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Mongolia: UNEP’s answer to food wastage

Mongolia: UNEP’s answer to food wastage | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Mongolia is one of the fastest growing countries in the world and has now been put under the spotlight by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). One of the biggest contradictions of our...
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Which biomes are able to produce food?

Which biomes are able to produce food? | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
“Biomes exist on land and in oceans and differ according to their location and geographic characteristics. Topography (the shape of the land), climate and”
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- examine the physical characteristics and productivity of biomes. - examine the correlation between the world’s climatic zones and spatial distributions of biomes and their capacity to support food and non-food agricultural production

 

 

 

 

jack merritt's comment, February 9, 2017 6:54 PM
Food can be produced from different biomes when people change the environment such as, building greenhouses to grow plants, building terraces on slopes etc
Possum's comment, February 9, 2017 6:56 PM
Biomes are on both land and in water. Biomes differ according to where they are located on the earth.
Meg's curator insight, March 20, 2020 11:03 PM
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Global food supplies will suffer as temperatures rise – climate crisis report | Food | The Guardian

Global food supplies will suffer as temperatures rise – climate crisis report | Food | The Guardian | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Politicians around world continue to respond to report from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
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How to Sustainably Feed 10 Billion People by 2050, in 21 Charts

How to Sustainably Feed 10 Billion People by 2050, in 21 Charts | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Can we feed the world without destroying it? New research reveals 22 steps to a sustainable food future.
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How to grow food in a concrete jungle

How to grow food in a concrete jungle | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Building flourishing farms in the heart of cities used to be just a utopian fantasy. Now it's an important step towards developing a smart, diversified food system capable of feeding a growing world population.
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Australian farmers reaping the benefits of a cropping revolution despite drying climate - ABC News

Australian farmers reaping the benefits of a cropping revolution despite drying climate - ABC News | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Australian grain production has more than doubled in 30 years despite declining rainfall, thanks to ingenuity and science.
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This Indigenous fishing venture is tackling food security in West Arnhem Land - ABC News

This Indigenous fishing venture is tackling food security in West Arnhem Land - ABC News | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Poor public health, lack of affordable food and unemployment are big issues for this West Arnhem Land community, but local fishers are building a business that can help.
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What is Regenerative Agriculture?

Regenerative agriculture is an effective way to restore biodiversity and stabilize the climate, but what exactly is it? This video explores three different regenerative practices that have great potential both in food production and in healing the land.

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Music: Dubious Doings by Thomas Howe (used with permission)

Sources:

Organic Agriculture does more harm than good
Searchinger et al., Assessing the efficiency of changes in land use for mitigating climate change, 2018.
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0757-z

Bacteria Converts Ammonium into Nitrite and Nitrate:
Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis, Teaming with Microbes, 2006, 48.

Myceilium brings water to plants:
Ibid, 57.

Worms increase water absorption and allow plant roots to penetrate deeper:
Ibid, 89.

Fertilizer leeches into water:
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, 2005.
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/05-073.htm

Regenerative grazing can sequester carbon:
Sanderman et al., Impacts of Rotational Grazing on Soil Carbon in Native Grass-Based Pastures in Southern Australia, 2015.
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article%3Fid%3D10.1371/journal.pone.0136157

Regenerative grazing can build soil and reverse desertification:
Allan Savory, Holistic Management, 1999, 244.

The growth of grass:
Global Rangelands, Basics of Grass Growth
https://globalrangelands.org/topics/rangeland-ecology/grass-growth
Julius Ruechel, The Daily Pasture Rotation, 2009.
https://www.grass-fed-solutions.com/pasture-rotation.html

Overgrazing leads to erosion, drought, and desertification:
Ibanez et al., Desertification due to overgrazing in a dynamic commercial livestock–grass–soil system, 2007.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304380007000993

Food forests consist of 7 layers:
Toby Hemenway, Gaia's Garden, 2001, 172.
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Unbroken Ground | A New Old Way to Grow Food

Unbroken Ground explains the critical role food will play in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis. It explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans. Most of our food is produced using methods that reduce biodiversity, decimate soil and contribute to climate change. We believe our food can and should be a part of the solution to the environmental crisis – grown, harvested and produced in ways that restore our land, water and wildlife. The film tells the story of four groups that are pioneers in the fields of regenerative agriculture, regenerative grazing, diversified crop development and restorative fishing.
http://www.patagoniaprovisions.com
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The fourth agricultural revolution is coming – but who will really benefit?

The fourth agricultural revolution is coming – but who will really benefit? | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
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We're mapping 1.7 million Australian paddocks from space

We're mapping 1.7 million Australian paddocks from space | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Our new farm mapping software uses satellite imagery to help farmers map the boundaries of Australian paddocks from space.
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From the ground up: Regenerative agriculture revives farmland while curbing climate change | Soil matters | The Guardian

From the ground up: Regenerative agriculture revives farmland while curbing climate change | Soil matters | The Guardian | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Now is the time to save the world’s farming systems – and it all starts with the soil
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Coronavirus: how lockdown exposed food insecurity in a small Bangladeshi city

Coronavirus: how lockdown exposed food insecurity in a small Bangladeshi city | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
The urban poor in Bangladesh's small cities already faced food insecurity before COVID-19 – but the lockdown made affording food much harder.
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GoPro Cause: Forever Securing World Food Supply with Crop Trust

Follow world-renowned scientist Cary Fowler into the heart of the arctic, where the Svalbard Global Seed Vault lies nestled in the frozen Norwegian landscape. Among the most important buildings in the world, the Seed Vault holds the key to human survival: more than 880,000 seed samples, the largest collection in the world. These seeds are critical because, unless safeguarded, agriculture biodiversity is at risk of decline in the face of changing environmental and population pressures.

Donate today to join GoPro in supporting Crop Trust’s Seed Vault to safeguard crop diversity, forever:
https://gopro.com/goproforacause/croptrust

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Additional footage provided by Getty Images and PBS Newshour.

Special Thanks to: Cary Fowler, Martin Fowler, Sarah Arno, Amy Goldman, The Crop Trust, Brian Lainoff, Mark Lainoff, & the Svalbard community.

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Palm Oil Giant’s Industry-Beating ESG Score Hides Razed Forests - Bloomberg

Palm Oil Giant’s Industry-Beating ESG Score Hides Razed Forests - Bloomberg | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Destruction in an African rainforest and complaints from local residents show the challenges of monitoring companies.
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Amazon rainforest now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs | Amazon rainforest | The Guardian

Amazon rainforest now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs | Amazon rainforest | The Guardian | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Cutting emissions more urgent than ever, say scientists, with forest producing more than a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year
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Fish Farming Is Feeding the Globe. What’s the Cost for Locals?

Fish Farming Is Feeding the Globe. What’s the Cost for Locals? | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
In the small coastal country, an exploding industry has led to big economic promises, and a steep environmental price.
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Food System Impacts on Biodiversity Loss

Food System Impacts on Biodiversity Loss | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Global food production is the key driver of accelerating biodiversity loss. This paper introduces three levers for reducing pressures on land and creating a more sustainable food system.
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Food and Nutrition Security Teaching Materials Celebrate World Food Day 2020

Food and Nutrition Security Teaching Materials Celebrate World Food Day 2020 | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
To celebrate World Food Day 2020, the Crawford Fund is launching its first free project-based high school learning materials.
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Key insights into land degradation from seven African countries

Key insights into land degradation from seven African countries | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Regreening Africa works directly with 500,000 households to restore one million hectares of agricultural land.
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'From the Ground Up – Regenerative Agriculture'

Inspired by Charles Massy's best-selling book "Call of the Reed Warbler", filmmaker Amy Browne set out across the dry farming country of South East NSW to meet Massy and the other trailblazing farmers bringing new life to their land.

Regenerative agriculture is one of the most promising wide-scale environmental solutions. This short documentary is a comprehensive journey through a variety of landscapes and regenerative farming techniques.

'From the Ground Up' is a story of genuine change and inspiration - tracing the steps of individuals who transformed their practices following the life-changing realisation - that farmers have a unique opportunity to heal the planet.

Additional resources on regenerative agriculture:
TED Talks
- Allan Savory on "How to fight desertification and reverse climate change": https://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world_s_deserts_and_reverse_climate_change/transcript?language=en
- Charles Massy on "How regenerative farming can help save the planet and human health": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et8YKBivhaE

Books:
"Call of the Reed Warbler – A New Agriculture, A New Earth" by Charles Massy
"The Biggest Estate on Earth – How Aborigines Made Australia" by Bill Gammage
"Back from the Brink – How Australia's Landscape Can Be Saved" by Peter Andrews
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The fourth agricultural revolution is coming – but who will really benefit?

The fourth agricultural revolution is coming – but who will really benefit? | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
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Pandemic can't stop 9 billion bees on their way to Victoria's almond crops - ABC News

Pandemic can't stop 9 billion bees on their way to Victoria's almond crops - ABC News | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Billions of bees are being transported across the country to perform a critical job and the bulk of the work is happening when most of us are sleeping.
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'Time to embrace history of country': Bruce Pascoe and the first dancing grass harvest in 200 years | Art and design | The Guardian

'Time to embrace history of country': Bruce Pascoe and the first dancing grass harvest in 200 years | Art and design | The Guardian | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
Writer’s farm in East Gippsland, Victoria, is producing native grains for flour and bread using traditional Aboriginal techniques
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Wefarm

Wefarm | Stage 5 Sustainable Biomes | Scoop.it
The world's largest platform for small-scale farmers. Connecting millions of farmers on Wefarm so they can know more, buy smarter, and sell better.
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Feeding the Billions: A New Frontier for Sustainable Eating | earthrise

With global demand for food set to increase by nearly 70 percent by 2050, sustainable food production is one of the biggest challenges for the future.more food. That should give us hope that we can flip this enormous problem into one of the most delicious tools to tackle environmental meltdown."

earthrise went to Finland and Italy to explore two alternative projects that are paving the way for the food of the future.

Zero Waste Restaurant

A restaurant in Finland is challenging the traditional way of operating a fine dining eatery.

Ultima, in Helsinki, is pioneering a closed economy system where they not only reduce waste and recycle nutrients but are cultivating their own food on an urban site, thereby making the whole food production and consumption system highly efficient.

Its Michelin-starred chefs Henri Alen and Tommi Tuominen have designed a somewhat unusual menu from cricket tacos with queso fresco to mushroom pasta grown in coffee waste.

"It all started when me and my colleague Tommi, we were taking the bins out and we were thinking how can we make this much waste, how could we do the things better for the environment, for the customer?" says Alen. "That's our biggest ambition."

The pioneering restaurateurs set up Ultima in the belief that the old low-standard dishes of environmental eating should be a thing of the past. They hope that they can start a conversation.

"We just need to grow things forward, make people think," says Alen.

Jellyfish for Dinner

In Italy, scientists are attempting to tackle the staggering number of jellyfish swarms with a new solution - by eating them.

Exploiting this foodstuff, which has been previously unexplored in the West, could begin to restore balance to the marine ecosystem, which has been devastated by a surge in jellyfish numbers, and also offer a much-needed sustainable meat alternative in an age where the meat industry is contributing to global climate change, deforestation and water degradation.

Research scientist Antonella Leone and her colleagues aim to show food safety authorities that jellyfish are a safe, plentiful food source.

"In Europe, jellyfish are considered a nuisance .... this could be changed if our studies demonstrate that they are a very powerful resource of food," she says."[It] could be important, for local fishermen, local restaurants, for local economies."

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