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Sustainable Agriculture

Looking Beyond the Crisis

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

In Europe, as in the BRICS and other countries that experienced rapid growth during the expansive phase of the cycle, we are now in the phase when the down side of the curve teems with uncertainties that discourage decisions to invest.

Shaking up the White House Hive

Paul Towers | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Paul Towers

As the White House announces its plan, they will need to reflect on the reality of the plight of bees, beekeepers and farmers alike. This means they can't avoid addressing the role pesticides play.

Saving The Least Protected Habitat On Earth

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.04.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

It's possible for people and wildlife to thrive side by side on the plains. The key is to work collaboratively with everyone who has a stake in this precious resource, from ranchers to nomadic herdsmen, from energy companies to government policy-makers.

Africa's Agribusinesses Must Look Beyond the Realms of Microfinancing

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais | Posted 01.30.2015 | Business
Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais

Africa's farming communities are not yet entrepreneurs, but with focused investment and support, they are our biggest untapped asset. My gut feel is that 2015 will be another year of great transformation for the African continent, with our agricultural sector making great headway.

NASA Set to Launch Soil Moisture Tracking Satellite

Brian Milne | Posted 01.13.2015 | Science
Brian Milne

That long-term data recorded on these missions, along with computer analysis tools, should help scientists get a better understanding of how the planet is changing -- and hopefully help come up with solutions that help balance some of the negative effects that have impacted our water resources.

Sustainable Dining In NYC: The Changing Landscape Of Food

OpedSpace | Posted 01.08.2015 | Taste
OpedSpace

In a world where modernism and the Green Revolution has alienated us from our relationship to food, the shift towards alternatives gives us an opportunity to endorse more sustainable and humane methods of growing, sourcing, cooking and eating.

Food Security: The End of a Golden Age

OpedSpace | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
OpedSpace

The golden age of agriculture is over. Growth based on the expansion of cropland area as seen until the 1950s, followed by improving land productivity through new technologies and productivity-based agricultural policies will fail us.

Theatre Opens the Brain and the Heart to Climate Smart Agriculture

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

We need to find a way to align the various interests if we are to avoid conflicts, create alliances, and take advantage of communities of interest that exist but are largely untapped.

Ag Tech Is Very Important to Our Future

Paul Heroux | Posted 02.01.2015 | Green
Paul Heroux

We are starting to understand how evolving technology in agriculture over the years has enabled the phenomenal growth we've seen recently and that technology will continue to enable the world's future growth.

For ICN2 to Succeed, We Need a New Food System Paradigm

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

By 2050, the world's population will reach 9 billion -- and all will need nutritious diets. Yet despite the intrinsic relationship between the food we grow and the food we eat, the agriculture and nutrition sectors are only just now beginning to overcome decades of mutual isolation.

Farm Beyond Fork Across America: The National Heirloom Expo -- World Fair of Pure Food

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 11.17.2014 | Taste
Julie Ann Fineman

Co-authored with Lee Glenn Just north of Silicon Valley, heartbeat of the technology world, is Santa Rosa, home of the National Heirloom Exposition...

Improving Access to Knowledge, Finance, Technology and Markets, for Small and Growing Food Companies in Africa

Liz Wilson | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Liz Wilson

Farmers working in rain-fed agricultural systems notice when the rains are late. Standing in unexpectedly dry fields in 42 degrees Celsius heat in early November, this is just one of many variables for Zambian smallholder farmer Veronica Banda to manage.

Vermont Creamery: Where the Best Goats Make the Best Goat Cheese

Blue Apron | Posted 01.10.2015 | Taste
Blue Apron

We've got the story of how those delectable logs of goat cheese get made.

We Could End Hunger If We Recovered Half Of The 1.3 Billion Tons Of Food Wasted Each Year

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.31.2014 | Impact

Advocates claim a new, innovative website could help salvage some of the alarming amount of global food waste. The Global Community of Practice on ...

GMOs Expose Dangerous Science Disconnect in Agriculture

Donald Carr | Posted 12.25.2014 | Green
Donald Carr

A huge gulf exists in farmer attitudes toward science. Growers clearly accept the scientific evidence that modified food is safe while rejecting the scientific evidence that climate change is real and caused by human activity. And this chasm is driven by simple economics. One finding makes farmers money, but the other doesn't -- yet.

Beyond Carbon: Althelia Climate Fund Attracts Conservation Investors

David Bank | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
David Bank

ImpactAlpha -- Multiple cash flows. Clear environmental benefits. Enhanced rural livelihoods. Strong local partners. Guarantees against losses. ...

A Food System Fit for the Future?

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

For the first time in history we believe that it is possible to eradicate malnutrition in our lifetimes. But to achieve this we need to build a food system that is fit for the future.

What Small Farms Actually Need Will Surprise Even Locavores

Maisie Ganzler | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Maisie Ganzler

Everybody loves small family farms, from Republicans to Democrats and hipsters to ultra-religious folks. As a nation, we romanticize them -- the last link to our pioneer past, perhaps.

5 Things to Do After Climate Week

Diana Donlon | Posted 11.27.2014 | Green
Diana Donlon

Thanks to the epic success of the People's Climate March, alarm bells demanding climate action have never rung louder. So, now that you've succeeded in elevating the mother of all issues to the top of the global agenda, where should you and your fellow 399,999 marchers direct your tide-turning energies?

A Daughter's Peace Corps Work in West Africa and a Mother's Heart

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Holly Robinson

People who know me call me adventurous. I have climbed the Andes, hitchhiked around Spain and trekked the Himalaya through thigh-deep snow in March.

How the Once-Every-Seven-Years Observance of Shmita is Changing Jewish Lives

Debra Nussbaum Cohen | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Cultural conditions are ripe for connection to shmita, which relates to food, economic justice and personal, as well as environmental, restoration.

Fixing the Food System From the Base of the Supply Chain

Don Shaffer | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Social equity in the food supply chain was a strong thread running through the annual Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders forum this June in Denver.

Economy or Environment? We Need Both.

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

I remember as a kid walking the fields with my grandfather. He said, "No man has the right to take more from the land than the land itself can withstand." That balanced approach made sense to me when I was six, and it still makes sense to me today.

Raised to Farm

Ken Cook | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Ken Cook

Working with nature is not simple. But you can make a good living at it when you get your business model and growing system in place.

Science Academy Falters in Launch of New GE Study

Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman

As I looked over the bios provided on NRC's webpage, I quickly realized that the Council appears to have a pretty poor idea of how to carry out such a challenging, complex and multifaceted study. In fact, this week 67 scientists and researchers publicly rebuked the NRC for failing, right at the outset, to put together a slate of experts equipped for the task.