Paul Hawken Presents the World’s First Comprehensive Plan to Reverse Global Warming

Posted on Monday, April 24th, 2017 by

Can we stop global warming in the next 30 years? This is the burning question of the 21st century and renowned environmentalist Paul Hawken used our March What’s Now: San Francisco gathering to give his answer: Yes we can. More on Project Drawdown: http://www.drawdown.org/

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Landowners Encouraged To Convert Old Farmland To Wetlands

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by

State officials want landowners to convert old farmland to wetlands. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for its Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. The government helps landowners install levees and plant native grasses and trees. It’s part of the national Farm Bill and is designed to restore and protect wetlands across the nation. […]

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Trees can help UK farming cut emissions

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by

Increasing yields produced in UK fields and using the spare farmland to plant trees and restore wetlands could greatly reduce emissions, says a study. Combining this approach with strategies to cut food waste and meat consumption could help the farming sector cut its emissions by 80% by 2050, it adds. Crop and livestock agriculture accounts […]

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A Boon for Soil, and for the Environment

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

By Beth Gardiner May17, 2016 When Gabe Brown and his wife bought their farm near Bismarck, North Dakota, from her parents in 1991, testing found the soil badly depleted, its carbon down to just a quarter of levels once considered natural in the area. Today the Brown farm and ranch is home to a diverse and […]

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Urban Farming in West Oakland

Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2017 by

City Slicker Farms, which formed in 2001 and is one of the most established, recently built a 1.4-acre Farm Park complete with a sliding-scale farm stand and 28-plot community bed. Justin Vandenbroeck runs Fleet Farming Oakland, which constructs small farms in neighborhood yard spaces proclaiming, ‘grow food, not lawns!’ Working an economic angle as well […]

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California’s dairy industry knows how to cut its greenhouse gas emissions

Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2017 by

Agriculture accounts for more than half of California’s methane emissions, making it an obvious industry for the air board to regulate as it tries to carry out Brown’s direction. Methane is a less common greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, although studies suggest it’s much more potent in trapping heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. It builds […]

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The Farm that Grows Climate Solutions

Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2017 by

The following is adapted from The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security by Eric Toensmeier (2016). The book introduces the concept of carbon farming, explains how it can help mitigate climate change, and explores strategies for adoption around the world. Published with permission […]

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These 2 projects are exploring the potential of underwater farming

Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2017 by

By JURICA DUJMOVIC The world’s population is constantly growing, and with it the demand for water, shelter, better quality of life — and, above all, food. We consume so much of it that all the farmland required to feed humanity would create an area almost the size of North America if put together. Farming creates its own set […]

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Desert farm grows 180,000 tomato plants using only sun and seawater

Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 by

No soil, no pesticides, no fossil fuels, and no groundwater. And yet, a thriving farm in the heart of the arid Australian desert. How is this possible? An international team of scientists has spent the last six years fine-tuning a system that pipes seawater in from the ocean and desalinates it using a state-of-the-art concentrated […]

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Mark Shepard on Restoration Agriculture

Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 by

One of the world’s foremost authorities on restoration agriculture, Mark Shepard is happy that its popularity is growing but worries that its systemic nature is being misunderstood or “much degraded.” Restoration agriculture calls for the re-imagination of agriculture in which perennial systems replace annual plantings and harvests that expire in one season and leave nothing […]

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