Bussi communities and preserving Lake VictoriaPublish Date: May 31, 2013 – New Vision


New Vision

Bussi communities and preserving Lake VictoriaPublish Date: May 31, 2013
New Vision
“Each family is given seedlings to plant in an effort to promote agro-forestry and encourage the communities to replace the trees they harvest for timber, firewood and other uses,” Kabiswa explains. The project has helped establish 50 model households

Optical signatures of dissolved organic matter in the watershed of a globally large river (Yangtze River, China)

Publication date: Available online 31 May 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Hao Chen , Wei Meng , Bing-hui Zheng , Chun-yan Wang , Li-hui An
Parallel factor analysis of fluorescence excitation emission matrices of surface water samples of a globally large river (Yangtze River, China) watershed identified three classes of fluorescent dissolved organic matter (FDOM) that had ex/em = 280/330 nm, 305/385 nm and 350/450 nm respectively, resembling “peak T”, “peak M” and “peak C” commonly identified in natural water, respectively. Peak T (a tyrosine/tryptophan-like FDOM) did not show correlations to peak M or C which were humic-like substances, while a positive correlation ( r = 0.935, p < 0.001) was present between the natural log-transformed maximum fluorescence intensity ( F max ) of peaks T and M indicating a tight link during their production and processing. F max values (in Raman unit nm−1) normalized to dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentration were low, varying in ranges 15.93–85.95, 29.83–83.54 and 19.73–51.05 × 10−5 nm−1 (μmol/L)−1 for peaks T, M and C, respectively, in line with the history of strong photobleaching of the water samples as indicated by fairly high absorption spectral slope ratios (0.75–1.53 with a mean 1.03). Intermediate fluorescence index (FI) (1.46–1.83 with a mean 1.61) and small specific absorption at 254 nm (0.64–1.93 with a mean 1.15 m−1 mg−1 L) of the water samples, indicated the presence of both aquatic microbial DOM (e.g. peak T) and soil DOM (e.g. peak C). Peak C could be substantially removed by UV-A (320–400 nm) irradiation, while peak M was slightly increased when a microbe-containing water was exposed to the same UV-A irradiation. Taken together, peak C was attributed to diffuse soil source while peak M was likely attributed to joint effects of microbial activities and solar irradiation on the chromophores in the sample.

Getting food & farming back on track

The Senate is in recess this week, but they'll be resuming Farm Bill debate on Monday. The bill will be pared down in the coming days, and PAN and partners are working hard to ensure that key policies that support healthy food, farming and communities are included in the final law.

Among the many amendments up for consideration, three rise to the top of our priority list. These provisions take steps to protect honey bees and support farmers who put smart practices in place to protect our shared air, soil and water. This is our once-every-five-years opportunity to get food and farming policy back on track.

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EU flags another bee-harming pesticide

Regulators across the pond are keeping up the momentum to protect the pollinators, with a new report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) adding fipronil to the list of pesticides that pose a threat to honey bees.

EFSA made similar declarations about three other bee-harming insecticides earlier this year, and the EU responded with a two-year ban on the use of those chemicals. We have yet to see if fipronil will be added to the list of restricted pesticides, but EFSA's conclusion signals that protections for bees are more likely.

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Another sneak attack on clean water law

Don't do it, Senators. Yet again, an attempt is in the works to roll back protections of our streams and rivers — along with the critters who live in them and communities that rely on them — from harmful pesticides.

This time the push to weaken our national water law takes the form of two nearly identical amendments to the Senate's version of the Farm Bill (#1100 and #1103). The rollback effort first showed up as a proposed amendment to the China Currency Bill (no really!) in the fall of 2011. It's since been introduced several times as a stand-alone law, and showed up in a coordinated media push by conservative lawmakers. This is a bad idea that needs to be shut down once and for all.

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Facing Off: The Integration of Capital v. the Integration of Peoples in the … – Monthly Review


Monthly Review

Facing Off: The Integration of Capital v. the Integration of Peoples in the
Monthly Review
What you are doing here in this school [the agro-ecology training center of the Peasant Movement of Haiti] is revolutionary. It's anti-imperialist. It's anti-capitalist. The imperialists want to control our seeds to control our plates and our lives

Millions against Monsanto

Two million people, over 400 cities, more than 50 countries. These numbers from organizers of the May 25th global “March against Monsanto” tell the story of a tide that is turning fast and hard against one of the greatest corporate villains of our time. From Tokyo to Turku, from Tallahassee to Tasmania, people spanning six continents came out to declare “Enough!”

The global response witnessed this past weekend is a powerful rebuke not only to Monsanto, but also to the U.S. State Department which has aggressively pushed a self-described “active biotech agenda” in over 100 countries. And the lengths to which the State Department has gone to promote Monsanto’s interests have been charted in a new Food & Water Watch exposé.

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Exhibit celebrates 50 years of plant pathology

“Healthy Plants for a Healthy World: 50 Years of Plant Pathology at Penn State,” an exhibit, will be on display June 5 to Sept. 17, in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library, Penn State University Park. General exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday–Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The exhibit also will be open during the special events times. Call 814-865-1793 to confirm times.

Basmati shift with support and lure – Indian Express

Basmati shift with support and lure
Indian Express
The plan envisages diversification of the paddy area towards basmati, as well as maize, cotton, oilseeds, pulses and agro forestry. As the first step, Punjab intends to diversify within paddy from water-guzzling parmal varieties procured for the
Punjab to cut down area under paddy by 1 lakh hectares IBNLive



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Timberland Ups The Ante For Sustainable Fashion In 2012 – PR Newswire (press release)

Timberland Ups The Ante For Sustainable Fashion In 2012
PR Newswire (press release)
In Haiti, Timberland's long-term agroforestry initiative has become self-sustaining, and by the end of 2012, it generated increased crop yields of up to 50 percent for participating farmers who sold excess inventory for profit. On the other side of the

How Two Plant Geeks Grew a Permaculture Oasis in an Ordinary Backyard – YES! Magazine

How Two Plant Geeks Grew a Permaculture Oasis in an Ordinary Backyard
YES! Magazine
They wanted to transform their yard into a permaculture oasis by planting “a mega-diverse living ark of useful and multifunctional plants” from their bioregion and around the world. They hoped to harvest “two handfuls of fresh fruit every day for

Timberland Ups The Ante For Sustainable Fashion In 2012 – The Herald | HeraldOnline.com

Timberland Ups The Ante For Sustainable Fashion In 2012
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
In Haiti, Timberland's long-term agroforestry initiative has become self-sustaining, and by the end of 2012, it generated increased crop yields of up to 50 percent for participating farmers who sold excess inventory for profit. On the other side of the

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Timberland Ups The Ante For Sustainable Fashion In 2012 – Wall Street Journal (press release)

Timberland Ups The Ante For Sustainable Fashion In 2012
Wall Street Journal (press release)
In 2012, Timberland focused its environmental stewardship efforts in Haiti and China's Horqin Desert, areas dramatically affected by massive deforestation and desertification, respectively. In Haiti, Timberland's long-term agroforestry initiative has

Put green growth in Africa’s development plan – Report – Ghana Business News

Put green growth in Africa's development plan – Report
Ghana Business News
With emphasis on agriculture which employs about 60 percent of Africa's total population and contributes a third of the continent's GDP, the report said “greening agricultural practices through agro-forestry and organic farming practices deliver short

Tent caterpillar outbreak more nuisance than menace, says city – Chilliwack Times

Tent caterpillar outbreak more nuisance than menace, says city
Chilliwack Times
"Last year the population was very high in the Gulf Islands and in some places around the Lower Mainland," according to Judy Myers, a professor of Zoology and of Agroecology at the University of British Columbia. "The population seems to be going down

A Silver Breeze Now Offers WeWOOD Watch Collections – PR Web (press release)


PR Web (press release)

A Silver Breeze Now Offers WeWOOD Watch Collections
PR Web (press release)
The brand also collaborates with Trees for the Future – an International organization which focuses on restoring forests worldwide through seed distribution, agroforestry training, and specific country programs. A Silver Breeze offers all six watch

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African Development Report Calls for Green Growth in Africa’s Development – EIN News (press release)

African Development Report Calls for Green Growth in Africa's Development
EIN News (press release)
With an emphasis on agriculture which employs about 60 per cent of Africa's total population and contributes a third of the continent's GDP, the report said “greening agricultural practices through agro-forestry and organic farming practices deliver

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How This Garden Grows: Permaculture And Land Stewardship – Vermont Public Radio

How This Garden Grows: Permaculture And Land Stewardship
Vermont Public Radio
Thu 5/30/13 at Noon and 7PM One farm in Mad River Valley has been a place of experimentation for the idea of “permaculture” – an ecosystem that renews itself through careful design and planning. On the next Vermont Edition, we talk with man behind

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From damp towels to agro-foresty – Accor Hotels steps up green project investment – Business Green

From damp towels to agro-foresty – Accor Hotels steps up green project investment
Business Green
However, now the company is looking to revamp the scheme by ensuring the funding is targeted at so-called agro-forestry projects that use trees to reduce farming's environmental impacts and improve yields by reducing the risk of soil erosion, curbing

From damp towels to agro-foresty – Accor Hotels steps up green project … – Business Green

From damp towels to agro-foresty – Accor Hotels steps up green project
Business Green
However, now the company is looking to revamp the scheme by ensuring the funding is targeted at so-called agro-forestry projects that use trees to reduce farming's environmental impacts and improve yields by reducing the risk of soil erosion, curbing

From damp towels to agro-foresty – Accor Hotels steps up green project investment – Business Green (blog)


Business Green (blog)

From damp towels to agro-foresty – Accor Hotels steps up green project investment
Business Green (blog)
However, now the company is looking to revamp the scheme by ensuring the funding is targeted at so-called agro-forestry projects that use trees to reduce farming's environmental impacts and improve yields by reducing the risk of soil erosion, curbing

Kitchen Gardener – “Pip” a new national permaculture mag to be published here. – ABC Online (blog)

Kitchen Gardener – "Pip" a new national permaculture mag to be published here.
ABC Online (blog)
This week we learn of "Pip" a new national permaculture magazine born in the Bega Valley. Pambula based editor Robyn Rosenfeldt is in the early stages of creating Pip, with the first edition out this time next year. Robyn says the South East is fertile

Temperature increase and respiratory performance of macroinvertebrates with different tolerances to organic pollution

Publication date: Available online 29 May 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Lennie Rotvit , Dean Jacobsen
Respiration rates (mg O 2 g−1 AFDW h−1) of Leuctra hippopus , Sericostoma personatum , Helodes minuta , Gammarus pulex and Asellus aquaticus were studied across an oxygen gradient at 2.8 and 6.3 °C, corresponding to an expected 3.5 °C increase in Danish winter stream temperature. Species were selected from the Danish Stream Fauna Index (DSFI), representing an expected hierarchy of tolerance towards water quality degradation. We expected that low-ranking, tolerant species (i.e. indicators of bad water quality) would have the capacity to regulate their oxygen uptake relatively independently of oxygen availability (oxy-regulators) and high-ranking, sensitive species (i.e. indicators of good water quality) would be less able to do so (oxy-conformers). For all species respiration rate was higher (although non-significantly) at 6.3 °C. The species’ oxy-regulatory capacity did not consistently reflect their DSFI ranking. As expected, and in accordance with its DSFI ranking, A. aquaticus had the highest oxy-regulatory capacity with the ability to regulate O 2 uptake until an oxygen saturation of only 20%, which did not change with increasing temperature, emphasizing the robustness of A. aquaticus towards changes in the environment. S. personatum , H. minuta and G. pulex revealed no oxy-regulatory capacity. In contrast, the plecopteran L. hippopus did display an unexpected oxy-regulatory capacity. Though an increase in temperature changed L. hippopus ’ capacity to oxy-regulate (the critical limit increased from 32.5 to 43.5% oxygen), respiration rates did not change significantly in spite of the temperature increase. This result contradicts the general belief that stoneflies, because of their affinity to well oxygenated habitats, are conformers. Our findings call for further studies on the respiratory conformer–regulator concept and its role as an eco-physiological trait for bio-assessment.

This Week in Forest Carbon: Report Launches at CARBON EXPO – Ecosystem Marketplace

This Week in Forest Carbon: Report Launches at CARBON EXPO
Ecosystem Marketplace
The project intends to provide environmental and social benefits to forests damaged and people displaced as a result of civil warfare by restoring 2,000 hectares of degraded land through the establishment of taungya agroforestry plantations, which will

Q&A: The challenges of monitoring a forest three times as large as France – TrustLaw

Q&A: The challenges of monitoring a forest three times as large as France
TrustLaw
This research is carried out as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and was supported by the Department for International Development (DFID), AusAid, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and

“Vietnamese enterprises inefficient to do official trade with China” – VietNamNet Bridge


VietNamNet Bridge

“Vietnamese enterprises inefficient to do official trade with China”
VietNamNet Bridge
You should consider how many percentages of the Vietnamese agro-forestry-fishery products in the Chinese market? Certainly not great! On the other hand, Vietnam also exports agriculture, forestry and fishery products to many other countries too, not

African Development Report Calls for Green Growth in Africa’s Development – AllAfrica.com

African Development Report Calls for Green Growth in Africa's Development
AllAfrica.com
With an emphasis on agriculture which employs about 60 per cent of Africa's total population and contributes a third of the continent's GDP, the report said "greening agricultural practices through agro-forestry and organic farming practices deliver

Coastal and central BC engulfed in tent caterpillar population explosion – Vancouver Sun (blog)

Coastal and central BC engulfed in tent caterpillar population explosion
Vancouver Sun (blog)
by their black and orange markings — have spread across Richmond and into the Fraser Valley from their natural habitat in the southern Gulf Islands, according to Judy Myers, a professor of Zoology and of Agroecology at the University of British

The day the world marched against biotech titan, Monsanto – Washington Times


Washington Times

The day the world marched against biotech titan, Monsanto
Washington Times
Biotechnology is not the solution to world hunger-Agroecology is.” For more information on March Against Monsanto, click here. The full March Against Monsanto mission statement can be read here. Source: Emilie Rensink, March Against Monsanto. Want to

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When Does Science Become Justice? Scientific Evidence, Pesticides, and Food System Justice

Title: When Does Science Become Justice? Scientific Evidence, Pesticides, and Food System Justice
Location: Engineering 2, 599, UCSC
Description: Join us for this free talk sponsored by the Science and Justice Research Center, and co-sponsored by CASFS and the Food Systems Working Group. Questions? Contact scijust@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-05-28
End Time: 18:00

Register Now for June 19 Workshop: “School Food Innovations Toward Increasing Specialty Crops”

Join us on Wednesday, June 19th from 8am-3pm at New Brighton Middle School’s Performing Arts Center and Central Kitchen in Capitola, California for the concluding statewide training on strategies and resources to increase fresh fruits and vegetables in schools and nourish the relationships that make that effort possible. This is the culmination of the Centerpiece for a Healthy School Environment workshop series. If you’re interested in connecting with your school food service peers as well as growers, distributors, and farm to school professionals this workshop is both timely and relevant for YOU! Space is limited and travel scholarships are available to help your and/or your food service district staff join us for this training. For travel assistance contact Tim Galarneau attgalarne@ucsc.edu.

Register for the free workshop here.

Register Your Organization for the 2013 Fall Harvest Festival & OPERS Festivals taking place this September!


OPERS Fall Festival Tabling Registration: Festival Takes Place September 24th
If you are part of a campus organization, program, or unit that focuses on sustainability (economic, social, ecological, educational) and you want to reach out to students at the annual OPERS Fall Festival taking place on Tuesday, September 24th from 3-6 pm at the East Field, CLICK HERE to register your group for tabling at this event. Please note: only campus affiliated organizations and groups can register to table at this festival.
UCSC Farm Fall Harvest Festival Tabling Registration Form: Festival Takes Place September 29
If you are part of a campus or community group, organization, or initiative focused on sustainable agriculture, food systems, composting/waste reduction, and/or social justice please join us for the annual UCSC Harvest Festival taking place on the CASFS farm from 11 am-5 pm on Sunday, September 29th, 2013. CLICK HERE to register your organization for tabling at this event.



JOHNSTONE: Another spending scandal in Saskatchewan – Regina Leader-Post


Regina Leader-Post

JOHNSTONE: Another spending scandal in Saskatchewan
Regina Leader-Post
The scandal, if you will, is the wholesale dismantling of government institutions, including Canadian Wheat Board, Canadian Grain Commission, Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration, Community Pasture Program, Agroforestry Development Centre,

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Contribution of Forests to Food Security Needs Attention – AllAfrica.com

Contribution of Forests to Food Security Needs Attention
AllAfrica.com
Governments, civil society and the private sector should ensure and strengthen the contributions of forests, trees and agroforestry systems to food security and nutrition, said participants in the first-ever International Conference on Forests for Food

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Insecticide use (& Big 6 profits) surge as Bt corn fails

This week the Wall Street Journal took note of a trend farmers have understood for years: Monsanto's Bt corn, genetically modified to protect the plants from rootworm, is no longer working. And as a result, many farmers are now rapidly ramping up use of insecticides to protect their crops.

This is not unexpected. When Bt corn was introduced back in 1995, PAN joined organic growers in raising the alarm about the long term impacts of the technology. Widespread and continuous use of Bt meant the development of resistance was inevitable, and organic farmers knew this meant one of their most effective pest control tools would be rendered useless.

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White Cocoa and Crawdads: Supply Chain Resiliency from the Ground Up – Forbes

White Cocoa and Crawdads: Supply Chain Resiliency from the Ground Up
Forbes
Organic cocoa, in contrast, is a low-input, sustainable tree crop requiring minimal irrigation within a lush agroforestry system that includes avocado, banana, citrus and tropical hardwoods, along with food crops like corn and vegetables. Now, thanks

May 25 ‘March Against Monsanto’ planned for over 30 countries – Center for Research on Globalization

May 25 'March Against Monsanto' planned for over 30 countries
Center for Research on Globalization
Agroecology is.” Partners facilitating the organizing of March Against Monsanto include The Anti-Media, Activists' Free Press and A Revolt – Digital Anarchy. Major sponsors include GMO Free USA, NationofChange and Films for Action. Official website:

Managing environment & social effects of large versus small-scale investments … – Reuters AlertNet

Managing environment & social effects of large versus small-scale investments
Reuters AlertNet
This research is carried out as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and was supported by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Brainforest Gabon and TT

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Liquid cash or solid investment? Trees offer new approach for Cameroon’s farmers – Reuters AlertNet

Liquid cash or solid investment? Trees offer new approach for Cameroon's farmers
Reuters AlertNet
Their findings indicate that most of the trees are cut from annual crop fields (43%) and fallows (30.5%), with a smaller proportion (13%) coming from cocoa agroforests. Central Cameroon is a major region for cocoa production, which is expanding due to

Liquid cash or solid investment? Trees offer new approach for Cameroon’s farmers – Reuters AlertNet (blog)

Liquid cash or solid investment? Trees offer new approach for Cameroon's farmers
Reuters AlertNet (blog)
Their findings indicate that most of the trees are cut from annual crop fields (43%) and fallows (30.5%), with a smaller proportion (13%) coming from cocoa agroforests. Central Cameroon is a major region for cocoa production, which is expanding due to

Reducing deforestation emissions in Cameroon demands variety of expertise – TrustLaw

Reducing deforestation emissions in Cameroon demands variety of expertise
TrustLaw
This work is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and is supported by International Development Research Centre (IDRC), The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Department for International Development (DFID) and
Mangroves under threat as Cameroonians move toward coast Reuters AlertNet



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Reducing deforestation emissions in Cameroon demands variety of expertise – Reuters AlertNet (blog)

Reducing deforestation emissions in Cameroon demands variety of expertise
Reuters AlertNet (blog)
This work is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and is supported by International Development Research Centre (IDRC), The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Department for International Development (DFID) and

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Study confirms U.S. amphibian populations declining at rapid rate

The first-ever estimate of how fast frogs, toads and salamanders in the United States are disappearing from their habitats reveals they are vanishing at an alarming and rapid rate. The landmark study indicates that the amphibian declines first recognized in the 1990s are ongoing, noted David Miller, assistant professor of wildlife population ecology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, who contributed to the research.

Permaculture offers tips to make garden a diverse ecosystem – Kenosha News (subscription)

Permaculture offers tips to make garden a diverse ecosystem
Kenosha News (subscription)
There is a concept that is coming to the forefront of horticulture, food production and living spaces called permaculture. The idea is simply that the space in which we live, including indoors and outdoors, should be planned as part of an ecological

Could African Crops Be Improved With Private Biotech Data? – NPR (blog)


NPR (blog)

Could African Crops Be Improved With Private Biotech Data?
NPR (blog)
About four years ago, Shapiro, a plant scientist who's also a senior fellow at the University of California, Davis, and the World Agroforestry Centre, learned about stunting, a result of malnutrition and under-nutrition that affects one in four

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Can REDD+ drive change in DR Congo? – TrustLaw


Responding to Climate Change

Can REDD+ drive change in DR Congo?
TrustLaw
This research is carried out as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and was supported by the Department for International Development (DFID), AusAid, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and
Mangroves under threat as Cameroonians move toward coast Reuters AlertNet (blog)



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Despite threats to habitat, new photos provide hope for endangered Javan … – TrustLaw

Despite threats to habitat, new photos provide hope for endangered Javan
TrustLaw
National Park. It was funded by the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI). This research is carried out as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. Topical

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