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Gardeners are fuming about a study that found produce from urban farms has a high carbon footprint

Gardeners are fuming about a study that found produce from urban...

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A University of Michigan study found that urban-farmed produce has six times the carbon footprint of conventional farms.The study faced backlash from advocates and students, saying it overlooked broader environmental harms of industrial farming.Some gardeners are reevaluating their practices, focusing on sustainability and local biodiversity. Thanks for signing up! Access your favorite topics in a…
This indoor farming company is trying to win workers over to agriculture — through desk-job benefits

This indoor farming company is trying to win workers over to...

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Eden Green uses high-tech systems to grow greens indoors and reduce the unpredictability of farming.The company also aims to draw workers by offering health insurance, paid leave, and a 401(k).By moving agriculture closer to urban centers, it can find workers and distribute food more easily. Thanks for signing up! Access your favorite topics in a…
Mixing up root microbes can boost tea’s flavor

Mixing up root microbes can boost tea’s flavor

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Researchers may have gotten to the root of tea’s soothing effect. The quality of a cup of chai can be enriched by modifying the microbial community that populates the plant’s roots, researchers report February 15 in Current Biology. The secret is to inoculate roots with bacteria that boost the synthesis of the amino acid theanine.
Could a rice-meat hybrid be what’s for dinner?

Could a rice-meat hybrid be what’s for dinner?

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Foodies of the future may be dining on beefed-up rice. A new lab-grown meat product merges rice grains with cow cells, scientists report February 14 in Matter. The rice acts as a scaffold that supports the growth of fat or muscle cells. Together, the ingredients form a rice-meat hybrid that steams up to a pinkish-brown…
Police in India shoot tear gas at farmers protesting for better crop prices

Police in India shoot tear gas at farmers protesting for better...

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Police in India fired rounds of tear gas at farmers protesting government policies. The farmers are pressuring the government to honor its promise to double their income and waive loans. This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers. Become an Insider and start reading now. Have an account? Log in.
Angry European farmers are blocking freeways with tractors and spraying manure on buildings over green push

Angry European farmers are blocking freeways with tractors and spraying manure...

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Europe's farmers aren't happy — and they're using tractors, tires and manure to show it.In recent weeks they've been taking to the streets over a string of grievances, including the European Union's efforts to go climate-neutral and high inflation that's pushed up their costs.As well as protests in the center of cities such as Paris and…
Urban agriculture’s carbon footprint can be worse than that of large farms

Urban agriculture’s carbon footprint can be worse than that of large...

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A few years back, the Internet was abuzz with the idea of vertical farms running down the sides of urban towers, with the idea that growing crops where they're actually consumed could eliminate the carbon emissions involved with shipping plant products long distances. But lifecycle analysis of those systems, which require a lot of infrastructure…
First he was a teacher. Then he was China’s top tech titan. Now, meet Jack Ma 3.0 — a high-tech farmer.

First he was a teacher. Then he was China’s top tech...

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Outspoken and flamboyant, the tech entrepreneur was everywhere from the media and conferences to headlining company events.Savvy and outgoing — remember that time he danced to Michael Jackson in front of thousands of people? — Ma charmed millions across the globe by appearing to be the antithesis of the typical, straitlaced Chinese executive keen to…
Who killed Cedar the goat?

Who killed Cedar the goat?

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Cedar the goat was sold at auction, destined for the dinner table. But his owner, a 9-year-old girl, loved him too much for that. She decided, instead, to save him.Then the sheriff came and took Cedar to the slaughterhouse.You might've heard about this story. It lit up the news last spring, and then again in…
Senegalese herders have raised livestock for centuries. Climate change is threatening their future.

Senegalese herders have raised livestock for centuries. Climate change is threatening...

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Climate change is impacting grazing periods for livestock. Pastoralists in Senegal have to start their journeys earlier and travel further for their herds to graze.The UN estimates Senegalese pastoralists supply 65% of meat and 70% of milk sold at local markets in the region.  Thanks for signing up! Access your favorite topics in a personalized feed…

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