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"Natural habitat around farms a win for strawberry growers, birds and consumers"

Conserving natural habitat around strawberry fields can help protect growers’ yields, their bottom line and the environment with no detectable threat to food safety, indicates a study led by the University of California, Davis. In the study, published in the journal Ecological Applications, researchers…

American Farmland Trust releases report

Threats to New England’s farmland and food production

American Farmland Trust (AFT), the organization behind the national “No Farms No Food” movement released “Farms Under Threat, A New England Perspective” at its February 19th Food, Farms, Fisheries, and Forests: Diet, Climate, Conservation, and a Healthy Future for New England conference, sponsored by The…

The future of agriculture lies in Israel’s desert

Farmers in arid areas of India need no convincing that the climate is changing under their feet. Their income is drying up along with their groundwater wells, forcing many to give up farming. As these kinds of situations become more common, help is coming from Tel Aviv University’s Nitsan Sustainable…

An examination of 13 varieties that could boost the market

Screening sweet peppers for organic farming

A study conducted out of The University of Georgia delved into the comparative yields of sweet pepper varieties produced under organic farming conditions. George Boyhan, Cecilia McGregor, Suzanne O’Connell, Johannah Biang, and David Berle completed a replicated, randomized experiment involving 13 pepper…


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