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United Nations director proposes hydroponics to solve date palm oil problem

The mention of palm oil is enough to make a serious environmentalist wince in shame of what this oil harvesting has been doing to local ecosystems. In a bid to make the industry more sustainable the United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) director José Graziano da Silva is calling on innovators, including hydroponics specialists, to […]

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Pulling the plug on crypto payments

Forward-thinking waste management firm, Business Waste, have said that they are ‘reluctantly’ no longer accepting cryptocurrencies – such as Bitcoin – as payment for their services. The company originally announced it had become the first refuse and recycling business to accept these virtual currencies as payment in 2017  in order to give flexibility to their customers […]

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NASA and FAO launch Collect Earth Online to track land-use and landscape changes anywhere

Seeing both forests and trees is about to get easier, thanks to a new open-access tool developed by US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with support from the Google Earth Engine Team and the US Government’s SilvaCarbon Program  – allowing anyone to track land-use and landscape […]

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Erratic weather toll on Syria’s agricultural output making conflict worse

Seeds for farmers, sustained humanitarian assistance needed to consolidate food security gains Extreme weather conditions during Syria’s seventh year of conflict has caused domestic cereal production to decline sharply, two UN agencies announced today. Wheat production this year fell to a 29-year low of 1.2 million tons, about two-thirds of 2017 levels. This was due […]