‘High-yield’ farming costs the environment less than previously thought—and could help spare habitats
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‘High-yield’ farming costs the environment less than previously thought—and could help spare habitats

New findings suggest that more intensive agriculture might be the “least bad” option for feeding the world while saving its species—provided use of such “land-efficient” systems prevents further conversion of wilderness to farmland. Continue reading

Is climate change a risk to global grazing lands?
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Is climate change a risk to global grazing lands?

Published by the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, Environment Reports is a collaboration between an international group of scientists, writers, and designers to combine incisive narratives about environmental challenges, backed up by cutting-edge data. Food Matters, the first report, focuses on the sustainability of our global food system. The article below—Is climate change a risk to global grazing lands?—is reproduced here by permission. Continue reading

Beef cattle grazing on American rangelands—not feedlots—could be net carbon sink
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Beef cattle grazing on American rangelands—not feedlots—could be net carbon sink

A new research paper by Michigan State University scientists analyses the impacts of soil carbon sequestration on life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in Midwestern USA beef finishing systems and finds that eEmissions from the multi-paddock grazing system were offset completely by soil carbon sequestration and that soil carbon sequestration from well-managed grazing may help to mitigate climate change. Continue reading

Variability in rainfall is increasing on global pastures important for food access and economies—Nature Climate Change
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Variability in rainfall is increasing on global pastures important for food access and economies—Nature Climate Change

We found that areas where livestock grazing is an important part of local food availability (Fig. 3, dark red) and economies (dark blue) experience the highest levels of CVP (coefficient of variation of precipitation). Continue reading

A chicken in every pot? New research makes the poultry case for food and nutritional security
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A chicken in every pot? New research makes the poultry case for food and nutritional security

A review paper just published online tells us more than (we might have thought) we’d like to know about how poultry production, conducted on small scales and in poor settings, affects food security. The review appears in Global Food Security (available online 2 May 2017). Continue reading

Over-diagnosis of the milk-linked brucellosis disease in Kenya found—New study
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Over-diagnosis of the milk-linked brucellosis disease in Kenya found—New study

Thousands of Kenyans are being wrongly diagnosed and treated for the milk linked disease brucellosis, reveals a new study. Now researchers at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) and six international institutions, want the responsible test withdrawn from public hospitals. Continue reading