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EU countries back binding green farming schemes

European Union agriculture ministers agreed on Wednesday to set aside part of the bloc’s massive farming policy budget for programmes that protect the environment.

The United States still uses many pesticides banned in other countries

About 150 agricultural pesticides that the World Health Organization considers hazardous to human health were used in the United States in 2017, according to a data review from Investigate Midwest.

Canada's canola yields at risk as plant killer takes root

As Canada’s prairies continue to churn out more and more canola, there’s mounting concern about the rapid spread of a soil-borne disease that’s threatening to crimp yields.

Agtech Sector Blooms As More Dollars and Startups Rush In

Farming has been around for thousands of years, but investments and startup activity in agricultural technology, commonly known as “agtech” or “agritech,” have only exploded over the past five years.

You have pesticides in your body. But an organic diet can reduce them by 70%

A new study shows that US families consume cancer-linked glyphosate in their food. The good news: going organic rapidly reduces levels.

Global Programme on Banana Fusarium Wilt Disease

PROTECTING BANANA PRODUCTION FROM THE DISEASE WITH FOCUS ON TROPICAL RACE 4 (TR4)

Biopesticides Market worth $8.5 billion by 2025

The report “Biopesticides Market by Type (Bioinsecticides, Biofungicides, Bionematicides, and Bioherbicides), Source (Microbials, Biochemicals, and Beneficial Insects), Mode of Application, Formulation, Crop Application, and Region – Global Forecast to 2025” The global biopesticides market size is projected to grow at a CAGR of 14.7% from an estimated value of USD 4.3 billion in 2020 to reach USD 8.5 billion by 2025.

Disease Is Ravaging the $25 Billion Banana Industry

The world’s most popular fruit is under siege. How it adapts now could be crucial to understanding the post-pandemic era.

EU to halve pesticides by 2030 to protect bees, biodiversity: draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission is seeking to halve the use of chemical pesticides by 2030 to halt the decline of pollinators, in a plan likely to draw criticism both from those urging a phase-out of the substances and from farmers who say crop yields will suffer.

Sustainable Fund Flows in 2019 Smash Previous Records

Sustainable funds in the United States attracted new assets at a record pace in 2019. Estimated net flows into open-end and exchange-traded sustainable funds that are available to U.S. investors totaled $20.6 billion for the year. That’s nearly 4 times the previous annual record for net flows set in 2018.

Corteva to stop making pesticide linked to kids' health problems

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Corteva Inc will stop producing the agricultural pesticide chlorpyrifos by the end of the year, the company said on Thursday, removing the world’s largest manufacturer of a chemical that has been linked to low birth weight, reduced IQ and attention disorders in children.

Climate change projected to boost insect activity and crop loss, researchers say

Scientists report that insect activity in today’s temperate, crop-growing regions will rise along with temperatures. Researchers project that this activity, in turn, will boost worldwide losses of rice, corn and wheat by 10-25 percent for each degree Celsius that global mean surface temperatures rise.

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