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The Rise of Small Farm Robots — Food is the New Internet. Using Agroforestry to Save the Planet. Agroforestry—the use of trees in farming—benefits both farmers and the environment.

Using Agroforestry to Save the Planet

According to a recent report by Biodiversity International, the Center for International Forestry Research, the World Agroforestry Centre, and Charles Sturt University, forests contribute to the livelihoods of more than 1.6 billion people. Yet, 30 percent of the world’s forests are used primarily for the production of wood products. Agroforestry is defined as the integration of trees and shrubs into crop and animal farming systems.

These practices can help landowners diversify products and create social, economic, and environmental benefits. Trees and forests provide more than just food—they can enhance soils, protect biodiversity, preserve precious water supplies, and even help reduce the impacts of climate change. - nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational resources about agroforestry, trees, and sustainable stewardship of land and water. Farm tech isn’t a war between good and evil — it’s a quest for whatever works. On Sept. 29, the U.N.

Farm tech isn’t a war between good and evil — it’s a quest for whatever works

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a call for a “paradigm shift towards sustainable agriculture and family farming.” On Twitter, people interpreted this as a rejection of high technology in agriculture. One anti-GMO campaigner said it was a call for non-GMO alternatives. Why we really should care about boosting farm yields. Crystal-ball gazers looking for the future of food often start with this question: How the heck are humans going to grow enough food to feed our teeming masses without wrecking the planet?

Why we really should care about boosting farm yields

There are two assumptions embedded in that question: first, that we’re going to have trouble growing enough food; and second, that we must race to keep food production up to speed with population growth, rather than reining in population growth. In questioning those assumptions over the last two weeks, my focus has shifted. If we want to prevent famine and ecological collapse, we should be thinking primarily about poverty, not food. However, looking for ways to deal with poverty takes us right back around to increasing food production. GreenWave ocean farming model scoops $100,000 sustainability prize. A commercial fisherman who admitted to once pillaging the oceans has won the 2015 Fuller Challenge, one of the most important prizes in sustainability.

GreenWave ocean farming model scoops $100,000 sustainability prize

Bren Smith, executive director of nonprofit GreenWave, took home $100,000 for his 3D ocean farming model, designed to address overfishing, mitigate climate change, restore marine ecosystems and provide jobs for fishermen. Announced today by the Buckminster Fuller Institute, the prize is reserved for designers, scientists and students developing whole systems solutions to humanity’s most pressing problems. The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2014. Expanded clay aggregate. Cross section of clay pebbles.

Expanded clay aggregate Agaricus campestris. Agaricus campestris is commonly known as the field mushroom or, in North America, meadow mushroom.

Agaricus campestris

It is a widely eaten gilled mushroom closely related to the cultivated button mushroom Agaricus bisporus. Taxonomy[edit] Description[edit] Distribution and habitat[edit] Agaricus campestris is common in fields and grassy areas after rain from late summer onwards worldwide. Edibility[edit] Mushroom Observer: Image: Agaricus campestris L. (340999)

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Gardening. Farm design. The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1. Sugar industry's bitter pill. "We are losing R50-million a month because sugar is being imported into South Africa.

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.

World changing technology enables crops to take nitrogen from the air

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. The vast majority of plants have to obtain nitrogen from the soil, and for most crops currently being grown across the world, this also means a reliance on synthetic nitrogen fertiliser.

Professor Edward Cocking, Director of The University of Nottingham's Centre for Crop Nitrogen Fixation, has developed a unique method of putting nitrogen-fixing bacteria into the cells of plant roots. N-Fix is neither genetic modification nor bio-engineering. Home » Natural nitrogen to boost agriculture. Open-source GMOs to fight climate change and take down Monsanto. Photo by Nigel Treblin/AFP/Getty Images This article arises from Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, the New America Foundation, and Slate.

Open-source GMOs to fight climate change and take down Monsanto

Ecosystem Services in Biologically Diversified versus Conventional Farming Systems: Benefits, Externalities, and Trade-Offs. Copyright © 2012 by the author(s).

Ecosystem Services in Biologically Diversified versus Conventional Farming Systems: Benefits, Externalities, and Trade-Offs

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.

Synthesis, part of a special feature on A Social-Ecological Analysis of Diversified Farming Systems: Benefits, Costs, Obstacles, and Enabling Policy Frameworks. Soil - Our Financial Institution Permaculture Forums, Permaculture Courses, Permaculture Information & News. 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. Soil is, I believe, a substance that is under-acknowledged, and also under attack, and its misuse is contributing greatly to the excessive release of CO2 into our atmosphere – making it a large contributor to global warming. Therefore, I felt it high time we came to its defense.

Plantduino Greenhouse. UPDATE 7/9/11: The AC power fed relay has been replaced with a DC battery fed relay system as shown in step 10. UPDATE: We have been selected as finalists in the microcontroller contest! Thank you for voting and rating. How-To plastic bottle green house build guide ! Internet of food: Arduino-based, urban aquaponics in Oakland. Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video) Sustainability: Larva production for the benefit of man, animal and environment. 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?

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 during the Middle Ages and lasted into the 20th century in parts of western Europe, Russia, Iran and Turkey.[1] Under the open-field system, each manor or village had two or three large fields, usually several hundred acres each, which were divided into many narrow strips of land.

The strips or selions were cultivated by individuals or peasant families, often called tenants or serfs. Ostrich farms are not for chickens. Permaculture Principles. Lawton's Guide To Permaculture Design and Strategy - Part 4. Daily Yeah Pictures and Videos. About the Urban Homestead project. Explore Cornell - Home Gardening - Vegetable Growing Guides - Growing Guide. Landshare - connecting growers to people with land to share. Only Organics Can Feed the Hungry World: Here's Why. 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. " The meta-analysis of more than 200 separate studies found that organic products were no more nutritious - based on vitamin and mineral content - than conventionally-grown meats and vegetables. Farmer To Farmer: The Truth About GMO Crops (Documentary)

( 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. (NaturalNews) Despite all the claims made by industry-funded hacks that genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and other industrial agricultural methods are necessary for the future of humanity, it is the traditional growing methods that continue to shine through as the real sustainers of life. As reported by Gaia Health, Indian rice farmers using traditional, organic growing methods are achieving yields far higher than farmers using more modern methods. Fish farming: affordable protein for SA? Young landless Ethiopians find hope and security in beekeeping. In the Tigray region of Ethiopia, increasing numbers of young people have no access to the land and its resources.

UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013. World grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the United Nations has warned. 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. It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest. Accelerated returns in food production. Farm springbok, not sheep in Karoo: report. To Kick Climate Change, Replace Corn With Pastured Beef.