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Food and farming


Chocolate chickens in a cage, Morocco.

Guest post: Intensive, lower-carbon animal farming could raise pandemic risks

Agriculture has a huge impact on the environment. Food production takes up more than one-third of Earth’s land, is responsible for one-third of hum... Read More

Guest posts | Nov 30. 2022.
Wymeswold Solar Farm, the largest solar farm in the UK at 34 MWp, is based on an old disused second world war airfield, Leicestershire, UK. Image ID: DGHCKE. Credit: Ashley Cooper / Alamy Stock Photo.

Factcheck: Is solar power a ‘threat’ to UK farmland?

The “threat” posed to UK farms by the expansion of solar power has emerged as a campaign issue for the final two candidates in the race to become... Read More

Factchecks | Aug 25. 2022.
A malagasy farmer and her son on vanilla plantation near Sambava

Planting trees in tropical cropland could create ‘win-win’ for nature and farming

Planting trees across tropical farmland can help to restore biodiversity without sacrificing crop yields, a new study finds. The research examines... Read More

Food and farming | Aug 22. 2022.
Commodity Profile: Wheat

Commodity Profile: Wheat

In the first of a new series explaining how key agricultural commodities are affected by and contribute to climate change, Carbon Brief looks at whea... Read More

Food and farming | Aug 8. 2022.
Maize field with irrigation in Nebraska, USA

Electric cars sales in the US ‘could prevent one-tenth of global cropland expansion’

A faster shift to electric vehicles (EVs) in the US would avoid around 10% of the global cropland expansion expected over the next 30 years, accordin... Read More

Renewables | Jul 18. 2022.
Farmer spraying fertiliser on a field for sheep grazing in New Zealand

Q&A: What does the world’s reliance on fertilisers mean for climate change?

The invention of nitrogen fertilisers has been called “the most important invention of the 20th century”. The extra nutrients added to crops has ... Read More

Food and farming | Jul 11. 2022.
Plantation worker watches as a truck unloads freshly harvested oil palm fruit bunches at a collection point in Borneo

‘Food miles’ have larger climate impact than thought, study suggests

Global “food miles” emissions are higher than previously thought – accounting for nearly one-fifth of total food-system emissions – new resea... Read More

Food and farming | Jun 20. 2022.
Amazon rain forest clearance for agriculture in Brazil_

UN land report: Five key takeaways for climate change, food systems and nature loss

Humans have had an unprecedented impact on land – with vast consequences for climate change, food systems and biodiversity, a major new UN report c... Read More

Nature | Apr 27. 2022.
Food aid for displaced people at a camp in Angola

Using land to tackle climate change could have ‘adverse impacts’ on global hunger

Relying heavily on land use to tackle climate change could slow the decline in global hunger, according to new research published in Nature Food. ... Read More

Food and farming | Feb 24. 2022.
A farm worker picks avocados from Hoja Redonda plantation in Chincha, Peru_

Coffee, cashew and avocado growers will be ‘seriously affected’ by climate change

The growing range of three economically important crops – avocados, cashews and coffee – will undergo significant shifts under even moderate warm... Read More

Food and farming | Jan 26. 2022.
30,000 cattle at the Rocky Ford Feedyard in Colorado stir up a cloud of dust

Rich nations could see ‘double climate dividend’ by switching to plant-based foods

Adopting a more plant-based diet could give rich countries a “double climate dividend” of lower emissions and more land for capturing carbon, a n... Read More

Food and farming | Jan 10. 2022.
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