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Energy & Sustainability::Features::January 28, 2011:: ::Email::Print A quiet, green miracle has been growing in the Sahel By Mark Hertsgaard SAHEL SOLUTION: Allowing trees to grow and shade fields has helped boost yields for farmers across the Sahel--outlined in blue on this map--a possible adaptation to climate change.Image: Map by Robert Simmon, based on GIMMS vegetation data and World Wildlife Fund ecoregions data. Courtesy of NASA The Great Green Wall: African Farmers Beat Back Drought and Climate Change with Trees
Natural selection POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 18, 2011 Farmer Samson Delos Reyes walks through rows of kalo at David Wong's Waianae farm. Wong is using a system called natural farming developed in South Korea that has his kalo towering overhead and producing huge basil bushes. Farmer Samson Delos Reyes walks among kalo patches at S&J Farms of Waianae, which uses a natural farming method developed by South Korean farmer Han Kyu Cho. Pigs are thriving in a pig farm in Kurtistown on the Big Island that employs the same farming principles.
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'The Worst Mistake In The History Of The Human Race' by Jared Diamond. On Evolution, Diet & Agriculture. 'Recent discoveries suggest that the adoption of agriculture, supposedly our most decisive step toward a better life, was in many ways a catastrophe from which we have never recovered. With agriculture came the gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism,that curse our existence. Crops and Nutrition History of Agriculture: Human Evolution & Diet, Nutrition, Crops, Sustainable Farming
Sir Albert Howard and the scientific method « Say what, Michael Pollan? In describing the origins of organic agriculture, Pollan leans heavily on Sir Albert Howard’s An Agricultural Testament, which he calls “the movement’s bible” (145). Pollan explains that Howard’s work is the story of “a Fall” in which the “serpent” is Baron Justus von Liebig, who showed that plants need only nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium to grow. Howard called this the “NPK mentality” after the chemical symbols for those three elements. After explaining that humus-rich soil does much more for plants than provide those three nutrients, Pollan writes, To reduce such a vast biological complexity to NPK represented the scientific method at its reductionist worst. Complex qualities are reduced to simple quantities; biology gives way to chemistry.
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Permaculture Research Institute of Australia » Fruit Flies in a Bottle Copyright 2010 by Ernest Partridge. Published here with permission of the author. Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves that we are underlings. – William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar Place a few fruit flies in a bottle with a layer of honey at the bottom, and they will quickly multiply to an enormous number, and then, just as quickly, die off to the very last, poisoned by their wastes. Similarly, add a few yeast cells to grape juice, seal the bottle, and the cells will consume the sugar and turn it into alcohol.
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