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Posts tagged with ‘agriculture’ (32)


Photos: Inside York University's EcoCampus in Costa Rica


Posted by Kal Romain in The RCGS on Tuesday, June 28, 2016



Professor Ravi de Costa of York University presents a lecture on the petroglyphs (stone carvings) in Costa Rica's Alexander Skutch Biological Reserve. The petroglyphs have existed for more than 1,500 years, and their symbolism is open to interpretation: their meaning has been lost through the evolution of oral culture. (Photo courtesy Kal Romain)

In May 2016, 30 students from York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies travelled to Costa Rica to participate in weeks of field courses based out of the Lillian Meighen Wright Centre, the new main facility in the Toronto university's Las Nubes rainforest EcoCampus. The centre's focus is collaborative education and research on neotropical conservation, eco-health, community well-being and the sustainable livelihoods of those who live and work in the area, and students take part in hands-on, ...

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Alberta scientists develop new way to measure methane emissions from cattle


Posted by Vanessa Hrvatin in Science & Technology on Wednesday, June 1, 2016



Beef heifers being trained to use two emissions-measuring systems under grazing conditions at the Lacombe Research Centre. (Photo courtesy: John Basarab/Alberta Agriculture and Forestry)

Scientists in Alberta are using a novel method to study cow burps—which contain a potent greenhouse gas called methane—with the goal of reducing emissions and making the agriculture industry more sustainable.

While feed efficiency—using less feed for the same amount of food production—has been studied for decades, methane emissions research is fairly new, and the end goal is to be able to genetically select for cattle that are both feed-efficient and produce less methane.

“Right now we are ...

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By the numbers: Water in Canada


Posted by Alexandra Pope in Nature on Tuesday, March 22, 2016



World Water Day fact: Canada is home to seven per cent of the world's renewable freshwater. (Photo: Tomislav Stefanac/CanGeo Photo Club

March 22nd is World Water Day, a United Nations-led initiative to provoke conversation and action on water issues around the globe.

The theme for 2016 is "Water and Jobs." In a video statement officially recognizing the day, Guy Rider, chair of UN-Water, said most people are aware that access to clean water underpins all efforts to achieve sustainable development. What is not so clear, Rider said, is that water is also fundamental to the creation of quality jobs.

"Today, almost half of the ...

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Mapping the future of sustainable agriculture


Posted by Keegan Smith in Mapping on Monday, February 23, 2015



Seedmap.org displays hundreds of stories on ecological farming issues from around the world.

The face of farming is changing. Decades ago, industrial economies promised to feed the world with new mechanized and chemical farming methods. In the years since, however, many farmers have come to realize that increased yields come with hidden social, economic, and ecological price tags. In response, a counterculture of sustainable farming, focused on preserving biodiversity, has been growing. As “agroecology” gains popularity with both growers and consumers, the challenge has become the large-scale ...

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10 popular blogs of 2013: Researcher revolutionizing apple agriculture


Posted by Siobhan McClelland on Tuesday, December 31, 2013



They come in different varieties, from Golden Delicious to Macintosh. And they keep the doctor away! Find out more about apples in Canada and how a Nova Scotia researcher is revolutionizing traditional apple breeding.

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