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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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Tune In to the Food Tank Summit Livestream: January 21-22 9AM-5PM EST

Tune In to the Food Tank Summit Livestream: January 21-22 9AM-5PM EST | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Watch the Food Tank via Livestream and join the conversation using hashtag: #FoodTank. Email questions to Questions@FoodTank.com.
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Great stuff! Let's build a better food system! Please join me in watching the #FoodTank Summit via livestream January 21-22n. 75 incredible speakers!

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Climate Change's Big Winners: Pests and weeds

Climate Change's Big Winners: Pests and weeds | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Count weeds and insect pests among the beneficiaries of climate change. Meanwhile, the crops we need will have fewer nutrients that make them beneficial, scientists revealed this week.

At the root of the problem: Rising carbon dioxide levels, warm...
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Unfortunately this result of climate change is not surprising.

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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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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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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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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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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 

 

PAM

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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SciWorthy: Science news for all who want to learn.

SciWorthy: Science news for all who want to learn. | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

SciWorthy: Science news for all who want to learn. 

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New science and information website the general public.  Nice source of compelling news stories.

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farm_X - YouTube video highlights sustainable urban food systems, social and economic justice

If an industrial, sustainable urban food system were created, we could lessen the environmental impact of food production and distribution, stimulate economi...
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I like what the non-profit organization Farm-X is doing. Integrated agricultural, environmental, social and economic solutions are compelling since the related problems we face are interconnected as well.

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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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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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Lose Your Lawn the Bay-Friendly Way

Lose Your Lawn the Bay-Friendly Way | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Replace your lawn with a healthy garden that works for you. By using Bay-Friendly practices, you can conserve water, natural resources and prevent pollution. And with sheet mulching, you can plant directly on top of the lawn, saving time and money.
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Lawns have a traditional place in landscaping but unfortunately are a waste of time and resources for most residential or even commercial locations.  Weeding, fertilizing, mowing and watering efforts are much reduced in an established climate-appropriate native-friendly landscaping application.   Lose your lawn and gain a more beautiful and sustainable landscape.

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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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