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Facebook Twitter - 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.” 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

"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. World changing technology enables crops to take nitrogen from the air. 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

On July 25, Future Tense will be hosting an event on agriculture’s role in climate change at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. 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.

Soil - Our Financial Institution Permaculture Forums, Permaculture Courses, Permaculture Information & News

It gives warmth, shelter, and the goods you possess. 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.

Plantduino Greenhouse

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) 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. A much more affordable and effective alternative to glass greenhouses is the walipini (an Aymara Indian word for a "place of warmth"), also known as an underground or pit greenhouse. First developed over 20 years ago for the cold mountainous regions of South America, this method allows growers to maintain a productive garden year-round, even in the coldest of climates. 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?

First article: Sustainability is all about the future – Prof Russel Botman. 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. 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. 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.

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. Fish farming: affordable protein for SA? Young landless Ethiopians find hope and security in beekeeping. UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013. 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.