Innovations in desert and drylands farming

Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 by

The global demand for food, water and energy is expected to increase by about 40 to 50 percent by 2030. This is driven in part by an expanding population, rapid urbanization, greater prosperity and changing diets. Meeting the increasing demand requires smarter, greener and more efficient food systems – especially as the climate changes […]

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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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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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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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Farming with forests

Posted on Sunday, August 13th, 2017 by

Feeding the world’s burgeoning population is a major challenge for agricultural scientists and agribusinesses, who are busy developing higher-yielding crop varieties. Yet University of Illinois researchers stress that we should not overlook sustainability in the frenzy to achieve production goals. More than a third of the global land area is currently in food production. […]

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Compost Use in Agriculture

Posted on Sunday, July 9th, 2017 by

Use of composted manures and plant materials in farming has a history almost as long as farming itself. California farmers enjoy access to high-quality compost and mulch products from a variety of feedstocks virtually everywhere in the state. California compost facilities permitted in accordance with state law and CalRecycle regulations, and inspected by our network of local enforcement […]

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