What is the impact of animal production on the environment?

Posted on Monday, April 17th, 2017 by

Each one of us has an impact on the environment and the world in which we live. Growing food and raising animals also uses resources from the earth. Humans impact the environment through deforestation, agricultural and livestock activities, urbanization and burning fossil fuels (Shepherd, 2011). Do animals make greenhouse gases? Each and every living creature […]

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Livestock Production

Posted on Monday, April 17th, 2017 by

Because some degree of climate change is now inevitable, sustainable agricultural practices are critical to climate change adaptation. A focus needs to be on the implementation of farming practices that limit or reduce direct and indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from livestock production. Modifications to current practices will be necessary with environmental sustainability as […]

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This Tree Could Make Coffee Plantations More Profitable And More Environmentally Sound

Posted on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 by

Stephanie Watson at Flickr Coffee growing is a serious business—more than eight million tons produced each year, with the exporting alone worth over $20 billion—but rising global temperatures have coffee producers worried that their crop soon won’t be able to handle the heat. Coffee is almost exclusively grown in very hot climates—the top producing countries […]

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This Former Fisherman Is Now Farming the Most Sustainable Food on Earth—Underwater

Posted on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by

Bren Smith (Patrick Mustain) [From the introduction by Lisa Holmes, president of the board of CitySeed and member of the board of GreenWave:] By designing a small-scale, affordable, and open-sourced solution to what often feels like an insurmountable challenge, Bren Smith gives us all the precious gift of possibility and hope. The co-founder and executive […]

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The Solution Under Our Feet: How Regenerative Organic Agriculture Can Save the Planet

Posted on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by

Many of us are now choosing to eat holistically grown foods. We want: • more nutrition from our food. • to avoid toxic pesticides and GMOs. • to create safer conditions for farmers and rural communities. • to protect the water, air and soil from contamination by toxic agrochemicals. By John Roulac in EcoWatch […]

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Patagonia and Chris Malloy Made a Film About Agriculture That You Really Need to Watch

Posted on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by

Like it or not, our climate is rapidly changing. Although climate change is a natural occurrence, the cause for alarm isn’t the fact that it’s changing, it’s the speed at which it’s doing so. Humans have created a life so full of comfort that it’s destroying the place we all call home, and the way […]

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How Animals Impact Regenerative Agriculture Efforts

Posted on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 by

By Dr. Mercola  July 10, 2016 I recently visited Will Harris’ farm White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia. Harris is a pioneer of grass-fed products and what he calls “a kinder, gentler agriculture.” His farm is a great demonstration of how you can convert conventionally farmed land to a healthy, thriving farm based on […]

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Here Are the Three Main Challenges Facing U.S. Agriculture Over the Next 50 Years

Posted on Friday, March 10th, 2017 by

There are three interrelated challenges facing agriculture over the next 50 years. The first is soil loss. In the United States, soil is swept and washed away 10 times faster than it is replenished. That costs $37.6 billion every year. Globally, all of the world’s topsoil could be gone within 60 years. The second […]

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Biodynamic farming is on the rise – but how effective is this alternative agricultural practice?

Posted on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 by

When John Chester, a filmmaker from California, quit his job to become a farmer, he didn’t do it out of a desire to “feed the world”. Instead, he says: “I’m trying to feed my neighbors – and if everyone did that, we would be able to replicate this.” He is referring to Apricot Lane […]

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Grazing along

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by

Written by Paula Combs, PEC Published: 06 June 2016   A large herd of fluffy, yet still intimidating, sheep run full speed through a gate as they’re rotated to an alternate pasture at Over Jordan Farm in Flint Hill, Va. “I don’t use herding dogs. The animals are trained to come to me and follow me,” […]

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