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Recycling body criticises Pringles and Lucozade packaging #geographyteacher. *****Exporting water: Cost of lettuce in Calgary soars as California rains spoil North American supply. "We have 60 years of harvest left" - @GeorgeMonbiot on "the most fundamental issue of all... which almost no one writes or talks about" Time to post this quote again. The #vegcrisis is a worrying sign of things to come. Thankfully plant geeks are on the case!

Kendall McMinimy. Interactive map: How #climatechange could affect #foodsecurity around the world. This, remember, is the entire basis of our subsistence. Lose the soil and human life goes with it. Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years, scientists say. The world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion or pollution in the past 40 years, with potentially disastrous consequences as global demand for food soars, scientists have warned.

Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years, scientists say

New research has calculated that nearly 33% of the world’s adequate or high-quality food-producing land has been lost at a rate that far outstrips the pace of natural processes to replace diminished soil. The University of Sheffield’s Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, which undertook the study by analysing various pieces of research published over the past decade, said the loss was “catastrophic” and the trend close to being irretrievable without major changes to agricultural practices.

Battling India’s Sand Barons Sand-mining mafia in India’s Tamil Nadu. How #Canada got cool. New Report Names The Continent That Contributes The Most E-Waste : Goats and Soda. Workers sort batteries in an e-waste recycling factory in Jingmen, Hubei province, China.

New Report Names The Continent That Contributes The Most E-Waste : Goats and Soda

Jie Zhao/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jie Zhao/Corbis via Getty Images Workers sort batteries in an e-waste recycling factory in Jingmen, Hubei province, China. While the world becomes more wired through laptops, tablets and mobile phones, a mountain of electronic waste — or e-waste — is also growing. The report, which studied 12 East and Southeast Asian countries, says the amount of electronic waste in Asia has risen 63 percent in the last five years. Asia is the highest overall producer, though the per capita production of e-waste is highest in the United States, Europe and Oceania. The Many Ways Farmer's Markets and Small Family Farms Are Essential to Our Future. Female Stall Holder At Farmers Fresh Food MarketPhoto Credit: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock Ending food insecurity may be as easy as supporting your local farmers market.

The Many Ways Farmer's Markets and Small Family Farms Are Essential to Our Future

In advance of World Food Day on October 16, American Farmland Trust, a Washington, D.C. -based nonprofit that promotes environmentally sound farming practices, named its top farmers markets in the nation, many of which are based in warmer southern states like Florida and Virginia. But no matter what region you live in, farmers markets and small farms are essential to community health. Curry: To the 4 billion people who still think all the food in India is "curry". Supermarkets to fly in emergency salad from US after Spanish floods.

Indigenous people are left poor as tech world takes lithium from under their feet - Washington Post. *China: south-to-north water diversion project. *Technosphere (anthropocene): A planet's worth of human-made things has been weighed. A new report has calculated the total mass of all the technology humans have produced, everything from buildings to cars and computers, and found it is an astounding 30 trillion tons.

*Technosphere (anthropocene): A planet's worth of human-made things has been weighed

That is more than the total amount of living matter on Earth. *Various graphs: Australia’s export performance in 2015. 27 May 2016 Mark ThirlwellAustralian EconomyInternational Trade The recent release of supplementary data on international trade in services by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has allowed DFAT to update its rankings of Australia’s leading trading partners and top 25 exports and imports.

*Various graphs: Australia’s export performance in 2015

So, what do these numbers tell us about Australia’s export performance in 2015? The central message is that last year’s fall in commodity prices in general and the price of iron ore in particular dragged down overall export values, with this drop only partially offset by increases in the value of exports of services, food and manufactures. The main feature of the headline numbers was a decline in the overall value of exports. Exports of resources (minerals and fuels) continue to dominate Australia’s export basket, but their share has declined from almost 50 per cent in 2014 to closer to 40 per cent last year. Bacteria made to turn sewage into clean water – and electricity. Jupiterimages/Getty By Sally Adee THEY’RE miraculous in their own way, even if they don’t quite turn water into wine.

Bacteria made to turn sewage into clean water – and electricity

Personal water treatment plants could soon be recycling our waste water and producing energy on the side. These 5 technologies are transforming the way we consume everyday products. Take a look around you.

These 5 technologies are transforming the way we consume everyday products

Many of the products you see were made using industrial processes that are at least a century old. That is set to change. New technologies developed in laboratories around the world are reinventing the materials and processes used to make the goods we consume every day. Top 7 maps that ultimately explain map projections. Map projections are cool but they might be a bit scary.

Top 7 maps that ultimately explain map projections

It’s difficult to understand how can you put a very complex round-shaped surface of the Earth on a flat plane. After reading this post everything should be clear! 1. Portraying the features of a spherical surface on a flat plane Map projection is portraying the features of a spherical surface on a flat plane. Burtynsky’s ‘Essential Elements’ and ‘Salt Pans’ at Flowers Gallery. A two-part exhibition of Edward Burtynsky’s photographs finds connections through the enormous scale of industry, infrastructure and human impact Behind the award-winning Canadian photographer, Edward Burtynsky, is a picture of the sleek, golden Houston skyline.

Burtynsky’s ‘Essential Elements’ and ‘Salt Pans’ at Flowers Gallery

Very interesting #infographic contrasts lifespan of #farm animals with age at slaughter. #agchat #agriculture. Make do and mend: Sweden offers tax breaks to repair — not replace — broken objects - Home. Tuesday October 11, 2016 Read story transcript Sweden is introducing two new tax breaks at the start of 2017 — a cut in sales tax for repairs on small objects, and a tax refund for appliance repair costs.

Make do and mend: Sweden offers tax breaks to repair — not replace — broken objects - Home

"It's part of a greater strategy for introducing sustainable patterns of consumption in Sweden," Per Bolund, Sweden's deputy finance and consumer affairs minister tells The Current's guest host Piya Chattopadhyay. "We see many signs that people want to make a difference, to try to be responsible as consumers. Fictional farms and marketing messages. Peter Jackson In March 2016, Tesco faced criticism for labelling new food products with the names of farms that proved to be entirely fictional. ‘Boswell Farm’ beefsteaks and ‘Woodside Farm’ sausages joined a long list of other food products whose naming is more of a gesture towards their generalised provenance than an indication of their actual geographical origins.

While The Soil Association condemned the use of such ‘brands of convenience’, calling for honesty and authenticity not deceptive veneers, not everyone seemed equally concerned, judging by the comments that followed the online publication of the story in The Guardian (22 March 2016). Among these rather jaundiced observers, one commentator asked whether people really believe that Goodfellas’ pizza is actually made by Italian-American gangsters or whether Mr Kipling really makes all those ‘exceedingly good cakes’.

This is how a rice planting machine works. The solar-powered sculpture that could desalinate 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California. Is it public art, or is it a power station? This shimmering design for “The Pipe”, a finalist in the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), is intended to blur the lines between the two. Imagined here as a floating installation off the coast of Santa Monica, California, the Pipe is an electromagnetic desalination device, powered by the sun. Can we feed 10 billion people on organic farming alone?

In 1971, then US Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz uttered these unsympathetic words: “Before we go back to organic agriculture in this country, somebody must decide which 50 million Americans we are going to let starve or go hungry.” Since then, critics have continued to argue that organic agriculture is inefficient, requiring more land than conventional agriculture to yield the same amount of food. Proponents have countered that increasing research could reduce the yield gap, and organic agriculture generates environmental, health and socioeconomic benefits that can’t be found with conventional farming. Organic agriculture occupies only 1% of global agricultural land, making it a relatively untapped resource for one of the greatest challenges facing humanity: producing enough food for a population that could reach 10 billion by 2050, without the extensive deforestation and harm to the wider environment. Organic farming can help to both feed the world and preserve wildland.

Can we feed 10 billion people on organic farming alone?