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What Will Climate Change Mean for Ethiopia’s Coffee Crop?

What Will Climate Change Mean for Ethiopia’s Coffee Crop? | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
A story of guardianship by Kew Gardens over one of the world's most economically valuable crops, they reveal the surprisingly fragile foundations that lie beneath the multi-billion pound industry, sho...
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Climate change is affecting the sustainable cultivation of coffee in Ethiopia. So why is this problem? Well, coffee originated in Ethiopia which in turn has the most diverse genetic stock in the entire world. If crops fail here, the durability of coffee plantations across the world which often rely on a single strand will be placed in increased peril.

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Africa: Urban Farming Covers an Area the Size of Europe, More Growth Needed - Study

Africa: Urban Farming Covers an Area the Size of Europe, More Growth Needed - Study | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
City dwellers are growing their own food on a much greater scale than previously thought, farming an area the size of the European Union, according to the first comprehensive study on the global scale of urban agriculture.
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Urban farmers are also more likely to cultivate vegetables rather than wheat, or rice. What environmental factors contribute to this trend?

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Expert calls for decentralized desalination plants in Kingdom | Economy | Saudi Gazette

Expert calls for decentralized desalination plants in Kingdom | Economy | Saudi Gazette | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it

"Bushnak stressed the importance of adopting and implementing comprehensive, integrated, and strategic plans for the sustainability of water, food and energy to move forward."

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Faced with the unpleasant reality of water scarcity,

 closing the distance between the processing of this precious resource, and those who consume it may very well be a sustainable solution to this countries food as well as water security.

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Agriculture and climate change: a cause, a victim and a potential solution

Agriculture and climate change: a cause, a victim and a potential solution | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
By becoming conscientious eaters and supporting food vendors that source from local farms, individuals can make a difference.
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Agriculture is greatly threatened by, and contributes to climate change. However, a solution to alleviating this impending dilemma may be to localize food production.

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Hunger for Meat Plows Up Brazil's Cerrado Plains

Hunger for Meat Plows Up Brazil's Cerrado Plains | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
This savannah in Brazil is being swallowed up by industrial farming
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The methods that industrialized commercial farmers employ have long been associated with environmental degradation, and unfortunately the biodiversity of the Cerrado is no acceptation to this fact.

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Yes, Organic Farming Can Feed the World

Yes, Organic Farming Can Feed the World | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
A recent gathering of researchers and smallholder farmers in Istanbul yields insights.
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Organic agriculture may be able to sustain the worlds growing population, it just needs more public support.

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A big loser in West Coast quake: Napa Valley wineries

A big loser in West Coast quake: Napa Valley wineries | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it

"The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Northern California on Sunday morning, bringing down thousands of barrels and bottles of high-priced wine, couldn’t have come at a worse time in wine country. The region, which has been battling one of its worst droughts in decades, was preparing for a premature harvest."

 
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People have been experimenting with and improving agricultural methods since the Neolithic Revolution. The plight of wineries in California have shown us that we are still vulnerable to the one factor we can"t control. Nature.

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Urban Farm Prototypes Reveal the Future of Urban Agriculture (Slideshow)

Urban Farm Prototypes Reveal the Future of Urban Agriculture (Slideshow) | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
Saranga Nakhooda and Devin Lafo founded GrowingCities as "a research and design think-tank for urban agriculture." Looking at tight urban spaces, they have developed five innovative prototypes for urban farming.
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Urban agriculture has given us the chance to localize  and reconnect with our food source. How we use agriculture in this space and integrate it into the aesthetics of an urban landscape remains open to the imagination though this slide show displays some interesting concepts. 

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Pesticide exposure in pregnancy linked to autism risk in kids

Pesticide exposure in pregnancy linked to autism risk in kids | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
Women who live near sites where commercial pesticides are used may be more likely to have child with autism, study finds
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The idea of cultivating food that is bad for your own health and the environment seems counterintuitive.yet the negative externalities created by the widespread use of GMO's, chemicals and pesticides in modern agriculture seems to do just that.  

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The food system we choose affects biodiversity: do we want monocultures?

The food system we choose affects biodiversity: do we want monocultures? | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
On the International Day of Biological Diversity, Greenpeace's Kumi Naidoo exhorts us to move away from our current farming system
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Globalization has created an increasing integrated global society at the expense of cultural, social, political and economic diversity. In many ways the most dominate agricultural practices today reflect this trend but a future that lacks biodiversity is not a sustainable one.

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Agriculture Department puts in request to buy body armor

Agriculture Department puts in request to buy body armor | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has put in an acquisition request to buy body armor — specifically, “ballistic vests, compliant with NIJ 0101.06 for Level IIIA Ballistic Resistance of body armor,” the solicitation stated.
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The USDA has joined a growing number of federal agencies that are rapidly arming themselves. How might this trend be related to other domestic security measures taken in the US in a post 9/11 world?

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The Soaring Price of Limes Means Trouble: Are Asian Bugs and Climate Change the Culprits?

The Soaring Price of Limes Means Trouble: Are Asian Bugs and Climate Change the Culprits? | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
The average price of limes has shot up from 23 cents to over a dollar -- here's why.
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Globalization and climate change has dramatically influenced the cost of limes in the US. This article causes me to question what other "common foods" are also vulnerable to rapid price fluctuations because in a globalized world, nothing happens in isolation.

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The Shape Of Society Is Determined By Farming Methods In Antiquity

The Shape Of Society Is Determined By Farming Methods In Antiquity | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it

"This is the conclusion from an interesting piece of research that has been done in China.That they way in which farming was done in antiquity, or at least in the past, has had an influence on how the society is today [...]"

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An interesting article that examines how agricultural methods, or the means and relations of production used by societies can have a lasting influence on cultural values such as interdependence, as well as individualism.

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Meet the '4%': Small number of farms dominates US

Meet the '4%': Small number of farms dominates US | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
Large farms with over $1 million in sales account for only four percent of all farms, but 66 percent of all sales.
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There are many different variations of capitalism practiced throughout the world. In some nations, the economy is strongly regulated by the state, while others have a more substantial “safety net” for their employees. In many ways the US economy is an oligopoly, dominated by mega-corporations which can be reflected in our agricultural system where the majority of agricultural produce and profit is attributed to a handful of “big” farms.

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Chocolate giant: Earth is running out of chocolate

Chocolate giant: Earth is running out of chocolate | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
There's no easy way to say this: You're eating too much chocolate, all of you. And it's getting so out of hand that the world could be headed towards a potentially disastrous (if you love chocolate) scenario if it doesn't stop.
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The popularity of chocolate around the world is in no small part due to globalization. However cocoa may soon become a victim of its own success as the spread of fungal diseases through trade, climate change, and the ever increasing demand for this product is creating severe cultivation challenges for producers everywhere.

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Can Humans and Nature Co-Exist?

Can Humans and Nature Co-Exist? | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
Conservationists go to war over whether humans are the measure of nature's value
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For thousands of years through agriculture, and other forms of human development, we have sought to make the land around us more productive. Yet this article presents a important, and equally challenging question that we all should take time to reflect upon before answering.

 

Does nature (biodiversity) have value even when it does not contribute to human well-being?.

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Why the Government Wants Drought-Stricken California Farmers to Flood Their ... - TakePart

Why the Government Wants Drought-Stricken California Farmers to Flood Their ... - TakePart | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
Rice farms provide critical habitat for migratory birds, but water shortages mean hundreds of thousands of acres will be dry this winter.
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The man-made ecosystems that result from farming, and urban development alter the environment of all organism that co-exist within its shared space. With this said, we should not forget that the severity of the drought in California is affecting affect all lifefroms not just humans.

 

 

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Genetically Engineered Food: The Criminality of the GMO Biotech Industry. "Poison First, Regulate Later"

Genetically Engineered Food:  The Criminality of the GMO Biotech Industry. "Poison First, Regulate Later" | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it

"The story of open air trials of GM crops in India is a story of blatant violations of biosafety norms, hasty approvals, a lack of monitoring abilities, general apathy towards the hazards of contamination and a lack of institutional oversight mechanisms ..."

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Unauthorized GM crops are appearing in international markets around the globe, increasing the likelihood of food contamination.

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Farmer powers irrigation system with solar energy

Farmer powers irrigation system with solar energy | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
The Sioux City businessman expects payback for his investment in about 10 years.
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Agriculture is the building block of modern (and indeed many ancient) societies. Therefore who and how we grow our crops as well as the reasons why we choose to do so can illustrate larger issues or conflicts within our own society.

 

How does the use of solar powered irrigation systems fit into contemporary conversations about climate change and sustainable development? Would their be a demand for such technological innovation if it did not seem necessary?

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Is Industrialized Farming Making Our Fish Terribly Sick? - Care2.com

Is Industrialized Farming Making Our Fish Terribly Sick? - Care2.com | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
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Concern over the environmental effects of industrialized agriculture and factory farming is nothing new.
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Industrialized farming can generate a high crop yield for a price. That price usually takes the form of high water and oil consumption which contributes to environmental degradation and air pollution. Furthermore, many of the chemicals used in the process drain back into tributaries and rivers which have a negative impact on fish populations. 

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Making the Best use of a Submersible Pump

Making the Best use of a Submersible Pump | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
Seeing the need of water in our daily routine, we have become largely dependent on water pumps in order to meet our daily water needs. There are various types of ...
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In regions of the world that are or in the near future will be experiencing water scarcity, an increasingly sophisticated system of water pumps may be needed in order to bring this precious resource to farmers. Yet the high demand for this resource in agricultural production  will likely cause increased competition with densely populated metropolitan areas for water rights while disenfranchising the smaller and more isolated communities from the conversation.

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Regenerative Organic Farming Can Sequester Vast Amounts of Carbon - Triple Pundit

Regenerative Organic Farming Can Sequester Vast Amounts of Carbon - Triple Pundit | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
Triple Pundit Regenerative Organic Farming Can Sequester Vast Amounts of Carbon Triple Pundit More than 100 percent of current annual carbon emissions could be sequestered by switching to regenerative organic agriculture, according to a new report...
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Regenerative agricultural farming can help reduce our global carbon footprint. 

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Twelve-year-old tobacco farmers: the hidden battle against US child labor

Twelve-year-old tobacco farmers: the hidden battle against US child labor | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
Brazil and India have banned child labor in their tobacco fields, but the Human Rights Watch reports that children as young as 12 are doing dangerous work in American fields
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The unequal power relations between workers and management can be seen in the lax child labor laws practiced on many tobacco farms.

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USDA Blog » Hawaiian Agriculture Remains Unique

USDA Blog » Hawaiian Agriculture Remains Unique | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it

"Hawaii may have only 7,000 farms, but our farming community is truly special and unique".

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Hawaiian farmers and ranchers are able to use  more renewable energy in their production and cultivation than any other state. A major factors that contribute to this fact is geography.

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Global Coffee Farming Poses Threat to Environment

Global Coffee Farming Poses Threat to Environment | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
Global coffee production has been promoting coffee farming in a
not-eco-friendly style.
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Coffee is a globalized commodity whose widespread popularity may be its own demise. Due to the ever increasing demand for caffeine, many producers have adopted more intensive large scale production methods. In the long run, this profitable enterprise is not environmentally sustainable compared to more traditional but less lucrative methods.

Are you willing to reduce your coffee imprint to save the planet?

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Q & A: Assessing the effects of climate change on U.S. agriculture

Q & A: Assessing the effects of climate change on U.S. agriculture | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it

"The federal government released the National Climate Assessment report today, a comprehensive look at the country’s current and future climate challenges."

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Climate change will create agricultural disruption is the near future and we must prepare by diversifying our agricultural system in order to prevent food disruption and its socioeconomic repercussions both within and outside of the United States.

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