We’re hearing more and more about the palm oil industry’s destructive practices. But, as this Guardian story points out, “it takes money to make money,” and it’s important to look at the financing for large land acquisitions that lead to deforestation and expansive palm oil plantations. More here.
This is such a critical read. In Burundi, one of the world’s most densely populated countries, family members are attacking each other over scarce farmlands. The population continues to grow at a worrisome pace. Analysts warn of the potential for civil conflict in the years to come. These issues are not just found in Burundi. […]
New research shows how the vast agricultural expansion that came with the Green Revolution has “tilted nature’s balance,” altering carbon dioxide levels at particular times of the year. It affects not just climate but seasons. More from Climate News Network.
Every week, the world loses an area of once-arable land the size of Manhattan due to salt degradation, according to this Climate News Network report. Effectively battling salt poisoning is critical to our future food supply, scientists say.
In Lancaster County, Pa., Amish farmers are facing modern realities amid allegations that their traditional farming practices are polluting local waters, Grist reports in this story of culture & religion, government regulation, and environmental health.
The International Food Policy Research Institute has developed an online tool aimed at predicting the effects of various technologies on farming yields worldwide. The goal is to help policymakers determine where and how to invest in which technologies so farmers benefit in the end. Here’s the tool. Here’s the SciDev.Net story about it.
How bad is the California drought? What does it mean for farmers and shepherds? Striking photography and video from Matt Black and Ed Kashi at The New Yorker.
Check out this beautiful, artistic rendition of African agriculture, it’s problems and future potential, from Farming First. Great resources here for anyone studying development and agriculture.