Tag Archives: pasture

New grass hybrid could help reduce the likelihood of flooding

What can farmers and growers do when the weather’s gone weird? In this time of climate change, nobody can really tell you what kind of weather to expect. This is no joke if you’re making your living on the land. … Continue reading

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Corralling cattle to improve the productivity of pasture lands affected by termites

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Typical degradation of rangelands in Uganda’s cattle corridor Researchers from the Department of Animal Science in Makerere University were excited, and with good reason, as they surveyed pasture land that had been corralled off in…

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‘Green land grabs’: Livestock herders access to rangelands is being lost for conservation purposes

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Serengeti tree (photo credit: Jeff Haskins). ‘In the great plains of northern Tanzania, close to the world-famous Serengeti National Park, a bitter row has broken out over an attempt to designate 1,500sqkm of Loliondo District…

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Cash crops vs cattle pastures: Converting pastoral lands into irrigated croplands in Africa benefits few

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Ethiopian rangeland (photo credit: ILRI/Dave Elsworth). ‘Cotton, sugar, palm oil… you name it. Most governments in the developing world believe such plantation cash crops must be a better use of land, and must deliver greater…

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Labels Unveiled: Grass-Fed and Pasture-Raised

Originally posted on Food (Policy) For Thought:
Continuing with our mini-series, after our first installment, let’s turn to a buzzword that has gotten a lot of attention in the last years: grass-fed and/or pasture-raised animal products. What is the label’s…

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Lowering the water footprint of livestock products

Paul Karaimu at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) tells us that the ‘water footprint’ of livestock products is often higher than it needs to be. Water footprint is the volume of fresh water that is used to produce a … Continue reading

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Snow in Britain in March

Here in Britain we have snow now, which isn’t usual for this time of year. It’s classed as ‘extreme weather’ by our standards. The BBC tells us what is happening. Here’s what the Met Office says about the extreme weather’s … Continue reading

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Should we stop eating meat?

Would it solve the world’s food crisis if we all went vegetarian or vegan? Priyamvada Gopal at the Guardian says no, inequality is a bigger factor in food shortages. I think that food wastage, especially in the rich world, is … Continue reading

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