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France's small-scale organic farmers celebrate 10 years of boxing clever

France's small-scale organic farmers celebrate 10 years of boxing clever | The Barley Mow | Scoop.it
Scheme provides consumers with direct access to produce and allows growers to plan for the long term...

 

"Vivien Lamouret, 30-ish, is only too happy to explain his work as a market-gardener. Based at Mareil-sur-Mauldre, a village 40km west of Paris, he sells all the organic vegetables he grows direct to consumers, thanks to the system invented by the Associations for the Preservation of Peasant Farming (Amap).

By joining an Amap, consumers deal directly with growers, committing themselves several months ahead of the harvest to buy a selection of fruit and vegetables from a particular farmer."

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A Model Farmer: Fashion to Farming

A Model Farmer: Fashion to Farming | The Barley Mow | Scoop.it

"I once heard that humans seek out natural environments because nature is not in resistance to itself. Having finally accepted the truth that my father is gone, I am surrendering my resistance as well. ... When my father died in late 2010 of a sudden heart attack, my driving ambition for material wealth and social status fell in pieces around me. Security, I had irrevocably learned, was an illusion. While I packed away his tools for wood, leather or machine and their resulting products, one impulse filled me: If I can't take it with me, then I want to leave behind things I made, not bought. A giving instead of a getting."

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‘Film farming’ uses no soil and just one-tenth the water

‘Film farming’ uses no soil and just one-tenth the water | The Barley Mow | Scoop.it

"We’ve seen numerous innovations over the years that aim to enable farming for those with scarce resources. We’ve encountered various solutions that help overcome space limitations, for example, and now we’ve come across a concept that focuses on a limitation of a different kind: Fresh water — or the lack of it in so many parts of the world. With water efficiency in mind, Dubai-based Agricel recently launched a farming system that uses a film-like material instead of soil and allows farmers to use 90 percent less water."

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West Coast Salmon: Pesticides Put Protected Species In Jeopardy

West Coast Salmon: Pesticides Put Protected Species In Jeopardy | The Barley Mow | Scoop.it

"A draft federal evaluation has found that three more common pesticides used on home lawns and agricultural crops jeopardize the survival of West Coast salmon.

The evaluation from NOAA Fisheries Service is the latest one resulting from lawsuits filed by conservation groups and salmon fishermen demanding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforce restrictions on pesticides around salmon streams.

This one looked at the pre-emergent herbicides oryzalin, pendimenthalin and trifluralin. They are used to control weeds in lawns, on road shoulders, in orchards, vineyards, and farm fields growing soybeans, cotton, corn, Christmas trees and other crops. Heaviest use is in California. The herbicides are ingredients in more than 100 commercial products made by dozens of manufacturers."

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Where Have All the Farms Gone? - Pew Environment Group

Where Have All the Farms Gone? - Pew Environment Group | The Barley Mow | Scoop.it

During the past 50 years, animal agriculture has gone through a seismic shift in the United States.  Family farms and red barns have been replaced by industrialized facilities controlled by large corporations that rely on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). In this system, cavernous warehouses crowded with thousands—even tens of thousands—of animals form the equivalent of an agricultural assembly line.


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Farmers of 800-years-ago could teach us how to protect the Amazon -- with raised farming beds

Farmers of 800-years-ago could teach us how to protect the Amazon -- with raised farming beds | The Barley Mow | Scoop.it
In the face of mass deforestation of the Amazon, recent findings indicate that we could learn from its earliest inhabitants who managed their farmland sustainably.
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New science reveals agriculture’s true climate impact

New science reveals agriculture’s true climate impact | The Barley Mow | Scoop.it

"... a group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have found a way to “fingerprint” various sources of nitrous oxide — and they’ve determined that the accelerated increase in atmospheric nitrous oxide in the last few decades has indeed been due to synthetic nitrogen fertilizer use.

 

The researchers accomplished this feat through a fascinating technique — using a natural “archive” of air frozen in Antarctic ice combined with an actual archive of air samples taken from a (stunningly beautiful) pollution tracking station in Tasmania, Australia.

 

In their analysis, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the scientists found that microbes in heavily fertilized farm fields produce nitrous oxide heavy with a particular isotope (nitrogen-14, for those keeping score at home). Their analysis also showed differences in the samples between the two sites that suggest the ability to create a geographical emissions map."

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