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A brace of award-winning autonomous concept vehicles, able to till, sow, spray and harvest, adjust for inclines, negotiate uneven terrain, avoid obstacles and monitor their own performance all without a human at the helm, should be on the market soon, promising to free farmers from tedious cropping tasks forever.
The findings of a recent study of more than 12,000 Australians has confirmed what previous studies have suggested: that for optimal mental health and happiness in the short and long term, most of us need eight or nine servings of fruit and veg a day- and that fruit consumption particularly impacts women's wellbeing.
US soil scientists have shown that perennial biofuel and cover crops can help protect valuable cash crops by buffering soils against temperature changes that could otherwise impact negatively on plant growth and yield.
At its 4th Annual Awards for Excellence, held in mid-November 2017, independent organics-industry body Australian Organic Ltd announced an exceptional crop of ‘organic champions’: producers, processors, retailers, innovators and products – including, for the first time, wine.
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.
Taking a fresh approach to Australia’s poor vegetable-consumption scorecard, CSIRO scientists developed Veg-Eze, a free app that challenges users to eat more vegies, more often. The resulting data will be used to help farmers cater better to changing consumer demand.
The Australian Government has committed AU$10m in grant funding to help boost wine tourism Down Under by 40,000 people by 2019-20. Need funds get your ‘wine experience’ idea up and running? Apply to Wine Australia by 02 March 2018.
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.
Many Pacific Island countries and territories will lose 50 to 80 percent of marine species by the end of the 21st century if climate change and global warming continue unchecked, reports a new study published in the November issue of Marine Policy.