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Animals, Food & You

Veterinary treatment and research, animal health and welfare, the science and economics of food production and farming.

  1. 6 June 2017 – Agriculture, Genetically Modified Food, Nitrogen Pollution, Plants, Soil

    Talking dirty: The conversation between plants and soil

    Nitrogen pollution caused by farming practices is a major problem, but University of Melbourne research has discovered an environmentally friendly alternative.

  2. Podcast21 April 2017 – Agriculture, Food Security, Public Policy

    The grand challenge of feeding 9 billion people

    Sustainable agriculture expert Tim Reeves on the radical changes required in agricultural practice, public policy and consumer behaviour to feed Earth.

  3. 31 March 2017 – Animal Behaviour, Asia, Indonesia, Reptiles, Snakes

    Jaw-dropping: So how does a snake eat a man?

    A reticulated python reportedly ate a man in Indonesia, but just how can a snake eat a grown human?

  4. 27 March 2017 – Agriculture, Climate Change, Food Security, Sustainability, Water

    Losing respect for our food

    With increasing populations worldwide, greater demand for meat and an array of environmental issues, agriculture is facing a perfect storm of challenges.

  5. 21 March 2017 – Agriculture, Biodiversity, Food Security, Nutrition, Soil

    Save our soils: Why dirt matters

    Soil health is vital for human nutrition and the environment, but we manage it poorly; around two thirds of Australian agricultural land has unhealthy soil.

  6. Podcast27 January 2017 – Agriculture, Climate Change, Environment

    Global warming’s companion crisis

    Environmental physicist Mark Sutton on how our fast-growing 'nitrogen footprint' from agriculture and industry is threatening our health.

  7. Podcast30 December 2016 – Bioscience, Chemical engineering, Cities, Environment

    How are birds faring in our cities?

    We chat with two PhD researchers about their work on the impact of city lights on birds, and learning from our digestive systems to build better detergents.

  8. 23 December 2016 – Animal Welfare, Pets

    Make sure your pets have festive fun too

    The festive season poses all sorts of risks for our beloved pets, but with some careful planning they can enjoy the holidays too.

  9. 15 December 2016 – Animals, Antibiotics, Bacteria, Chickens, Food, Health

    The tiny drop fighting the big problem of antibiotic resistance

    As antibiotic-resistant superbugs pose an increasing threat to human health, a new chicken vaccine could help stop them in their tracks.

  10. 5 December 2016 – Agricultural, Climate Change, Fertiliser, Food Security, Nitrogen Pollution

    Nitrogen pollution: Forgotten element of climate change

    Carbon dioxide is the headline greenhouse gas, but to mitigate climate change, we will need to tackle nitrogen emissions with technology, policy and our diet.