Farming

Landscape Greening & Local Creation of Wildflower Strips & Hedgerows Promote Multiple Ecosystem Services

13th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Journal of Applied Ecology.  “Abstract: The explicit and implicit aims of creating ecological focus areas (EFAs) and implementing greening measures in European agro-ecosystems include the promotion of regulatory ecosystem services (ES) to sustain crop production in conventional cropping systems. However, the extent to which these goals are achieved with… [more]

Healthy Soils Can Boost Food Security & Climate Resilience for Millions

11th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Mongabay.  “Tougou village in northern Burkina Faso has a challenging climate for farming. During the dry season, which lasts from November to May, the Harmattan blows — a dry, dusty wind coming in from the Sahara. Drought alternates with periods of flooding, sapping soil fertility and destroying crops. Despite… [more]

How Carbon Farming Could Halt Climate Change

23rd August 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The New Food Economy.  Soil holds more carbon than the atmosphere and all vegetation combined. But who’s going to convince more farmers to farm with carbon levels in mind? “We can’t say we weren’t warned. For years, scientists have argued that human civilization must prevent the planet’s average annual temperature… [more]

Climate change costs India $10 billion every year: Government

21st August 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Economic Times.  “Extreme weather events are costing India $9-10 billion annually and climate change is projected to impact agricultural productivity with increasing severity from 2020 to the end of the century. In a recent submission to a parliamentary committee, the agriculture ministry said productivity decrease of major crops would… [more]

Pollination Benefits Are Maximized at Intermediate Nutrient Levels

21st August 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on The Royal Society.  “Abstract: Yield production in flowering crops depends on both nutrient availability and pollination, but their relative roles and potential interactions are poorly understood. We measured pollination benefits to yield in sunflower, combining a gradient in insect pollination (0, 25, 50, 100%) with a continuous gradient in nitrogen (N)… [more]

What is the Point of Agribusiness, if it Doesn’t Do Good? – Olam

18th August 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “An increasing number of CEOs and boards are asking themselves a somewhat surprising question, one that at first glance might seem to sceptics to be almost “un-corporate”: if my business is not helping to create a better future for the planet and its people, what is the… [more]