Boosting Ag decarbonization and sequestration

The damages to agriculture from climate change are already happening and getting worse; and the latest science suggests they will be much more costly than previously thought. One study found that uncontrolled warming could cut the United States corn crop nearly in half. A landmark United Nations report issued in October included agriculture in its urgent call for “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” …

Monbiot finds no scientific evidence for Allan Savory’s claims that increasing livestock can reduce desertification and reverse climate change

By George Monbiot, Guardian, Mon 4 Aug 2014   Cattle walk an arid landscape in Texas. ‘Holistic management’ claims to halt desertification while allowing the continued consumption of meat. Photograph: D.J. PETERS/AP It doesn’t matter how often miracles are disproved; our willingness to believe in them remains undiminished. Miracle cures, miracle crops, miracle fuels, miracle financial instruments, miracle profits: the continued …

Food waste is so rampant in the US that an estimated 40 percent of the entire country’s food never makes it to the plate.

Oct. 15, 2018 Should We Just Ban ‘Best By’ Labels on Food?  By Dan Nosowitz, initially posted in Modern Farmer. Tesco, one of the UK’s biggest supermarket chains, announced this week that it will remove “best by” date labels from 116 fruit and vegetable items. The move builds on a smaller reduction in the label earlier this year. So why are those labels bad? …

New studies out this week warned of the problems facing crops in the coming decades as CO2 levels continue to rise.

Aug 2018  Carbon Brief excerpt.  New studies out this week warned of the problems facing crops in the coming decades as CO2 levels continue to rise. The first finds that higher CO2 levels in the atmosphere could make staple crops less nutritious, potentially pushing hundreds of millions of people into malnutrition. Increased atmospheric CO2 can cause crops to produce smaller amounts …

‘World’s most advanced’ vertical farm opens in Scotland

Vertical farming | Credit: IGS Madeleine Cuff, 28 August 2018, Business Green Scottish agritech company Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) claims its first vertical farming facility has patented technologies to cut production costs.  A vertical farm has opened in Scotland and has been hailed by its creators as the “world’s most advanced indoor farm”, boasting the potential to deliver significant cost savings compared …

Why Ravaging Heatwaves Matter to World’s Dinner Table

By Agnieszka De Sousa August 14, 2018, 12:12 AM MDT To see the impact of record-breaking temperatures around the world, watch wheat. Found in everything from bread to noodles, biscuits to cereals, beer to cakes — there is no more widely grown staple crop and more than 170 million metric tons trade every year. So when the weather ruins harvests in …

Lessons Learned from Centuries of Indigenous Forest Management

BY RICHARD SCHIFFMAN • AUGUST 20, 2018 In an interview with Yale Environment 360, botanist Charles M. Peters discusses how, in an era of runaway destruction of tropical forests, the centuries-old ecological understanding of indigenous woodland residents can help point the way to the restoration of damaged rainforests. Over centuries, even millennia, indigenous communities have developed interdependent systems of agriculture and forestry that are uniquely suited to …

This Summer’s Heat Waves Could Be the Strongest Climate Signal Yet: ‘In many places, people are preparing for the past or present climate. But this summer is the future

By Bob Berwyn, Inside Climate News, 28 July 2018 Extreme heat killed more than 80 people in Japan in July, just a few weeks after flooding from downpours was blamed for more than 200 deaths there. Martin Bureau/Getty Images Earth’s global warming fever spiked to deadly new highs across the Northern Hemisphere this summer, and we’re feeling the results—extreme heat …