Among all the globe’s 20 most industrialised nations, only India and Indonesia maintain a diet low enough in carbon emissions to meet the Paris climate target

The "food-print" emissions produced by G20 countries, which account for around 64% of the world’s population, currently create 75% of the total global food-related emissions. Many are saying that the pandemic has shown how broken our food system is. Elliot Douglas discusses the issue in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   World needs 7 … Continue reading Among all the globe’s 20 most industrialised nations, only India and Indonesia maintain a diet low enough in carbon emissions to meet the Paris climate target

New Zealand to be test bed for monitoring methane emissions from space

Bernard Lagan writes on The Times website about an international space mission that will use satellites to detect methane emissions from cattle.   Satellite will spy on cows making greenhouse gas New Zealand’s five million dairy cows will be the test bed for an international space mission that will use a satellite to detect methane … Continue reading New Zealand to be test bed for monitoring methane emissions from space

Seeing efficiency gains in the agricultural sector

All sectors of the economy need to improve their productivity.  Dan Healing explains in an article on the CBC website about the situation in Canada. Are there similar gains in other countries? Canadian agriculture is using more energy — but more efficiently too Third-generation farmer Ron Lamb remembers his father pulling six-metre-wide crop-seeding equipment around … Continue reading Seeing efficiency gains in the agricultural sector

Researchers team up with local greenhouses to work on improving energy efficiency and reducing operating costs

In the region discussed in this article, I grew up with two uncles with greenhouses. One had 5 acres (about 2 hectares) of greenhouses and the other had much less but he was probably Canada’s first organic farmer. But, even then, I remember how energy-intensive (oil heating) the activity was, particularly when growing vegetables in … Continue reading Researchers team up with local greenhouses to work on improving energy efficiency and reducing operating costs

Part of a radical shift in agriculture – using LED lights

High-tech farmers are using LED lights in ways that seem to border on science fiction. Adrian Higgins explains in an article in the Washington Post. Do you know other innovative ways that LED lights have been used? Is this a smart use of LEDs?   Growing the future ike Zelkind stands at one end of … Continue reading Part of a radical shift in agriculture – using LED lights

New technology being developed to use farm manure to produce energy

One imagines there must be many modern initiatives globally to use manure. A Canadian Press article on the CBC website describes latest developments by researchers from the University of Waterloo to produce natural gas to heat homes.   Farm manure could be viable renewable energy source Researchers at the University of Waterloo say farm manure … Continue reading New technology being developed to use farm manure to produce energy

British farmers encouraged to take advantage of financial scheme to invest in energy-efficient machinery

Often the agriculture sector gets overlooked in terms of potential energy efficiency improvements. Jonathan Riley writes in the Farmers Weekly website about the National Farmers Union encouraging farmers to take advantage of the tax incentives. He also lists the eligible equipment that can be supported.   Farmers urged to use tax breaks to buy energy-efficient … Continue reading British farmers encouraged to take advantage of financial scheme to invest in energy-efficient machinery

Using smart technologies to improve energy efficiency in Iran’s agriculture sector

It is encouraging to see the modern advances being made in Iran’s agriculture sector. Increasingly smart technologies and the Internet of Things are being used. It is well explained in an article in the Financial Tribune, the first Iranian English economic daily.   IoT Solutions to Improve Agro Sector, Energy Efficiency Agriculture Minister Mahmoud Hojjati … Continue reading Using smart technologies to improve energy efficiency in Iran’s agriculture sector

Making greenhouses even greener

Two of my uncles had large greenhouses and one was probably (almost certainly) Canada’s first commercial organic farmer so there has always been a fascination with this industry. It is encouraging to read an article by Sydney Pereira on the Newsweek website how there are now demonstrations to have greenhouses both produce electricity and grow … Continue reading Making greenhouses even greener