Category: Agriculture

Mondelēz and Olam announce partnership to create ‘world’s largest sustainable cocoa farm’ in Asia

Read the full story at Confectionery News.

Leading chocolate maker and largest cocoa supplier aim to strengthen sustainable cocoa sourcing in Indonesia with 2,000-hectare cocoa farming model.

Sysco, Cargill, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation partner for $5 million sustainable grazing initiative

Read the full story at Refrigerated & Frozen Foods.

Sysco and Cargill, two of the world’s largest food companies, announced a partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) that will help ranchers in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado tackle the impacts of climate change and improve grasslands and wildlife habitat by creating one of the largest sustainable beef cattle grazing efforts in the nation.

PepsiCo to eliminate 3 million tons of GHGs through regenerative agriculture practices

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

PepsiCo will eliminate at least three million tons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 through a new agenda that will source crops in a way intended to accelerate regenerative agriculture across seven million acres — equal to the amount of land used around the world to grow the ingredients used in the company’s products. The company will work with farmers to adopt practices that build resilience and improve and restore ecosystems, with a goal of sustainably sourcing 100% of its key ingredients by 2030, PepsiCo says.

Agricultural innovations protect natural resources

Read the full story at The Farmer.

Traditional thinking is that most changes on the farm are driven solely by economics; that change will not happen if it is not profitable. In my experience, environmental considerations are increasingly a part of the equation. Perhaps it is a greater recognition that fertile, farmable land is not infinitely available. Or maybe it is due to a greater awareness of the importance of protecting water resources for future generations.

Why the wine world may depend on regenerative agriculture — starting now

Read the full story at Vine Pair.

The green vines sprawling down hillsides and across fields at Gamble Family Vineyards are as picturesque as those found anywhere in Napa. But to Tom Gamble, what’s under the trunks and trellises is just as important as what’s above.

Gamble is a practitioner of regenerative agriculture, a sustainable farming model that’s taking off worldwide. The driving force behind regenerative agriculture is that growers should put their focus on building soil health. This seemingly simple idea offers numerous benefits, including better water retention in the soil, more resilient plants, and greater biodiversity in fields.

But there’s also a broader benefit to society. Healthy, active soil with long-lived plants is better able to pull carbon out of the atmosphere and sequester it in the earth — making regenerative agriculture part of the fight against climate change.

Poll: Many farmers still doubt that humans drive climate change

Read the full story from Iowa Public Radio.

Farmers continue to question whether climate change is driven by humans, the consensus of scientists worldwide, an Iowa State University researcher said Wednesday.

ISU sociology professor J. Arbuckle, drawing largely from ISU’s Farm and Rural Life Poll, said farmers have become more open to conversations about carbon emissions and climate change.

Small farms outdo big ones on biodiversity — and crop yields

Read the full story in Nature.

Large-scale farms account for most of the global food supply, but smallholdings protect species and are just as profitable.

NCSU alumna Pam Marrone’s career produces bio-ag breakthroughs

Read the full story in CALS Magazine.

CALS alumna Pam Marrone draws back the curtain for entrepreneurs, demystifying pathways to success. Since earning a Ph.D. in entomology, she has discovered, developed and guided to market more than a dozen groundbreaking biological solutions for agricultural pest management and built two startup bio-ag companies from scratch to millions of dollars in revenue.

Regaining what’s been lost: Kamal Bell’s work at Sankofa Farms

Read the full story in CALS Magazine.

At Sankofa Farms, doctoral student Kamal Bell looks to agriculture and to the past to break down educational barriers for young African American men.

Three things to know about nature-based solutions for agriculture

Read the full story from the Nature Conservancy.

Farming is one of many sectors defined by technological advancement in the twentieth century, and navigating dramatic environmental changes in the twenty-first—among them, increased uncertainty in weather patterns, water insecurity, and soil degradation. This puts farmers on the front lines: how can producers serve a growing population of consumers with twentieth-century appetites, even as the very foundation of a productive food system—healthy lands and clean water—are disappearing at alarming rates?

The answer? Let nature define the solutions for twenty-first century farming.

In three new reports, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) share the potential of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in agricultureto deliver nutrition for people worldwide while restoring nature and the climate—contributing to multiple imperatives of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Here are three things to know about the science, policy and finance that can help producers around the globe lead the transition to a regenerative, or nature-positive, food system.

The three reports are:

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