn away from home, trying to grow up. With nothing better to do, I picked up a husky fruit lying in the sand, and spent the next few hours trying to open it with my bare hands. A few scratches and broken fingernails later, I managed to get to the nut's core.

By Erik Meijaard 7 Jul 2020

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