Little Uruguay has big plans for smart agriculture
Uruguay, a country of 3.3 million inhabitants and four times as many cows, hopes to feed 50 million people thanks to drones, "smart" combines and other high-tech farming techniques.
Can returning crops to their wild states help feed the world?
To feed the world's growing population—expected to reach nine billion by the year 2050—we will have to find ways to produce more food on less farmland, without causing additional harm to the remaining natural habitat. ...
Ancient wisdom boosts sustainability of biotech cotton
Advocates of biotech crops and those who favor traditional farming practices such as crop diversity often seem worlds apart, but a new study shows that these two approaches can be compatible. An international ...
Research sows the seeds for improved food security
Research from the University of Bath has shown that is possible to improve both seed size and seed number opening new avenues to increase crop yields and improving food security.
New insights into the origins of agriculture could help shape the future of food
Agricultural decisions made by our ancestors more than 10,000 years ago could hold the key to food security in the future, according to new research by the University of Sheffield.
Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?
A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. The study, conducted by researchers ...
Novel LED technology enables detailed investigation of algae productivity
Because food crops are also used for energy production, millions of people are threatened by starvation. Algae could provide an alternative: They only need sunlight to grow, thrive in salty water on barren ...
EU makes move to let member states block GM crops
The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation ...
Insecticides foster 'toxic' slugs, reduce crop yields
Insecticides aimed at controlling early-season crop pests, such as soil-dwelling grubs and maggots, can increase slug populations, thus reducing crop yields, according to researchers at Penn State and the ...
Cover crops can sequester soil organic carbon
A 12-year University of Illinois study shows that, although the use of cover crops does not improve crop yields, the practice does increase the amount of sequestered soil organic carbon using three different ...
In first, Ontario may regulate bee-killing pesticides
Canada's Ontario province announced Tuesday plans to restrict the use of controversial pesticides believed to be responsible for mass deaths of bees, in order to safeguard crops.
Model evaluates where bioenergy crops grow best
Farmers interested in bioenergy crops now have a resource to help them determine which kind of bioenergy crop would grow best in their regions and what kind of harvest to expect.
Global warming could undermine poverty fight: World Bank
Climate change could undermine efforts to defeat extreme poverty around the globe, the World Bank warned Sunday.
Sonic nets viewed as a safe, humane way to shoo hungry birds
Scarecrows have never worked, and history shows that advancements in technology haven't worked much better when it comes to shooing birds away from ripening crops.