Dirty undies help American researchers to test Tennessee soil

Posted on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 by

The underwear has been buried in different soils for 30 days and shows the different rates of degeneration. (Supplied: Coffee County Soil Conservation District) Undies, jocks, drawers… There are plenty of names for underwear around the world. Now, a group of farmers in Tennessee, in the United States, has found a new use for […]

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Biodynamic farming is on the rise – but how effective is this alternative agricultural practice?

Posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 by

National retailers like Whole Foods are stocking more biodynamic brands, but horticultural critics continue to question biodynamic’s unconventional methods  Apricot Lane Farms is a 213-acre biodynamic and organic farm in Moorpark, California. The farm nurtures 100 different types of vegetables, 75 varieties of stone fruit, Scottish highland cattle, pigs, chickens, sheep, ducks, hens, horses […]

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Perspective : Agroecology as an alternative vision to climate smart agriculture

Posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 by

Taken together, agroecology and food sovereignty represent an alternative paradigm to Climate-smart Agriculture and conventional development. This article focuses on the more transformative elements of agroecology and food sovereignty to clearly identify overlaps and divergences with Climate-smart Agriculture and highlight its incompatibilities with conventional development. Photo: Margriet Goris Five years ago agroecology was barely recognised within official […]

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What Is Sustainable Agriculture?

Posted on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 by

There’s a transformation taking place on farms across the United States. For decades, we’ve produced the bulk of our food through industrial agriculture—a system dominated by large farms growing the same crops year after year, using enormous amounts of chemical pesticides and fertilizers that damage soils, water, air, and climate. This system is not built […]

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Patagonia and Chris Malloy Made a Film About Agriculture That You Really Need to Watch

Posted on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 by

Like it or not, our climate is rapidly changing. Although climate change is a natural occurrence, the cause for alarm isn’t the fact that it’s changing, it’s the speed at which it’s doing so. Humans have created a life so full of comfort that it’s destroying the place we all call home, and the way we […]

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Water for agriculture: Producing more with less

Posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 by

It is common knowledge that a 60% increase in food production will be necessary to feed the world in 2050, and water is essential for agricultural production if it is going to meet rising food needs. In the last century, water was considered an infinite resource, yet water stocks are dwindling. Moreover, water consumption […]

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Ecological intensification of agriculture: ideas that begin to take root

Posted on Monday, September 11th, 2017 by

In the context of increasing global food demand, ecological intensification of agriculture emerges as an ideal approach to land management. It combines the benefits of intensive and extensive agriculture, enhancing ecosystem services and leading to sustainable ways of production. An ecosystem under ecological intensification has high rates of internal regulation processes, moderate resource inputs, low nutrient losses […]

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The Next Agriculture Revolution Is Under Our Feet

Posted on Sunday, September 10th, 2017 by

By Justin Adams, Global Managing Director of Lands at The Nature Conservancy, and Bianca Moebius-Clune, Ph.D., Director at the Soil Health Division, USDA-NRCS At the core of agriculture is innovation. Advancements in agricultural technology throughout the past century have allowed farmers to feed a population that has grown from less than 2 billion people […]

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Four Ways Mexico’s Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future

Posted on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 by

1. Farm like a forest Not accounting for land covered by water, desert, or ice, about half of the planet is dedicated to pasture and croplands, according to WRI’s study. And the continued expansion of agricultural land is driving biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, an increase […]

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Four Areas of Agriculture That Can Help Solve Many Environmental Problems and Improve Human Health

Posted on Friday, September 8th, 2017 by

Agriculture has a significant impact on life on Earth. It provides food, sure, but it’s also an integral part of the ecosystem as a whole. Done correctly, it supports and nourishes all life. When abused — as it’s been done since the “green revolution” in the 1930s — agriculture contaminates and destroys soil, […]

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