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  • How agriculture can support adaptation to climate change through better management of soil. Climate change is disrupting agriculture in every corner of the world, from droughts or floods that damage crops, to rising seas that threaten rural communities.

  • Last year, a few days before Christmas, Gail Fuller drove me out to the middle of a wind-whipped field just north of Emporia, Kansas. “This is really where it started for me,” he said as he climbed out of the truck, spade in hand. With a thunk, he drove the spade into the ground and pulled out a hunk of earth, holding it up so I could see the texture, which he described as like “chocolate cake” and “black cottage cheese.”

  • For thousands of years, monstrous herds of animals roamed the earth. These beasts covered vast swaths of land in search of food, water, and safety from predators. Their presence was integral, both as a food source for hunters and as ecological regulators.

  • Fast-tracking nature’s design solutions to foster sustainability breakthroughs with the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.

  • Conservation agriculture is a system that utilises soils for the production of crops with the aim of reducing excessive use of the soil and maintaining crop residues on the soil surface in order to minimise damage to the environment.

  • Soil biology is the study of microbial and faunal activity and ecology in soil. Soil life, soil biota, soilfauna, or edaphon is a collective term that encompasses all organisms that spend a significant portion of their life cycle within a soil profile, or at thesoil-litter interface.

  • By 2050, the world’s population is forecast to reach 9.7 billion and agricultural production will need to rise by about 60%, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

  • 'Swarm robots' – small, simple and inexpensive machinery – could reverse the trend in agriculture towards ever bigger machines, an agri-tech expert has said.

  • How the people behind The Good Growth Plan are helping rescue more farmland .Péter Szabadka is one of the many real people behind The Good Growth Plan. His family farm in Hungary grows a variety of crops using our CONTIVO® solution, which helps growers adopt conservation agriculture practices to reduce erosion and maintain soil health.

  • “One of our most important solutions to the global challenge posed by climate change lies right under our feet.” That’s according to Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, a soil biochemist at the University of Merced, and she’s talking about soil, which isn’t acknowledged as a key factor in the fight against climate change.

  • John Cherry bends down and takes a handful of soil in his hands, brings it up to his face and breathes deeply.

  • Climate change can't be halted if we carry on degrading the soil, a report will say.

  • Soil is the unconsolidated mineral or organic material on the immediate surface of the earth, and serves as a natural medium for the growth of land. This surface material has been affected by environmental factors such as climate and organisms acting on parent material over a period of time.

  • Compaction is often thought of as a spring problem. However, in seven of the past 10 years, parts of Minnesota have had wet soil conditions during harvest.

  • I am a long-standing farmer and representative of the organic movement, but it is only recently that I have come to see just how much microbiology permeates every aspect of our lives.

  • The world grows 95% of its food in the uppermost layer of soil, making topsoil one of the most important components of our food system. But thanks to conventional farming practices, nearly half of the most productive soil has disappeared in the world in the last 150 years, threatening crop yields and contributing to nutrient pollution, dead zones and erosion. In the US alone, soil on cropland is eroding 10 times faster than it can be replenished.

  • If you want to do something about global warming, look under your feet. Managed well, soil’s ability to trap carbon dioxide is potentially much greater than previously estimated, according to Stanford researchers who claim the resource could “significantly” offset increasing global emissions. They call for a reversal of federal cutbacks to related research programs to learn more about this valuable resource.

  • Soils are the foundation of life, as they sustain humans, plants and animals for present and future generations. Protecting and sustainably managing soil is therefore of paramount importance, particularly in the context of climate change, deforestation and loss of biodiversity.

  • A global study of land and agricultural methods shows dramatic differences in soil quality between farms that employ some simple management tools and those that don’t. “Clever farmers” show how we can make healthier, more productive soil.

  • Agriculture is what makes us human. Sure, there are ants and fish and crabsthat perform the act of cultivating food; but this is a different kind of farming. Humans use farming to sustain our imbalanced population growth, and in many ways it has gotten away from us.

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