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Supporting the economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.

Supporting the economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.
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Katharine Hayhoe | Climate Scientist Hi. I'm a climate scientist. prev next Atomic gardening: Day of the irradiated peanuts Cian O'Luanaigh, online producer (Image: Frank Scherschel/Time & Life/Getty) One March day in 1959, at the Royal Commonwealth Society in London, a nuclear enthusiast decided to feed her dinner guests irradiated peanuts. While Muriel Howorth's guests were unsure about their repast, the unusual dinner was the start of an unforeseen chain reaction that led to the birth of one of the quirkiest horticultural collectives there has ever been: the Atomic Gardening Society. The society encouraged members to grow plants from seeds that had been irradiated so that beneficial mutations would arise. The idea might sound strange, even dangerous, now - but back in the 1950s it was part of a broader trend. In his 1953 "Atoms for Peace" speech to the United Nations general assembly, US President Dwight Eisenhower highlighted a turning point in attitudes to nuclear power when he stated that it should be "constructive, not destructive". Gregory called the NC4x as "a milestone in crop breeding".

What Took You So Long Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities This guide is written for anyone seeking help from federal programs to foster innovative enterprises in agriculture and forestry in the United States. Specifically, the guide addresses program resources in community development; sustainable land management; and value-added and diversified agriculture and forestry. Thus, it can help farmers, entrepreneurs, community developers, conservationists, and many other individuals, as well as private and public organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit. The guide can also help USDA and other agency employees become aware and take better advantage of the enormous array of federal programs and resources available to their clients in supporting agricultural and forestry innovations. This edition constitutes the guide's fifth printing and third complete update, incorporating programs from the 2008 Farm Bill. Learn more by reading the detailed Introduction.

Sustainable Agriculture: Information Access Tools What is Sustainable Agriculture? Some terms defy definition. “Sustainable agriculture” has become one of them. In such a quickly changing world, can anything be sustainable? What do we want to sustain? The word “sustain,” from the Latin sustinere (sus-, from below and tenere, to hold), to keep in existence or maintain, implies long-term support or permanence. Sustainable agriculture was addressed by Congress in the 1990 Farm Bill [Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (FACTA), Public Law 101-624, Title XVI, Subtitle A, Section 1603 (Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990) NAL Call # KF1692.A31 1990]. As more parties sign on to the sustainable agriculture effort, perceptions about what defines sustainability in agriculture have multiplied. “In popular literature, sustainable agriculture generally is presented as a new phenomenon. Learn more:

Sustainability is the investment opportunity of the year: Kurt Vogt, HSBC | The Climate Group We sat down with Kurt Vogt, Managing Director of Sustainable Financing at HSBC, to learn about the landscape of sustainable finance, and where the opportunities lie. HSBC hosted the second annual Sustainable Finance Briefing during Climate Week NYC on September 19, which focused on the latest developments in global climate finance and saw the launch of the Bonds & Climate Change: State of the Market 2016 report by the Climate Bonds Initiative. What are the barriers to investment in the low carbon economy and how can the market be reformed to scale-up climate finance? There are a couple of big opportunities I see to develop climate finance. Another challenge is making the business case for green bonds clearer. What factors have enabled the recent rapid growth in the green bonds market? In recent years we have seen several exciting trends in the green bonds market: Can you give some examples of how HSBC has promoted sustainable finance initiatives?

Skeptical Science: Examining Global Warming Skepticism Gluten Free Restaurants, Gluten Free Shopping | Triumph Dining Local Food With a Big Twist: Oregon Super-Cooperative Takes Aim at the Corporate Food System by Mary Hansen and Liz Pleasant Narendra Varma loves chocolate. However, he’s also co-founder of Our Table Cooperative, a farm and grocery cooperative that aims to provide locally sourced, organically grown food to the city of Sherwood, Oregon. That means his love of chocolate is complicated. In Our Table’s cooperative, people in different parts of the food world work together, negotiate with each other, and share decision-making. “I just pretend that chocolate somehow magically appears on my plate,” Varma says. But people all over the world want chocolate and coffee and other things that can’t necessarily be grown in their backyard. “It was a very interesting, soul-searching moment for us internally,” he says. So Our Table decided to adjust their definition of the term. “No faceless transactions,” Varma says. Gianna Banducci, director of sales and marketing at Our Table, stares down a rogue chicken that has escaped the chicken yard. Joining the co-op is a good deal for the farmers and processors. Behind the model

Welcome - Steve Schein Dr. Steve Schein is a corporate sustainability strategist and family business advisor at L4S Consulting. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and former CEO with more than 35 years of leadership, business development, consulting, and senior management experience in a wide range of industries. His 2015 book A New Psychology for Sustainability Leadership: The Hidden Power of Ecological Worldviews has been featured in US News & World Report, The Guardian, Bloomberg News, Psychology Today and numerous other journals and publications. Steve has been the Expert-in-Residence at the Presidio Graduate School and a ten year member of the faculty at SOU, where he founded the sustainability leadership certificate program. Steve earned his PhD in Human Development and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and his BA in accounting from the University of Colorado.

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