Gene editing is a big opportunity for UK farmers

Gene editing is a big opportunity for UK farmers

WESTMINSTER’S efforts to identify post-Brexit business opportunities have concluded that the UK should embrace gene edited crops now it is no longer party to the European Union’s limitations on biotech. The proposal was one of 120 recommendations contained in a report issued by Prime Minister Johnson’s Task Force on Innovation Growth and Regulatory Reform (TIGRR), […]

Supporting smallholder avocado farmers to reap big

Supporting smallholder avocado farmers to reap big

By SIMON ODHIAMBO Kenya is a good country and one that we occasionally get to enjoy and participate in investment fads. Avocado growing for export is the current word on the investment screen and this has attracted the attention of the smallholder farmers in the rural parts of Kenya. Can one or two avocado trees […]

Kharif Outlook: Coarse cereals unlikely to attract growers in a big way

Kharif Outlook: Coarse cereals unlikely to attract growers in a big way

The Centre has been trying its best to encourage farmers to grow coarse cereals such as barja, jowar, maize and ragi, with sharp hikes in minimum support prices (MSP), but its efforts are yet to bear fruit. The trend is likely to continue this year, too, during Kharif sowing, with growers likely to opt for […]

Big blow to fish farmers

Fish, shrimp enclosures and other structures in coastal areas surrounding the Sundarbans were damaged by tidal surges and storms due to the impact of cyclone Yaas, causing a loss of over Tk 5 crore. Around 4,830 fish and shrimp enclosures were washed away by tidal surges on Tuesday and Wednesday in Bagerhat. The losses can […]

Big apparel brands still need Bangladesh’s workers – ET Retail

Big apparel brands still need Bangladesh’s workers

Bangladesh is deep into its second month of a coronavirus lockdown that has shuttered schools, public transportation and most workplaces. But thanks to lobbying by the country’s garment manufacturers, millions of factory workers are still on the job every day — even though many have complained of pay cuts, late wages and inadequate Covid protections. […]

How small fish packs a big punch across the globe

anchovies drying in sun

anchovies drying in sun Shakuntala Thilsted, winner of this year’s World Food Prize, wants you to know something: small fish like herring, anchovies, and sardines, are a superfood. Not only are they good at fighting malnutrition, preventing stunted growth, and promoting cognitive development in children, they’re also great for pregnant women. NPR interviewed Thilsted about […]

Climate change is making big problems bigger

Michael Regan, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, during a news conference at the White House in Washington, May 11, 2021. Up-to-date and comprehensive data compiled by the EPA shows that a warming world is making life harder for Americans, in ways that threaten their health and safety, homes and communities. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Climate change is already happening around the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday. And in many cases, that change is speeding up. The freshly compiled data, the federal government’s most comprehensive and up-to-date information yet, shows that a warming world is making life harder for Americans in ways that threaten their health, safety, […]

How big is Bitcoin’s carbon footprint?

Reuters | Published: May 13, 2021 17:29:40 Tesla boss Elon Musk’s sudden u-turn over accepting bitcoin to buy his electric vehicles has thrust the cryptocurrency’s energy usage into the headlights. Some Tesla investors, along with environmentalists, have been increasingly critical about the way bitcoin is “mined” using vast amounts of electricity generated with fossil fuels. […]

Forests as big as France have grown back since 2000, research shows

Forests as big as France have grown back since 2000, research shows

That much forest has the potential to absorb 5.9 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) – more than the annual emissions of the United States, according to the study. “The data show the enormous potential of natural habitats to recover when given the chance to do so,” said John Lotspeich, executive director of Trillion Trees, the […]

Hawkins Homestead Farm is a small farm with big dreams

Alabama residents and owners of Hawkins Homestead Farm, Rachel and Brandon Hawkins, did not grow up farming. “We’re city people,” Rachel says, smiling. “When we got to a place where we had the space, we started a family garden.” What began as a simple backyard garden has grown into a thriving CSA, which stands for […]