Challenges for New Zealand to reduce its GHG emissions from agricultural sector

With agriculture representing 50% of New Zealand’s GHG emissions in 2020, there is no surprise that the priority must be given to that industry. In an article on The Conversation website, Ian Mason, Research Fellow in Renewable Energy Systems Engineering at University of Canterbury discusses many of the ways forward.   From farming to fermentation: … Continue reading Challenges for New Zealand to reduce its GHG emissions from agricultural sector

New EEA briefings on sustainability of agriculture and food systems

A profound rethink of how we produce food and operate global food chains and related industrial processing sectors is needed to make them resilient and sustainable. Much more must be done to reduce their GHG emissions as well as their pressures on water resources and biodiversity — efforts which are currently almost stagnant — according … Continue reading New EEA briefings on sustainability of agriculture and food systems

Crisis in Spain over threat to olive oil industry

Spain’s Jaén Province, home to one fifth of the world’s supply of “green gold,” is having to cope with climate change and threats to its way of life. David Segal and José Bautista discuss in an article on the New York Times website.   The Olive Oil Capital of the World, Parched The branch, plucked … Continue reading Crisis in Spain over threat to olive oil industry

New Zealand plans to become the first nation to make farmers pay for the greenhouse gases emitted by their sheep and cattle

Bernard Lagan writes on The Times website about the plans New Zealand has to to have farmers “pay for burps and other gaseous releases from their animals from 2025.   Pardon ewe! Farmers will pay for methane emitted by cows and sheep New Zealand plans to become the first nation to make farmers pay for … Continue reading New Zealand plans to become the first nation to make farmers pay for the greenhouse gases emitted by their sheep and cattle

How solar panels provide new prospects for agriculture

Solar panels generate electricity in the fields, helping both farmers and climate protection. Gero Rueter of Deutsche Welle recently visited a German solar farm and discusses what this means for the agriculture sector.   Farmers reap double benefits with solar power in fields Fabian Karthaus grew up with solar energy. "My father built the first … Continue reading How solar panels provide new prospects for agriculture

New white paper for an ‘energy responsible’ cannabis market

The cannabis industry isn’t world-wide but it is growing. Javier Hasse discusses a white paper linking energy efficiency with the cannabis market in an article on the yahoo!finance website.   Cannabis And Energy Efficiency: New White Paper Features Key Recommendations New York’s Castetter Cannabis Group, a cannabis expert policy consultancy, released an industry white paper … Continue reading New white paper for an ‘energy responsible’ cannabis market

The recent re-emergence of working horses in viticulture

At least 300 wine growers across mainland France and Corsica are using draught horses. Sheep are also used to graze in vineyards. Sheep are used as an alternative to chemical herbicides, soil and water quality improves, and the practice encourages the growth of nitrogen-fixing plants, such as clover. Ginger Clark writes on The Guardian website … Continue reading The recent re-emergence of working horses in viticulture

The benefits of regenerative grazing

Regenerative grazing can store more carbon in soils in the form of roots and other plant tissues. Henry Fountain discusses how much it can really help the fight against climate change in an article on The New York Times website.   A Different Kind of Land Management: Let the Cows Stomp Adam Isaacs stood surrounded … Continue reading The benefits of regenerative grazing

Seaweed might be the new superfood for cows to tackle climate change

A few weeks ago EiD had a post on masks for cows. Now, Rochelle Baker writes on the National Observer website that seaweed may help stop cows from belching. What next?   Is Canadian seaweed the secret to taming belchy cows and tackling climate change? Canadian scientists are investigating whether regional seaweeds might be the … Continue reading Seaweed might be the new superfood for cows to tackle climate change

Addressing climate change: “Wine and vine is like the canary in the coalmine”

Jacqui Goddard writes on The Times website about an interesting experiment that saw 12 bottles of red wine and 320 stems of merlot and cabernet sauvignon vines spend over a year on the International Space Station for a study that aims to adapt Earth’s agriculture to the challenges of climate change.   Wine aged in … Continue reading Addressing climate change: “Wine and vine is like the canary in the coalmine”