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This is an exploration of agriculture and how it relates to the environment. Whether you call it agroecology or eco-agriculture or permaculture these all offer alternative approaches to industrial agriculture that are far more sustainable. This page will highlight good, bad and neutral news related to environmental, economical and socially sustainable agriculture.
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Mycorrhizae on the History Channel


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Nice explainer video about the importance of Mycorrhizae and plant health.  Increasing agricultural food supply means maintaining good soil health and mycorrhizae are a big part of making soil nutrients to available plants.  Replenishing depleted soil especially after anti-fungal applications and reducing the myorrhizae application cost to farmers are key.  

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Pierre-André Marechal's curator insight, May 18, 2014 6:59 AM

A vos commentaires....

 

Merci 

 

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Agriculture Nouvelle's curator insight, May 19, 2014 9:00 AM

vidéo de 19 minutes en anglais

Didier Vazel's curator insight, May 24, 2014 3:03 AM

Un début d'explication de leur fonctionnement.

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Free Permaculture Design Course - Regenerative Leadership Institute

Free Permaculture Design Course - Regenerative Leadership Institute | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
The world's first free online permaculture design course with Larry Korn. Learn permaculture from the world's top experts from the comfort of your own home.
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Good educational opportunity.

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Sustainable food production: Facts and Figures - SciDev.Net South-East Asia & Pacific

Sustainable food production: Facts and Figures - SciDev.Net South-East Asia & Pacific | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Farming must feed more people more sustainably. Zareen Bharucha looks at scientific approaches past and present.
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Useful broad overview of sustainable food production.

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Sustainable Ag Expo - November 18 & 19 - San Luis Obispo, CA

Sustainable Ag Expo - November 18 & 19 - San Luis Obispo, CA | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
The 8th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo provides a unique opportunity for farmers, ag professionals, and pest control advisors representing a variety of operations to learn about the latest in farming research, resource issues, and business trends...
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Seminars, farming research, networking opportunities and more make this conference attractive.

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Living Fences: How-To, Advantages and Tips - Modern Homesteading - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Living Fences: How-To, Advantages and Tips - Modern Homesteading - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

Your first choice for such a multifunctional homestead necessity may be manufactured fencing: woven or electric wire, welded livestock panels, boards on pressure-treated posts, or even virgin or recycled plastic. As the energy and environmental crises deepen, however, such options are becoming less appealing and more expensive. The chemical preservatives, paints and galvanizing agents used in fence manufacturing and maintenance may have toxic spillover effects in the environment. Furthermore, most manufactured fencing is a “one for one” solution. A woven wire fence meant to contain livestock, for example, provides that service and nothing more. The key to a more self-sufficient homestead that imitates natural systems is finding solutions that simultaneously solve more than one problem, provide more than one service and support more than one project. Enter living fences. Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/living-fences-z10m0sto.aspx#ixzz2Xv2ZmfKE


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Think hedgerows instead of artificial fencing.

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Ollas: A Collection of Information and Techniques for alternative irrigation

This video is part research project, part experiment, and all about Ollas. Ollas are clay pots that are used for irrigation. The second half of this video wa...

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Another good idea from traditional agriculture of the past.  It has great appeal for crop irrigation where water conservation is necessary.

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Darin Hoagland's comment, June 21, 2013 12:24 PM
Ollas are pronounced "oy-yahs" as the word has Spanish origin.
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33rd Annual EcoFarm Conference Jan. 23-26, 2013. Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA -Preconference Organic Farm Bus Tour central coast (Pascadero) still open

33rd Annual EcoFarm Conference Jan. 23-26, 2013. Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA -Preconference Organic Farm Bus Tour central coast (Pascadero) still open | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
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This conference looks great for those who are interested in ecologically sustainable agriculture.  While I cannot make the trip down to Pacific Grove, CA I have signed up for the preconference EcoFarm bus tour of four cental coast Eco-farming and eco-ranching operators on Jan. 23, 2013.  I am looking forward to it!

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Cornstalks Everywhere But Nothing Else, Not Even A Bee : NPR

Cornstalks Everywhere But Nothing Else, Not Even A Bee : NPR | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
You can go to almost any cubic foot of ocean, stream, coral, backyard, ice shelves even, and if you look, you'll find scores of little animals and plants busy making a living.
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I just recently got the book this came from. It is highly recommended.

 

This project and picture teaches us industrial agriculture dramatically reduces biodiversity in favor of one crop.  This is not sustainable and causes us to lose our connections to nature -- the true source of our food.

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The giving tree: Agroforests can heal food systems and fight climate change

The giving tree: Agroforests can heal food systems and fight climate change | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Growing numbers of farmers are using agroforestry -- integrating tree crops and grazing animals -- to create more resilient soil, a diverse range of foods, and even fight climate change.
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Agroforestry, agroecology, integrated farming and permaculture all are exibited here in this article about Wendell Berry.  It is amazing how many mutually beneficial ecological interactions a farmer can get when all these things mentioned above - and more -- are being executed.

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Darin Hoagland's comment, December 12, 2012 9:19 PM
The Wendell farm reminds me of Joel Salatin's famous Polyface farm. I think its the moveable foraging cages he uses for his pasture animals. http://www.polyfacefarms.com/
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Integrating with nature, rather than fighting it, is key to achieving the goal of Zero Footprint.

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Permaculture Voices Conference: 4 Day Mega Event. March 13-16, 2014, Temecula, CA | Geoff Lawton, Joel Salatin, Allan Savory, Michael Pollan & more.

Permaculture Voices Conference: 4 Day Mega Event. March 13-16, 2014, Temecula, CA | Geoff Lawton, Joel Salatin, Allan Savory, Michael Pollan & more. | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

Speakers include Geoff Lawton, Joel Salatin, Allan Savory, Michael Pollan & more.

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Exciting conference coming up next month revolving around permaculture and its necessity for future agricultural production.

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Attendees of Two-day Seedstock Conference at UCLA Affirm Promise of Sustainable Agriculture Future

Attendees of Two-day Seedstock Conference at UCLA Affirm Promise of Sustainable Agriculture Future | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
From new farmers, aquaponicists and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs to urban farming pioneers, microloan providers and crowdfunding evangelists, yesterday’s 2nd Annual Seedstock Sustainable A...
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Wide-ranging comference confirms the need and advantages of seed conservation as an important part of sustainable agriculture.

 

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34th Annual EcoFarm Conference: Pacific Grove, CA - January 22-25, 2014 + Don't miss it.

34th Annual EcoFarm Conference: Pacific Grove, CA - January 22-25, 2014 + Don't miss it. | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
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One of my favorite conferences with a great all-day ecofarm bustour that is especially well worth it.  If you love farming and growing things you will find all kinds of people at this event you have something in common with.

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Bamboo, Pyrolysis, Bio-Char & Mycorrhizal Fungi: Nature's Machine to Draw Carbon Down Exponentially

Bamboo, Pyrolysis, Bio-Char & Mycorrhizal Fungi: Nature's Machine to Draw Carbon Down Exponentially | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
www.co2drawdownsolutions.com Charlotte O'Brien, Director of Bio Bamboo and CO2 Drawdown Solutions, explains how to significantly draw down Carbon from the at...

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Juan Wood's curator insight, July 20, 2013 6:13 PM

Muy bueno, lastima que no tenga subtitulos en Español...

Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, July 21, 2013 11:45 PM

Great video about how we can very effectively work with nature to help us repair the centuries of damage we have been inflicting on nature.

Darin Hoagland's comment, July 26, 2013 10:55 PM
I like how integrated this idea is for it can be brought into the global economy and agriculture while working with nature. I only worry is bamboo can be powerfully invasive and out-compete indigenous plants. Once planted you will have it for a long time so there had better be dedicated harvesting operation.
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Mexicans pushing for return of ancient grain amaranth to agriculture | PRI.ORG

Mexicans pushing for return of ancient grain amaranth to agriculture | PRI.ORG | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Amaranth and corn powered the Aztec empire. But when the Spaniards came in an conquered what became Mexico, they banned amaranth because of its connection with Aztec human sacrifice ceremonies.
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An alternative grain for a climate-changing agricultural world.

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Aquaponics: one solution to many urban problems? The Farming Technique That Will Revolutionize the Way We Eat

Aquaponics: one solution to many urban problems? The Farming Technique That Will Revolutionize the Way We Eat | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Aquaponics uses fish to create soil-less farms that can fit into cities much easier.
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A very good essay supporting aquaponic agriculture. Scaling up this type of enterprise maybe a problem so care should be taken to balancing fish and produce production at a local level. Nevertheless this solution offers help to a number of urban problems. Thanks to the writer, Roman Gaus. What is your take?

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2013 Resolutions To Change The Food System for a Sustainable future

2013 Resolutions To Change The Food System for a Sustainable future | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
As we start 2013, many people will be thinking about plans and promises to improve their diets and health.
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This is a good set of resolutions to consider for 2013.

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Greener pastures

Greener pastures | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Joel Salatin calls himself a “libertarian capitalist lunatic”, but his organic farming methods have won him plenty of fans.
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Even in Austrialia Joel Salatin has much sway.  Polyface farm is agroecology at its best.  Sustainable and self-sufficient farming and ranching.

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Darin Hoagland's comment, December 12, 2012 9:44 PM
For more information see: http://www.polyfacefarms.com/
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Infographics

Agroecology vs. Industrial Agriculture. A very nice infographic comparing the two approaches. http://blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet/infographics/
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Guess which one is more sustainable? Agroecology or Industrial Agriculture?  This Inforgraphic makes it comparable and clear.

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