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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Helping Farmers Expand Composting in the County

Posted on Thursday, September 7th, 2017 by

Did you know that food scraps account for approximately 23% of the County’s overall waste stream? And did you know that there are new state standards that allow farmers to use food scraps to make compost? That’s o.k. if you didn’t know…most County residents, and many farmers, don’t know about this new opportunity to use food […]

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Composting is grounds for change on Alaska flights

Posted on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 by

Alaska Airlines serves up 37,000 cups of coffee a day on its more than 900 daily flights, brewed using more than 250,000 pounds of Starbucks coffee each year. Ensuring that those grounds go back into the earth and not into the trash is the goal of a new composting effort at Alaska Airlines. Gardeners know […]

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147 Things you can compost and 9 things you cant

Posted on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 by

1. VEGETABLES This is the most simple answer and most people will know you can compost vegetables but it is as good a place as any to start the list. Vegetables can be fresh (although you should be eating them!), cooked, frozen and completely moldy. All of them are okay to be thrown onto your compost heap. […]

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How to get started with composting

Posted on Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 by

Learn the basics to composting — it’s easier than you think! Composting helps shrink our landfills, and the results are great for your garden and the planet. The trick is to know your “greens” from your “browns” and how to layer them properly to help the pile decompose

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Vertical farming startup raises $200M

Posted on Thursday, August 31st, 2017 by

Plenty, a San Francisco vertical farming start-up, has raised $200m (£154m) from big-name investors that include Japanese media giant SoftBank, Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos. Plenty said it would use the money to expand in the US and abroad. The firm, founded in 2013, has an indoor growing system that […]

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6 States Tapping Into the Benefits of Carbon Farming

Posted on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 by

A handful of states around the country have begun to recognize the importance of carbon farming as an expedient tool to fight climate change. What’s carbon farming? Eric Toensmeier, author of The Carbon Farming Solution, describes it as “a suite of crops and agricultural practices that sequester carbon in the soil and in perennial vegetation like trees.” If carbon […]

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The Tide Rises for Open Ocean Farming

Posted on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 by

Miles off shore, anchored in carefully selected currents, the pens of an open ocean farm can look like submerged circus tents or huge geodesic bubbles. Tougher than their close-to-shore cousins, these giant operations are capable of raising thousands of tons of bass, snapper, tuna and other ‘finfish’ while staying relatively close to customers in what […]

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