Agriculture

The Business Case For Soil

14th March 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Nature.  Action on soil sustainability must move beyond the farm and into the boardroom, urges Jess Davies. “Nobody likes dirty business, but the business world must get to grips with dirt. Soil provides food, fibres and fuels, and regulates water resources and climate. Yet most businesses are unaware that… [more]

Accounting for Natural Capital In Agriculture Helps farmers “Secure Finance & Attract Investment” – National Bank of Australia

7th March 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Farm Online National.  “A world is fast approaching where being able to demonstrate good natural resource management will be critical to a farmer’s ability to secure finance, negotiate lower interest rates and attract vital investment. It will be a world where good soil health, resilience to water stress, climate risk,… [more]

Call It ‘Plan Bee’: A New App Could Change How We Support Pollinators

28th February 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on University of Minnesota.  “Let’s say a farmer wants to plant wildflowers to nurture the bees that pollinate her crops. Currently, she would have to walk through her fields, assess locations, take measurements, spend hours crunching costs, and still only guess at the amount of pollination the effort will generate.… [more]

Climate Change Projected to Cut the Global Area Suitable for Coffee Production by as much as 50% by 2050

27th February 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Huffington Post.  “Junior Dario “J.R.” Henriquez started thinking about heading north on the long, hard migrant trail to the United States when the coffee plants started withering. Drought and a pernicious fungus called roya ― coffee rust ― were wreaking havoc on the plantation here, where J.R. worked… [more]

Green Infrastructure Integration into the Agriculture Sector

23rd February 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This report is a product of CEEweb for Biodiversity.  “Decades of intensive farming practices have taken its toll on environment and people. Its short-term benefits have come at an extremely high price: the loss of soil at an alarming rate, freshwater resources polluted by excessive use of pesticides and fertilisers, with unhealthy levels of ammonia,… [more]

How ‘Jobless Men Managing the Sea’ Restored a Mangrove Forest in Java

16th February 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Mongabay.  “On a cloudless September morning in the Central Javan hamlet of Pandansari, the coastal air drips with mist and the clamor of cawing seagulls. Forty-five-year-old Mashadi, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, is starting his day in a yard carpeted in mangrove seedlings. The plants, mostly… [more]