Third of the planet’s farmland has pesticides levels 1,000 times higher than what’s considered safe

Nearly a third of the farmland around the world is at high risk of pesticide pollution, according to a new report. Scientists in Australia examined how nearly 100 agricultural chemicals were used across 168 countries, to determine which pesticides surpassed recommended levels. Pointing to ‘widespread global pesticide pollution risk,’ the research found 64 percent of … Read more

Bill Gates is now the biggest owner of FARMLAND in the US after buying up 242,000 acres

Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft, has been revealed as the biggest private owner of farmland in the US, after buying up 242,000 acres in 18 states. The tech mogul, who is the fourth richest person in the world with a net worth of $121billion, according to Forbes, has quietly built up a massive … Read more

Nature: England’s woodland could DOUBLE in area without intruding on important habitats or farmland

England’s woodland could DOUBLE to cover 20 per cent of the country without intruding on important habitats or farmland, map shows The map was drawn up by Friends of the Earth and cartographers at Terra Sulis  Woodland coverage could expand without impacting protected nature sites Most of the areas highlighted for tree planting are on low-grade … Read more

Study shows abadoning farmland in Europe can lower temperature by up to 1.8 degrees Farenheit

Abandoned farmland could play an important role in partially offsetting rising temperatures across Europe, according to a new study. A team of scientists, led by Francesco Cherubini of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, found that in Western Europe the ground temperature on abandoned farmland could be up to 1.8 degrees Farenheit cooler than … Read more