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You want to reduce the carbon footprint of your food? Focus on what you eat, not whether your food is local
Food production is responsible for one-quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. If you want to reduce the carbon footprint of your diet, what’s the best way to do it?
One recommendation you hear often is to “eat local.” While this might make sense intuitively — after all, transport does lead to emissions — it is one of the most misguided pieces of advice.
In this article from January 2020, we show that emissions from transportation make up a very small amount of the emissions from food — and that what you eat is far more important than where your food traveled from.
FIRA 2021, The World Ag Robotics Forum
7 - 9 December 2021 - TOULOUSE (France)
Officially, covid-19 has killed around 4.5m people. But according to our own model, that is a dramatic undercount: we estimate that the actual death toll is 15.2m people, and may be as high as 18.1m
The Economist on Twitter
Amazon launches agronomy service for Indian farmers, AFN, by Jack Ellis
- Amazon Retail, the Indian e-grocery business of US tech giant Amazon, has started offering digital agronomy services to farmers in the country, the Business Standard reports.
- The platform provides crop plans aimed at improving yields and quality, pest and disease alerts, and farm management software that can be accessed via mobile app – as well as a team of agronomists who can give more comprehensive advice to farmers.
- Amazon also said it is building “robust temperature-controlled supply chain infrastructure” to preserve the quality of farm produce and reduce food waste.
Saint-Quentin-des-Prés (Oise), près de Gournay-en-Bray, ca 1855-1870, par Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (1796 – 1875)
Meet the GROW grads concocting climate-smart ag solutions with robots & seaweed GROW accelerator! AFN, by Jack Ellis
After 20 weeks of workshops, mentoring sessions, and pitching practice, the GROW Impact Accelerator‘s 2021 program has now come to a close. The 10 start-ups graduating from the cohort have shown awesome commitment and put in plenty of hard work – many of them, particularly those outside of Asia, keeping very unsociable hours given that the program was delivered virtually from Singapore due to Covid-19.
This time, AFN sat down with two companies that are trying to make agriculture more climate-smart: one of them on land, the other at sea. They are:
- Braintree Technologies (Malaysia) – A robotic ‘farming-as-a-service’ platform that can transform unattended land into productive agricultural spaces, raising smallholder incomes and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Seadling (Singapore) – An algae-ag startup producing functional ingredients for pet, aquaculture, and animal feed manufacturers from sustainably farmed seaweed in lower-income communities.
Smoking: How large of a global problem is it? And how can we make progress against it? By Max Roser
Every year around 8 million people die prematurely as a result of smoking — this is about one in seven deaths worldwide. Smokers lose on average about 10 years of their life; millions more live in poor health because of it.
In our most recent article we describe the massive global health burden of smoking — and also show that progress against this problem is possible.
Climate smart agriculture is a sustainability solution, by Maria Gabriela Cruz (Portugal)
The loud and angry debates over crop-protection products in Europe can give the false impression that farmers like me are prone to over-use chemicals on what we grow.
That’s ridiculous, especially as we strive each day to practice the conservation agriculture that protects our soil, water, and air.
We certainly need good crop-protection products, and I was pleased when regulators from four countries in the European Union determined earlier this year that glyphosate deserves to remain an approved product for safe and successful weed control.
Yet there’s so much more to what we do on our farm in Portugal, where we grow corn in a hot and dry climate.
Carbon Robotics Develops Robot Capable of Eliminating 100,000 Weeds Per Hour With Lasers
The Autonomous Weeder leverages robotics, AI, and laser technology to safely and effectively drive through crop fields to identify, target, and eliminate weeds.
From Microbials to Nanosatellites: Meet the 17 Start-ups Driving the Agri-Tech Revolution
Start-ups at this year's World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit have tackled some of the biggest challenges in farming, from carbon credit systems, to autonomous robots.
5 Barriers to Success with Precision Agriculture Technology -- That Actually Are Not Barriers
As advisors, we can help growers break through their existing preconceived ideas by listening and starting small, while keeping the big picture in mind.
Benson Hill, CropTrak Collaborate to Leverage Agronomic Insights for Greater Sustainability, Product Innovation
Benson Hill farmers using CropTrak’s cloud technology solution to seamlessly track agronomic information, improve farmer profitability.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Pas Mèche", 1882, de Jules Bastien Lepage (1848-1884, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
EarthScout Sees Potential in 24-7 Data Collection Platform
CEO Troy Schmidtke has led team of experts to develop an in-field sensing technology that collects predictive micro-climate and soil data.
Corteva Makes Major Contribution to Improve Interoperability in Agriculture
AgGateway’s ADAPT open-source community continues its steady progress on improving the ADAPT framework and various plugins. The result of that progress is better interoperability in agriculture between different software and hardware applications.
A few years ago, Proagrica’s Steve Hipwell led an effort to automate a process that watched for contributed code to be accepted by the ADAPT technical team and then compile that code, test it, post it to a service convenient for developers to access, and then notify developers of its availability. Automated processes of this type are often referred to as a CI/CD pipeline (continuous integration/continuous deployment).
Leaf: Developer Tools for Agriculture
AgGateway welcomes Leaf Agriculture, a company focused on providing farm data infrastructure as a service to help agtech companies focus on their core products and users.
According to Leaf CEO G. Bailey Stockdale, software developers use Leaf’s API to:
- become compatible with all major agriculture brands via a single integration
- translate proprietary machine data files
- import, export and reconcile field boundaries from other platforms
- retrieve and serve imagery from multiple providers
- organize and manage their user’s data
- solve many other use cases.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: La lavandière, 1875, de Camille Pisssarro
AgGateway Participates in Major Agtech Events in Latin America
I was pleased to represent AgGateway at the second edition of Summit Agrihub on August 27, an event hosted by our associate member Agrihub, in Cuiabá/MT Brazil. I participated on a panel with other agribusiness professionals to discuss the challenges of expanding access to new digital technologies among rural producers in Latin America.
> The great potential of spot specific tillage (and why it hasn’t been unlocked yet)
Many farmers and growers now routinely target and adjust seed rates and fertiliser applications to match specific soil and crop requirements. But these crops are growing in seedbeds that, most probably, have been cultivated to a uniform depth.
Why many soils are being worked too deeply and are suffering from being over-cultivated?
> Field robots: 15 field robots of the future!
Our latest Youtube video shows 15 field robots that are currently available, including prices
> Drip irrigation: Farmer Mike Patschke: “Amazing yield improvement with drip irrigation”
Mike Patschke has been using drip irrigation since 1997. He talks about his experiences.
> Connectivity: Case IH enhances connectivity on new Optum AFS Connect
Case IH re-engineered its Optum CVXDrive tractor range to create the new Optum AFS Connect range.
> Carbon markets: “Forward-thinking farmers the key to carbon markets”
Moving to more regenerative practices can lead to better productivity.
> Drones: Russian scientists develop low budget application drone
A group of scientists from Astrakhan State University, Russia, have developed the Agroday drone.
> No-till: Reduce herbicide use and maintain crop yield with no-till
Farmers using no-till production can reduce herbicide use and still maintain crop yields.
> Business: CropScanAg new trading name for Next Instruments
Next Instruments is changing its trading name to CropScanAg.
CleanBay Renewables and bp join forces to market poultry litter-derived renewable natural gas, by By Jaclyn Krymowski (Published: September 10, 2021)
Energy company bp will be adding a new renewable natural gas (RNG) to its portfolio -- all made possible by poultry litter and CleanBay Renewables.
Climate Change: How Innovative Plant Breeding Can Help Feed The World, Nurture The Planet, By Neal Gutterson and Barbara Wells (09/05/21)
However, we can only transform food systems if the benefits of scientific progress are broadly available to farmers across the world. Right now, that's far from assured. The onus falls on policymakers taking part in the upcoming summit to remove obstacles to their use.
Some 10% of the world's population — up to 811 million people — are undernourished; an increase of as many as 161 million over last year. The cost of nutritious foods coupled with persistently high levels of income inequality have put healthy diets out of reach for around 3 billion people.
There's an urgent need to transform our food systems, which are both drivers and victims of climate change, and intertwined with land degradation, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and resource depletion. These threats to our planetary life-support systems propel infectious disease, poor health, and economic inequality, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization at the U.N.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Woman and Child at the Well, 1882, by Camille Pissarro
What does a famine declaration declare? By Joe Hasell
In the Ethiopian region of Tigray, the United Nations estimates that 400,000 people have now "crossed the threshold into famine" — but so far hasn't formally declared a famine in the region. When is a food crisis considered a famine?
In this article from March 2018 we clarify the UN's sometimes confusing system for classifying famines. This helps shed light on the current situation in Tigray.
Birds’ populations in Europe
In Europe, forest coverage is increasing, contributing to the growing forest-based bird population.
Unfortunately, the farmland-based bird population is continuing to decline. Increased agricultural efficiency could increase food supply per acre of farmland, thus returning more land to nature and further increasing the European bird population.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Chemin de Pontoise, Auvers-sur-Oise, par Camille Pissarro
The more you want something, the less your mind let you get it
See Julien Waksman, Mental fitness Coach
The Collapse of Climate-Related Deaths, By Gale Pooley
Climate continues to be a challenge, but climate-related deaths have fallen over 99 percent since 1920.
Thanks to enhanced preparation and flood defenses, Hurricane Ida's death toll is just a fraction of the 1,833 deaths caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Louisiana isn't the only place that has become more resilient to natural disasters. Since 1920, global climate adaptation has reduced the risk of dying from extreme weather by more than 99%.
Willem Kolff, "Father of Artificial Organs" and inventor of kidney dialysis by Alexander C. R. Hammond
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Peasant Woman with Distaff Painting by Nicolae Grigorescu
Rachel Laudan explains how food, and the way we eat it, has changed over time
> Transcript and Video
> In Britain, if you were an agricultural worker in the 19th century, you were spending 60% or 70% of your income on bread.
An American story around Covid-19, surprising!
> LA County to pay $400K in settlement with Sun Valley church that defied COVID health orders
> John MacArthur Admits Prior Church COVID Outbreak Illness
El sufrimiento de los agricultores y ganaderos en Kenia
Un relato de cómo los pueblos del condado de Laikipia poseen un gran potencial para desarrollar su industria agropecuaria, pero la falta de formación y medios, las adversidades climáticas y el frecuente robo de ganado lastra la tarea de los granjeros, que piden ayuda
La agricultura intensiva asfixia el mar Menor ante la pasividad oficial
Ni el Estado ni el Gobierno murciano han puesto remedio a los vertidos agrarios del Campo de Cartagena que contaminan la laguna salada
Old man Murphy
Old man Murphy and old man Sean were contemplating life when Murphy asked, “If you had to get one or the other would you rather get Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s?
”Sure, I rather have Parkinson’s”, replied Sean
“’Tis better to spill a couple of ounces of Jameson whiskey than to forget where you keep the bottle!”
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