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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Climate-smart soils’ may help balance the carbon budget

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 by

Here’s the scientific dirt: Soil can help reduce global warming. While farm soil grows the world’s food and fiber, scientists are examining ways to use it to sequester carbon and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. “We can substantially reduce atmospheric carbon by using soil. We have the technology now to begin employing good soil practices […]

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Economics, Water Drives Soil Conservation Farming

Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 by

Greg Linder of Loomis,winner of the 2015 Tri-Basin Natural Resources District Soil Conservation Award  Nebraska, is something of an American inspiration for both the generations of farming his family represents, as well as his efforts to protect two of his county’s greatest resources: its soil and water. It’s worth reading the whole story. The Linder family history, […]

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How Does Oakland Turn Food Scraps to Soil?

Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 by

Oakland began collecting compost from all residential units in July 2015, but where does all of this new green waste go? Follow the lifecycle of your food scraps as they make their way through the composting process.

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