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Sign up for distance learning with the Sustainable and Efficient Food Production ATP

The Advanced Training Partnership in Sustainable and Efficient Food Production ( Pasture ATP ) offers postgraduate training through workshops and distance learning. They have five distance learning modules starting on 18th May 2015, which will all run for 3 months. Please click on the links below for further information: Low Input Beef Sheep and Dairy ...
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Fighting malnutrition with a ‘stronger’ chickpea

Micronutrient malnutrition affects more than 2 billion people. Researchers working at the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan are seeking long term solutions to help to alleviate the increasing micronutrient malnutrition problem by enriching food grains with essential micronutrients through breeding and appropriate management practices, collectively known as...
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UK and India collaborate on future-proof crops

Seven new research projects have been launched to help provide new or improved crops for the future. The projects involve collaborations between researchers in the UK and India and aims to provide crops suitable for a changing climate and to produce more food with fewer inputs. The research has been made possible thanks to £5M funding from the UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences...
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Sustainable and Efficient Food Production Workshops, July & Sept 2014

The Advanced Training Partnership (ATP) for Sustainable and Efficient Food Production has announced the dates of four workshops to be held in July and September 2014: Celebrating Home-grown Feed Cirencester  15-16th July Just how viable is growing your own feed? We will look at this in terms of: Domestic alternatives for complete feed rations; and building...
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New study shows how existing cropland could feed billions more

Feeding a growing human population without increasing stresses on Earth's strained land and water resources may seem like an impossible challenge. But according to a new report by researchers at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, focusing efforts to improve food systems on a few specific regions, crops and actions could make it possible to both meet the basic needs...
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Upcoming workshops on sustainable food production

The Advanced Training Partnership (ATP) for Sustainable and Efficient Food Production  is holding a couple of interesting workshops in July.   Celebrating Home-Grown Feed! 15th  and 16th  July nr. Cirencester Just how viable is growing your own feed? This workshop will feature: Domestic alternatives for complete feed rations; Building soil...
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Insects as the food of the future

As the human population grows, it is critical that the drain on the planet’s resources be lessened by decreasing consumption of animal protein. According to two panel discussions on June 23 and 24 at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)  Annual Meeting & Food Expo®  in New Orleans, insects are a promising, economically viable alternative source of high quality protein...
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Sustainable Intensification Research Platform launches first projects

Three interlinked research projects that will investigate ways to increase farm productivity while reducing environmental impacts and enhancing ecosystem services launched on 1st  May 2014. The projects have been commissioned by Defra as part of the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP), which aims to develop more integrated and collaborative ways of funding,...
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Meta-analysis study predicts effect of climate change and adaptation on crop yield

In a newly published paper in Nature , a group of NERC funded researchers have performed a meta-analysis of over 1,700 simulation to examine the impact of climate change and adaptation on crop yields of rice, wheat and maize. They conclude that without adaptation of our crops we will face losses in production of all three crops, but with crop adaptation we could potentially increase...
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Yields of new varieties of agricultural crops continue to increase

Research into varieties of winter wheat, spring barley, potatoes grown for starch and sugar beet which have been introduced in the Netherlands by plant breeding companies between 1980 and 2010 shows that new varieties continue to yield more than their predecessors. Despite recent concerns that important crops in high-yielding regions have reached their production maximum, the rise in yield...
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New method increases food and bioenergy production from cassava

The development of new ways to utilize starch from cassava could provide food to an additional 30 million people without using any more arable land than today, according to the results of a new study from researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and China Agricultural University (CAU). Cassava is grown for its high starch content and processed into flour or...
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Sustainable livestock production is possible

Consumers are increasingly demanding higher standards for how their meat is sourced, with animal welfare and the impact on the environment factoring in many purchases. Unfortunately, many widely-used livestock production methods are currently unsustainable. However, new research from the University of Cambridge has identified what may be the future of sustainable livestock production: ...
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Certification of aquaculture: one of the strategies to sustainable seafood production

Certification of products from aquatic farming - aquaculture – is contributing to sustainable production, but it also has serious limits. Therefore it should be seen as one approach among many for steering aquaculture toward sustainability. This is argued by an international team of researchers in a paper published in Science on September 6th. A rapidly expanding sector ...
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Microbiology's grand challenge to help feed the world

A greater focus on the role of microbiology in agriculture combined with new technologies can help mitigate potential food shortages associated with world population increases according to a new report from the American Academy of Microbiology. "Microbes are essential partners in all aspects of plant physiology, but human efforts to improve plant productivity have focused solely on the...
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UK's native bees under threat from disease-carrying bumblebee imports

Stricter controls over bumblebee imports to the UK are urgently required to prevent diseases spreading to native bumblebees and honeybees, scientists have warned. The call follows the discovery of parasites in over three-quarters of imported bumblebee colonies they tested. The study - the first of its kind in the UK - is published in the Journal of Applied Ecology. While wild species of...
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Why crop rotation works

New research led by scientists at the BBSRC-funded John Innes Centre could help explain the dramatic effect on soil health and yield of crop rotation. Crop rotation has been used since Roman times to improve plant nutrition and to control the spread of disease. A new study to be published in Nature's 'The ISME Journal' reveals the profound effect it has on enriching soil with bacteria,...
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Study finds that European fish stocks are poised for recovery

The results of a major international effort to assess the status of dozens of European fish stocks find that many of those stocks in the northeast Atlantic are being fished sustainably today and that, given time, those populations should continue to recover. The findings, reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 18, come as surprisingly good news amid widespread...
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UK’s Agricultural Resilience Strengthened by New Initiative in York

The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) and the University of York have announced a new joint venture: an Initiative in Agrifood Resilience. This announcement was made on the same day as the Government launched its new UK Agricultural Technologies Strategy , which sets out how investment will back the technologies of the future allowing our agricultural industries to grow and...
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Defra publishes review of evidence on consumer food related behaviours that impact on sustainability

Defra has published a review of evidence on consumer food related behaviours that impact on sustainability, critically assessing and summarising evidence around two key objectives: What are the ‘hotspots’ (i.e. points of greatest environmental impact) along the food consumer journey? What mechanisms are available and most effective for influencing consumer...
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Report on managing the land in a changing climate

The Adaptation Sub-Committee of the UK's Committee on Climate Change has published a report on "Managing the land in a changing climate" focussing on the use of land to supply food, timber, wildlilfe habitats, carbon storage with the soil and protection from rises in sea levels. The report highlights prioriti areas of increasing the efficiency of water use in agriculture and...
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Scientist urges us to mine the wealth of the world’s seed banks today in order to feed future generations

With fewer than a dozen flowering plants out of 300,000 species accounting for 80 percent of humanity’s caloric intake, people need to tap unused plants to feed the world in the near future, claims Cornell University plant geneticist Susan McCouch in the Comment feature of the July 4 issue of Nature. To keep pace with population growth and rising incomes around the world, researchers...
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New evidence that insecticide causes changes in honeybee genes

New research by academics at The University of Nottingham has shown that exposure to a neonicotinoid insecticide causes changes to the genes of the honeybee. The study, published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, supports the recent decision taken by the European Commission to temporarily ban three neonicotinoids amid concerns that they could be linked to bee deaths. There is...
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World aquaculture industry now producing more protein than beef industry

A report from the Earth Policy Institute (EPI) has revealed that fish farming is now producing more animal protein than the beef industry, with 66 million tons of fish produced in 2012 versus 63 million tons of beef. You can find out more in an interesting article on The Beef Site by clicking here.
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Developing techniques for tuna aquaculture

Swimming around and around in a 20,000 gallon tank at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus are several large yellowfin tuna captured last autumn about 100 miles off the Rhode Island coast. The fish are part of the first effort in the United States to breed tuna in a land-based aquaculture facility to meet the growing demand for one of the ocean’s top predators. ...
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Diets with more fruit and veg are not necessarily better for environmental sustainability

We might assume that a healthy diet which is lower in meat and contains more fruit and vegetables would not only be good for us, but would also be better for the environment. But a review article in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society has found that this healthier diet could actually result in higher levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions! If you replace meat by fruit and...
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