The world’s most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk. Full story here

'A tractor on a field in the South Downs near Brighton prepares for a late winter sowing'. From seeds to shoots – your best pictures on this week’s theme, sowing

Photograph: Finn Hopson

Crop rotation: an aerial view of a field lieing at rest near Eisenhuettenstadt, Germany from picture desk live - the day’s news in pictures

Photograph: Patrick Pleul/Corbis

"There’s some corner of a foreign field": An Afghan farmer in his poppy field in the Khogyani district, eastern Nangarhar province. From picture desk live: the best news pictures of the day

Photograph: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images

'Taken at the side of the road in Somaliland when I saw goats being loaded on to a truck.'

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Photograph: Jon Ashe

Little lamb! Heeze-Leende, the Netherlands: A farmer holds two newborn lambs in his arms. Check out the best photos from around the world on Thursday in our gallery. Photograph: Robin Utrecht/EPA

Map lays bare landscape of UK in intimate detail


From mountains of Scotland to the broad fields of the barley barons of the east, a new map reveals the environmental “DNA” of the nation