Which cropping system is best for the environment?

Aarhus University – What is the best cereal cropping system if you look at the big picture and take into account the impacts on global warming, eutrophication, land use in a global perspective, and arable land quality? In collaboration with Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen, Novozymes used life cycle analyses to unravel some […]

Pesticides are riskier than thought to predatory insects

Penn State University – Neonicotinoids — the most widely used class of insecticides — significantly reduce populations of predatory insects when used as seed coatings, according to researchers at Penn State. The team’s research challenges the previously held belief that neonicotinoid seed coatings have little to no effect on predatory insect populations. In fact, the work […]

‘World’s largest farm’ harvests $17.5-million for animal feed expansion

OrganicBiz staff AgriProtein has secured US$17.5-million from key strategic partners to fund expansion into Europe, North and South America and Asia for its waste-to-protein feed product. The new investment values the company at over US$117-million – making it the most valuable fly-farming business in the world. The funding helps position AgriProtein to meet growing demand from animal feed […]

Organic beef, one small step away

By Ron Lyseng OrganicBiz staff Dale Hicks says his 60-head cow herd is “one small step away” from being drug-free and certified organic, emphasizing that organic beef is merely a byproduct of organic grain production. “There’s no way you can grow organic grain unless you have a significant percentage of forages in your rotation,” said […]