The future of farming in drought-hardened Australia?

In Australia, droughts are becoming more frequent and severe, reducing agricultural output in a $36bn industry. Till the rains came early this year, farmers in New South Wales had suffered their worst drought on record. But as the FT’s Jamie Smyth discovers, they’re fighting back in a variety of ways, ranging from digital moisture measurement to satellite mapping and innovative crop rotation.

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What’s the real carbon footprint of your food?

If you’re living in the UK, surely an apple imported from NZ has a bigger carbon footprint than one grown at home? Not necessarily, because factors at every stage of a food’s life cycle contribute to its overall carbon footprint, not just transport. Now, thanks to technology, measuring a food’s total carbon emissions is becoming easier, and carbon labelling is gathering momentum.

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