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Can oilfield water safely be reused for irrigation in California?

(Duke University) Reusing low-saline oilfield water mixed with surface water to irrigate farms in the Cawelo Water District of California does not pose major health risks, as some opponents of the practice have feared, a study led by Duke University and RTI International researchers finds. This finding only applies to questions about the safety in this water district, however. Oilfield water elsewhere will have different chemistry and salinity.

Why the indoor farming movement is taking off

As the world emerges from a pandemic that has kept about one in five people in their homes for weeks, it’s little surprise that the idea of indoor farming is gaining traction. After all, we’ve had a lot of time…

The future is knocking: Global food production to be transformed using new technology

(University of Copenhagen) The world’s growing population will necessitate a 30-70% increase in food production over the next 3 decades. If we are to succeed, it will require a complete overhaul of the way we produce food. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen, among others, have now created an overview of solutions that include a number of new technologies that can collectively address this global challenge.

Dairy farm bottles milk instead of dumping it

In early April, Pennsylvania dairy farmer Ben Brown got a call from his processor that they wouldn’t be able to pick up his milk for a few days. A few days meant hundreds of gallons of milk from Brown’s 70-plus…

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Researchers seek to reduce food waste and establish the science of food date labeling

Minimizing food waste is top of mind right now during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the lack of regulation and general understanding of food date labels leads to billions of dollars per year in food waste in the US alone. Researchers have come together with the goal of clarifying the lack of science behind food date labels, highlighting the need for interdisciplinary research in a new publication.

Latin America’s livestock sector needs emissions reduction to meet 2030 targets

(International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)) Reducing livestock’s carbon footprint in Latin America is necessary if countries in the region are to meet emission reduction goals under the Paris Agreement, researchers argue in a new analysis published May 14 in Frontiers.

Green-Energy Crime: Endangered Red Kite Blocking Wind Farm Found Shot Dead

Red kites and wind power just do go well together. These predatory birds can find good prey, especially where farmers mow meadows or plow fields. Lethal are cases such as the one in Baden-Württemberg, where areas with green fodder have…