This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

Using free satellite data from the UN, PlantVillage can monitor biomass on a plot of land, giving small-scale farmers insight into how their crops are developing.

Time to adapt to changing climate: what does it mean for water?

Time to adapt to changing climate: what does it mean for water?

The front line of climate adaption faces the new reality of dealing with too much or too little water, requiring new and more effective ways of managing this precious resource. Most importantly, This means reaching out and contributing to larger agendas including disaster risk management, sustainable landscapes, resilient cities, and climate smart agriculture.

The Science Is Clear: Dirty Farm Water Is Making Us Sick

The Science Is Clear: Dirty Farm Water Is Making Us Sick

coli standards.That means full compliance with the safeguards wouldn’t come until 20 years after three people died from eating California spinach, 15 years after Congress signed the Food Safety Modernization Act and eight years after Whitt and more than 200 others were sickened by romaine lettuce.While the delay is just a proposal for now, the FDA has assured growers that it will not enforce the requirements in the meantime.FDA officials declined interview requests.

What climate change means for the wine industry

What climate change means for the wine industry

With each new record-breaking hot summer and earliest-ever vintage, the long-term viability of whole swathes of the wine world is called into question – grape varieties, the location of vineyards, access to dwindling supplies of water,the ability to produce wines in anything like the same style, quantity and quality.

NIWA urges farmers to prepare for climate change

NIWA urges farmers to prepare for climate change

Dr Sam Dean, NIWA's chief scientist of climate, says while farmers are known for their resilience and ability to adapt to changing conditions, climate change will almost certainly go beyond any previous experience.

When They Said They Wanted to Rethink Agriculture, They Meant It

When They Said They Wanted to Rethink Agriculture, They Meant It

“Presumably, agricultural systems have been motivated by the need to feed more people and to remain profitable,” says Davis, “and this suggests that environmental impacts of food production – like water use for irrigation – only receive secondary consideration in a farmer’s decision of what crop to plant.