Consumer definitions of sustainability are often different than industry definitions. Understanding consumer preferences and opinions of sustainability within the dairy industry can help dairy product developers successfully market their products. In an article appearing in the Journal of Dairy Science®, researchers from North Carolina State University reviewed factors that influence consumer sustainability perceptions, trends and desires for sustainability, and how sustainability perceptions compare to popular plant-based alternatives.
- Journal of Dairy Science
The 2021 IPCC report made one thing crystal clear — global climate change is here to stay. Time is up. We need to act or climate change will lead to inconceivable suffering by billions of people.
Cotton is an important crop worldwide and grown in large amounts in the United States, which provided 38 percent of cotton exports in 2017. One of the greatest threats to cotton production is Fusarium wilt, a fungal disease caused by the soil-borne pathogen Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. vasinfectum (FOV). In a study recently published in Plant Disease, plant pathologists, agronomists, and breeders in California, Texas, and North Carolina identified current populations of FOV in infected plants and examined their diversity and aggressiveness during the seedling and wilt stages of disease development.
- Plant Disease
- California Cotton Alliance, California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association, Cotton Incorporated, United States Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service Cooperative Agreement, California State University Agricultural Research Institute, California State University Fresno State Graduate Net Initiative Graduate Research
The first rains that signal the beginning of the growing season kick off a flurry of activities in rural, agricultural communities. Farmers decide when to plant, how much labor to allocate, how many resources to devote to that season’s crop and so on.
- Environmental Research Letters
An international team of scientists, including a member of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, applied a method from physics to the century-old rice irrigation practices in Bali. Their aim: To find the relevant parameters that led to this well-balanced sustainable water management system.
- Physical Review Letters
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Because of their useful surfactant properties, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been massively produced for non-stick coatings, water-repellant fabrics and firefighting foams. However, scientists have detected these highly stable “forever chemicals” throughout the environment, prompting toxicity concerns. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ <i>Environmental Science & Technology</i> have characterized PFAS in contemporary and historical organic waste products applied to agricultural fields in France, finding the highest amounts in urban samples, with compounds changing over time.
- Environmental Science & Technology