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Organic fungicide copper sulfate endangers humans, animals and insects

Organic farming is not chemical free. Copper sulfate is a popular one. How does it work and how does it ...
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Human poop as crop fertilizer? Recycled waste may boost yields, cut groundwater contamination

Researchers from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of ...
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Ancient plant genes could increase food production without added fertilizer use, mitigating deadly algal blooms

Some 500 million years ago -- when our continents were connected in a single land mass and most life existed ...
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Podcast: How nitrogen-fixing bacteria can cut fertilizer use 30-50%

In the early 20th century, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch revolutionized agriculture. The two German chemists developed a technique, now ...
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Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch: The chemists who revolutionized fertilizer production, changing agriculture forever

Without the efforts of Haber and Bosch, the world’s population would be much smaller ...
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Pepsi, Target incentivize crop diversity on US farms to cut fertilizer pollution

There is a swath of the Gulf of Mexico that's virtually devoid of life because algae blooms have choked out ...
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Infographic: Eliminating synthetic fertilizer won’t solve agriculture’s nitrogen pollution problem

The proposed solution is worse than the problem it hopes to solve ...
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We need phosphorus to fertilize crops and feed the world—can we mine it sustainably?

If you wanted to really mess with the world's food production, a good place to start would be in Morocco ...
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Mexico’s self-fertilizing corn could be worth millions. Will village where it grows share in the profits?

In a 1979 visit to Totontepec, a small town in Oaxaca, Mexico, naturalist Thomas Boone Hallberg marveled at the local ...
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‘Smart’ fertilizers help feed booming global population while cutting pollution, slowing climate change

To feed the world’s growing population, farmers need to increase crop yields. Applying more fertilizer could help. But standard versions ...
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Naturally occurring phosphorous in soil could cut synthetic fertilizer pollution, major threat to sustainable farming

Cornell University engineers have taken a step in understanding how iron in the soil may unlock naturally occurring phosphorus bound ...
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Podcast: How science brought us ‘synthetic’ fertilizer, and why it was a game changer for farmers

Bet you never thought fertilizer was magical but that changes today! On this episode of Biotech Facts and Fallacies, plant ...
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Microbial biofertilizer could boost sustainable farming as food demand booms

Agriculture is facing tough challenges in the years ahead, including a rising world population and arable land and water becoming ...
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Podcast: Recycling 190 million pounds of pesticide containers to promote sustainable agriculture

Ag recycles! On this episode of Biotech Facts and Fallacies, plant scientist Steve Savage delves into the world of agricultural ...
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Can genetic engineering deliver a natural microbial fertilizer for crops?

At the turn of the previous century, German scientists Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch got all the credit for finding ...
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Biotech firm Pivot Bio beta testing ‘clean, alternative’ nitrogen fertilizer to spare farmland, protect waterways

Across the Corn Belt this summer, Pivot Bio and farmers in the company’s Intent to Pivot program are beta testing the first sustainable nitrogen ...
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How does popular organic pesticide copper sulfate compare to synthetic ones like glyphosate?

Organic farming is not chemical free; one popular organic fungicide is copper sulfate. How does it work and how does ...