A less damaging way to grow rice?

Traditional rice farming consumes nearly a third of the world’s freshwater supplies, and accounts for the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as the entire aviation industry, pre-pandemic. New strains of rice and a new farming method could help combat the problem, but convincing farmers and governments of the benefits they offer remains a challenge.

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Eco-friendly vineyards, the New Zealand way

New Zealand’s wine industry was the first in the world to have a national sustainability programme and more than 96 per cent of its vineyards operate according to specific environmental standards. Measures to reduce waste and emissions include using lighter bottles and natural fertilisers, and minimising packaging. One vineyard has even managed to reduce its waste to less than that of a typical domestic household.

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