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Organic farming may be outgrowing its ideals

Organic farming may be outgrowing its ideals | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it
Even as more Americans buy foods labeled organic, the products are moving away from a traditional emphasis on local growing and limited environmental strain.

 

Organic farming has changed for the years; it is not just the small private farms of yesteryear.  How have increasing consumer demand, economies of scale and expanding markets reshaped the geographic patterns of organic farming?  How is the transportation of agricultural products reconfiguring the networks?   


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How to feed 7 billion of us without ruining the planet

How to feed 7 billion of us without ruining the planet | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it
A new study says feeding all 7 billion of us is possible with the resources at hand -- we'll just have to rethink how and where we're farming.

 

Excellent article from The Grist summarising a new Nature study on how are current industrialised farming system is failing the feed the world and what can be done about it.


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FAO report: "Energy-smart" agriculture needed to escape fossil fuel trap

FAO report:  "Energy-smart" agriculture needed to escape fossil fuel trap | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it

High and fluctuating prices of fossil fuels and doubts regarding their future availability mean that agri-food systems need to shift to an "energy-smart" model, according to the report Energy-Smart Food for People and Climate.

 

Mandatory reading for all policymakers involved in the debate on the European Common Agricultural Policy reform.


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Why Agriculture Needs to Catch Up on Climate Change Action

Why Agriculture Needs to Catch Up on Climate Change Action | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it
Agriculture is one of the first sectors that will be seriously affected by climate change, yet the sector is far behind in quantifying and reducing its carbon footprint.

 

Good article from GreenBiz.com.


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The world is closer to a food crisis than most people realise

The world is closer to a food crisis than most people realise | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it
Lester R.Brown: Unless we move quickly to adopt new population, energy, and water policies, the goal of eradicating hunger will remain just that...

 

Another warning but no one is listening until it is too late and then we will get the "free" rock concerts again.


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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 11, 10:29 AM

This should be truly terrifying to thsoe who hold political and social power at our present juncture.

 

Yet what are they doing to mitigate the problems of these impending crises, other than to prepare civilization for marshal law?  How are they actually helping others (and themselves) through the constant resorting to the jack-boot?

 

Not very enlightened.

 

Not every inspired.


Not very original.

 

Think abouti it.

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5 reasons to upgrade technology

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Adam Gittins, HTS Ag, lists five reasons why you should upgrade your older equipment with the latest precision ag technology.
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Tweet from @StateDept

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Tomorrow is #WorldWaterDay! Did you know agriculture and food production accounts for 70% of global water use? http://t.co/ELPfR5EpWi
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Farming in America: 'There's a growing discontent' - CNBC.com

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CNBC.com Farming in America: 'There's a growing discontent' CNBC.com "We have a farming model now that is antagonistic to the enjoyment of watching seeds grow and seeing a new born animal," said the 26-year-old Kempf, who is chief executive of...
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Nanomaterials in fertilizer products could threaten soil health, agriculture | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Nanomaterials in fertilizer products could threaten soil health, agriculture | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it

"“In light of published research, the Obama administration should institute an immediate moratorium on fertilizing with biosolids from sewage treatment plants near nanomaterial fabrication facilities. A moratorium would give researchers time to determine whether nanomaterials in soil can be made safe and to research alternatives to building soil heath, rather than depending on fertilization with biosolids.” says IATP’s Dr. Steve Suppan.

Over time, the report explains, nanomaterials in these agricultural inputs can accumulate and harm soil health. More research is urgently needed to adequately understand possible long-term impacts of nanotechnology.

“As agri-nanotechnology rapidly enters the market, can soil health and everything that depends on it can be sustained without regulation?” asks Suppan. “That’s the question regulators, researchers and anyone involved in our food system should be asking themselves.”

The report also details risks specific to farmers and farmworkers applying dried biosolids that incorporate nanomaterials, including inflammation of the lungs, fibrosis and other toxicological impacts."


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Agriculture Co. WordPress Template for Business Websites

Agriculture Co. WordPress Template for Business Websites | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it
Agricultural Co WordPress Template is a modern responsive theme with Bootstrap and Cherry Framework for making agricultural business websites.

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Rethinking Agriculture

"Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities."


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Steven Flis's curator insight, December 17, 2013 2:56 AM

with the increasing numbers of urban citizens in years to come the key to success in the city will be its ability to adapted to its growing enviroment. It would be nearly impossible for cities to exsit in the future with the current ways of agriculuture, there needs to be a change in the way things are done. Thats why this next gen way of agriculuture is going to take off in urban areas. with the ability to have full farms on rooftops the city will be able to self sustain itself more properly than it does in current times.

Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 17, 2013 3:40 PM

For the past three years I have had the luxury of having a garden in my backyard, it is a lot of work but there is nothing better than knowing where my food is coming from. I enjoy going in my backyard and being able to grab vegetables whenever I need them. I also go to farmers markets for vegetables that I don't grow in my own garden.  I would defeniately support local people to get good quality food. 

Lauren Shigemasa's curator insight, January 22, 10:28 PM

a powerful way to increase access to healthy foods! this organization called Growing Power is using urban gardening not only to create a sustainable food source for its neighbors, but also provides a system so we can donate and send a week's worth of fresh fruit/vegetables to any surrounding community in need. so amazing!

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Asparagus Time! - Rare Republic

Asparagus Time! - Rare Republic | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it

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Urban chicken farming takes dinner from backyard to plate - WBRC

Urban chicken farming takes dinner from backyard to plate - WBRC | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it
Urban chicken farming takes dinner from backyard to plateWBRC(RNN) - While some people grow corn, carrots and cucumbers in home gardens, others prefer to raise something a little more lively in their backyards.

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Why clean water is key to keeping girls in school

Why clean water is key to keeping girls in school | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it
A lack of safe running water means many girls drop out of school when they start menstruation, but a new project is looking to fix that

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New Report: Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change

New Report: Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it

Interesting new report from the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change with recommendations for policymakers.


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The bugs that ate Monsanto

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First Roundup-resistant superweeds, and now corn rootworms, a common pest, have grown resistant to Monsanto's Bt corn. The result is bad for more than just the company's stock prices.

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How to Make the Food System More Energy Efficient

Changes in agriculture, policy and personal behaviors can reduce the energy a nation uses to feed itself and the greenhouse gases it emits...

 

Great recent article from Scientific American.


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Record cereal prices stoke fears of global food crisis

Record cereal prices stoke fears of global food crisis | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it
Severe drought in US - largest exporter of corn, soya beans and wheat - pushes up prices and revives memories of 2007-08 riots...

 

This recurrence of the global food crisis caused either by rising commodity prices or extreme weather events related to climate change is a strong indicator of the validity of John Michael Greer's theory of the catabolic collapse of civilisations.


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The Farm Bill: What's in it for Organic Agriculture - Farm Futures

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The Farm Bill: What's in it for Organic Agriculture Farm Futures The organic agriculture industry is growing at a record pace as more than 25,000 certified organic operations in 120 countries register with the USDA Ag Marketing Service – a trend...
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Growing use of drones poised to transform agriculture - USA TODAY

Growing use of drones poised to transform agriculture - USA TODAY | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal Growing use of drones poised to transform agriculture USA TODAY That's because agriculture operations span large distances and are mostly free of privacy and safety concerns that have dogged the use of these aerial high-fliers...
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Technology and Agriculture - India

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A short report on Technology and Agriculture based in India.

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How cities can embrace urban agriculture and weaken the grip of 'big food'

How cities can embrace urban agriculture and weaken the grip of 'big food' | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it
Many city governments around the world are encouraging agriculture in urban areas--so long as it stays small scale and doesn't challenge the status quo.

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Urban Agriculture: Industrial-Sized Rooftop Farm Planned for Berlin

Urban Agriculture: Industrial-Sized Rooftop Farm Planned for Berlin | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it
It is hardly a logical spot for a farm, but three Berliners have earmarked a massive former factory roof for an unusual urban agriculture venture.

 

Urban agriculture within an industrial landscape is reshaping our cities, food systems and rural areas. What economic factors are making this happen?  What cultural factors explain the growth of this phenomenon?  


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Mr. Gresham's curator insight, April 10, 7:19 AM

I wonder what Von Thunen would think of this!

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Precipitation Mapping

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 21, 2013 12:32 PM

In New Hampshire they are doing great work to make mapping data useful in the classroom.  This site is one that they use to show how students can map locally relevant data from an online data set.  CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network)  is a crowd-sourced network that gathers North American precipitation data.  The data (especially the total precipitation summary) can be easily copied into as spread sheet and saved as a CSV file (which can be uploaded to ArcGIS online).


Tagsmapping, CSV, water, GISESRIgeography education, geospatial, edtech.

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Geography of Quinoa

Geography of Quinoa | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it

"The popularity of Quinoa has grown exponentially among the health-conscious food consumers in the developed economies of the world.  Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is rich in protein and is a better grain for those seeking to lose weight.  Quinoa has historically be rather limited but this diffusion is restructuring the geographic patterns of many places." 


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Pranav Pradeep's curator insight, February 27, 8:23 AM

Its crazy how something grown so far away can become such a dominant aspect in the food consupmtion of people in such distant place.

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 28, 11:01 AM

Quinoa is the new food to lose weight with. People all over the world have discovered its health benefits and can't get enough of it. However, quinoa only grows in certain climates and places. Since its supply is in high demand, finding places for it to grow would be beneficial to those trying to market and sell the grain. 

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 3, 3:55 PM

Quinoa has been a staple crop in the Andes mountains for many years. It has only been recently that people in other parts of the world have recognized its health benefits. Since it is grown in only a tiny part of the world, the supply may easily fall behind the demand. Finding a similar geographic area to grow crops in may be what is needed in order to increase the supply.

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Backyard Bunnies Are the New Urban Chickens

Backyard Bunnies Are the New Urban Chickens | Unit 6 (Agriculture) | Scoop.it
Backyard Bunnies Are the New Urban Chickens (http://t.co/dhS3LpsP http://t.co/C54VpNao)

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