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Fungus Could Be the Key to Avoiding a Global Food Crisis

According to a United Nations report, climate change is poised to decimate the global food supply, with agricultural production expected to decline as much as 2 percent each decade for the rest of this century. Meanwhile, the world population will only increase, almost certainly driving up demand for these crops by as much as 14 percent every decade. That means food prices will soar, communities plagued by hunger will go even hungrier, and, many experts fear, countries will fight for food, just as they have for oil. The good news is unorthodox companies like Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies are working to reverse this harrowing trend. After spending decades perfecting and field-testing the formulation, Adaptive is preparing to bring BioEnsure to market this fall.

A Fortunate Discovery Adaptive’s revolutionary discovery started as an argument between geeks. “It was quite a paradigm shift in the way people view plant adaptation,” he adds. Over Grow The System. Barnraiser. When Less is More; Farmers Are Reaping the Benefits of No-till Agriculture. With no-till agriculture, farmers avoid disturbing the soil through tilling or plowing.

When Less is More; Farmers Are Reaping the Benefits of No-till Agriculture

In other words, the roots and stems of the previous crop are left in place to decay which helps to add organic matter to the soil. While turning the soil can allow water and oxygen to more easily reach the part of the soil where roots grow, tilling can also harm soil quality by creating a layer of loosened soil (which will easily compact again under rainfall) over a deeper layer of compacted soil where the roots need to grow. Tilling can also lead to the loss of valuable organic matter, soil erosion from water or wind, and, according to the U.S. Organic farms produce same yields as conventional farms. Organic farming produces the same yields of corn and soybeans as does conventional farming, but uses 30 percent less energy, less water and no pesticides, a review of a 22-year farming trial study concludes.

Organic farms produce same yields as conventional farms

David Pimentel, a Cornell University professor of ecology and agriculture, concludes, "Organic farming offers real advantages for such crops as corn and soybeans. " Pimentel is the lead author of a study that is published in the July issue of Bioscience (Vol. 55:7) analyzing the environmental, energy and economic costs and benefits of growing soybeans and corn organically versus conventionally. The study is a review of the Rodale Institute Farming Systems Trial, the longest running comparison of organic vs. conventional farming in the United States. Inter-institutional collaboration included Rodale Institute agronomists Paul Hepperly and Rita Seidel, U.S. Among the study's other findings:

A Time for Foie. What is the Ethical Choice for People, Animals and Planet? How to feed the world in 2050: actions in a changing climate. Farming and knowledge monocultures are misconceived. Food needs can be met with a new vision for agriculture and science, say Brian Wynne and Georgina Catacora-Vargas.

Farming and knowledge monocultures are misconceived

In mainstream policy and corporate thinking, scientific knowledge and global markets are considered key for food security. This has resulted in the industrialisation and laboratory research-led intensification of agricultural systems, inputs and food-supply chains. But intensified systems do not meet global food needs — they mostly suit export markets and corporate interests. The result is severe physical, but also economic, disconnection between production and consumption, or need, as well as private control of the crucial knowledge base that shapes agriculture.

This is effectively an industrial monoculture model of production — of both food and knowledge — that avoids its ecological and social costs, while suppressing more effective sustainable alternatives, and underexploits science's potential versatility. Science as ideological tool Unsustainable industrial agriculture. Gardeners Sharing Their Harvest With A Community Food Pantry.

How farmers can help fight climate change. The other week, I spent some time interviewing several business leaders for the North Carolina Sustainability CEnter, asking them about their reactions to President Obama's climate speach.

How farmers can help fight climate change

Their responses were decidedly mixed, but one discussion stayed with me. When I asked Charles Sydnor, the owner of Braeburn Farm, about the urgency of climate policy for his industry—he had this to say: "As a farmer, when we look at climate change there are two sides to the story – but we only really talk about one – namely the production of greenhouse gases. Yet agriculture should be part of the solution. I can take you to places right now where crops are grown year-after-year-after-year without tilling the land, and where there is increased carbon sequestration year-after-year. Sydnor has a powerful point. No-till farming NRCS Soil Health/CC BY 2.0 Soil has the potential to store huge amounts of carbon. Producing renewable energy Spearheading conservation jyri/CC BY 2.0. Vitality for People and the Planet. Agricultores ecológicos.

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