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Svalbard #seed vault and #seedbanks are not enough to safeguard #agricultural #biodiversity says Patrick Mulvany

In this interview Patrick Mulvany argues that the seed vault in the permafrost in Svalbard (Spitzbergen) and other seed banks are not sufficient to safeguard and maintain the agricultural biodiversity we need for long term food security in the face of climate change. Continue reading

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#Climate destabilisation and #biodiversity loss threaten our future – but too little attention is being paid to the latter

It seems to be a year of anniversaries for me. It’s 50 years since I went to university intending to study chemistry but then changing to study soil science. Soils are really complex physical, chemical, biological systems. Their health is … Continue reading

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Cutting #livestock consumption to prevent further wildlife extinction

There was a major conference on Extinction and Livestock in London last week, 5-6 October 2017.  The contributions will be put up on line in due course but I took the chance to interview some of those present. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Transforming #agriculture to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (#SDGs)

Hans Herren, CEO of the Millennium Institute, Washington DC and founder of Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development in Zurich, argues that the Sustainable Development Goals offer the way to reshape agriculture in a way that will help meet these goals, … Continue reading

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Find, #eat and share the world edible #plants – an interview with Joseph Simcox, the Botanical Explorer

Earlier this week I had a visit from Joseph Simcox, the self-styled Botanical explorer. A dynamo of a man, he’s travelled the world to over 100 countries to find, eat and share as many of the huge range of edible … Continue reading

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Great new guide to global #soil #biodiversity from #EU on show @ESOF2016

My first degree was in soil science and it was great to see this beautifully illustrated Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas on display at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2016) in Manchester earlier this week. Despite all our lives depending upon soil, … Continue reading

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Expanding our understanding of plants and where our food comes from – from clay pit to Eden today

I was in Cornwall a few weeks ago and took the chance to visit the Eden Project. I had last been there nearly 15 years ago, shortly after it opened. Quite a transformation – but that is as nothing compared … Continue reading

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