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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

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"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
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

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Ellen MacArthur Foundation: "To create an environmentally friendly food production system, we must redesign the supply chain by diversifying ingredients and regenerating crops."
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

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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%

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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
Land and ecosystem restoration is a key strategy for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, UN says. Photo: Douwes Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Douwes Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Forests, peatlands, and drylands wait for their “restoration ambassadors”

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It's time to select the aspiring land managers and their restoration. The plan, in line with UN recommendations, covers different ecosystems. Including underrated areas
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Jericho: an Italian team invents a machine to analyze and treat sick soils

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The invention is exhibited in the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale: the terraforming device, designed by the OFL Architecture studio, detects the amount of CO2 in the soil and then injects the biological fertilizers necessary to re-naturalize the soils lacking their original production capacity
In areas of the Peruvian Amazon monitored by drones, deforestation was halved in one year. Photo (generic image): Yoly Gutierrez/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Yoly Gutierrez/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Smartphones and drones help indigenous communities fight deforestation

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Thanks to drones and satellite technology, the Peruvian Amazon has halved the deforestation of indigenous lands in one year.
Nematodes are essential players in the soil system providing benefits or damage depending on properties of 30,000 different species. Photo: Starlight Hunter Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Starlight Hunter Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

In Japan a DNA test unveals the secrets of soil nematodes

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Genetic testing also works with nematodes, which are crucial for ecosystem. A new study from offers new perspectives for the study of soil
Numbers compiled by NASA show that in the U.S. Midwest., corn fields with low tillage levels have a 3.3% higher yield. Photo: Pixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not requiredPixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not required

NASA takes care of soil protection for farmers’ sake

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NASA satellite data helps American farmers to choose the best practices to protect soil and its productivity.
Riau, Indonesia. In the Asian nation, illicit timber trade is estimated to account for 40 % of the market. Photo: Romain Pirard/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Romain Pirard/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

FAO launches a new digital tool to fight timber predators

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A web tool to defend forests from timber predators will help UN organization to tackle a $100 billion business