Ready for sale, a 600g plate- size cob. This is the smallest fish sold by Bluecap. Photo: Jay Ferreira By Jay Ferreira Farmer's Weekly | Fish farming: affordable protein for SA?
"We are losing R50-million a month because sugar is being imported into South Africa. "This [imported] sugar is below the cost of production globally," SA Sugar Association chairman Bongani Linda yesterday told Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti. Earlier this year, the industry said it was in crisis as imports, particularly from Brazil, displaced its product and forced it to export its surplus at a poor price. "This year imports, especially from Brazil, are close to 400000t. It is about 17% of the demand and is equal to the production of three [South African sugar] mills. Sugar industry's bitter pill
World changing technology enables crops to take nitrogen from the air A major new technology has been developed by The University of Nottingham, which enables all of the world's crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than expensive and environmentally damaging fertilisers. Nitrogen fixation, the process by which nitrogen is converted to ammonia , is vital for plants to survive and grow. However, only a very small number of plants, most notably legumes (such as peas, beans and lentils) have the ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere with the help of nitrogen fixing bacteria.
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A German citizen protesting Monsanto. Can the biotech giant ever be slowed? Photo by Nigel Treblin/AFP/Getty Images Not too long ago, popular wisdom ran that molecular biologists were going to save billions of people from starvation by genetically engineering crops resistant to flood, freeze, and drought; crops that could blossom from desiccated soil and bloom in salty sand; crops that could flourish despite an atmosphere saturated with carbon dioxide and rays of sunshine riddled with radiation. A waterless seed was the next killer app. “With the help of our Gods and our science, we must not only increase our food supplies but also insure them against biological and physical catastrophes,” declared agronomist Norman Borlaug in his 1970 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech . Open-source GMOs to fight climate change and take down Monsanto
Copyright © 2012 by the author(s). Published here under license by The Resilience Alliance. Go to the pdf version of this article The following is the established format for referencing this article: Kremen, C., and A. Miles. 2012. Ecosystem services in biologically diversified versus conventional farming systems: benefits, externalities, and trade-offs Ecology and Society 17 (4): 40. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05035-170440 Ecosystem Services in Biologically Diversified versus Conventional Farming Systems: Benefits, Externalities, and Trade-Offs
Soil - Our Financial Institution Permaculture Forums, Permaculture Courses, Permaculture Information & News Soil – Our Financial Institution Biological Cleaning , Conservation , Rehabilitation , Soil Biology , Soil Composition , Soil Conservation , Soil Erosion & Contamination , Structure — by Craig Mackintosh PRI Editor August 7, 2008 Soil – the substance you walk on, build on, and live from – provides your food, clothing, and even the air you breathe. It gives warmth, shelter, and the goods you possess.
Plantduino Greenhouse One facet of this project is to grow my own vegetables and do some scientific experiments. Warning! Science...
How to construct a Greenhouse using Plastic Water bottles !! Well I think from the picture you have already seen, I reckon you will have a good idea as how to make your greenhouse, however take a look here à ( http://www.reapscotland.org.uk/reports/greenhouse%20v1.pdf ) there were certain points on the site that I didn’t like, so I adapted my construction a little different to theirs, since my 1 st green house I have adapted even more. also I used only 1.5 litre water bottles that friends on the island collect for me, in 3 months I had collected over 7000 bottles, fortunately most had easy peeling labels, the rest are awful to peel, but hey! It’s all for a great cause.
© Neo-farms Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it's coldframes , hoop houses or greenhouses. Greenhouses are usually glazed structures, but are typically expensive to construct and heat throughout the winter.
This is the third in a series of articles about sustainability and specifically sustainability within the University. What are our staff members contributing in their fields of expertise; in which sustainable projects and initiatives are they involved and what contribution do they make to this important issue in the rest of South Africa? First article: Sustainability is all about the future – Prof Russel Botman Sustainability: Larva production for the benefit of man, animal and environment | News
Open field system Generic map of a medieval manor , showing strip farming, from William R. Shepherd, Historical Atlas , 1923 The open field system was the prevalent agricultural system in much of Europe from the Middle Ages to as recently as the 20th century in some places, particularly Russia and Iran . Under this system, each manor or village had several very large fields, farmed in strips by individual families.
There are fewer than 250 000 farmed ostriches in South Africa, compared with a million at the beginning of the 1900s. Yet demand and prices for ostrich leather and feathers have seldom been better and ostrich meat is also increasingly sought after internationally for its health qualities which it was not in the early 1900s. The South African ostrich industry is a potential boom sector, but the agricultural authorities have been culling flocks at an unprecedented rate because of outbreaks of avian influenza. Ostrich farms are not for chickens | Business | Africa | Mail & Guardian
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Apr 01 2008 A man has proposed several designs for what would be fams in the middle of cities…in skyscrapers! He believes this would be useful once there are hardly any people living outside of cities, so that urban farmers can continue to feed u all. It’s pretty amazing stuff! Urban Farms? | Daily Yeah Pictures and Videos
I n the mid-1980s, our family set out to do the seemingly impossible: To create a new revolution in sustainable urban living. Finding ourselves owning a run-down circa 1917 craftsman-style house in the metropolis of Pasadena (the 7th largest city in Los Angeles County) and just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles with the intersection of 134 and 210 freeways 30 yards from our home, we shelved our dreams of idyllic country living and "five acres and independence" and decided to do what we could, with what we had -- RIGHT NOW . No one thought it was possible. Residents in our low income, mixed race neighborhood thought we were the "crazy white folks." We forged ahead, calling our project the Urban Homestead ® model and with no small means of blood, sweat and tears , we worked to transform this ordinary 66' x 132' urban lot [LINK: Comparison Diagram of Property ] into a self-sufficient city homestead with an organic garden that now supplies us with food year-round.
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Students working on UGA's organic demonstration farm in summer 2012. (Photo: UGA College of Ag ) A new approach to agriculture that combines the best in industrial production with organic and sustainable practices is the key to meeting the changing needs of a changing world, where resources are rapidly depleted by a growing population. "Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives?" is the title of a controversial report released last week by Stanford University's Center For Health Policy . The study concludes that there is "little evidence of health benefit" from eating organic food ." Only Organics Can Feed the Hungry World: Here's Why
( Kirlian/Aura-Photography ) -of raw foods !!!
Organic rice farmer in India yields over 22 tons of crop on only two acres, proving the fraud of GMOs and Big Ag
UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013 | Global development | The Observer
Bhutan Bets Organic Agriculture Is The Road To Happiness : The Salt
Regenerative Agriculture: Feeding the Future
Guido EBNER - Morphogenetic Fields - Electrostatic enhancement of plant and animal development
The GMO debate is over; GM crops must be immediately outlawed; Monsanto halted from threatening humanity
Accelerated returns in food production
Farm springbok, not sheep in Karoo: report
To Kick Climate Change, Replace Corn With Pastured Beef