Tag: farming

Taking Food Safety to a higher level

Can we trust current food security systems and are they sustainable?

Climate Change Could Lead to Major Crop Failures in World’s Biggest Corn Regions

Two new studies looking at corn and vegetables warn of a rising risk of food shocks and malnutrition with unchecked global warming.

Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth

Biggest analysis to date reveals huge footprint of livestock - it provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of farmland.

Pesticides: how can risk assessors make better use of epidemiological data?

How pesticide expert's new approach will help risk assessors to make better use of epidemiological data.

Food Safety for the 21st Century

Why farmers and manufacturers are turning to automation for prevention-based control throughout the supply chain.

Fipronil – EU says worst is over but food safety to be tightened up

A meeting of European Union agriculture ministers in Estonia yesterday to discuss the fipronil contaminated eggs crisis suggested the outbreak has now been mostly contained. Following the meeting, EU Health and Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitas, said: "Today, I heard detailed explanations from the ministers; it is confirmed that all suspected farms have been blocked and ...

ISO Standards and agriculture – Do you trust the food you eat?

From tractors and trailers to methods for testing soils and even fish-farming, ISO Standards play an essential role in feeding the world. As pressure on land and resources increases alongside population, and the demand for high-quality food, efficient farming is more important than ever. ISO Standards enable efficient use of fertilizers and fuel, delivering substantial ...

U.S. rice farmers turn sustainability into Carbon Credits, and Microsoft is first to buy

By changing how they use water, rice growers in Arkansas, Mississippi and California cut their methane emissions and opened a door for agriculture in carbon markets. The world's largest software maker made a novel purchase recently—from a handful of rice farmers. Microsoft bought carbon offsets from rice farmers in Arkansas, Mississippi and California who had ...

From bean to bar: the challenges on the cocoa industry

From bean to bar: the challenges of the cocoa industry

It is the key ingredient in one of the world’s favourite affordable luxury treats, but the reality behind cocoa is bittersweet. A sustainable cocoa industry is the goal of a new ISO technical committee that hopes to build a better future for cocoa farmers –for the greater benefit of us all. Cocoa farmer Francisco Miranda ...

AgriShield, a new risk management tool for Canadian farmers

Canadian farmers will soon have another tool in their toolbox for dealing with risk on the farm. The federal government invested $786,921 towards the development of an online resource to help farmers manage uncontrollable challenges, according to a May 25 release. Farm Management Canada will develop AgriShield to monitor a variety of farm risks, including ...

Addressing food security in a changing world

When it comes to ensuring food security and sustainable agriculture, there simply is no “one size fits all”. Many interventions that have attempted to address the challenges of food security have not considered adequately the intricacies of the problem. The issues at hand are complex and require a multi-pronged approach. For several decades, the Food ...

The future of farming

The challenge of how we’ll feed the exploding world population in the future – in a sustainable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly way – is seeding an agricultural revolution. Welcome to farming of the future : a hi-tech, capital-intensive system of growing food sustainably and cleanly for the masses. Here are the facts. Each second, the ...