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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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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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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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Be an armchair taxonomist! A challenge from the Encyclopedia of Life - Boing Boing

Be an armchair taxonomist! A challenge from the Encyclopedia of Life - Boing Boing | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
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Another crowd-sourced biological classifacation or taxonomy project anyone can contribute to.  Get ready to do some research for a great cause.

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From Nature: Essential Biodiversity Variables


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Good information.

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Bioversity Library's curator insight, January 18, 2013 1:00 AM

Reducing the rate of biodiversity loss and averting dangerous biodiversity change are international goals, reasserted by the Aichi Targets for 2020 by Parties to the United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) after failure to meet the 2010 target. However, there is no global, harmonized observation system for delivering regular, timely data on biodiversity change 

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Interesting article on the potential of quinoa and its role in food secutiry .

Interesting article on the potential of quinoa and its role in food secutiry . | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Stefano Padulosi, Bioversity Research theme leader, Marketing Diversity, highlights the potential of neglected and underutilized species for food security, in this personal account about visiting B...

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Quinoa is a delicous and it may have a role in food security.

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15 Seed Saving Initiatives Protecting Biodiversity for Future Generations

15 Seed Saving Initiatives Protecting Biodiversity for Future Generations | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Food Tank and SEHN are highlighting 15 important seed-saving projects across the globe that are helping preserve global agricultural biodiversity.
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A nice list summarizing seed saving projects around the world.  Some I already knew about and others I was not familiar with.  

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Darin Hoagland's comment, August 3, 2013 11:32 AM
In situ conservation has to be a part of the seed saving goals in all of these projects because there are limits to how long seeds can be saved and remain viable. This is why seed saving projects are an organizational challenge since seeds either need to be replaced by fresh supplies and/or taken out and grown again for new seed production. I like this list regardless.
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36th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival Award Winners

36th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival Award Winners | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
The 36th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival is thrilled to announce this year’s award winners! Awards were presented at a First Friday ceremony on May 3rd at the Roxy Theater in Missoula, ...
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I grew up with nature documentaries and I still love them. Perhaps these winners with inspire you too.

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Great tour & Example - Permaculture Keyline Water Systems: Don Tipping @ Seven Seeds Farm - imitate natural water systems for better water management

Permaculture seed wizard Don Tipping takes us on a 10 minute animated tour of the epic Seven Seeds Farm in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon, USA. Th...

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This short video tour provides a great example of permaculture design and implementation.  It is fitting that a permaculture farm in the Beaver State would try to imitate what beavers have traditionally done for water system management.  Great diversification, great water management means many benefits.

 

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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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Crop Rotation and the Future of Farming

Crop Rotation and the Future of Farming | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Farming in America is losing the diversity needed to keep it alive. But Washington, Jefferson and Uncle Everon already knew that.
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We have much to learn about traditional farming and sustainable crop rotation and biodiversity. 

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