Insect activity, crop losses could increase as global temperatures rise

When temperatures go up, so do certain risks, like the potential presence of certain crop and shellfish toxins. Alongside these risks, a new study outlines how insect activity also increases as the globe heats up — leading to increased crop loss.

Research from the University of Washington suggests that a rise of just 2°C can […]

European Food Safety Authority outlines increased mycotoxin risk in parts of Europe

What do molds and fungi need to grow? Moisture and warmth.

As the climates of significant parts of our planet become increasingly hot and wet, experts are advising that we’ll see changes in the development of the molds that harm agriculture in those areas.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reported that the gradual […]

How climate change affects agriculture

Since the creation of our Earth, its climate has seen many changes. Temperatures and humidity have been in flux over millennia; as these change, so do the growing conditions of our crops and the mycotoxin-producing fungi that grow on them.

These changes have significant implications to today’s growers. In the past century, a combination of […]

USDA examines a world without farm animals

Imagine a world where farmers didn’t raise animals. No cows in the pasture or pigs in their pens. No chickens laying eggs or sheep being sheared. What kind of effect would it have on society? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Virginia Tech set out to answer this question with a recent investigation.

The […]

India’s answer to climate change: Cows that belch less

India is home to more than 280 million cows and 200 million more ruminant animals like sheep, goats, yaks and buffalo. According to analysis of satellite data, all those digestive tracts send about 13 million tons of methane into the atmosphere every year — one of the most prevalent greenhouse gases linked to climate change.

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Drones help farmers deal with natural disasters

In an effort to stay ahead of the negative impacts of climate change, floods and typhoons on food security, the government of the Philippines and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations have started using unmanned aerial drones to assess where farmlands are most at risk from natural disasters and to quickly assess […]

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The Modern Farmer Guide to Grocery Store Eggs – Modern Farmer Cage-free. All natural. No antibiotics. What’s the difference? Egg cartons today boast a myriad of attention-grabbing yet ill-defined phrases. […]

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New Bird Flu Strain Found at More Indiana Farms – ABC News A new type of bird flu found at one Indiana poultry farm has been found at nine others, […]

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Lingering Food Safety Regulatory Issues For China In 2016 – Forbes As 2016 begins, and China continues implementing its revised Food Safety Law, two features of food safety regulation and their […]

Climate change spells trouble for some fish populations

It’s no secret there’s a lot of weird stuff going on in the oceans right now. For example, there is a monster El Nino looming in the Pacific, ocean acidification is causing stress among oyster lovers, migrating fish populations have caused tensions between countries over fishing rights, and fishermen say they’re seeing unusual patterns in […]