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USDA grants to help Vt specialty crop farmers

USDA grants to help Vt specialty crop farmers | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it
(AP) — Vermont is getting $188,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture grants to provide farmers food safety training, expand social media markets for maple producers and boost access to locally produced foods.
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7 Hot Energy Crops for Advanced Biofuels: What’s Happening?

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Hear more about Advanced Biofuels at World Bio Markets Brazil on the 17-18 September 2013 in Sao Paulo.

 

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Bayer CropScience Launches e3 Sustainable Cotton Program - The Sacramento Bee

Bayer CropScience Launches e3 Sustainable Cotton Program - The Sacramento Bee | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it
/PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Bayer CropScience launched its revolutionary e3™ sustainable cotton program today at the Kingpins New York denim sourcing show.
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IFC to reach 1 million farmers in Africa by 2018 through sustainable agribusiness

IFC to reach 1 million farmers in Africa by 2018 through sustainable agribusiness | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, aims to reach one million smallholder farmers in Africa by promoting sustainable agriculture and agribusiness practices, a goal it today while hosting a conference in Nairobi which brought together the private...
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Akilade Ayotunde's comment, June 11, 2013 8:38 AM
Help of the helpless O.........
East Africa Climate Change Network.'s curator insight, August 22, 2013 4:08 AM

This is timely intervention,hope that the continent will be food secure in future.

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Sustainable agriculture -- no silver bullets, but maybe some silver buckshot

Agriculture's future challenge is to provide enough food to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Environmental groups are sure to want more rules and regulations, but these rules cannot handcuff agriculture's freedom to innovate, say experts.
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Akilade Ayotunde's comment, June 11, 2013 8:55 AM
....or maybe some grains of salt (cum grano salis)- to pepper us into action....
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"Super yields" by ordinary farmers

"Super yields" by ordinary farmers | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it
In a village in India's poorest state, farmers are growing world record amounts of rice – with no GM or herbicide. Is this a solution to world food shortages? John Vidal meets the farmers
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Innovation in agriculture has been borne from necessity over the need for India to supply food to its growing economy.

 

With the growing need to feed, are there more solutions to be found that will greatly increase agricultural yields?

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Marine agriculture - could this be the solution to our land and water scarcity issues?

Marine agriculture - could this be the solution to our land and water scarcity issues? | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it
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If the main concerns attributed to agriculture are availability of land and water resources, then why not find a way to alleviate pressure on both?

 

Marine agriculture offers a new location for crops to grow and provides unlimited water resources....

 

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GM tree plantations bred to satisfy the world's energy needs

GM tree plantations bred to satisfy the world's energy needs | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it

Israeli biotech firm says its modified eucalyptus trees can displace the fossil fuel industry.

 

It's a timber company's dream but a horrific industrial vision for others: massive plantations of densely planted GM eucalyptus trees stretching across Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia and China, engineered to grow 40% faster for use as paper, as pellets for power stations and as fuel for cars.

 

The prospect is close, says Stanley Hirsch, chief executive of the Israeli biotech company FuturaGene. All that is missing, he says, are permissions from governments for the trees to be grown commercially, and backing from conservation groups and certification bodies.

 

FuturaGene has spent 11 years trialling thousands of GM eucalyptus and poplar trees on 100-hectare plots in Israel, China and outside São Paulo in Brazil, and is now at the last stages of the Brazilian regulatory process for commercial planting. Thanks to a gene taken from the common, fast-growing Arabidopsis weed, the company has found a way to alter the structure of plant cell walls to stimulate the natural growth process. The company says its modified eucalyptus trees can grow 5 metres (16ft) a year, with 20%-30% more mass than a normal eucalyptus. In just five and a half years they are 27 metres high.

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How is a high oil price promoting sustainable agriculture?

How is a high oil price promoting sustainable agriculture? | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it

To what extent has the oil price affected the agriculture community?

 

A high oil price has resulted in innovation in agricultural practice. Some sustainable agricultural practices equate to a reduced need for oil usage which then equates to less of a correlation between the oil price and the agricultural commodity price.

 

What are your thoughts on the below agricultural practices that are making cuts in oil consumption? Are there any other ways that increased efficiency in agriculture can provide a further disconnect between agriculture and oil?

 

1. Reducing food miles by producing locally

2. Finding organic solutions to generating fertile soils

3. Focussing on perennial crop development

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Darin Hoagland's curator insight, December 12, 2012 5:50 PM

This shows how energy use is tied to agriculture.  Reduced fossil fuel use helps bolster sustainable agriculture.

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Is soil-less agriculture the answer?

Is soil-less agriculture the answer? | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it

With widespread drought affecting international harvests this year, could issues over land availability and productivity be a thing of the past with new developments in soil-less agriculture?

 

But, how realistic is it to believe that soil-less agriculture can be developed at a commercial scale. Will soil-less agricultural crops find their way to your dinner table any time soon?

 

New innovation and key processes to improve the crop yields will be discussed over 3 days. Join me at the Sustainable Agriculture Conference, 12-14 March 2013 in Rotterdam.

 

www.worldbiofuelsmarkets.com

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GM crops, how do we weigh the pros and cons?

GM crops, how do we weigh the pros and cons? | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it
As farmers protest against more trials of genetically modified crops, an official committee has suggested a 10-year moratorium...

 

Who are the major international opposing forces to genetically modified crops?

What are the main reasons behind this opposition?

Is the promise of higher production yield not enough?

 

To hear answers to these questions join us at the Sustainable Agriculture Conference, part of the 8th World Biofuels Markets: the world's largest biofuels event.

 

Go to www.worldbiofuelsmarkets.com for further information.

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Will climate change force farmers to grow new crops?

Will climate change force farmers to grow new crops? | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it

Farmers will need to grow different crops as rising temperatures and unpredictable rainfall lead to a drop in yields of maize, rice and wheat in developing countries, according to agricultural experts. The three crops are the main source of calories globally, but all regions will have to change their approach to what they grow and eat...

 

Join in the debate at the Sustainable Agriculture Conference taking place the 12-14 March 2013 in Rotterdam as part of the 8th World Biofuels Markets event.

 

For more information go to: www.greenpowerconferences/wbmseries

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New study refutes myths about biofuels’ impact on land use

A new report released from researchers in the Netherlands shows that current models assessing the impact of crops grown for biofuel production on land use do not accurately reflect current production and land use realities.
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Impact Investor and Advocate for Sustainable Agriculture Discusses the Elimination of Fertilizer As a Result of Organic Farming

Impact Investor and Advocate for Sustainable Agriculture Discusses the Elimination of Fertilizer As a Result of Organic Farming | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it
Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture discusses how sustainable farming practices can eliminate the use of harmful fertilizers.
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Rise in biofuel production puts pressure on food

Rise in biofuel production puts pressure on food | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it
World biofuel production has increased five times in less than a decade to more than 100bn litres/year, putting massive strain on food sustainability.
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Akilade Ayotunde's comment, July 10, 2013 9:34 AM
An intermediate product (precursor) which could go either way might be the ideal solution for this bio-fuels dilemma.
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The Science behind Smart Agricultural practices in Saudi Arabia

The Science behind Smart Agricultural practices in Saudi Arabia | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it
The tone of truth and moderation
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To learn more about crop science, agricultural technologies and sustainable development come to the World Bio Markets – Technology & Innovation conference and exhibition  taking place the 25-26 June 2013 in at the Copenhagen Marriott hotel.

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Akilade Ayotunde's curator insight, May 31, 2013 5:41 AM

A supported innovation(backed by the scientific method) invokes confidence.

East Africa Climate Change Network.'s curator insight, August 22, 2013 3:26 AM

Amazing insights Sub Sahara can benneffit simmilary from such intervention.

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Is food waste by consumers making a mockery of advances in sustainable agriculture?

Is food waste by consumers making a mockery of advances in sustainable agriculture? | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it
Britain's biggest supermarkets defend their practices after a report suggested that up to half of the world's food is thrown away.
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With lack of food for our growing population being of significant importance from 2013 onwards, how is it 'that between 30% and 50% of the four billions tonnes of food produced around the world each year (goes) to waste" as this article suggests?

 

With heated debates over food and fuels and the emergence of an agricultural sector that is more and more concerned about 'sustainability' is it not important to drive this notion through to the retail market who are neglecting to promote moral food ethics?

 

There is an easy remedy to the pracitce of rejecting food based on cosmetics (size, shape, colour) - allow consumers to purchase unattractive food at a discounted price (rather than wasting the product completely).

 

Consumers who are worried over increasing food prices would applaud this opportunity. Even if the product is not sold at full price, surely the retailer will also benefit from some revenue rather than no revenue if the product is instead wasted?

 

The matter of providing adequate transport and storage infrastructure to save food from spoiling before hitting our shelves is another matter bourne by the retailer. The sheer volume of wasted usable goods based on growing consumer demand for foods should again be reason enough for solutions to be found here.

 

Overall, I see huge economies of injustice here.

 

Most notably...

 

Injustice relating to agricultural producers keen to produce sustainably sourced foods should see increasing pressures to ensure sustainability throughout the agriculture value chain.

 

...and...

 

Injustice towards our growing population that is in desperate need of cheaper food and is not being provided for by retailers.

 

 

It is time that we clean up our act and drive 'sustainable' practices throughout the agriculture sector not only from the place of production but right down to the time food hits our shelves.

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Akilade Ayotunde's curator insight, May 31, 2013 5:45 AM

In this instance, waste is synonymous with surplus. Try a new tack- export it.

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Growing food in the desert: is this the solution to the world's food crisis?

Growing food in the desert: is this the solution to the world's food crisis? | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it
Philipp Saumweber is creating a miracle in the barren Australian outback, growing tonnes of fresh food. So why has he fallen out with the pioneering environmentalist who invented the revolutionary system?
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The Land Grabs: can we apply a method that will ensure food security?

The Land Grabs: can we apply a method that will ensure food security? | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it

A new FAO report – Trends and Impacts of Foreign Investment in Developing Country Agriculture – Evidence from case studies – has just been released.

 

The report presents an analysis of the foreign investment in developing countries and as such, responds to concerns around the rapid increase in large-scale land acquisitions and other forms of investment in agriculture by foreign corporate actors. The report advances inclusive business models as the way forward, noting the need for continued growth in investment in agriculture, especially of food crops.

 

The major concerns for food security when examining foreign investment in agriculture is that: 66% of the deals reported in the Land Matrix occurred in countries with high prevalence of hunger. In most cases, the land being acquired in fertile land with irrigation. Analysis shows that land deals tend to centre around “cropland where the yield gap is relatively large, and where additional inputs (water, fertilizers, seeds, infrastructure and know-how) may create greater yields” (FAO, 2012:7). 

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The perfect storm brings sustainability to agribusiness

The perfect storm brings sustainability to agribusiness | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it

Apart from the overriding need to feed an increasing population, creating efficiences in agribusiness is a reaction to a mixture of environmental, economic and social dilemma. A perfect storm has struck large agribusiness multinationals which has lead them to make changes in fulfilling consumer sustainability requirements, ensuring reliable production by crop developers and protecting against climate change that could alter productivity. To remain competitive in this thriving sector, many multinationals are delivering a new quality of product development, literally from the ground up.

 

Do you think that there are enough international companies respecting these important values that connect their commercial interests with the interests of society and the environment? 

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Facing the facts: the real cost of deforestation

Facing the facts: the real cost of deforestation | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it
A landmark study of Kenya’s high-elevation forests shows that the economic cost of deforestation in the East African country exceeds national gains from forestry and logging by more than four-to-one, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)...

 

On the 12-14 March 2013 in Rotterdam the Sustainable Agriculture Conference (co-located with the World Biofuels Markets event) will provide expertise on sustainable commercial forestry practices and bioenergy end use.

 

For more information visit our website: www.worldbiofuelsmarkets.com

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Can the agriculture industry reduce emissions levels?

Can the agriculture industry reduce emissions levels? | Sustainable Agriculture Insight | Scoop.it

Reserach finds ag and food production contribute up to 29 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Feeding the world releases up to 17,000 megatonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, according to a new analysis released today by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)....

 

With growing concern over the impact of emissions on the environment and devastating affects this can have on our climate, how can the agricultural industry work on decreasing these emissions?

 

For discussions on the future of the agriculture sector come to our Sustainable Agriculture Conference which is colocated with the 8th World Biofuels Markets taking place the 12-14 March 2013 in Rotterdam.

 

For more information visit: www.worldbiofuelsmarkets.com

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