How Organic Animal Farms benefit Birds Nesting

How Organic Animal Farms benefit Birds Nesting

The abundance of bird species living in agricultural environments has decreased both in Finland and elsewhere in Europe. Attempts to rectify the situation have been made with the help of agri-environment-climate subsidies. They are granted to agricultural producers by the EU for implementing measures that are presumed to be beneficial to the environment. There is a range of such subsidies, but their potential effects on biodiversity at national scales have been seldom comprehensively investigated. As indicated by a recent study conducted in Finland, the proximity of organic animal farms increased…

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How Subsistence Hunting threaten Local Food Security

How Subsistence Hunting threaten Local Food Security

Scientists with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and WCS Ecuador Program publishing in the journal BioTropica say that subsistence hunting in Neotropical rain forests the mainstay of local people as a source of protein and a direct connection to these ecosystems is in jeopardy from a variety of factors. The authors say that the relatively small groups that hunted in large and mostly undisturbed forests, using traditional weapons, have been replaced by a growing population using fragmented habitats and modern hunting methods. Meanwhile, increased exploitation from mining, oil exploitation…

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Why Farmers have less leisure time than Hunters

Today’s Debate Topic: Why Farming is regarded as a Dirty Job

Hunters who adopt farming work around ten hours a week longer than their forager neighbors, a new study suggests, complicating the idea that agriculture represents progress. The research also shows that a shift to agriculture impacts most on the lives of women. According to a recent article released by Science Daily, For two years, a team including University of Cambridge anthropologist Dr Mark Dyble, lived with the Agta, a population of small scale hunter-gatherers from the northern Philippines who are increasingly engaging in agriculture. Every day, at regular intervals between…

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Measuring plant improvements to help farmers boost production

Today’s Debate Topic: Why Farming is being regarded as a Dirty Job

An international team is using advanced tools to develop crops that give farmers more options for sustainably producing more food on less land. To do this, thousands of plant prototypes must be carefully analyzed to figure out which genetic tweaks work best. Today, in a special issue of the journal Remote Sensing of Environment, scientists have shown a new technology can more quickly scan an entire field of plants to capture improvements in their natural capacity to harvest energy from the sun. “This method allows us to measure improvements we…

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How plant viruses can be used to ward off pests and keep plants healthy

How plant viruses can be used to ward off pests and keep plants healthy

Imagine a technology that could target pesticides to treat specific spots deep within the soil, making them more effective at controlling infestations while limiting their toxicity to the environment. According to this article published by Science Daily: Researchers at the University of California San Diego and Case Western Reserve University have taken a step toward that goal. They discovered that a biological nano-particle a plant virus is capable of delivering pesticide molecules deeper below the ground, to places that are normally beyond their reach. The work could help farmers better…

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