A win-win is always welcome. But what about a win-win-win? Researchers say that’s what’s possible with agrivoltaics, a groundbreaking system that combines solar energy with agriculture. Some refer to it as “dual solar” or “solar sharing.”

The win-win-win here is the ability of agrivoltaics to increase food production, boost renewable
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Twelve institutions have formed a center of excellence to focus on food safety risk assessment and authenticity.

The consortium is led by the University of Donja Gorica in Montenegro and includes the University of Padova, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

The Centre
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Urban farmers growing vegetables in Africa could accidentally be helping to spread disease by irrigating crops with wastewater, according to researchers.

In a report published in the Environmental Research journal, the scientists found evidence in Burkina Faso canal water samples of virulent pathogens commonly responsible for waterborne diseases which
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http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-farm-field-irrigation-crawler-image2961088Produce farmers should wait at least 24 hours after a rain or irrigation event to harvest their crops, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Cornell University and just published in a scientific journal. Wet soil from precipitation is more conducive to growth of bacteria, such as Listeria
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Colorado officials are working with farmers to address potential crop and soil contamination after severe flooding hit Northeastern Colorado last month. Their biggest challenge will likely be assessing flood-affected fields before replanting and analyzing affected water before fall irrigation. So far, state officials and others are confident that only safe
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