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Lo striscione esposto dagli attivisti di PAN Network poco dopo la notizia della validità del milione di firme raccolte nell'ambito dell'Iniziativa popolare europea per vietare i pesticidi chimici entro il 2035. FOTO: Pan Europe.

Bees rejoice: the popular proposal for a EU law reaches one million signatures

The EU Commission has confirmed the validity of the signatures of the European popular initiative bill "Save bees and farmers". Now the European institutions will have to express  on the request to ban synthetic pesticides, responsible for the collapse in the number of pollinators, by 2035
Ants play an effective role in counteracting plant pests. Photo: Abdulmominbd Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Abdulmominbd Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Ants better than pesticides in protecting soil health and increasing agricultural yields

According to a research ants provide crucial services for crops such as decreasing pest activity and plant damage while leading to higher yields
In Canada and in the rest of the world prairies store carbon in soil and play a key role in climate change mitigation. Photo: Bernard Spragg Public Domain Mark 1.0Bernard Spragg Public Domain Mark 1.0

New study will map carbon sequestration in Canadian prairies

The most extensive research ever conducted on the prairies in Saskatchewan will quantify carbon sequestration in soil. The study will provide insights into the best farming and grazing climate friendly practices
Antibiotics used for livestock promote climate change as they impact on soil microbes. Photo: Alan Levine Free for personal and commercial use Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Alan Levine Free for personal and commercial use Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

How livestock antibiotics affect microbes and promote climate change

Antibiotics and heat impact on microbes, accelerating their respiration andbCO2 emissions. Monensin, a widespread product used in animal breeding, is under fire.
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
As pollinators, bees interact with over 90% of the native plants. Photo: Mauricio Mercadante Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Mauricio Mercadante Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Brazil bets on bees through urban beehives and honey gardens

The government of the State of Paraná has decided to replicate the bee conservation project already developed in the capital Curitiba. An educational program that promotes the crucial role of these precious insects. 
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
biodiversity, climate, environment, soil

Biodiversity like climate: “the EU should equip itself with ambitious and binding objectives”

The European Parliament approves a resolution to provide the Union with a "Paris Agreement" on plant and animal biodiversity. Agriculture and forestry considered strategic. In the text, also the request for an irreversible stop to glyphosate after 2022