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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. "Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives?" is the title of a controversial report released last week by Stanford University's Center For Health Policy. The study concludes that there is "little evidence of health benefit" from eating organic food." The meta-analysis of more than 200 separate studies found that organic products were no more nutritious - based on vitamin and mineral content - than conventionally-grown meats and vegetables. The press weighed in with a bewildering range of instant reactions. "When I started out farming," he told me, "it was like showing up at an assembly line day in and day out. No surprise there. Related:  Sustainable DevelopmentParadigm

What is Sustainable Development? UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013 | Global development | The Observer World grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the United Nations has warned. Failing harvests in the US, Ukraine and other countries this year have eroded reserves to their lowest level since 1974. The US, which has experienced record heatwaves and droughts in 2012, now holds in reserve a historically low 6.5% of the maize that it expects to consume in the next year, says the UN. "We've not been producing as much as we are consuming. That is why stocks are being run down. Supplies are now very tight across the world and reserves are at a very low level, leaving no room for unexpected events next year," said Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Prices of main food crops such as wheat and maize are now close to those that sparked riots in 25 countries in 2008. "Food shortages undermined earlier civilisations.

Regenerative Agriculture: Feeding the Future It is an illusion to think we can continue to use as much energy as we do now. No one can entirely rule-out that some extravagant technology will be forthcoming, e.g. solar power or nuclear fusion on the full-scale of 500 EJ/year as we get through now, but the particular issue of matching liquid fuels derived currently almost entirely from petroleum appears insurmountable. The "solution" is probably the collective of individual solutions, and that means adopting a completely different paradigm of human philosophy and intention. The most pressing demand is how to feed the population of the world, and how to adapt industrialised conurbations, with cities provided for entirely from external regions for their food and electricity. If oil is the most vulnerable element in the energy-mix as the life-blood of transportation, then we must aim to live with less transportation, and this includes the means and distribution implicit to modern food production. By.

Sustainable Development Our precious planet "Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?" - Henry Ford Sustainable development design systems ensure the Bio diversity and life support for healthy ECO systems. These particular externalities have remained intrinsic to a design model of modern "development" and are still currently colonizing the worlds cultures and environment. This inferior design system continues to create the unnecessary demand of non renewable resources and energy whilst producing excessive waste and pollution downstream. Counter productive design systems in comparison to the alternatives described in this section The present EDUCATION on design systems is a gross mismanagment of resources. The above example is of Damanhur a sovereign Eco Village society using regional currency. currency is not educated to capcity. Source Source

-New HOme Project « Leifur Thor’s WorldPress Station Imagine a home that provides a level of comfort and ease of living beyond what’s known. Now imagine this home uses less energy while providing that superior standard of living. In this century, wouldn’t we rather have a home that harvests energy quietly instead of using it? An enclosed space three average people with no special skills can assemble noise free, and with no special building tools in three weeks from start to finish. When disaster strikes and emergency shelters are needed, weight, cost, and ability to stand up in the elements are the three considerations when relief organizations look to find shelter solutions for people in need. The New Home Project will address both these critical aspects and challenge the idea of shelter by offering a radical departure from traditional shelter construction. Strangely enough we currently build houses, in the west at least, patterned after our own heritage, mammals. The two parts of the New Home Project are- Like this: Like Loading...

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. 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. Not too long ago, popular wisdom ran that molecular biologists were going to save billions of people from starvation by genetically engineering crops resistant to flood, freeze, and drought; crops that could blossom from desiccated soil and bloom in salty sand; crops that could flourish despite an atmosphere saturated with carbon dioxide and rays of sunshine riddled with radiation. “With the help of our Gods and our science, we must not only increase our food supplies but also insure them against biological and physical catastrophes,” declared agronomist Norman Borlaug in his 1970 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. Of course, even open source can be subverted.

…7 POINTS AGENDA ON GREEN ECONOMY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | I SEE A CHANGE Nigeria has been largely unfortunate not to have good and progressive political leaders, and this has resulted in perpetuating Nigeria in poverty and underdevelopment despite her huge GREEN ECONOMY. This persistent failure of the Nigeria System has produced a large army of bitter critics, who consistently point out the ills in the Governance of Nigeria and potter alternative ways of doing it better. Toward the Sustainable Development Conference [RIO+20] in Brazil. My 7 point agenda on green economy for sustainable development which I recommend for the President to look into will be: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. The above lists are my dream for Green Economy for Sustainable Development in Nigeria. Olumide IDOWU | Developmental Consultant | AIESEC Nigeria | | | +2348133451818 This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 8:30 pm and is filed under Uncategorized.

Housing positive energy feedback! - Tech News Par Robert PELZER - Président du BET BETEC Voici un exemple de bâtiment de 30 logements collectifs à énergie positive. Trois de ces logements ont été « instrumentés » pour connaître en continu les relevés de consommations réelles. 1°/ Fiche signalétique du projet BEPOS 30 logements à structure bois type BEPOS ; à énergie positive « Les Héliades » Z.U.S. de Saint Roch Saint-Dié-Des-Vosges SA Le Toit Vosgien – BP 31 – 88100 SAINT DIE DES VOSGES Architecte F. 2°/ Intégration et structure bois L'intégration du projet à son environnement a conduit à réaliser au préalable une simulation dynamique pour déterminer le nombre de bâtiments, leur orientation, les positions dans le site et les uns par rapport aux autres. Une structure bois a été choisie comme mode constructif pour les 2 bâtiments 3°/ Vecteur air pour le chauffage La sur-isolation thermique de la structure bois a permis de répondre à des déperditions très limitées. 4°/ Relevés des températures sur 1 an 7°/ Relevés des consommations d'éclairage

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? 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. However, looking for ways to deal with poverty takes us right back around to increasing food production. As I found previously, if you can help small farmers grow more food, it’s a double whammy: It helps lift them out of poverty (better sharing) and gives us more food (bigger pie). That means that we really do need to ask, how the heck we are going to feed ourselves? Were those price spikes a sign that we really were closer to running out of food than I’ve suggested here so far?

The Universal Principles of Sustainable Development By Terry Mock and Tony Wernke, SLDI Co-founders Follow Terry and Tony on Twitter: Terry @SustainLandDev; Tony @Sustainable4U This article is Part 3 in the Fractal Sustainable Development Trilogy. Part 1: Designing a ‘Big Wheel’ for Civilization Part 2: Like Life Itself, Sustainable Development is Fractal As a comprehensive sustainable development decision model, The SLDI Code™ functions as a completely integrated, fractal matrix which leads decision-makers from the foundation of triple-bottom-line sustainability to sustainable results. NOTE: The principles embedded in the SLDI Code Sustainable Development Matrix are universal in their application and need not be confined to land development projects. The SLDI Code is not designed to replace or compete with other more narrowly defined programs or regulatory constraints. The SLDI Code™ Sustainable Development Matrix The SLDI Code Sustainable Development Matrix begins with the three bottom lines necessary for sustainable project development.

OECD calls for policy reform and technology to prevent impending water crisis The OECD has released a report outlining the challenges humanity faces to maintain water resources in the future (Photo: Shutterstock) Image Gallery (2 images) Worldwide population growth and the related rapid increase in urbanization is already posing problems in many areas for the management of that most precious of resources, water. With these problems only set to intensify, the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has released a report outlining the challenges humanity faces to maintain water resources in the face of demographic growth and climate change. According to UN figures, more than one billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Global water demand (Source: The Environmental Outlook Baseline,output from IMAGE suite of models) The water technology sector can play an important role to create a water-sustainable future. The OECD's report is available for download here. Source: OECD About the Author Post a CommentRelated Articles

Yes, we can – and must – expropriate land Something must be done about land. The question is how. The land question looms huge in the cities, where the poor are rebelling against the “new dawn”. It looms larger in the countryside. We can and must transform rural society, from a place of dominance and corruption to one of dignity and growth. What is rural South Africa today, and what must it become? Farm profits flow to the city, in interest, or school fees, or imports. Corruption results. There is only one way out of this. One of the world’s most eminent agricultural development experts, drawing on a lifetime’s work, has recently estimated that even in conditions of very fast agricultural growth, a countryside dominated by large farms would see only small reductions in rural unemployment and poverty. A species of economic illiteracy will argue against this by invoking “economies of scale”. “Scale” refers to the scale of production, not the scale of inputs – whether factory space or land. So how do we get there?

Sustainability Achieving sustainability will enable the Earth to continue supporting human life. In ecology, sustainability is how biological systems remain diverse and productive. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. Healthy ecosystems and environments are necessary to the survival of humans and other organisms. Despite the increased popularity of the use of the term "sustainability", the possibility that human societies will achieve environmental sustainability has been, and continues to be, questioned—in light of environmental degradation, climate change, overconsumption, population growth and societies' pursuit of indefinite economic growth in a closed system.[3][4] Etymology[edit] The name sustainability is derived from the Latin sustinere (tenere, to hold; sub, up). Components[edit] Three pillars of sustainability[edit] Circles of sustainability[edit] Resiliency[edit] History[edit] Principles and concepts[edit] Scale and context[edit] Land use[edit]