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Why factory farming is not just cruel – but also a threat to all life on the planet

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Philip Lymbery, head of Compassion in World Farming and the author of two books on the destructive impact of industrial agriculture. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

It’s time the world woke up to the real impact of modern, industrial farming, says Philip Lymbery, author of Farmageddon and the Deadzone

October 4, 2017 — The world desperately needs joined-up action on industrial farming if it is to avoid catastrophic impacts on life on earth, according to the head of one of the world’s most highly regarded animal campaign groups. Continue reading Why factory farming is not just cruel – but also a threat to all life on the planet

Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

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Farmers evaluating traits of wheat varieties in Ethiopia. Photograph: J.van de Gevel/Bioversity International

Plant and animal species that are the foundation of our food supplies are as endangered as wildlife but get almost no attention, a new report reveals

September 26, 2017 — The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies, according to experts. Continue reading Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

Bird species vanish from UK due to climate change and habitat loss

meadow pipit have disappeared from sites in the south of england
Meadow pipit have disappeared from sites in the south of England. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Rising temperatures and crop farming mean birds are disappearing from parts of England, says study, while butterflies and dragonflies are faring better

January 11, 2017 — Climate change has already led to the vanishing of some bird species in parts of England, where intensively farmed land gives them no room to adapt to warming temperatures. The Continue reading Bird species vanish from UK due to climate change and habitat loss

Tax meat and dairy to cut emissions and save lives, study urges

food production causes a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions, largely from the raising of cattle and other livestock
Food production causes a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions, largely from the raising of cattle and other livestock. Photograph: Mike Kemp/Getty Images

Surcharges of 40% on beef and 20% on milk would compensate for climate damage and deter people from consuming as much unhealthy food

November 7, 2016 — Climate taxes on meat and milk would lead to huge and vital cuts in carbon emissions as well as saving half a million lives a year via healthier diets, according to the first global analysis of the issue.  Continue reading Tax meat and dairy to cut emissions and save lives, study urges

#LawinPH: Being prepared saved lives

Residents of Baggao, cagayan return to their farms after super typhoon lawin
DISASTER PROOF. Residents of Baggao, Cagayan return to their farms after Super Typhoon Lawin hit in October 2016. Photo courtesy of Plan International

‘The change of behavior in terms of disaster preparedness has saved a lot of lives and caused less destruction,’ says Plan International County Director Dennis O’Brien

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 1, 2016) — From afar, you can just see a line of colorful umbrellas dotted along a vast rice field with mountains in the background. As you come closer, you can see more than 10 farmers, mostly women, barefoot and bending down as they plant rice while using the umbrellas to cover them from the heat of the sun.  Continue reading #LawinPH: Being prepared saved lives

World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020

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A victim of poachers in Kenya: elephants are among the species most impacted by humans, the WWF report found. Photograph: imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

Living Planet Index shows vertebrate populations are set to decline by 67% on 1970 levels unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact

October 27, 2016 — The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.  Continue reading World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020

Great Barrier Reef, advisers call for cap on farm pollution

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The Great Barrier Reef significantly more investment to improve water quality, government advisers say. Photograph: Matt Curnock/AFP/Getty Images

Taskforce head reportedly tells Queensland government ‘we’re stuffed with a capital S’ if water quality isn’t improved

May 25, 2016 — A cap on pollution from farms close to the Great Barrier Reef has been proposed by advisers to the Queensland government. Continue reading Great Barrier Reef, advisers call for cap on farm pollution

Rush for mega-mergers puts Food Security at risk

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DuPont and Dow Chemical are close to agreeing on a merger which would have a part focused exclusively on agricultural chemicals and seeds. Photograph: Seth Perlman/AP

Recent deals in the global agrochemical and seed industry, driven by financial motivations, are a threat to farmers, prices and the environment

May 5, 2016 — The global agrochemical and seed industry is undergoing profound upheaval, with a spate of mergers and attempted mergers consolidating the sector and raising concerns about the future of the food system.  Continue reading Rush for mega-mergers puts Food Security at risk

Organic farming thrives in Isabela

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ORGANIC FARMING. Rice and corn farmers like Mang Kikoy shift to organic farming after knowing that chemicals harm the environment. Photo from FSSI

Training in organic farming in Isabela helps farmers like Mang Kikoy recover from disasters and other calamities

MANILA, Philippines (May 5, 2016) — Francisco ‘Mang Kikoy’ Cacal, a farmer and father of eight children, was fed up with farming. He was fed up with typhoons and droughts that damaged his crops. He wanted to quit. Continue reading Organic farming thrives in Isabela

Climate change in Mongolia destroying pastures

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A goat lies dead on a hillside in the Ulziit district of Bayankhongor in Mongolia. It is the victim of a dzud, a weather pattern that occurs when a dry summer is followed by a harsh winter. Photograph: Grace Brown/AP
Overgrazing and a cycle of summer drought and winter snow has degraded vital pastureland in Mongolia, killing livestock and jeopardising livelihoods

March 11, 2016 — Daashka and his brother tear across the Mongolian steppe on a motorbike in a desperate search for somewhere to graze their herds. Pastureland is dwindling rapidly as Continue reading Climate change in Mongolia destroying pastures