January 8, 2016

What We’re Reading: Stifled Buzz, Waste Warriors and the Last Sugar in Paradise

The EditorsEcoAgriculture Partners

Start off informed with these environmental stories from the first week of 2016:

Declining Wild Bee Population Worrisome for Agriculture

Wild bees pollinate many important crops, but a new study suggests that these crucial insects are disappearing in areas where their services are needed most.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Unnatural Balance: How Food Waste Impacts World’s Wildlife

The world wastes more than $750 billion worth of food every year. Though there has been a lot of attention on how that waste affects humans, hardly anyone talks about what food waste is doing to wildlife.

Yale 360

How Brazil rewards ‘invisible environmentalists’ for cutting waste

Millions of informal waste pickers make a living by collecting, sorting, recycling and selling waste. Yet, these silent environmentalists often face a negative image. In Curitiba, Brazil, policy makers, financial institutions, and activists are working to clean up the city by changing this perception.

Green Biz

Droughts and heatwaves cause 10% drop in annual crop harvests

Over the past five decades, hundreds of droughts and heatwaves have struck countries across the world. A new study finds that these events caused a loss of national crop production equivalent to three times the global maize harvest last year.

Carbon Brief

End of the sugarcane era in Hawaii: Some see golden opportunity

The last sugar cane producer in Hawaii announced it is ending sugar operations on its only still operating sugar plantation covering 36,000 acres on the island of Maui. The news came as a shock to some concerned for industry employees, while the company—and others, including the state’s governor—embrace the opportunity to expand a diversified model of agriculture on the island.

NBC News

Strengthening partnerships through advanced agroforestry research in Viet Nam

A training course has helped cement relationships with key agroforestry-development organizations in Viet Nam and prepared young researchers for future growth.

World Agroforestry Blog

Farmer-friendly method controls banana Xanthomonas wilt disease

Livelihoods in East and Central Africa are seriously threatened by Xanthomonas wilt, a disease that decimates banana yields. Farmers used to be encouraged to undergo an arduous and costly process of removing entire mats of plants, but now there is a new and simpler approach to contain the devastating disease.

Bioversity International


Top photo from Martin LaBars on Flickr.

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