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You are what your food ate: the health connection in the soil

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, goes the saying about the role of diet in overall health. New research however suggests that good health is less about the quantity of produce we ingest, and more about quality. Soil health makes all the difference in growing food that fills versus food that nourishes.

Private landowners are vital custodians of biodiversity

BirdLife South Africa explains why private landowners’ co-operation can be extremely helpful and is actually essential for the protection of biodiversity.

Green hydrogen: a win for SA and the world

Global green hydrogen demand is set to increase sevenfold by 2050. With South Africa possessing all the ingredients to make and export hydrogen, the country could become a major world player, with benefits even extending to farmers.

Research on puff adders reveals reptiles’ adjustment to climate change

Wits University PhD candidate Azraa Ebrahim tells Farmer’s Weekly of her research on puff adder thermal biology and space use, and dispels some of the fears that people have of these fascinating creatures.

Securing the future of meat production in SA

A Feedlot Information Day at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Convention Centre in Pretoria saw industry experts, including farmers, nutritionists and veterinarians, gather to discuss meat production in South Africa. Magda du Toit reports.

Local project sheds new light on the restoration of subtropical thicket

It takes more than just planting some seeds in the veld to restore subtropical thicket that has been degraded by erosion, overgrazing and bush clearing. Marion Whitehead reports on a project designed by the Rhodes Restoration Research Group that has yielded valuable new insights into the process.

Marginal soils: What to look out for, and how to optimise yield

To make the best of their land and remain financially viable, farmers need to know the potential of their soil. Karabo Puswe, agricultural specialist at FarmSol, explains how this knowledge is gained.

Securing the world’s food production for the future

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault’s purpose is to ensure that humankind can continue producing a diversity of food crops, even in the case of a ‘Doomsday Event’.

Is fire really the answer to bush encroachment?

A 10-year study conducted in Kruger National Park by scientists from South African National Parks, Stellenbosch University and Harvard University has shown that high-density fires do not have a long-term effect on the scourge of bush encroachment.

This is how carbon policies can prevent food insecurity

The race to net-zero carbon emissions has implications for agriculture and food security. Whether the outcome will be positive or negative for society, the environment and farmers, depends largely on how government formulates emissions policies. Lindi Botha reports on why agriculture’s role should not be underestimated.

How natural fertilisers can benefit farmers

Viktor Sukau, CSO of natural fertiliser manufacturer Manaseer Natural Green, and Anton Prysiazhniuk, the company’s CEO, spoke to Janine Ryan about the deleterious effects of synthetic fertilisers on the environment and why farmers worldwide need to shift to more organic and sustainable products.

Slugs and snails: why numbers are soaring, and how to fight the scourge

Arnold du Preez, owner of Snail and Slug Solutions, warns that the surge in slug and snail populations will prove a major threat to agriculture unless farmers tackle the problem proactively.