National Sustainable Agriculture Videos – LEO-4000
May01

National Sustainable Agriculture Videos – LEO-4000

Leonardo Academy, a charitable organization that develops national voluntary standards, announced a webinar series on the National Sustainable Agriculture Standard (LEO-4000 – Public Comment Draft).  The webinars will be presented once a week and then posted on the Leonardo Academy web site for on demand viewing.  Schedule: Webinar 1: Introduction to the National Sustainable Agriculture Standard (LEO-4000)  Webinar 2: An...

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Small birds save big money for Costa Rica’s farmers
Sep12

Small birds save big money for Costa Rica’s farmers

The yellow warbler may not pull a perfect latte, but it turns out it’s a friend to coffee drinkers all the same. Research in Costa Rica shows that hungry warblers and other birds significantly reduce damage by a devastating coffee pest, the coffee berry borer beetle. Read Full...

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Crop Pests Spread Towards Poles
Sep12

Crop Pests Spread Towards Poles

A new study has revealed that global warming is resulting in the spread of crop pests towards the North and South Poles at a rate of nearly 3 km a year. The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Exeter and the University of Oxford, shows a strong relationship between increased global temperatures over the past 50 years and expansion in the range of crop pests. Currently 10-16% of global crop production is lost to...

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Children and the Environment: How gardening lessons impact positively on school kids
Sep12

Children and the Environment: How gardening lessons impact positively on school kids

Pending reforms to the UK’s school curriculum mean that from September 2014, pupils aged 7-14 can expect to learn gardening skills. Camilla Scaramanga takes a look at some of the initiatives that are already taking the lead… Growing food in schools looks set to become part of the curriculum starting from September 2014, furthering the positive impacts of those very successful initiatives already working to promote...

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Wheat production would be reduced by rising temperatures
Sep12

Wheat production would be reduced by rising temperatures

Any producer will tell you, growing a healthy, high-yielding wheat crop takes skill and hard work. Quality drought-tolerant varieties that are resistant to pests and disease are important. And cooperation from Mother Nature in terms of temperature and precipitation doesn’t hurt, either. To quantify the impact of genetic improvement in wheat, disease and climate change over a 26-year period, a team of researchers at Kansas State...

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Palm Oil Now Biggest Cause of Deforestation in Indonesia
Sep12

Palm Oil Now Biggest Cause of Deforestation in Indonesia

Conversion of forests for palm oil production now appears to be the single largest driver of deforestation in Indonesia, accounting for roughly a quarter of forest loss between 2009 and 2011, asserts a new Greenpeace report that accuses the sector’s main certification standard of failing to stop forest destruction. The report, titled Certifying Destruction, uses satellite imagery, government concession data, field...

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