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Our Industrial, Western Agricultural System Is Destroying the Earth and Our Health

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allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience

AllAfrica, January 07, 2014

OUR CONTEMPORARY, WESTERN AGRICULTURAL SYSTEM IS DETROYING THE EARTH AND OUR HEALTH

Over the course of the past century our food supply has shifted from local to global. Most food our grandparents ate was grown regionally, often by neighbourhood farmers.

Today our food comes from across the world. More importantly, it is often produced in highly destructive ways, at the lowest possible cost.

Consequently our food production system is responsible for accelerating the rate of destruction of the very ecosystems we are reliant upon in order to maintain our delicate global environmental equilibrium.

We cut and clear the lungs of the world, our tropical rainforests, to feed livestock or grow dishonestly named "biofuels". We bulldoze natural filtration systems and the nurseries for life like wetlands and mangrove swamps to produce luxury foods for obese populations...  http://allafrica.com/stories/201401071158.html?viewall=1

 


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An honest article about the world food order.   

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Christian Allié's curator insight, February 12, 5:58 AM

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This study, the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development, suggested that food production should hark back to its roots and use resources more smartly and equitably.

Trade distorting subsidies must end. Local ownership and stewardship require encouragement. Practices that preserve and restore ecological resources need to be pursued. Relevant science and technology can be adopted while constantly bearing in mind the multifunctional role of agriculture.

There certainly are practical models, capable of correcting the wrongs we have wrought on our ecosystems, to produce sufficient food for all.

The real (political) trick is to shift control of these resources back to where they are most needed - as Amartya Sen said - to those who trapped in poverty, without access to good, affordable food.

Simultaneously, those able to make informed choices should leverage their purchasing power to encourage a shift away from unhealthy and unsustainable eating choices.


Ashton is a writer and researcher working in civil society. Some of his work can be viewed at www.ekogaia.org.

Alan Yoshioka's curator insight, February 12, 12:39 PM

more reason to pursue urban and vertical farming ...

Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, February 13, 7:12 AM

Good compilation of links to push us into action.

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One day workshop in Gurgaon - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2014

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Register for our workshop and celebrate April-the "Earth Month"

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Next big idea in forest conservation: Reconnecting faith and forests

Next big idea in forest conservation: Reconnecting faith and forests | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
'In Africa, you can come across Kaya forests of coastal Kenya, customary forests in Uganda, sacred forest groves in Benin, dragon forests in The Gambia or church forests in Ethiopia...You can also come across similar forest patches in South and...
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A very sad tour of the warehouse where confiscated wildlife goods end up - Salon

A very sad tour of the warehouse where confiscated wildlife goods end up - Salon | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
A very sad tour of the warehouse where confiscated wildlife goods end up Salon Shoes, clothing and tchotchkes made from the bones and skins of threatened and endangered animals, victims of illegal wildlife trafficking, often end up up at the...
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Aging Water System in the U.S. is a Catastrophe Waiting to Happen

Aging Water System in the U.S. is a Catastrophe Waiting to Happen | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
As water crises continue to pop up across the nation, little attention is being given to the need to upgrade our nations centuries old water infrastructure.
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The aging water systems are a warning to all cities which try to bring water from far away rivers.  Developing countries   have a lesson to learn here.

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Organic bazaars carry on tradition of city district bazaars

Organic bazaars carry on tradition of city district bazaars | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-353403-organic-bazaars-carry-on-tradition-of-city-district-bazaars.html


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Water Bodies in Gurgaon - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - July, 2014

Water Bodies in Gurgaon - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - July, 2014 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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Adults 'make children fear nature' - Belfast Telegraph

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Belfast Telegraph Adults 'make children fear nature' Belfast Telegraph Wildlife presenter Chris Packham has spoken out against parents who stop their children interacting with nature, adding: "They have got to be stung, slimed, slithered on and...
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Organic Farming - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - July, 2014

Organic Farming - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - July, 2014 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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birds and butterflies, bees and bats are what a make a beautiful garden or farm!
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Project Noah | explore and document wildlife to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Project Noah | explore and document wildlife to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Project Noah is a tool that nature lovers can use to explore and document local wildlife and a common technology platform that research groups can use to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

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A MUST check!!!


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Investing in people

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http://IndianWildlifeClub.com crosses 7000 members across India

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Difference Between Organic Gardening and Permaculture

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Difference Between Organic Gardening and Permaculture

difference between organic gardening and Permaculture

The Permaculture garden is a lot more than an organic garden.

It is a system that is focused on closing the fertiliser loop by using waste, and reducing the dependence on inputs by creating healthy soil and diversity of produce.It is also responsible for its waste, it aims not to pollute the surrounding environment, i.e. neither with excess nitrogen released into the water systems, nor weed seed into any natural systems.It uses design to minimise the gardeners chores and energy input. Repeatative, hard work is the joy of few permaculturalists.  Variety and observation keep people engaged and excited about growing food. Permaculture activists are motivated by reducing their ecological footprint and developing a varied healthy lifestyle. Permaculture needs to engage all people of different ability, not just young strong people who can shovel compost.It aims to imitate nature. Visually this is the most noticeable difference between organic gardening and permaculture. In permaculture gardens (home systems is the more holistic term) there is rarely bare soil, the conservation of soil and water is a high priority. There is a more complex use of space. Plants are allowed to set seed and are interplanted for pest control. You are unlikely to see plants in rows.The permaculture system aims to harvest and maximise water, sun and other natural energies, e.g. wind, dust, leaves, bird droppings.The permaculture system aims to provide nutritious food and habitat for people AND native animals and birds.

See more about our Permaculture Design and Demonstration Site

What’s the difference between Organic Farming and Permaculture?

Basically, Permaculture uses organic gardening and farming practices but it goes beyond these practices and integrates the garden and home to create a lifestyle that impacts less on the environment.

Organic Farming promotes the use of natural fertilisers, making use of the natural carbon cycle so that waste from plants becomes the food (fertiliser) of another. In organic farming however, as with ALL farming, minerals are being lost from the farm every time a truck load of produce is carted to market.

Permaculture goes one step further. Permaculture brings production of food closer to consumers and the consumer’s wastes back into the cycle. It also reduces the energy wasted in transporting the foods by producing the foods where the people are. In permaculture the people contribute in their daily life toward the production of their food and other needs.

 


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The permaculture system aims to provide nutritious food and habitat for people AND native animals and birds.

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An effort worth emulating by Sarmoli Van Panchayat! - Indian Wildlife Club

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Malika Virdi's achievement in Sarmoli village is worthy of emulation.

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Vultures - "We will survive" - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - April, 2014

Vultures - "We will survive" - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - April, 2014 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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Is vulture breeding in India taking into account the ground realities?  a look from ground up.

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Mother India Cannot Survive Without Grandmother Nature - Huffington Post

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Mother India Cannot Survive Without Grandmother Nature
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What does Narendra Modi's emphatic win portend for India's natural riches?
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"Unlike Western creeds, Hinduism does not believe other species were created only to meet human needs. Such an affirmation of the intrinsic right of other species to exist is a precursor to the modern idea of species conservation"

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Why We Have to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves - TakePart

Why We Have to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves - TakePart | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Battle Creek Enquirer Why We Have to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves TakePart Midway through the new special issue of Science, about the global loss of wildlife, my heart caught on this idea: We now live with a steady, imperceptible loss “in...
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Doctors prescribing outdoors time: Nature is good for you. - Slate Magazine

Doctors prescribing outdoors time: Nature is good for you. - Slate Magazine | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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Doctors prescribing outdoors time: Nature is good for you.
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Why don't more doctors prescribe nature? They used to do so regularly. The practice gained popularity in the mid-19th century as cities rapidly expanded.
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"We manipulate our environment in ways to compensate for its deficiencies. We see pharmaceuticals, gyms, and standing and walking desks as a fair trade for the outdoors. And while they are certainly better than nothing, the research suggests that they may not be enough."

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Where the wild things are

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The Vanvadi collective, a group of about 20 like-minded city folk, is helping nurture a large 65-acre tract by farming organically as well as regenerating the forest cover, which holds a sizeable number of uncultivated foods

 

http://www.mid-day.com/articles/where-the-wild-things-are/15463153

 


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California Approves Fines for Water-Wasters During Drought as Conservation ... - ABC News

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California Approves Fines for Water-Wasters During Drought as Conservation ...
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California Approves Fines for Water-Wasters During Drought as Conservation Proves a Tough Sell. SACRAMENTO, Calif.
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Do we see the future of the National Capital Region in this article?  It is time to protect our natural water bodies or whatever is left of them.

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Gender + Conservation: A New Blog Series | Human Nature ...

Gender + Conservation: A New Blog Series | Human Nature ... | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Understanding those differences, and the roles that men and women play in natural resource management and decision-making, is key to ensuring that their unique uses of resources are taken into account, and that conservation efforts will ...
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In the Colombian rainforest, an experiment in community-driven climate protection

In the Colombian rainforest, an experiment in community-driven climate protection | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
The Tolo River community sells carbon credits to corporations via a United Nations program called REDD. The rewards go far beyond just money.
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"Living in harmony with Nature" season II - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - July, 2014

"Living in harmony with Nature" season II - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - July, 2014 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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Connecting the city's nature lovers to environment and wildlife experts through a workshop on 28th June 2014

 

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321 Free Tools for Teachers - Free Educational Technology

321 Free Tools for Teachers - Free Educational Technology | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Would you be interested in the ultimate list of free tools for teachers? At the following post you will found 321 Free Tools for Teachers separated in 18 educational technology categories. Enjoy!

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321 Free Tools for Teachers

Marisol Pamela Hernández Orellana's curator insight, June 14, 6:04 AM

Un interesante listado Que nos permite Navegar citar correctamente según norma APA o aquellas que nos permiten generar nuestras propias infografías!!!! vamos....explore, juegue con ellas e innove!!!

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A walk through the trees in your neighbourhood

A walk through the trees in your neighbourhood | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
How many of these 10 trees in your neighbourhood can you identify?
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Understanding the trees in your neighbourhood would surely make you want to protect them.  Excellent photographs of some common trees in our neighbourhood.

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Next big idea in forest conservation? Empowering everyone to watch over forests

Next big idea in forest conservation? Empowering everyone to watch over forests | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Nigel Sizer has worked on the forefront of global forest issues for decades.
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Citizen volunteers in Melghat Tiger Reserve(India) ensured that there was no poaching for the one year they helped forest guards  patrol vast tracts of area.

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Volunteers play important role in conservation in New Jersey - The Warren Reporter

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Volunteers play important role in conservation in New Jersey
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USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is celebrating the Earth Team, the agency's volunteer workforce, during National Volunteer Week April 6-13.
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Read about a successful experiment done in India 

 

http://www.indianwildlifeclub.com/Ezine/View/Details.aspx?aid=922

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To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

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Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.

 

Creating “Collaborative Learning Communities”

“It is essential to view learning as a total community responsibility,” he says, and to expect no short cuts. Children need to be integrated, fully contributing members of the broader community, so they can feel useful and valued. (It is not just the children who need this, he adds; healthy communities also need children.)

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On a practical level, the most powerful lever for change, Abbott says, is people coming together to “rethink the role of community in the learning process,” agreeing how to divide up responsibilities among professional teachers and other community members, and then launching small pilot projects that are true to their new vision. These efforts will build on each other, he says, and large-scale change will follow.


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june holley's curator insight, April 7, 11:59 AM
Not just for people involved in education!
Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, April 11, 10:32 AM

Educación y Sociedad

Bibiana Vargas's curator insight, April 13, 1:05 PM

Overschooled and undereducated.  Love the statement. Thinking of borrowing it soon.