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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
Proper soil management contributes to climate mitigation, FAO says. Photo: United Nations Development Programme in Europe and CIS Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)United Nations Development Programme in Europe and CIS Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Well managed soil can offset as much as 34% of agricultural emissions

"Best pratices help global soils to sequester enough carbon o offset up to one third of agricultural GHG emissions," says FAO. Here are two brand new practical tools
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."
The food production system, says Ellen MacArthur Foundation's latest report, can be redesigned to let nature thrive Photo: Pixabay Free for commercial use Attribution not requiredPixabay Free for commercial use Attribution not required

Diversity and circular design will lead global food into the future

Ellen MacArthur Foundation: "To create an environmentally friendly food production system, we must redesign the supply chain by diversifying ingredients and regenerating crops."
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
Taliban negotiators in Doha, Qatar, November 2020. On the left, wearing a gray suit and white mask, is Abdul Ghani Baradar, current abinet leader in Kabul. Photo: Ron Przysucha, U.S. Department of State, Public DomainRon Przysucha, U.S. Department of State, Public Domain

CBS: “How climate change has become a Taliban ally”

Over the past three decades, floods and droughts have devastated the agricultural soil in Afghanistan, CBS says. This helped the Taliban to recruit a growing number of desperate farmers with no alternatives
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.
Beer waste can help eliminate parasitic microorganisms in the soil promoting agricultural yield growth. Photo: CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attributionCC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution

Beer by-products are good for soil as crop yields increase 15%

Beer production leftovers can boost agricultural yields and soil health, Spanish researchers say. The circular solution can control parasitic invertebrates population and accelerate plant growth
Applications for the EU call on "Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment" are open until October 6. Photo: Gerd Altmann Creative Commons CC0 Public domainGerd Altmann Creative Commons CC0 Public domain

Food, bioeconomy, agriculture: one month left to join EU €1 bn call

There is time until October 6 to submit your projects under the €1 bn European call for projects on food, agriculture and bioeconomy. The goal? "Accelerate the ecological transition to achieve climate neutrality."