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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

Grass-fed beef will not help tackle climate change, report finds

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Lauenensee cows, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, 2013. Credit: Prisma by Dukas Presseagentur GmbH/Alamy Stock Photo.

Billed as a more environmentally friendly way to rear cattle, grass-fed beef has been the red meat of choice for many a climate-conscious carnivore

October 3, 2017 — Indeed, research has suggested that grazing cattle can help offset global warming by stimulating soil to take up more carbon from the atmosphere. This process, known as soil carbon sequestration, is one way of reducing the amount of human-induced greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Continue reading Grass-fed beef will not help tackle climate change, report finds

World can meet growing food demands and limit warming to 1.5C, study says

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Rice is dried before being sold at a women’s group processing center in Sourou Province, Burkina Faso. Credit: Jake Lyell/Alamy Stock Photo.

Carbon emissions from agriculture can be significantly cut while still meeting the food demands of the world’s growing population, a new study says

October 2, 2017 — Agriculture and food production is responsible for around 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Slashing the sector’s emissions is considered to be key to limiting global warming Continue reading World can meet growing food demands and limit warming to 1.5C, study says

High temperatures to hit staple crops in the US this century, study says

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Soybean plants ready for harvest. Credit: ghornephoto/iStock/Getty Images

Staple crops grown in the US could see their yields drop substantially by the end of the century as daily temperatures regularly soar past 30°C, a new study finds

January 20, 2017 — Annual yields of maize, soybean and wheat could decline by 49%, 40% and 22%, respectively, compared to yields under today’s temperatures. Continue reading High temperatures to hit staple crops in the US this century, study says