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Sustainable Food Lab: Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems Sustainable Food Laboratory

Sustainable Food Lab: Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems Sustainable Food Laboratory
The mission of the Sustainable Food Lab is to accelerate the shift of sustainable food from niche to mainstream. Businesses are integrating sustainability into their value chains - from the consumer in the supermarket through to the farmers who grow crops and raise animals. Companies, farmers, and civil society are identifying the most important sustainability issues in our food systems and developing credible, verifiable, approaches that make improvements and add value through the supply chain. The Sustainable Food Lab is a global network of more than 60 organizations working together to realize this vision. From peer to peer leadership networks, to global learning events, to supply chain innovation projects, to measurement tools, the Sustainable Food Lab helps organizations learn and act together to accelerate progress on creating a more sustainable food system.

Related:  Food Productionecology Sachamama Center for BioCultural Regeneration (SCBR) is a non-profit organization in the Peruvian High Amazon in the town of Lamas, Department of San Martin, dedicated to the biocultural regeneration of the region in collaboration with the indigenous Kichwa-Lamistas, the descendants of pre-Columbian inhabitants, as well as with the local Education Board of the district of Lamas (Sp. acronym UGEL). SCBR was founded in 2009 by the anthropologist Frédérique Apffel-Marglin. SCBR shares a worldview in which the human, the non-human, as well as the community of spirits, are all kin to each other. By ‘biocultural regeneration’ we mean to honor this integration of all life as well as the cyclicity of its rhythms.

Sustainable Table Sustainable Agriculture - The Basics Sustainable agriculture provides healthy food for consumers while protecting the environment and human health, safeguarding animal welfare and supporting local communities. Questions to Ask Daily Environmental News December 12, 2012 Want to know if you're literally sitting on a gold mine? Get some termites, a new study suggests. The drive for a 21st-century electric grid faces privacy worries. What will happen to the detailed information on home energy use that utilities will be able to collect through smart meters?

Vertical Farms Need a Residential Piggyback Urban farming continues to ride the wave of sustainability with efforts sprouting up across the country that find very real and fruitful results. The rush of interest has maintained conversations of massive towers buried in the center of urban cores to produce local, sustainable crops for city dwellers. However, the conceptual mecca of farming in the city, vertical farms, still remains mired in the theoretical world due largely to the unwillingness of any funding sources to make the first cut on a bleeding edge development pattern. On their own, large vertical farms in the cityscape bring costs that may be insurmountable for a largely unproven model, but if the system was paired with high-end residential and positioned as an amenity then new crops could get the prime exposure they need to test their strength where it its needed most. The Planting of Blocks

This leopard's death is a familiar tragedy The attack by a leopard on up to six forest rangers in Siliguri in the Sikkim region of north-east India was a tragic result for both the people and animal victims of the conflict occurring between humans and wildlife. In this case it was a male leopard, a species that sometimes adapts to moving into semi-urban areas, that became cornered – and as the photos in the press clearly show, the animal was fighting for his survival as only such a big cat can. The tragedy of its death occurred in a situation where the forest guards were clearly attempting to safely stop it in its tracks.

Earth Island Institute California Game Commission to Consider Whether to Protect Gray Wolf It is only a matter of time before wolves re-establish themselves in the Golden State by Pamela Flick – April 16, 2014 Gray wolves are no strangers to the Golden State. Their majestic howls echoed through our forests and rolled out into our Great Central Valley before European settlers pushed west. Up On The Roof: Vegetables! The bagged organic baby mixed greens on sale in my local Whole Foods Market in Bethesda, MD, are not very “green” at all. To grow the lettuce, vast amounts of water must be moved from the Colorado River to California, the most hydrologically altered landmass on the planet. The lettuce is picked, packaged, washed and shipped in refrigerated trucks (because it’s perishable) roughly 2,800 miles across America. The cost? $3.99.

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. 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.

Leopard attacks villagers in India – in pictures A leopard strayed into Prakash Nagar village in India and mauled several people, including three guards, before being caught by forest officials. The animal, which suffered injuries caused by knives and batons, died later in the evening at a veterinary centre Plant an Edible Forest Garden Related Content Plant Edible Ground Cover You can sneak a few attractive, low maintenance food plants onto your lawn, and your neighbors will ... Permaculture 2012 Permaculture is a holistic, integrative design for a sustainable future: registrations now open for ...

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. 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. Stop the Canadian Oil Sand Madness Now Historically, surface mining has been used to extract tar sands and this method has produced at much CO2 as all the cars in Canada. The tailings, what are left when the bitumin has been extracted, are being stored in ponds. In the tailings pond, the sand, clay and water separate out. The water is sent back to the plant to be reused. Even so, the huge amounts of water needed threatens the world's third largest watershed.

Defra, UK - Environmental Protection - Genetic Modification (GM) - Farm Scale Evaluations The Farm Scale Evaluations The final results of the Farm Scale Evaluations (FSEs) of herbicide tolerant GM crops, the biggest study of the environmental impact of GM crops conducted anywhere in the world, are now available. The FSEs were a four-year programme of research by independent researchers aimed at studying the effect, if any, that the management practices associated with Genetically Modified Herbicide Tolerant (GMHT) crops might have on farmland wildlife, when compared with weed control used with non-GM crops. All of the field trials are now complete.

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