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Social innovations may hold the key to future food security

UN Special Rapporteur believes in developing new ways to produce and distribute food. “Today's food system is not reducing hunger, despite increasing levels of production, but has instead contributed to inequality in rural areas,” he says.

Targeted action for biodiversity is also needed in organic agriculture

Organic farms without targeted measures to promote biodiversity, such as the creation of species-rich habitats, only harbour marginally more species than other farms.

Climate change could lead to more Norwegian fruit

Norway is one of the northernmost countries where fruits and berries can be grown commercially. A warmer climate could provide better conditions.

Calves aren’t being given enough milk

Calves are subjected to a feeding regimen that is much too harsh, according to animal husbandry researchers. When allowed to drink as much as they wish the animals get healthier, happier and will yield more meat and milk.

Norwegian to the rescue for Mediterranean oranges

Unpleasant fungus that could infect European citrus fruits is causing headaches in the EU. Now a Norwegian scientist has been brought in to help.

The myth of ye olde family farm

The old family farm as a symbol of unbroken tradition and continuity is a modern myth. A couple of centuries ago, family estates were seen as a commodity, to be sold if the price was right.

Linking science and policy to adapt to climate change

Climate change will have an impact on the agriculture and water sectors and affect rice and other crop production in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in India. A new research program aims to help.

Cheese waste can replace antibiotics in pig feed

Farmers are feeding their pigs with so many antibiotics that we are becoming increasingly resistant to them. Now a Danish researcher has discovered that cheese waste with added bacteria can replace some of the antibiotics used by farmers.

New invention helps reduce pesticide suicides

Pesticides are one of the world’s most common suicide methods. New container makes it difficult to gain access to these deadly substances.

Tough love on the farm

For farm couples, divorce can be especially tough because there is usually only one winner after the settlement: the farm.