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The Hidden Cost of Hamburgers

Written by , on February 15, 2013

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Engineering Crops to Reduce Warming

Written by , on November 12, 2010

Researchers at Bristol University are investigating the possibility that developing crop plants, such as wheat, with broad shiny leaves could reflect a substantial amount of sunlight and help to reduce global warming.  Read more »

Perennial Grains – The Next Agricultural Revolution?

Written by , on July 14, 2010

A group of 29 scientists have published an article in the prestigious Science journal arguing for the development of perennial grain crops which have been described as potentially "the biggest agricultural revolution for 10,000 years". Currently, most grain grown around the world has to be replanted after every crop. 70% of all cropland is used […]  Read more »

How to Feed 9 Billion People

Written by , on November 13, 2009

The Friends of the Earth have published a report on a study of various ways in which the world’s projected population of 9.16 billion in 2050 could be fed. The key finding was that feeding the world in 2050 is possible without the most intensive forms of animal and crop production and without a massive […]  Read more »

Africa Trialling “Fertiliser Trees”

Written by , on July 20, 2009

The recent G8 meeting in in Italy unveiled a plan to commit $US 20 billion over three years to funding the development of agriculture to tackle persistent food shortages particularly in Africa. One of the most promising areas of reserch is the use of "fertilser trees". These are varieties of shrubs that capture nitrogen from […]  Read more »

Reports: Ample Capacity to Grow Food

Written by , on June 28, 2009

Two reports from world bodies have been published week saying that the world has ample capaicty to feed its projected increased population. The first report, from the OECD and the UN Food & Agriculture Organization, projects ten years from the food price increases of 2008. It concludes that "Some 1.6 billion hectares could be added […]  Read more »

Sahara Forest Project

Written by , on September 3, 2008

The Sahara Forest Project is a proposal to combine two innovative technologies, Concentrated Solar Power and Seawater Greenhouses, to produce renewable energy, water and food in an area of desert which is one of the hottest places on earth. Australia would seem to be another ideal location. The Seawater Greenhouse is a process which provides […]  Read more »

Seawater Greenhouses

Written by , on September 3, 2008

The Seawater Greenhouse is a process which provides water for agriculture in arid coastal regions. The Seawater Greenhouse uses seawater to cool and humidify the air that ventilates the greenhouse and sunlight to distill fresh water from seawater. This enables the year round cultivation of high value crops that would otherwise be difficult or impossible […]  Read more »

Saving the World from Cows

Written by , on January 29, 2008

Japanese researchers believe that they have found a way to neutralise the methane in the belches of the world’s 1.5 billion cows which is thought to account for five per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. Cows produce astonishing quantities of methane gas as the bacteria in their stomachs breaks down plant fibres. Their near-constant cud-chewing […]  Read more »