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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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California's Mandatory Water Restrictions: Impact On Agriculture

California's Mandatory Water Restrictions: Impact On Agriculture | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
If you eat, you are involved in agriculture.   Yesterday’s mandatory restrictions on water use promises to have a major impact on California’s agriculture and the things we eat,  the extent of which is yet to be determined.  Water emergency edicts and voluntary restraints have been in place for some time [...]
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Recently Governor Brown of California, issued a mandatory reduction in water usage by 25% across the state. However, while the agricultural sector is exempt from complying with this new policy other interest groups will surely speculate, or even protest why this is so.

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Modi looks to Bihar for future of farming - Reuters

Modi looks to Bihar for future of farming - Reuters | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
PURNIA, India (Reuters) - Narain and legions of farmers in the dirt-poor state have more than doubled corn output in just five years by adopting hybrid seeds and good farm practices...
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While yields are increasing, we should keep in mind that local farmers may become increasing dependent on the companies that provide these hybrid seeds, and the unforeseen disruptions this relationship can create.

 

Check out this link

Hybrid Seeds vs. GMOs

http://www.foodrenegade.com/hybrid-seeds-vs-gmos/

 

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United Nations Calls for an End to Industrialized Farming

United Nations Calls for an End to Industrialized Farming | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it

"In 2013, the United Nations announced that the world's agricultural needs can be met with localized organic farms. That's right, we do not need giant monocultures that pour, spray and coat our produce with massive amounts of poisons, only to create mutant pests and weeds while decimating pollinators and harming human health."

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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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Baja labor leaders learned tactics from their efforts in U.S.

Baja labor leaders learned tactics from their efforts in U.S. | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
Before Fidel Sanchez led protest marches this month against growers in Baja California, he fought for higher wages from tomato farmers in Florida.
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Agriculture-minded retirement community keeps greenthumbed residents happily occupied

Agriculture-minded retirement community keeps greenthumbed residents happily occupied | Agriculture Around The Globe | Scoop.it
Offering its residents much more than a small plot for planting, Homefarm is a conceptual retirement development with full-on urban farming operations.
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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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Mackenzie Mcneal :)'s curator insight, November 28, 2014 2:54 PM

The increase in Urban Farming around the globe has had a major impact on our Earth. The amount of people growing their own food has increased so much that it has grown to be as big or even bigger the the size of Europe. With everyone growing their own food  supply the amount of has caused a dramatic change in the food supply amount in the world and in a given area.

Bella The Non-Vampire's curator insight, December 1, 2014 5:25 AM

Today there is now is an increased amount of urban farmers. People are growing more food then they imagined. The amount of urban farmers is now as big or bigger than the European Union. Now with having so many urban farmers, it's causing things to drastically change. We never would expected such a large number.

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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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Sierra_Mcswagger's curator insight, November 28, 2014 11:06 PM

Although genetically modified foods taste better, are they really a good investment? Research is showing that the -not so popular- organic foods is what we need in our fields. At a conference in Istanbul, studies show that organic foods deliver reliably high yields, and they thrive in the face of disaster such as extreme weather, and drought. As apposed to genetically modified foods which cannot guarantee high yield nor the sustainability in extreme weather conditions. 

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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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