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Nina Sparling

12 September 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Eagle Bridge, a small-scale Hudson Valley slaughterhouse, works to bring non-feedlot, regional meats to New York City. While demand for sustainable meat products is growing, competition with national feedlot operation...

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Senay Boztas

1 August 2018

Eindhoven, Netherlands

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Biocouture is gaining ground in the Netherlands as farmers in Eindhoven partner with a fashion designer to turn cow waste into clothing. Although met with some initial skepticism, the practice is already receiving acc...

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Mose Buchele

21 July 2018

McGregor, Texas, United States

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American cows are not typically made to withstand the warmer summers occurring across the United States. To combat the negative side effect of a decrease in milk production, farmers are trying solutions such as using ...

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Aaron Scott

9 July 2018

Touchet, Washington, United States

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Approximately twenty-five percent of the United State's alfalfa seed is produced in Walla Walla County, Washington, thanks in part to farmers successfully cultivating a unique working relationship with the region's na...

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Merrit Kennedy

3 July 2018

Davis, California, United States

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A new research experiment at University of California, Davis is seeing immediate results in the reduction of methane produced from cows by changing the cow's diet to incorporate seaweed. This successful effort could p...

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Judith Lewis Mernit

2 July 2018

Davis, California, United States

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In California, cows emit as much methane per year as the equivalent of 2.5 million cars. To reduce this impact, researchers are testing a change in diet for dairy cows that implements seaweed into their daily feed. So...

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Christopher Biddle

15 May 2018

Gunnison, Colorado, United States

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There's a movement rising to promote better cattle farming practices through the use of healthy soil, which means introducing more carbon into the land. Farmers throughout the agriculture industry are finding that by ...

Eating Well

Rowan Jacobsen

1 May 2018

Arizona, United States

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"Sometimes going backwards is making progress," says Dennis Moroney, a rancher in Arizona working alongside other ranchers, scientists and farmers to find a viable solution for growing crops in an increasingly warm an...

Al Jazeera

Ndoni Khanyile

1 May 2018

Namanga, Kenya

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An app, using satellite mapping technology to locate green pasture and water, helps herders in southern Kenya navigate droughts. The tool may go a long way towards saving both herds and livelihoods from the ravages of...

The New York Times Magazine

Moises Velasquez-Manoff

18 April 2018

Marin, California, United States

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One tactic for combatting climate change has to do with soil health. Soil can withdraw and store carbon from the atmosphere—at a higher rate when covered by manure—and also supports long-term soil sustainability and s...

CNN

Charlotte Hawks

8 March 2018

United States

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Could clean meat be the solution for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, feeding an ever-growing human population and saving water? A growing number of food innovators think so, as do investors such as Bill Gates and Ri...

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Justus Wanzala

9 February 2018

Timau, Kenya

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Over 5000 farmers across Kenya have begun using hydroponic techniques to grow fodder for their cows. This trend ensures milk production is still high in time of drought, when traditionally grown grass doesn’t do well....

Scientific American

Cathy Watson

1 February 2018

Nainital distric, Uttarakhand, India

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Agroforestry, is the practice of planting trees around crops, which can yield many benefits to farmers and the environment. In India, agroforestry is helping tigers stay alive.

NPR

Robert Smith

26 January 2018

Vermont, United States

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Phosphate is used for fertilizer on many farms. However, once the phosphorus washes away, it is next to impossible to recover, thus creating a phosphorus depletion. Using a very on the ground, grassroots approach, a s...

Ensia

Kristina Johnson

28 November 2017

Tom Miner Basin, Montana, United States

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With the lifting of federal protection on top predators like grizzly bears, many are concerned that landowners will be more likely to shoot predators found on their ranches and farmland, risking the fragile stability ...

High Country News

Krista Langlois

18 September 2017

Homer, Alaska, United States

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Historically, farming has been very difficult in Alaska, making certain food products very expensive, and leading to a lack of locally grown food. However, due to climate change and new technology, farming is increasi...

The Salem News

Julie Huss

30 July 2017

Londonderry, New Hampshire, United States

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In Londonderry, New Hampshire, the Carriage Shack Farm hire out goats to eat unwanted plants like poison ivy or bittersweet. Contrary to humans, they aren’t harmed by the plant and actually enjoy eating it. Prior to b...

The Christian Science Monitor

Scott Peterson

27 July 2017

Hargeisa, Somalia

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In the face of severe drought and one of the worst humanitarian crises since World War II, nations on the Horn of Africa are fighting to stave off famine and the spread of disease. Some places, like Somaliland, have b...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Jacopo Pasotti

24 July 2017

Mongolia

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Mongolia’s nomadic, pastoral families are banding together to strengthen their resilience in the face of climate change. With their economic livelihoods dependent on livestock production, they feel the effects of warm...

Montana Public Radio

Rachel Cramer

13 June 2017

Wisdom, Montana, United States

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With the reintroduction of predators such as wolves and grizzly bears in Montana's national parks, these carnivores are increasingly targeting ranchers’ livestock. To mitigate this issue, livestock composting sites ha...

Columbia Missourian

Lucille Sherman

5 June 2017

Missouri, United States

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In Callaway County, Missouri local farmers are opposing concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and are asking that these operations are more regulated to protect the lives of the people living in the area. The...

BBC

Mukul Devichand

Dougal Shaw

16 May 2017

Pathan Goth, Sindh, Pakistan

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Fariel Salahuddin was determined to tackle the extreme lack of access to fresh water she encountered in rural Pakistani communities, but she wanted the model to be sustainable, not dependent on donations. Most of the ...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Andrea Dijkstra

24 April 2017

Isiolo, Nairobi, Kenya

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In agricultural communities across Kenya, global warming has led local farmers to turn to camels -- as an alternative to cows -- for dairy products both to feed their families and take to the local markets to sell. Fu...

Food and Environment Reporting Network

Barry Yeoman

9 February 2017

Louisiana, United States

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Tribal areas in Louisiana are suffering from massive land loss due to flooding, which has taken away a lot of food sources and livelihood. In response, the First People's Conservation Council has been created, which i...

NPR

Amy Yee

7 November 2016

Ethiopia

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Ethiopia has the largest population of donkeys which are used to move people, food, wood and water. Despite their being necessary for survival, most Ethiopians neglected and abused their donkeys. The Donkey Sanctuary ...

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