Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 240

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from Director-General José Graziano da Silva’s address at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization biennial governing Conference. Mr Graziano da Silva’s statement recognised the effort made by countries in the near achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goal target and brought attention to the next steps that need to be made to stabilise food security.

“With the right policies, we can increase food security, adapt to and mitigate climate, but this will require a paradigm shift from the dominant input intensive approach to more sustainable and resilient food systems.”

Read the statement here: http://goo.gl/TzYrhz

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SUSTAINABLE INTENSIFICATION OF AGRICULTURE: OXYMORON OR UNAVOIDABLE IMPERATIVE?

Richard Eckard, Associate Professor in the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science, who is also Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre, explains the challenges faced by both scientists and producers who need to increase food production to feed a hungry planet, while transitioning farming to a sustainable footing.

The global population, currently growing at around 140 people per minute, is predicted to reach 8 billion by 2030, 9.1…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 239

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from The Journal of Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment and explores the use of chemical fertilizers on the Chinese environment.

“Increased use of chemical fertilizers and other inputs has contributed to increased grain productivity since 1978 but much evidence now indicates that fertilizer use could be reduced in many cropping situations with minimal or zero impact on crop yields. The use of chemical fertilizer in China increased fourfold from 1978 to 2012. Other countries, for comparison, largely reduced fertilizer use over the same period, whilst also demonstrating increased cereal yields.”

Read the article here: http://goo.gl/eoWkMu

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THE SEVEN GLOBAL MEGATRENDS THAT COULD CHANGE OUR FUTURE

Our world is about to change dramatically, and if we don’t respond it could throw “societies into free fall”.

This is the alarming prediction from Australia’s national science agency CSIRO, which has published a book identifying seven megatrends they believe will change the world and have devastating impacts if people are not prepared to change with them.

Stefan Hajkowicz, the principal scientist working on strategy and foresight at the CSIRO, has written a book…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 238

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from the Asian Development Bank Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific Special Chapter and demonstrates the rapid increase in food prices since the 1960s.

“Keeping food costs low is difficult. In fact, fast rising food prices have been a global phenomenon since the late 1960s, and particularly since the mid-1980s. In Asia, despite of some variations in trends, the food CPI tends to increase faster than the general CPI for most countries in most years, both before and after the 2008 food crisis”

Read the report here: http://goo.gl/9dAlvn

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OUR BEEF IS BOOMING: RECORD NSW BEEF EXPORTS

While the drought in the USA is taking a toll on the American cattle herd, Clarence beef farmers are helping fill the void as NSW records the highest slaughter and export rates in a decade.

The Rural Bank’s National Beef Update found NSW frozen beef exports jumped 148% in 2014.

It also found American frozen beef imports were higher than Japanese imports for the first time since 2002.

The report indicated conditions varied across the country, but beef producers in NSW…

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