Agriculture and the Natural World
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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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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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Scientists develop CO2 sequestration technique that produces 'supergreen' hydrogen fuel

Scientists develop CO2 sequestration technique that produces 'supergreen' hydrogen fuel | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Lawrence Livermore scientists have discovered and demonstrated a new technique to remove and store atmospheric carbon dioxide while generating carbon-negative hydrogen and producing alkalinity, which can be used to offset ocean...
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Interesting renewable fuel possibility and global warming correction.

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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, July 27, 2013 10:59 AM

Seems natural to build such a process into a large number of offshore wind turbines, maybe combined with wave energy and solar energy systems.  The distribution of acid-neutralizing carbonate and bicarbonate would be as diffuse as the distributed energy generation. 

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How is a high oil price promoting sustainable agriculture?

How is a high oil price promoting sustainable agriculture? | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

To what extent has the oil price affected the agriculture community?

 

A high oil price has resulted in innovation in agricultural practice. Some sustainable agricultural practices equate to a reduced need for oil usage which then equates to less of a correlation between the oil price and the agricultural commodity price.

 

What are your thoughts on the below agricultural practices that are making cuts in oil consumption? Are there any other ways that increased efficiency in agriculture can provide a further disconnect between agriculture and oil?

 

1. Reducing food miles by producing locally

2. Finding organic solutions to generating fertile soils

3. Focussing on perennial crop development


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This shows how energy use is tied to agriculture.  Reduced fossil fuel use helps bolster sustainable agriculture.

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Local, self-sufficient, optimistic: are Transition Towns the way forward?

Local, self-sufficient, optimistic: are Transition Towns the way forward? | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

June 14, 2013 Guardian Environment

Locally grown food, community-owned power stations, local currencies … can small-scale actions make a difference? Yes, according to the Transition network – in fact, it's our only hope..... http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jun/15/transition-towns-way-forward

 

MONDRAGON: SPAIN'S GIANT CO-OPERATIVE - A GROWING ALTERNATIVE MODEL TO CAPITALISM http://sco.lt/79nTrF

 

 


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Local solutions are worthwhile especially if self-sufficient.

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Sustainable Agriculture Webinar : Green Power Conference Jan. 23, 2013.

Sustainable Agriculture Webinar : Green Power Conference Jan. 23, 2013. | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
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A free and fascinating webinar on how sustainable agricultural practices can compliment green agricultural energy production (biofuels). Connecting the energy production and agricultural food production make a more complete picture of what we want to do in terms of sustainability.

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