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Deadly new disease threatens largest wheat producing region

Researchers warn of a stem rust that could have returned to the largest wheat producing region in the world. Last year in Sicily, wheat crops were affected by a new and unusually harmful fungal infection, say researchers. Its spores could infect the harvest this year

Massive permaculture project lifts 2.5 million out of poverty

If you visit the Loess Plateau right now you will find a suitably luscious landscape in the province thought to be the cradle of Chinese civilisation. Agricultural land is rich in produce and animals, tourism levels have significantly increased, and farmers are reaping the rewards of

There is a bee crisis, but not the one you’re thinking of

If you’re a regular person, you probably think of bees as those fluffy flying insects that also make honey. Well, that isn’t wrong, but it also only describes the honey-bee. Ironically, although this bee is featured in the thumbnail of pretty much every article

Palm oil’s in everything and everywhere, and it’s destroying Asia’s rainforests

Palm oil has become an almost ubiquitous replacement for everything else, it is showcased as a healthier alternative to trans and more saturated fats and as a replacement to ethanol as biofuel. What we don’t see in this simple equation is the environmental cost, and I’m

9 Real Issues Wrongly Attributed to GMOs

When discussing and writing about GMOs, many arguments are put forth on why they are “bad” and should be avoided. However, many of these are not about GMOs, but rather, are issues that we’re facing in modern agriculture and in our economy. In this

Where allergies don’t, and probably do, come from

Allergies are frequently misunderstood, and that’s saying a lot since science doesn’t even fully understand them. But, what we do understand allows us to expose quackery and help steer our ship or knowledge towards the right answer. We’ll start with an interesting correlation: children

Baltimore schools giving all kids free breakfast and lunch

Since the beginning of June, every student in the city of Baltimore, regardless of income level, is being offered a free breakfast and lunch every school day under a federal program that allows school districts to eliminate a decades-old meal-subsidy structure for students in

7 things you probably didn’t realize about sugar

Sugar is a pretty sweet business: our evolution designed us to love it as the easy-to-use energy molecules that glucose,fructose, and sucrose are, so it should be no surprise that global sugar consumption rates have been rising non-stop for about half a century. What

France forcing supermarkets to give away leftover food

In the footsteps of a new law mandating commercial buildings to carry green roofs (covered in plants and/or solar panels), France has now struck a blow against food waste. A staggering 1/3 of all food is spoiled or squandered before anyone has the chance

What’s the problem with Bioenergy?

It’s a common assumption that bioenergy is a new green technology, or at least one that is a better alternative to current fossil fuels, but this often isn’t the case. Statistics behind bioenergy look impressive on the face of it. 33.6% of energy in