The supercheap and palatable noodles help low-wage workers around the world get by, anthropologists argue in a new book. And rather than lament the ascendance of this highly processed food, they argue we should try to make it more nutritious.
Sustainable agriculture involves production methods that provide healthy food for consumers, do not harm the environment, respect workers, are humane to animals, provide fair wages to farmers, and support farming communities.
For many years the agricultural revolution in England was thought to have occurred because of three major changes: the selective breeding of livestock; the removal of common property rights to land; and new systems of cropping, involving turnips and clover. All this was thought to have been due to a group of heroic individuals, who, according to one account, are 'a band of men whose names are, or ought to be, household words with English farmers: Jethro Tull, Lord Townshend, Arthur Young, Bakewell, Coke of Holkham and the Collings.
Bhutan's Agriculture Industry Goes 100% Organic - Worldcrunch
You have to start somewhere, and a small country is a good place. Bhutan has vowed to go 100% organic in its agriculture industry within the next 10 years. In a struggle to compete with its large neighbor, India, it will promote its 3% arable land as the source of organic produce. They will have to train its farmers in these practices and convince some that this is the right move for their country.
How ribbon farms – or rather the lack thereof in much of the United States – shaped attitudes toward modern transportation, and continue to shape our psychology as a nation today.
This is an interesting piece on the "long lot" system of land use that is typically of French origin. It provides more individual access to, perhaps a river for irrigation, but as this article states, to road frontage and access to transport for goods to market. And in this system the road came first, then the division of land rather than the opposite, which is why you find many large square or odd shaped parcels across much of the US and winding roads that came later to connect them.
Everyone loves Greek food, right? It's delicious and healthier than some other choices. But for many cash-strapped Greeks, globalization has introduced processed foods and choices like hamburgers and pizza, which are less expensive. Now, there is an increasing problem with obesity. How will they deal with this? Listen to this latest installment in the "Food for 9 Billion" series.
"A new book argues that locavores are terrible for the environment, the economy and global food security." This is a very interesting two-sided argument for the case of local and urban farming movements vs. commercial/industrial agriculture and which really addresses concerns of the world's food supplies.
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