The use of horses in tillage operations helps to ensure soil health. Photo: Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)

French horses replace tractors to become soil doctors

Three hundred French winegrowers rely on animal traction to till the soil. An unusual choice which generates benefits for soil health and more
Dal 1990 ad oggi le emissioni dell'industria alimentare globale sono aumentate dell'8%. Foto: Pxfuel Free for commercial use, DMCA https://www.pxfuel.com/en/free-photo-oimhn

“Food system generates one third of all human-caused GHG emissions”

Historically underestimated, emissions from pre- and post-production activities weigh strongly on estimates of food industry's total climate footprint. Mr. Tubiello (FAO): "Zero balance is no longer enough, we need to reduce the impact of all sectors."
Agriculture, U.S. organizations explain, "needs a collections of practices tailored for each region, climate, soil type, and farming system." Photo: Pxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution requiredPxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution required

Three U.S. soil associations unveil seven proposals for climate-resilient agriculture

Proposals from U.S. experts: data use, effective communication, specific solutions, collaboration and more. The goal? Changing agriculture to tackle climate change.
Global subsidies to agriculture are worth $540 billion, or 15% of production value. Agribusiness remains the main beneficiary. Photo: Pxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution requiredPxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution required

Global agriculture is supported by $470 bn in harmful subsidies, FAO says

87% of global agricultural subsidies lead to price distortions, climate damage and social inequality. That's why we must rethink them in a sustainable way. As some governments are already doing
Pandemic gave a major boost to the proliferation of gardening and urban agriculture. Photo: John Breslin CC0 Public DomainJohn Breslin CC0 Public Domain

California shows golden rules for urban agriculture and sustainable gardening

The gardening boom since 2020 offers great opportunities. But caring for urban gardens without wasting resources requires attention.
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US compost industry could get $2 bn brand new government funds

A bill seeks to unlock $200 million federal funds per year for 10 years to support compost producers in the United States.
Agriculture, carbon farming and soil management are some of the issues covered by Fit for 55, the emission reduction plan adopted by the EU Commission. Photo: Pxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution requiredPxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution required

Soil and agriculture will play a crucial role in the EU plan “Fit for 55”

The Fit for 55 agenda also includes 'agriculture. The sector is contributing to climate change. But it offers more solutions than problems.
Pesticide use in U.S. is still much higher than in Europe. Photo: tpmartins Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)tpmartins Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Pesticides rule in U.S. farmland as 146,000 MT of banned chemicals are in place

American farmers still use many pesticides banned in Europe, thus damaging the soil. Now activists are raising their voices.
New York State has three million acres of farmland. PHOTO: New York State Senate Archives.

Climate-friendly agriculture: New York passes Soil Health Act

The New York State Senate passes the Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act. Objective is cutting the impact of agricultural practices on climate change by increasing adaptation and caring for the soil
There is a clear link between the development of sustainable agriculture and a healthy diet, FAO says. Photo: UGA CAES/Extension Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)UGA CAES/Extension Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Sustainable agriculture is the leading way to a healthy diet, FAO says

Healthy diet is crucial for changing global trends. Food insecurity is affecting 155 mn people while obesity is growing in Southern Europe