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Compared with conventionally farmed soils, those farmed organically contain nearly 60% more microorganisms that are significantly more active, finds a new meta-study from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture. Humus-rich organic soils also sequester more carbon, reducing harmful CO2 emissions and helping to mitigate climate change.
According to the latest Australian Organic Market Report (AOMR 2017), Australia's organic sector is expanding, exports are up- especially to Asia- and the boom is set to continue, driven by cashed-up middle-class consumers in ‘tiger’ Asian economies and by health-conscious Millennials worldwide.
A recent study from The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Europe has concluded that organic farming methods could feed 9.5+billion people sustainably by 2050 if we did less of just two other things.
An innovative food-waste-conversion system trialled by Deakin University researchers in partnership with CSIRO, local and industry councils could save hundreds of tonnes of GG-emitting organic waste from landfill a year. The trial program also netted the uni a finalist’s spot in the upcoming Green Gown Awards Australasia.
Australia’s first and the world’s second ‘rescued food’ market is here – and it’s a hit. Since its launch in mid-April 2017, OzHarvest has heard from people all over the world keen to copy the idea, which originated (not surprisingly) in Denmark.
Dr Greg Bender and his partner at Australian Soil Management are solving complex soil problems in the simple, old-school way: holistically, with compost.
This short animation from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) depicts the current state of global soil resources and offers options for managing soils sustainably.
The early findings of UNE researcher Dr Matt Tighe, who’s been measuring the long-term effects of copper smelting at sites in central Thailand that date back 3,000-4,000 years raise troubling questions about the longevity of soil pollutants and the threat they may pose to future food security.
The University of Newcastle’s brand-new $15m laboratory facilities will be used for cutting-edge research to help improve agricultural soils and remediate polluted sites across Australia and the world.
Crop trials conducted as part of the EPA-funded Next Gen Compost project provided scientific evidence of soil and productivity benefits following the application of recycled-organics compost to soil used to grow capsicums and corn.