This farmer is saving the jungle by growing food in it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content “My dream is to create a sustainable farm, this is my work.” Alexander Retana is a farmer with a different kind of farm. His – where he grows around 22 different crops from bananas […]

Modern farming is harming the planet. Tech-driven permaculture could heal it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Viktor Weber, Founder & Director, Future Real Estate Institute Healthy soil leads to healthy humans. Sir Albert Howard, one of the forethinkers of organic agriculture and composting, explored this link in the early 20th century. Sir Albert recognized soil […]

New state aid rules: Commission increases national support to farmers up to €25,000

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The ceiling for national support to farmers will rise significantly, allowing greater flexibility and efficiency, notably in times of crisis and situations demanding a swift response by the public authorities. Today the Commission has adopted revised rules on state aid in the agriculture sector […]

What is hydroponics – and is it the future of farming?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content While industrialized farming techniques have meant a more plentiful supply of cheaper, fresher food – most notably in the developed world – they can also be a threat to the environment, promoting waste, […]

Abandoned mines could become the farms of the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John McKenna, Formative Content Coal mines and inner-city tunnels could be transformed into farms to help feed the planet’s growing population. Academics are exploring the use of abandoned mines and other subterranean facilities in the UK and China as […]

Fertilisers/cadmium: Parliament and Council negotiators reach provisional deal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules easing access to the EU single market for fertilisers made from organic or recycled materials and setting limits for cadmium were agreed on Tuesday. Internal Market Committee rapporteur, Mihai Ţurcanu (EPP, RO), said: “I am pleased that today we finally reached a […]

Food supply chain: A step closer to ending unfair trading

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament approved on Thursday its negotiating mandate for a new EU law to do away with unfair trading in the food supply chain. The Parliament’s negotiating team has now received a green light to start negotiating with the Council’s Austrian Presidency on the final […]

Can indoor farming feed the world?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Matt Barnard, Chief Executive Officer, Plenty When the earth calls on us, as its tenants we have to listen. From the invention of the steel plow in 1837, to the industry-altering tractor in 1892, right down to more […]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution must not leave farming behind

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Grahame Dixie, Executive Director, Grow Asia The Fourth Industrial Revolution has disrupted industry after industry. Better information flows, lower transaction costs and faster communication have made doing business easier and more efficient, and have proven to be major […]