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  1. 14 July 2017 - Animals, Food & You

    Are these Australia’s happiest dairy cows?

    The University of Melbourne's robotic dairy is home to some very happy cows; they decide when they're milked, and even enjoy a back-scratch in the process.

  2. Podcast30 June 2017 - Up Close

    Embracing the finite

    Ecologist Peter Vitousek explores how living in the Anthropocene will force us to make our way with diminished natural resources.

  3. 15 June 2017 - Animals, Food & You

    Silage: Rocket-fuel for cows

    Silage provides key nutrition for livestock and allows farmers to manage feed - we ask University of Melbourne experts what it is, and why it smells?

  4. 6 June 2017 - Science Matters

    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.

  5. Podcast21 April 2017 - Up Close

    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.

  6. 20 April 2017 - Science Matters

    From Burundi to Australia: Transplanting farming know-how

    Former Burundian refugees in rural Mildura are helping University of Melbourne researchers discover how different farming methods could be used in Australia.

  7. 27 March 2017 - Animals, Food & You

    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.

  8. 21 March 2017 - Animals, Food & You

    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.

  9. Podcast10 March 2017 - Up Close

    Genetic snip and snap

    Molecular biologist Professor Jacob Corn on the benefits and ethical challenges of CRISPR gene editing technology, covering human health and food security.

  10. 19 February 2017 - Science Matters

    Finding quinoa’s sweet spot to feed the world

    The sequencing of the quinoa genome has created an opportunity to breed a quinoa plant that isn't just a superfood, but a sustainable super crop.