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Burying underwear down under to help the earth

As part of a new global movement, farmers and schoolchildren in Australia and New Zealand are burying their cotton underwear in the soil and digging it up again eight weeks later.

India’s anti-farm law protests continue amid COVID-19 surge

The tens of thousands of farmers in India who have been protesting against new agricultural laws are seemingly undeterred by the second, more devastating wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in that country.

US farming machinery supply under pressure

Disruptions to global supply chains have resulted in a shortage of the steel, plastics, microchips and tires that US machinery manufacturers need to produce tractors and combine harvesters.

French government steps in to assist frost-ravaged farmers

The French government will increase the upper claim limits of the country’s agriculture catastrophe fund to compensate farmers for the recent extensive damage suffered to their crops due to unexpected cold weather.

African swine fever takes new toll on China’s pig herd

At least 20% of the breeding herd in northern China have been wiped out by a new wave of African swine fever outbreaks this year.

Australian farmers reeling from natural disasters

The La Niña weather phenomenon that brought six months of heavier than usual rainfall and lower than average temperatures to the east coast of Australia has come to an end.

Global edible oil price rally nearing its peak

A combination of production challenges has resulted in vegetable oil prices, such as palm and soya bean oil, reaching multi-year highs since 2020.

China to accelerate agri reform in the next five years

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has released a policy document in which it outlines a five-year plan from 2021 to 2025 of how it aims to boost the development of rural industries.

World’s freshwater supply dwindling fast

The increasing restraints on freshwater supplies is threatening global food security. Urgent action is therefore needed to make water use in agriculture more sustainable and equitable.

Global coffee market expected to remain stable in 2021

Although global coffee exports fell 3,4% year-on-year in January to 10,21 million bags, total exports for the first four months of the 2020/2021 season, which runs from October to September, was 3,7% higher, according to the International Coffee Organisation (ICO).

Livestock shipping ethics again in the spotlight

More than 850 head of cattle are to be culled after spending more than two months aboard a ship adrift in the Mediterranean Sea, as they are no longer deemed fit to be transported to their destination, according to Spain's Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Weak appetite for Bill Gates’s lab-grown meat solution

US Billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates’s solution to an impeding climate change disaster, which involves switching from consuming real meat to consuming synthetic meat, has been met with strong reactions from many quarters.

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