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Return of strip-field farming creates haven for rare species in south Wales

Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 by

Ranger Mark Hipkin tends to sunflowers at the National Trust’s strip fields farm. Photograph: John Miller/National Trust A pioneering farming project using field management techniques dating back to the 13th century has transformed a stretch of coast into a haven for endangered animals, birds, insects and wildflowers. The experimental return to “strip-field farming” […]

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All Aboard the World’s First Floating Dairy Farm

Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 by

A sleek side view of the farm, with the shrubby cow garden on top. ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF BELADON THE WATERS OF THE NIEUWE Maas snake through the city of Rotterdam, giving way to sandy beaches, bustling harbors, and, soon, a small herd of floating cows. It may sound like science fiction, but […]

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Waste Not, Want Not

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 by

Biochar is highly porous and rich in carbon, helping the soil to retain nutrients and water. Photo by UN Environment / Lisa Murray How farmers are cutting down on chemicals with a natural solution to soil degradation At age 56, Vietnamese farmer Luan is still actively working the land. She is also still […]

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When They Said They Wanted to Rethink Agriculture, They Meant It

Posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2018 by

Figuring out how the world is going to feed 7 billion people (and counting) in a time of changing climate, richer diets, and already over-burdened land and water resources is going to require wholesale rethinking of global agricultural practices. Clearly, solving such 21st century challenges is not for people with faint hearts or imaginations, which […]

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Respecting the Value of Food: Eating What We Grow

Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 by

Hannah Semler, founder of food system consulting, Whole Crops, and co-founder of online farmers market, FarmDrop, guides her work with a simple message: respect. “An equitable food system has to start with respect for people and respect for nature.” Semler […]

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Ancient people farmed the Amazon 4,500 years ago … and they did it better than we do

Posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 by

I spent a couple weeks with hunter-gatherers in the Amazon. While I was there, one Waorani man told me that his ancestors planted edible food in the forest. When they gather it now, they’re just reaping […]

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The farm that grows climate solutions

Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 by

High in the mountains of Veracruz, Mexico, a small cooperative is “farming carbon” — practicing agriculture in a way that fights climate change while simultaneously meeting human needs. Although these practices are used by millions of people around the world in some way, people in Western nations are largely unfamiliar with them, and there is […]

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Women’s Fight to Feed the World

Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018 by

A Bakiga woman from southwestern Uganda tills the soil in between her bean crops. ‘I’ll dig until the day I die,’ she says proudly. The majority of women in Uganda work as subsistence to small-scale farmers. That’s what Canadian writer Trina Moyles heard as she travelled around the world, visiting eight countries and talking to […]

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Detailed plans announced for organic agriculture

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 by

At the closing of a meeting on organic agriculture in France, Stéphane Travert, French Minister of Agriculture, unveiled the completed Organic Ambition 2022 plan, announced earlier this year. The plan is a more complete version of a roadmap released this spring, and is organized around seven major axes. Here is summary of the overall […]

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Italian scientist brings non-GMO “pasta power” climate adaptation solution to West Africa

Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2018 by

A breakthrough in wheat-breeding has resulted in the ability to grow durum wheat in the extreme heat of famine-affected Senegal, Mauritania and Mali, potentially boosting the income for 1 million farming families, and therefore winning the 2017 Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security. The genome fingerprinting research project led by Dr. Filippo Bassi […]

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