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."
An app developed in Ireland provides a multi-level soil diagnosis. Photo: Pxfuel Free for commercial use, DMCAPxfuel Free for commercial use, DMCA

How’s your soil doing? Ask this Irish app

The app allows you to analyze the health of your soil and suggests how to manage it. An example of technology applied to soil protection.
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.
FAO's "Keep soil alive!" mission initiatives include educational videos on soil conservation. Image: FAO, YoutubeFAO

A videogame style cartoon shows kids why soil can’t handle a game over

A videogame shaped cartoon called "Mission: Keep soil alive!" has been released by FAO to show why soil protection matters for everybody
Seed and seedling production in the United States is still inadequate to meet reforestation goals. Photo: Lance Cheung, USDA public domain Cheung, USDA public domain

Seed shortage puts American reforestation at risk

United States are suffering from seed, seedling and workers shortage. As a result, a study warns, reforestation plans are not achievable
Adding rice husk to soil helps reduce arsenic and cadmium contamination in plants. Photo: WorldFish Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)WorldFish Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Rice husk residue provides a sustainable solution to contaminated plants and soils

Delaware University: the addition of rice husk prevents plant contamination thus protecting the health of billions of people