Der Schatz im Boden. In: Gen-ethischer Informationsdienst Nr. 267. Titelthema: Wassermangel in der Landwirtschaft.


Von Dr. agr. Andrea Beste, Diplomgeografin, Agrarwissenschaftlerin und Bodenexpertin. Ackerböden stellen ein komplexes Ökosystem aus Pilzen, Pflanzen und Mikroorganismen dar. Eine ganzheitliche Betrachtungsweise hat eine Vielzahl von Ansätzen zum Schutz von Wasserressourcen hervorgebracht. Insbesondere naturbasierte Lösungen haben sich als hilfreiche Strategien für die Klimaanpassung …

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Agricultural GMOs and their associated pesticides: misinformation, science, and evidence


By Michael N. Antoniou, Claire Robinson, Irina Castro & Angelika Hilbeck Published in: Environmental Sciences Europe volume 35, Article number: 76 (2023) Abstract Misinformation has always existed, but it became a major preoccupation during the COVID-19 pandemic due to its ability to affect public …

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Pesticide drift mitigation measures appear to reduce contamination of non-agricultural areas, but hazards to humans and the environment remain


Abstract Pesticide drift onto non-agricultural land is a common problem in intensively farmed regions, and national action plans have been established across Europe to prevent it. Here, we analyzed official data on pesticide residues in grass samples collected over six years to determine whether …

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Unexpected air pollutants with potential human health hazards: Nitrification inhibitors, biocides, and persistent organic substances


Abstract To better understand the influence of land use and meteorological parameters on air pollutants, we deployed passive air samplers in 15 regions with different land use in eastern Austria. The samplers consisted of polyurethane PUF and polyester PEF filter matrices, which were analyzed …

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France – portrait of an agriculture in transition


The French Council Presidency has made so-called “carbon farming” a priority. In the podcast, Dr. Andrea Beste talks about what to make of this and whether it has any effect on the climate in arable farming. From minute 8 in English https://soundcloud.com/foodforeurope/12-france-portrait-of-an-agriculture-in-transition Die französische …

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Broadening the GMO risk assessment in the EU for genome editing technologies in agriculture


By Katharina Kawall, Janet Cotter & Christoph Then Environmental Sciences Europe volume 32, Article number: 106 (2020)   Abstract Genome editing techniques, especially the CRISPR/Cas technology, increase the possibilities and the speed of altering genetic material in organisms. So-called genome editing is increasingly being …

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Report – Gene-edited organisms in agriculture: risks and unexpected consequences


In recent years, there has been much discussion of how gene editing techniques, such as CRISPR, can broaden the scope of genetic engineering in agriculture. However, it’s becoming clear that gene editing techniques are error prone. This new report from Friends of the Earth …

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