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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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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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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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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 2:32 PM
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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How Millions of Farmers are Advancing Agriculture For Themselves

How Millions of Farmers are Advancing Agriculture For Themselves | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
by Jonathan Latham The world record yield for paddy rice production is not held by an agricultural research station or by a large-scale farmer from the United States, but by Sumant Kumar who has a farm of just two hectares in Darveshpura village in...
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Encouraging evidence for sustainable farming the World over.  This is an important study and report about record yeilds and a System of Rice Intensification.

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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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Center for Land-Based Learning Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Center for Land-Based Learning Celebrates 20th Anniversary | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Earlier this week I had the honor and pleasure to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Center for Land-Based Learning, a non-profit organization in Winters started by California State Board o...
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Anything that helps new farmers get started is valuable.  Congratulations to the Center for Land-Based Learning. 

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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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