Food Sovereignty: 5 Steps to Cool the Planet and Feed Its People How the industrial food system contributes to the climate crisis Between 44% and 57% of all GHG emissions come from the global food system Deforestation: 15-18% Before the planting starts, the bulldozers do their job. Worldwide, industrial agriculture is pushing into savannas, wetlands and forests, ploughing under huge amounts of land. Farming: 11-15% It is generally acknowledged that farming itself contributes 11-15% of all greenhouse gasses produced globally. Transport: 5-6% The industrial food system acts like a global travel agency. Processing & packaging: 8-10% Processing is the next, highly profitable, step in the industrial food chain. Freezing & Retail: 2-4% Refrigeration is the lynchpin of the modern supermarket and fast food chains' vast global procurement systems. Waste: 3-4% The industrial food system discards up to half of all the food that it produces, thrown out on the long journey from farms to traders, to food processors, and eventually to retailers and restaurants. 1. 2. 4.
Farmers’ market study shows benefits for consumers, producers and community Farmers’ market study shows benefits for consumers, producers and community 06 Jun 2014 A study into Australia’s farmers’ markets has revealed that they provide a number of benefits to farmers, consumers and the communities in which they are situated. Funded and released by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), the study considered farmers’ markets for four stakeholder groups – consumers, farmers, value added food businesses and local communities. The author of the report, Vicki Woodburn said the study identified a range of strengths and weaknesses of Australia’s farmers’ markets in relation to these four stakeholder groups. “The farmers’ markets not only provide an economically viable distribution option but also a platform for farmers and value added food businesses to grow their business, test their products with consumers and improve other aspects of their business, such as management approaches.
Crazy Looking Bamboo Tower Creates 25 Gallons of Drinking Water Per Day From Thin Air! This crazy looking tower creates 25 gallons of drinking water per day from thin air. It’s basically an atmospheric water collector which gathers dew from the air. “…The 9 m tall bamboo framework has a special fabric hanging inside capable to collect potable water from the air by condensation…” It’s called the WarkaWater: “…The name ‘WarkaWater’ comes from the Warka Tree, a giant wild fig tree native to Ethiopia, traditionally used for public gatherings and school education. The simple and practical, yet elegant design powers out ahead of any of the commercial atmospheric water generators on the market which cost thousands more to build than this. This is a wonderful water generation idea, that’s inexpensive, and actually beautiful to look at. Water is life, and being designed after a tree. via: WarkaWater Comments comments
AFMA STRATEGIC PLAN 2014-2017 | Australian Farmers' Markets Association The AFMA Strategic Plan 2014 – 2017 provides a vital platform to review and inform the evolution of best practice farmers’ markets into the next three years throughout Australia. This Strategic Plan was informed via a consultative process with key stakeholders active in the Australian farmers’ market sector. It was also informed by key documents resultant from farmers’ market research conducted in Australia, such as the RIRDC research study 2014. This Plan identifies where farmers’ markets are now, where farmers’ markets are going and how farmers’ markets will achieve these objectives under AFMA governance. Vision AFMA contributes positively to Australian agriculture, healthier communities and more sustainable food choices by supporting vibrant Australian farm economies and direct farm food production and supply to consumers. Mission Well-recognised: is acknowledged as the peak national entity for best practice farmers’ markets across Australia. Brief History What is a Farmers’ Market?
These Floating Vertical Farms Are Designed To Bring Local Food To The Densest Urban Areas As one of the densest countries in the world, with nearly 20,000 people per square mile, Singapore doesn't really have room for farms. Almost all of the food there is imported from elsewhere--sometimes as far away as Brazil or Argentina. But could floating vertical farms make local food a reality? Architects from Barcelona-based design firm JAPA have proposed a new system of looping towers that could float in local harbors, providing new space for year-round crops. Called F.R.A., short for "floating responsive architecture," the design is inspired in part by floating fish farms that have been in use locally since the 1930s. The unusual shape is intended to save space and maximize the light that reaches plants. Throughout the towers, a network of sensors would monitor crops and communicate in real time with networks in the city. Koryo Group[/caption] Something similar could also be used in other countries with densely-populated coastlines.
Food Page Content The food industry is integral to Australia’s economic and social prosperity. It consistently accounts for around 20 per cent of domestic manufacturing sales and service income. Australia also has a reputation internationally as a modern, safe, reliable and sustainable producer of food. The overwhelming majority of food sold in Australia is grown and supplied by Australian farmers. A comprehensive analysis of the Australian food industry is provided in the department’s Australian Food Statistics series. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is responsible for policy and programs that support a globally competitive and sustainable Australian food industry. The department is working with other Australian Government agencies such as the Department of Health and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), as well as state and territory governments, to simplify and streamline food regulation and labelling.
Nano Water Chip Could Make Desalination Affordable for Everyone With freshwater declining throughout the globe, desalination looks increasingly attractive, but current technologies are expensive, demand far too much energy and are prone to contamination. Now researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Marburg in Germany have developed a “water chip” that creates a small electrical field that separates salt from seawater. The technology, which is still under development and works at the nano scale, uses so little energy it can run off a store-bought battery! The researchers apply a 3.0 volt electrical charge to the plastic water chip, which has a microchannel with two branches. “Like a troll at the foot of the bridge, the ion depletion zone prevents salt from passing through, resulting in the production of freshwater,” the team wrote in a recent press release. A small startup called Okeanos Technologies has been created to continue developing the technology. + Okeanos Technologies Via Treehugger
Benefits of Community Gardening Community Organizing • Community gardens increase a sense of community ownership and stewardship. • Community gardens foster the development of a community identity and spirit. • Community gardens bring people together from a wide variety of backgrounds (age, race, culture, social class). • Community gardens build community leaders. • Community gardens offer a focal point for community organizing, and can lead to community-based efforts to deal with other social concerns. Crime Prevention • Community gardens provide opportunities to meet neighbors. • Community gardens build block clubs (neighborhood associations). • Community gardens increase eyes on the street. • Community gardening is recognized by the many police departments as an effective community crime prevention strategy. Cultural Opportunities • Community gardens offer unique opportunities for new immigrants (who tend to be concentrated in low-income urban communities) to: - Produce traditional crops otherwise unavailable locally, Youth And,
Sustainable Brands | The Bridge to Better Brands This smart sprinkler controller optimizes watering schedules based on soil mo... Designed specifically for SmartThings, this connected device replaces standard "dumb" irrigation controllers and brings smart home functionality to your yard. Water conservation ought to be a top-of-mind issue all of the time, but especially right now, when drought conditions threaten not only agriculture, but our urban water supplies. Focusing on conserving our precious freshwater resources is something that all of us ought to do our part in, and because one of the water uses that we actually have some control over is what we use in our homes and yards, reducing our own individual residential water consumption can help to make a difference. And the emerging field of "smart" things, which can automate and optimize tasks in our homes and offices, has been making strides in developing devices that can convert our lawns and gardens into smart yards, conserving both water and time. © Eve Irrigation
Teenager Invents Water Purifier That Creates Electricity With No External Pow... 15 year old girl creates power generating water filter Last week, True Activist published a story about a 15 year old who invented a shoe insole that creates electricity while you walk. His device was a submission for this year’s “Google Science Fair” which features a number of brilliant inventions, many of which were created by teenagers and young children. Another finalist in this year’s contest is 17-year-old Cynthia Sin Nga Lam from Australia, who also has an invention that creates electricity. Her invention is a water purification system that does not require an external power source, but actually creates electricity of its own. Her device, which she calls a Portable Photocatalytic Electricity Generation and Water Purification Unit, or H2Pro for short, produces both clean energy and fresh water at the same time. Voting for the Google Science Fair begins on September 1st, and more information about the judging can be found at www.googlesciencefair.com Trending on the Web
Scientists Discover the True Age of Water Actually Predates the Sun! How old is water? We often like to imagine that shortly after the earth solidified in its creation to be this rocky ball orbiting the sun, water came to be on this planet. It predates all biological life on earth, in fact – it paved the way for life to emerge. But new research is demonstrating that the water on this planet may not have been formed on this planet at all, but in fact been floating around in space for a verrryyy long time. Modern science has pegged the sun at being roughly 4.6 Billion years old, so that means that all of the water on this planet was created sometime between 4.6 billion years, and 14 billion (which is where we’ve pegged the big bang occurring… although honestly at all of the fractals in the creation of everything, i hardly think we can put a peg on what is ultimately a timeless thing. Basically, this new research describes that when the Sun was formed, it was surrounded by a large disk of rock and ice. So it’s just water… what’s really the big deal?