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A radical approach to methane oxidation into methanol
January 02, 2018
This is the first aerobic oxidation of methane without using high temperature/pressure, and the concept could allow industry-scale reactions with reduced environmental impact.

Non-traditional sites for future solar farms
January 02, 2018
Equivalent of 183,000 football fields of non-agricultural land identified in study aiming to ease competition between farmers, conservationists, and energy companies.

The simple way we might turn food waste into green energy
January 02, 2018
Scientists have been looking for solutions to the food waste problem. Researchers say that a pair of simple chemical processes could turn food waste into environmentally friendly biofuel.

BMW Is Burning Cow Pies on the Road to Renewable Energy
January 02, 2018
Cow poop and chicken droppings? BMW is among a number of automakers harnessing the power of biowaste—not to power its cars, but the factories that build them.

Global impact of not planting herbicide tolerant crops due to glyphosate ban
January 02, 2018
What will happen if herbicide tolerant crops are no longer available because glyphosate is banned? This questioned was answered in a recent research article.

Canada proposes new limits—but no ban—on neonicotinoid insecticides to protect bees
January 02, 2018
The Canadian federal government has proposed tighter restrictions around two insecticides that are harmful to bees, but stopped short of an all-out ban.

Preventing pollution: 'Clean Water Machine’ to filter ag runoff in the Holland Marsh
January 02, 2018
The portable invention filters elements such as phosphorus, nitrogen and heavy metals from up to 21,000 gallons of water per day. The process uses water, air, sand, rust, electricity and biochar to remove the nutrients from the runoff.

Dutch designers develop bioplastic made from algae
January 02, 2018
It’s grown locally, processed locally, 3D-printed locally, and sold locally. And its inventors think it could change how we buy just about everything.

Finless Foods creates fish using clean meat tech
January 08, 2018
Finless Foods has created lab-grown tuna and other fish using clean meat technology. The clean fish will have the same taste, texture and health profile as those from the sea, but without contaminants such as mercury, bacteria and foodborne pathogens

Microalgae in cow diet can deliver more omega 3 in cheese
January 08, 2018
A PhD student at Harper Adams University in the UK has successfully increased the level of long chain omega-3 while reducing the level of saturated fatty acids in cheese, and producing the same the taste, by feeding microalgae to cows.

You could be eating fresh local strawberries at Christmas if this researcher has her way
January 08, 2018
Acting like mini-greenhouses in the cold, plastic tunnels are sprayed with warm water to take the chill off when the temperature drops below freezing. The tunnels have put year-round strawberries in reach of the Mid-Atlantic states.

Startup is altering DNA to make cow-free milk
January 08, 2018
Start Perfect Day is making a product with the same properties as milk but comes from altering sections of the DNA sequence of yeast and other microorganisms. The cow-free milk is lactose free and environmentally friendly.

U.K. brewery turns bread into beer to fight food waste
January 08, 2018
Toast Ale, a craft beer company, sources surplus loaves from bakeries and the heel ends of loaves not used by sandwich makers when producing commercial sandwiches. The company then contracts with established brewers to make several brands of beer.

Veganism continues to climb among consumers who also are early adopters and brand loyal
January 08, 2018
Vegetarian and vegan diets – actively recast in recent years by stakeholders as ‘plant-based’ in a bid to shake off negative baggage – are quickly gaining traction among America’s youngest consumers and are predicted to become a breakout trend in 201

Grocery store program improves farmers' adoption of environmental practices
January 16, 2018
In one of the first analyses of a company-led sustainability program in the food and agriculture space, researchers found a major grocery chain fostered increased adoption of environmental practices at the farm level.

Fighting food waste in Africa with biofuel-run Sparky Dryer
January 16, 2018
The dryers start at about $80 and can dehydrate 10kg of mango in two hours running on 2kg of biofuel.

Study: Pesticide residue on food as risky as drinking one glass of wine—every 7 years
January 16, 2018
The present study adds support to the evidence showing that adverse health effects of chronic pesticide residue exposure in the Danish population are very unlikely.

Agricultural fungicide attracts honey bees
January 16, 2018
When given the choice, honey bee foragers prefer to collect sugar syrup laced with the fungicide chlorothalonil over sugar syrup alone, researchers report.

A biological solution to carbon capture and recycling?
January 16, 2018
Scientists in Scotland have developed a process that enables the E. coli bacterium to act as a very efficient carbon capture device.

Pregnancy test science could protect Brussels sprouts
January 16, 2018
The test picks up the presence of infective spores carried in the air around crops in the field. With weather data, results could indicate how likely a disease is to develop, allowing growers to decide if crop protection methods are needed.

Yeast may be the solution to toxic waste clean-up
January 16, 2018
A new study suggests yeast as a potentially safer and more cost effective way to help clean up these radioactive waste sites.

How ‘good’ bacteria can boost crop yields without pesticides or GMOs
January 16, 2018
A number of ‘good’ bacteria have now been linked to heightened resilience and yield in the face of drought, heat stress, salinity and plant disease.

Want to fix agriculture? Stop with the name-calling — and death threats.
January 16, 2018
Rudeness can increase polarization and entrench disagreements even further.