The U.S. crop feed industry uses more than 100,000 tons of pesticides annually. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture Public Domain Mark 1.0 U.S. Department of Agriculture Public Domain Mark 1.0

The hidden cost of U.S. meat? 107K tons of pesticides, says The Independent

Negli Stati Uniti l’industria dei mangimi continua a fare ampio uso di pesticidi nelle colture di soia e grano per l’alimentazione animale. Nel mirino, rileva il quotidiano britannico, l’atrazina e il glifosato. Sostanze pericolose per l’uomo, gli animali e il suolo
Secondo gli esperti inglesi, la Gran Bretagna dovrebbe piantare il 40% in più di siepi nelle aree agricole ntro il 2050 come barriere contro inondazioni e cambiamenti climatici. FOTO: luigi alesi via Flickr.

Climate crisis, the solution hides in the hedgerows

Essenziali per trattenere l'acqua e difendere la biodiversità, utili contro l'inquinamento da prodotti chimici. Un'analisi del Comitato indipendente sui cambiamenti climatici sottolinea l'impatto positivo dell'installazione delle siepi. Il consiglio: aumentarle del 40% entro il 2050
Agriculture collects $520 billion of $1.8 trillion harmful subsidies tracked in the world every year. Photo: Pixabay License Free for commercial use No attribution requiredPixabay License Free for commercial use No attribution required

$1.8 trillion climate-damaging subsidies support agriculture and other industries

B Team's report: a huge mass of government subsidies promotes unsustainable production or emission-intensive consumption, harming nature and causing the degradation of global ecosystems. More than 500 million dollars support soil-damaging activities
AI-based soil analysis enables more efficient and sustainable use of fertilizer. Photo: pxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution requiredPhoto: pxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution required

Artificial intelligence can reduce fertilizer use, UK researchers say

Artificial intelligence allows to predict the trend of nitrogen levels in soil, avoiding fertilizer overuse and related environmental damage according to Imperial College London
The banned pesticides have been exported to 20 countries. Photo: Hamish John Appleby (IWMI) Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Photo: Hamish John Appleby (IWMI) Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

UK exported seven home-banned pesticides

British authorities have banned several hazardous pesticides. However, a loophole allows companies to sell them abroad, a Greenpeace report has revealed. The list features herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Including a neonicotinoid causing large-scale adverse effects on bees.
The presence of hazardous chemicals in beef suggests previous soil contamination. Photo: Lance Cheung, U.S. Department of Agriculture Public Domain Mark 1.0Photo: Lance Cheung, U.S. Department of Agriculture Public Domain Mark 1.0

Chemicals in meat and soil raise concern in US, The Guardian writes

A contamination event in Michigan raises some alarm about dangerous chemicals infiltrating the soil and harming the food chain. US authorities' policy remains controversial, the British newspaper says.
Bioherbicides will be the industry that will drive the global growth of the broader biopesticide market between now and 2025. PHOTO: Pixabay.

Biopesticides, a 4.5 billion dollar market

The forecast is contained in an analysis carried out by the research company Technavio. The expected average growth rate is 17% on a five-year basis. To push the biopesticides sector the negative sides of conventional products of chemical origin in environmental and health terms, in addition to the spread of organic agriculture
The excessive use of plastics in agriculture poses a threat to soil health and biodiversity. Photo: Asian Development Bank General Photos: People's Republic of China Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Photo: Asian Development Bank General Photos: People's Republic of China Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

“We need a legally binding treaty on plastic pollution”

Plastic pollution emergency: Ellen MacArthur Foundation and WWF ask for UN action. Common rules, international coordination and circular design of products are needed to curb the contamination of oceans and soil
In 2021 deforestation in the Amazon reached its highest level in 15 years. Photo: GRID-Arendal resources library, Riccardo Pravettoni Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)GRID-Arendal resources library, Riccardo Pravettoni Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Soya moratorium fails to curb Amazon destruction

Deforestation in the Amazon reaches new highs as soya crops can still indirectly cause it, pushing farmers to give up their land and look for new spaces in the region, says Greenpeace investigation
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Carbon keepers fungi are the soil secret weapon against climate change

Soils with higher amounts of fungi release less CO2, University of Zurich finds. A major discovery for the study of new solutions in the fight against climate change