Exporting water quality problems

Mar 22, 2018, by Kate Ravilious, contributing editor to environmentalresearchweb. A new study has shown that some rivers are far more capable of mopping up livestock-related pollution than others. For countries, like the UK, with rivers that are already overloaded, imported meat helps to keep rivers clean at home, but often results in extra river pollution elsewhere. Intensive livestock farming is a major source of …

Let’s use the right-of-way in a smarter way

Right-of-way farming joins a bevy of sustainable initiatives along the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway in Georgia. By Matt Hickman, 4 Dec 2017  The Ray, a 18-mile-long stretch of highway that’s trying its hardest to mitigate all the ill effects associated with highway travel, is getting a 1,000-square-foot demonstration wheat farm along its shoulder. (Photo: The Ray) Having a stretch …

A Jeff Bezos-backed warehouse farm startup is building 300 indoor farms across China. Plus evolution away from less humane factory farming in the US.

Business Insider, by Leanna Garfield, 23 Jan 2018 Inside Plenty’s first farm in South San Francisco, California. Plenty The vertical farming startup Plenty just announced that it plans to build 300 organic, indoor farms in or near Chinese cities. In late 2017, the company scored $200 million in the largest-ever ag-tech deal. The funding round was led by Softbank Ventures and included DCM Ventures …

CCS and BECCS update

“You might say it’s against my self-interest to say it, but I think that, in the near term, talking about carbon removal is silly,” David Keith, the founder of Carbon Engineering, who teaches energy and public policy at Harvard, told me. “Because it almost certainly is cheaper to cut emissions now than to do large-scale carbon removal.” — New Yorker, …

Learning gardens in Naturally Smart Schools and The Big Green, Kitchen Community

Food Tank Jan. 17, 2018  A learning garden from Kimbal Musk’s nonprofit called Big Green. The Kitchen Community  Elon Musk’s Brother Wants to Bring #RealFood to 100,000 Schools Across America Kimbal Musk’s nonprofit organization, The Kitchen Community, is expanding into a new, national nonprofit called Big Green, to build hundreds of outdoor Learning Garden classrooms across America. Learning Gardens teach children an understanding …

Study in the Nature Climate Change journal suggests a 40 percent tax on beef would only reduce beef consumption by 15 percent.

By Michael von Massow and John Cranfield, Would a Beef Tax Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions? Jan 2018 The Conversation Will taxing meat products based on their carbon footprint reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve public health? The answer is maybe, but not notably—and it will come with significant costs. A recent study in the journal Nature Climate Change advocates applying taxes to the consumption of …

Urban Farming Key in Fight Against Hunger and Climate Change

The urban farms sprouting up and across cities around the world aren’t just feeding mouths—they are “critical to survival” and a “necessary adaptation” for developing regions and a changing climate, according to a new study. Urban farms—which include plain ol’ allotments, indoor vertical farms and rooftop gardens nestled amongst busy streets and skyscrapers—have become increasingly popular and important as the world’s population grows and more and more …

Urban ag benefits much greater than previously estimated

From a vacant plot in a blighted neighborhood springs neatly combed rows of plants put in by the neighbors. They meticulously care for this small piece of land and among the drab looking buildings sprouts a patch of green. Cultivating the land may have started as a way to unite a neighborhood; to give pride to place, or it might …

Water stress, soil, and oceans at risk

About 40 percent of the world’s food depends on irrigation, which draws largely from stores of underground water, called aquifers, which make up 30 percent of the world’s freshwater. Unfortunately, groundwater is being rapidly depleted worldwide. In the United States, the Ogallala Aquifer—one of the world’s largest underground bodies of water—spans eight states in the High Plains and supplies almost …