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National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
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Organic Garden Seeds for Sale 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. The society encouraged members to grow plants from seeds that had been irradiated so that beneficial mutations would arise. 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". In "gamma gardens" run by national laboratories in the US, plants growing in concentric circles were bombarded with radiation from a central source - such as cobalt-60 - elevated on a pole. Johnson discovered the Atomic Gardening society while studying atomic motifs in gardens. Gregory called the NC4x as "a milestone in crop breeding". The legacy of the atomic gardens can still be seen today.

Katharine Hayhoe | Climate Scientist Hi. I'm a climate scientist. prev next 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. Website design and maintenance as well as distribution of hard copies of this guide are conducted by the Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) project of the National Center for Appropriate Technology

NSAC – Farming Opportunities The future health and vitality of agriculture, the food system, and rural communities depends on the successful entry of all who want to pursue a sustainable farming livelihood. Over the next two decades an estimated 400 million acres of U.S. agricultural land will be passed on to heirs or sold as farmers 65 and older retire (currently one-third of all farmland owners are retirement age). While there is a growing number of young people, new immigrants, and second-career professionals who want to enter into farming, they face a myriad of challenges such as the rising cost of farmland, a critical shortage of training, and lack of financing. Fortunately, the 2008 Farm Bill makes a greater investment in beginning farmers and ranchers than ever before, making it more likely that aspiring farmers will have the tools and financial resources they need to get a start on the land.

Skeptical Science: Examining Global Warming Skepticism 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. Firstly, green investment opportunities, such as investments in energy efficiency, are often small scale and can be very fragmented. Another challenge is making the business case for green bonds clearer. What factors have enabled the recent rapid growth in the green bonds market?

Gluten Free Restaurants, Gluten Free Shopping | Triumph Dining Landis Valley Museum - Pennsylvania German Heritage - Lancaster County Tourism, PA Heirloom Seed Project & Farm Program Landis Valley Museum is home to the Heirloom Seed Project. Established in the mid 1980s, the Heirloom Seed Project's focus is on seed preservation, seeds from heirloom varieties of vegetable herbs and ornamentals that have historical significance for Pennsylvania Germans from 1750 to 1940. Heirloom or open pollinated fruit brings our history into the present with flavors and beauty from the past. Unlike hybrid plants, gardeners can save seeds from heirloom varieties with the assurance that the fruit from each new generation of plants will bear fruit that is similar to the fruit from the past seasons. For a list of heirloom varieties for 2013 and an order blank CLICK HERE. The Heirloom Seed Project also sells heirloom varieties of plants during Herb and Garden Faire, mid-May. Farm Program Landis Valley Museum is the perfect place to see how the Pennsylvania Germans farmed.

Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters 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 primary areas of consulting are leadership development and integration sustainability with strategy and culture. 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.

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