Agriculture and the Natural World
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Agriculture and the Natural World
This is an exploration of agriculture and how it relates to the environment.  Whether you call it agroecology or eco-agriculture or permaculture these all offer alternative approaches to industrial agriculture that are far more sustainable. This page will highlight good, bad and neutral news related to environmental, economical and socially sustainable agriculture.  
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SciWorthy: Science news for all who want to learn.

SciWorthy: Science news for all who want to learn. | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

SciWorthy: Science news for all who want to learn. 

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New science and information website the general public.  Nice source of compelling news stories.

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15 Seed Saving Initiatives Protecting Biodiversity for Future Generations

15 Seed Saving Initiatives Protecting Biodiversity for Future Generations | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Food Tank and SEHN are highlighting 15 important seed-saving projects across the globe that are helping preserve global agricultural biodiversity.
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A nice list summarizing seed saving projects around the world.  Some I already knew about and others I was not familiar with.  

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Darin Hoagland's comment, August 3, 2013 2:32 PM
In situ conservation has to be a part of the seed saving goals in all of these projects because there are limits to how long seeds can be saved and remain viable. This is why seed saving projects are an organizational challenge since seeds either need to be replaced by fresh supplies and/or taken out and grown again for new seed production. I like this list regardless.
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Scientists develop CO2 sequestration technique that produces 'supergreen' hydrogen fuel

Scientists develop CO2 sequestration technique that produces 'supergreen' hydrogen fuel | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Lawrence Livermore scientists have discovered and demonstrated a new technique to remove and store atmospheric carbon dioxide while generating carbon-negative hydrogen and producing alkalinity, which can be used to offset ocean...
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Interesting renewable fuel possibility and global warming correction.

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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, July 27, 2013 10:59 AM

Seems natural to build such a process into a large number of offshore wind turbines, maybe combined with wave energy and solar energy systems.  The distribution of acid-neutralizing carbonate and bicarbonate would be as diffuse as the distributed energy generation. 

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Explore Caves, Oceans & African Plains With These 4 Zooniverse Projects

Explore Caves, Oceans & African Plains With These 4 Zooniverse Projects | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

Contributing towards scientific research doesn’t always require you pay a monthly fee to your favourite projects.


Via Sharrock
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Crowdsourcing and citizen science at its best. I like this.

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The Next Trend In Landscape Design: Foodscapes


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Facinating, attractive and delicious idea explored through academic study.

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Rick Passo's curator insight, August 15, 2013 10:54 AM

http://www.aila.org.au/lapapers/papers/transform/docs/Zuenert.pdf

The Next Trend In Landscape Design: Foodscapes

http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25081# ;

 

As food security becomes a bigger issue, landscape designers are being encouraged to change their focus from aesthetics to edible fruits and vegetables.

Dubbed "Aesthetic Foodscape Design," it asks designers to look beyond aesthetics, which usually consists of ornamental plants to those that can also bring food sources to the center of their practice.  

Food security is a very real concern around the world, so why doesn't it feature more prominently in the landscapes spreading over our public spaces and civic properties, asks Joshua Zeunert, a member of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects who is a big proponent of this idea.

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Illumination: Next Steps in Ag- Jobs- for the Willing and those who work hard!

Illumination: Next Steps in Ag- Jobs- for the Willing and those who work hard! | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

"Whereas job growth in many sectors is stagnant, there is huge demand for skilled horticulturalists, that is, students trained in fruit and vegetable crop production. We need people that understand plant physiology, plant nutrition, plant pathology and entomology, along with a handle on business and communication".


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Agricultural jobs working with plants and especially plant scientists are no doubt available in many sectors of crop production.  However, a strong work ethic is critical as some of these jobs require long work weeks with little time for personal life.  Thus this blog post is both hopeful and cautionary for those seeking this type of work.  

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Fruit flies fed organic diets are healthier than flies fed nonorganic diets, study finds

Fruit flies fed organic diets are healthier than flies fed nonorganic diets, study finds | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Fruit flies fed an organic diet recorded better health outcomes than flies fed a nonorganic diet, according to a new study. Researchers found that fruit flies raised on organic foods performed better on various health tests.

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Facinating look at fruit fly health and organic diets.  Does this suggest better health for people who eat organic fruit as well?

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Alan Yoshioka's curator insight, March 26, 2013 4:28 PM

fascinating study ... apples to apples ... took organic vs conventional and it seems a positive outcome for organic   contrary to recently published and publicized studies ....