Four Areas of Agriculture That Can Help Solve Many Environmental Problems and Improve Human Health

Posted on Friday, July 14th, 2017

Agriculture has a significant impact on life on Earth. It provides food, sure, but it’s also an integral part of the ecosystem as a whole. Done correctly, it supports and nourishes all life. When abused — as it’s been done since the “green revolution” in the 1930s — agriculture contaminates and destroys soil, […]

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7 plants that could save the world

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Plants feed us, clothe us, shelter us, heal us, and unendingly inspire us with their everyday miracles. But, in many ways, despite the technological advances of society, we are still at the tip of the iceberg in harnessing the potential of the plant kingdom. In recent years, researchers around the globe have unlocked more and more of the powers […]

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The farm that grows climate solutions

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017

The following is adapted from The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Securityby Eric Toensmeier (2016). The book introduces the concept of carbon farming, explains how it can help mitigate climate change, and explores strategies for adoption around the world. Published with permission […]

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Four Ways Mexico’s Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017

1. Farm like a forest Not accounting for land covered by water, desert, or ice, about half of the planet is dedicated to pasture and croplands, according to WRI’s study. And the continued expansion of agricultural land is driving biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, an increase […]

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Veteran scientist shares wisdom, experiences, crop management tactics in new book

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Dr. R. James (Jim) Cook, a retired research plant pathologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS), and emeritus professor of plant pathology, Washington State University (WSU), has built a storied career over the past 40 years, one that has profoundly impacted his scientific discipline and the farmers who benefitted from his […]

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With materials scarce, Cuban designers master recycling chic

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017

  Olaff Alejo’s salt lamps are eerily beautiful and designed to purify the air. Yet the Cuban designer must rummage through trash bins and scour the sidewalks of Havana for scraps of wood and obsolete electrical devices to manufacture them. In Communist-run Cuba, designers of clothes and household goods say the absence of wholesale stores […]

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If You Fix This, You Fix a Big Piece of the Climate Puzzle

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017

There’s no single solution for climate change, but there is one that would be more effective than others. What do you think it is? Build more wind farms Eat less meat worldwide Improve air-conditioners Switch to mass transit Illustrations by Jessia Ma / The New York Times You’re right! Curbing 87 percent of the climate […]

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6 States Tapping Into the Benefits of Carbon Farming

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017

A handful of states around the country have begun to recognize the importance of carbon farming as an expedient tool to fight climate change. What’s carbon farming? Eric Toensmeier, author of The Carbon Farming Solution, describes it as “a suite of crops and agricultural practices that sequester carbon in the soil and in perennial vegetation like trees.” If carbon […]

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How satellites are helping pastoralists find greener pastures in Ethiopia

Posted on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

El Niño combined with climate change has caused major problems for millions of people. Residents of eastern and southern Africa have been particularly hit hard. As many as 36 million people across the two regions are facing hunger. A new warning by a group of 23 NGOs in Somalia says the country may slip back […]

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The Next Agriculture Revolution Is Under Our Feet

Posted on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

By Justin Adams, Global Managing Director of Lands at The Nature Conservancy, and Bianca Moebius-Clune, Ph.D., Director at the Soil Health Division, USDA-NRCS At the core of agriculture is innovation. Advancements in agricultural technology throughout the past century have allowed farmers to feed a population that has grown from less than 2 billion people […]

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