This week: New Climate Council report details Australia’s water security in a changing climate, the 94 year-old WA farmer still at it, hunger and obesity continue to increase in Latin America and artist captures California’s forgotten Black farmworkers.


Still Working: 94-Year-Old Farmer Dick Vincent Says His Job Keeps Him Alive
ABC Rural
At age 94, Western Australian cattle farmer and self-described horse ‘tragic’ Dick Vincent is still working every day on the stud and says it keeps him alive.

Why Is Everyone Talking About Natural Sequence Farming?
The Conversation
There are plenty of anecdotes but little published science around the effectiveness of natural sequence farming. At present, there is not the standard of evidence to support this farming method as a panacea for drought relief, as proposed by the deputy prime minister.

Farming Together: How Primary Producers Are Preparing for a Challenging Future
ABC Rural
Innovation, technology and engagement with ethical consumers are the keys to the future of food production, according to the head of a national sustainability program, Farming Together.

New Report: Deluge & Drought: Australia’s Water Security in a Changing Climate
Climate Council
The Climate Council’s latest report shows how Australia’s water security has already been significantly influenced by climate change. Rainfall patterns are shifting and the severity of floods and droughts has increased.


Tree Planting in UK ‘Must Double to Tackle Climate Change’
The Guardian
Tree planting must double by 2020 as part of radical changes to land use in the UK, according to the government’s advisers on climate change.

Oreo Maker Linked to Destruction of Orangutan Habitat in Indonesia
Mondelēz International, the company behind Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, continues to source palm oil linked to deforestation in Indonesia, according to a Greenpeace report.

Coral Reefs Can’t Wait for World to Take Action, Urges Un, as Biodiversity Conference Gets Underway
UN News
A new coalition of organisations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), was launched on Wednesday in Egypt during the UN Biodiversity Conference, to galvanize global leadership to protect coral reefs before it is too late.

Hunger and Obesity on the Rise in Latin America for Third Year in a Row
The Wire
While serious food insecurity affects 47.1 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean, at the same time one in four adults in the region are obese and some 250 million people are overweight.

Black Migrants: Photographs of California’s Forgotten Agricultural Past
Civil Eats
An exhibition at the Fresno Museum of Art called Black Migrants features never-before-seen photographs by Ernest Lowe that provide a glimpse of a story largely left out of California’s agricultural memory.

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