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UK - would there be any problem with keeping bees on a plot if the neighbours have horses

I am looking to get into beekeeping. I have a plot of land ~20x50m that I would like to put some hives on. There are multiple nearby fields with horses - minimum distance ~ 50m to nearest such field. ...
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How much soya is needed to produce a glass of cow's milk?

Producing soya beans is responsible for some significant amounts of deforestation in tropical areas and relying on soya introduces a demand for transportation in countries where soya is not grown. I ...
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Is sustainable living basically the opposite of industrialisation

Industrialisation and globalisation seem to want to just mass produce everything from products to food. The agricultural lobbing groups are given power from the government and do a lot of bad things ...
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Can organic farming sustainably feed the world?

Organic farming saves the planet... Proponents of organic, non-GMO farming argue that such methods are necessary to preserve the long-term health of the soil and the environment as a whole. But ...
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How much land can a full-time organic farmer take care of?

Is there an estimate of how many acres or hectares a single person can take care of, approximately? I'm mainly interested when following organic standards for cultivating common vegetables (tomatoes, ...
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What type of cheese has the lowest carbon footprint?

An answer to a question about the carbon footprint of cheese inspired this question. According to Wikipedia, cheese can be made from the milk of several animals: cows goats sheep buffalo reindeer ...
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What's required for hydroponic farming in a container?

I have a container of size L 1.8 m × W 1.86 × H 1.73. I am planning to turn this into a hydroponic container for growing cooking greens (salad etc.). The thing that concerns me is the stuff I probably ...
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What do developing nation farmers do when agribusiness stops sourcing products from deforested land?

This story about a researcher at my university included this line: ...in recent years global retailers like McDonald’s and Wal-Mart have committed to removing beef and soy produced on deforested ...
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How does footprint per dollar vs footprint per kilo compare for different methods of raising livestock?

As various investigative reports and documentaries have made clear by now, the environmental impacts and animal welfare abuses of CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) are dreadful and should be ...
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In what ways do GMOs harm or benefit the environment?

In principle, does the manner in which genetic engineering is currently used in agriculture pose a threat to our environment, or provide benefits? I understand there are concerns about reduction of ...
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What is the most sustainable way to convert forested land to farmland?

My understanding is that the Mayans, who lived in a very thick forested area, used slash-and-burn to clear land for farming, which was a terribly unsustainable way to do it. What is the most ...
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What types of ducks are cold hardy, and do well in wetlands?

For a sustainable farm in Minnesota (USA), I'm looking for an egg-laying duck that won't need wing clipping, will survive a snowy winter, and will produce good eggs. What should I look into?
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Do the veggies you eat today have the same amount of vitamins and minerals as they used to twenty years ago?

The RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowances) recommended to us by health experts are based on the amount of nutrition in fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. The RDA hasn't changed since decades. Are any ...
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Energy requirements for sustainable food production system

Overview Consider the following system for sustainable food production: The purpose of this system is to provide an environmentally-friendly, semi- (or fully-) automated means to produce food for ...
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What's the largest polyculture farm out there?

I'm curious if anyone has an information about the largest polyculture farms that have been able to be successful. Are planning and harvesting techniques good enough to make polyculture economically ...
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Can artificial lighting compete with horizontal agriculture?

Background In Professor Bugbee's presentation, he describes some drawbacks of vertical farming (VF) versus traditional horizontal agriculture. Most of Bugbee's arguments against VF hinge on grow lamp ...
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Removing agricultural plastic film waste after 10+ years degradation

[reposted from Earth Science since more relevant here] I am at a farm where previous tenants left a non-biodegradable plastic film roughly 10-15 years ago. It is inconsistently spread over a few ...
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How many people could be fed using the land currently used to grow feed for livestock?

Vegans argue that most of the grain grown worldwide is used for livestock fattening. How many people could be fed using those fields if they were no longer used for growing livestock feed? Here are ...