Agriculture and the Natural World
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Agriculture and the Natural World
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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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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Illumination: Next Steps in Ag- Jobs- for the Willing and those who work hard!

Illumination: Next Steps in Ag- Jobs- for the Willing and those who work hard! | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

"Whereas job growth in many sectors is stagnant, there is huge demand for skilled horticulturalists, that is, students trained in fruit and vegetable crop production. We need people that understand plant physiology, plant nutrition, plant pathology and entomology, along with a handle on business and communication".


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Agricultural jobs working with plants and especially plant scientists are no doubt available in many sectors of crop production.  However, a strong work ethic is critical as some of these jobs require long work weeks with little time for personal life.  Thus this blog post is both hopeful and cautionary for those seeking this type of work.  

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Beginning Farmers - Start and Build a New Farm Business

Beginning Farmers - Start and Build a New Farm Business | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Beginning Farmers can help you start a new farm and build your agriculture business with information on finding grants, loans, jobs, farmland, training programs, and more.
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Useful site that accumulates resources for the a farmer just starting out. 

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Where the Jobs Are: Migrate Back to the Farm or to Agriculture

Where the Jobs Are: Migrate Back to the Farm or to Agriculture | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Experience on many different types of farms, interacting with food outlets and other ag-related businesses, is invaluable in helping to learn about how the agricultural economy works.
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More jobs in many agricultural areas?  This is an encouraging development because we need sustainable and alternative food systems going forward.

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Darin Hoagland's comment, December 12, 2012 5:25 PM
I hope this means revitalization of rural America. However, in order for agriculture to be sustainable it must be economically viable, environmentally sound and good for family and community.