Recent Figures Reveal Spain’s Human Population Is Now Outnumbered by Pigs

Environmentalists are alarmed by recent data that reveals Spain’s pig population now outnumbers its human one by 3.5 million. This is the first time the number of pigs in Spain has exceeded that of humans, and the discrepancy is adding to concerns about the environmental impact of the pork industry. …

Canada Moves to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides

Environmentalists scored a victory in Canada on Wednesday, securing restrictions on two pesticides that have been posing threats to bees and aquatic insects. The Canadian government’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), branched under the division ‘Health Canada,’ has agreed to impose constraints on the crop chemicals, slowly phasing out their …

Energy Efficiency Scheme to Help Irish Dairy Farmers Milk Savings

A new grant scheme that supports the installation of certain energy efficient technologies for dairy farmers has been launched in Ireland. The Sustainable Energy Authority in Ireland (SEAI) in collaboration with Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, is offering up to €400,000 (£359,678) to farmers investing in energy-saving vacuum …

Temperatures in South-West Europe Could Break 48C Record This Weekend

Large parts of southern and western Europe are expected to experience high temperatures this weekend with forecasters warning that thermometers could reach up to 48C in Spain. Holidaymakers bound for the Iberian peninsula have been warned to expect extreme heat, with the chance of the hottest temperatures ever recorded in …

Meat and Dairy Emissions Could Surpass Those from Largest Oil Firms

The largest meat and dairy producers could surpass major oil companies as the largest contributors to environmental pollution. That’s according to a new report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and non-profit GRAIN, which says the five largest meat and dairy corporations are already responsible for more …

Could Swapping Rice for Other Grains Help Solve India’s Water Crisis?

A study published in Science Advances Wednesday offers a potential solution to India’s growing nutritional and water needs: replace rice with less thirsty, more nutrititious cereals. The study found that by replacing the rice grown in each district with the grain that required the least water for irrigation, India could …

Dairy Farmers’ Excess Milk Gets a Second Life Feeding the Hungry

Automation may have caused a significant surplus of dairy products and a corresponding price drop, but one non-profit has stepped up to ensure food – and farms – don’t go to waste. Philabundance, a food bank in Philadelphia, is working with cow ranchers to help sell their foods while also …