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Could This Root Vegetable Help Alleviate World Hunger and End Soil Erosion?

Could This Root Vegetable Help Alleviate World Hunger and End Soil Erosion?

By Sean Fleming What thrives in poor soil, can tolerate rising temperatures and is brimming with calories? The cassava – sometimes referred to as “the Rambo root.” This plant could potentially help alleviate world hunger, provide economically viable agriculture and even put an end to soil erosion, according to research published in the journal Conservation […]

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    Synthetic Fertilizers Are Heating the Planet. But There’s an Alternative.

    Synthetic Fertilizers Are Heating the Planet. But There’s an Alternative.

    From raising livestock to growing vegetables, farmers help put food on our plates. But agriculture also creates emissions that warm the climate. And the most warming is caused by nitrous oxide, an especially potent global warming gas. “The use of synthetic fertilizers is the biggest source of nitrous oxide emissions,” said Lauren Snyder, an education […]

    5 Things You Might Not Know About Forests – But Should

    5 Things You Might Not Know About Forests – But Should

    By Douglas Broom “Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people,” said former U.S. president, Franklin Roosevelt. Covering almost a third of the Earth’s surface, forests are home to eight in 10 animal and plant species. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says the […]

    This App Plants Trees When People Make Lower-Carbon Choices

    This App Plants Trees When People Make Lower-Carbon Choices

    By Harry Kretchmer Since its launch in 2016, over half a billion people have used Ant Forest to convert lower-carbon activities such as using public transport into real trees. The game is helping China lead the way in re-greening the planet and is serving as a model for tree-planting schemes elsewhere. It’s the kind of […]

    How to Manage Plant Pests and Diseases in Your Home Garden

    How to Manage Plant Pests and Diseases in Your Home Garden

    By Matt Kasson, Brian Lovett and Carolee Bull Home gardening is having a boom year across the U.S. Whether they’re growing their own food in response to pandemic shortages or just looking for a diversion, numerous aspiring gardeners have constructed their first raised beds, and seeds are flying off suppliers’ shelves. Now that gardens are […]