Montague residents hosting West Michigan permaculture course: living green … – Muskegon Chronicle – MLive.com

Montague residents hosting West Michigan permaculture course: living green
Muskegon Chronicle – MLive.com
Hosting the area's first West Michigan Permaculture Experience course are local farmer and teacher Stu Scholl, who operates Scholl Farms, and restoration woodworker Stephen Niezgoda. The course will be taught by Peter Bane and Keith Johnson, two 

Montague residents hosting West Michigan permaculture course: living green … – Muskegon Chronicle

Montague residents hosting West Michigan permaculture course: living green
Muskegon Chronicle
Hosting the area's first West Michigan Permaculture Experience course are local farmer and teacher Stu Scholl, who operates Scholl Farms, and restoration woodworker Stephen Niezgoda. The course will be taught by Peter Bane and Keith Johnson, two 

EU Farm Subsidies: Deal Reached to “Green” Direct Payments, Retain Coupled … – International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

EU Farm Subsidies: Deal Reached to “Green” Direct Payments, Retain Coupled
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
The negotiated package would stipulate that farms over 15 hectares should safeguard ecological focus areas covering five percent of arable land on their holdings – including fallow land, terraces, landscape features, buffer strips, agro-forestry, and

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Nutrition for Growth Summit: Ending Malnutrition or Neo-Colonialism? – Think Africa Press


Think Africa Press

Nutrition for Growth Summit: Ending Malnutrition or Neo-Colonialism?
Think Africa Press
There is a large and growing pool of scientific evidence, none more so than the enormous 2008 IAASTD report, that advocates for a shift towards agro-ecology as key to this. Unfortunately, these latest initiatives connected to the G8 show no sign of

Dr. Roseann Cohen Named Executive Director of CAN

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The Community Agroecology Network (CAN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating the challenges of hunger and environmental degradation in rural Latin America through an international network of researchers, farmers, farmer organizations, universities, consumers and students, announces the selection of Dr. Roseann Cohen as its new Executive Director, effective July 1, 2013.

Rose holds a Ph.D. with an emphasis in agroecology from the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an additional specialization in Latin American and Latino Studies.  Her research has focused on the impacts of insecure land tenure on farming communities of people displaced by violence in Colombia. In addition to her understanding of the complex challenges faced by small farmers in Latin America, she brings years of experience and dedication in working with rural communities throughout Latin America to achieve social equity and foster international solidarity. She is particularly connected to Colombia, both through her research there and strong family connections. 

Rose is deeply passionate about CAN’s mission to sustain rural livelihoods and ecologies through social, environmental, and economic justice. She looks forward to leading the organization and building on the network of long-term community partnerships that integrate research, education, and action. For the past year Rose has held the position of Assistant Director at CAN.

Rose follows Roberta (Robbie) Jaffe who steps down as the Founding Director of CAN, but will remain active on the CAN Board of Directors. CAN Board member and faculty at the University of Vermont, Ernesto Mendez, shared his perspective of this transition:

“While it is sad to see Robbie step down as Executive Director —she has been the engine driving CAN — it is our good fortune that Rose is taking over the position. The Board needed only see the breadth of her experience in order to agree she is ideally qualified to lead CAN into the future. In addition to having a brilliant intellect, Rose has a deep commitment for social and environmental justice and is committed to transparency and honesty in all her interactions. We wish Robbie all the best in her new endeavors.”

Please join the CAN Board of Directors and staff in welcoming Rose to her new position.

 

A plum of a week (and my first fig)

IMG_6876_ed_lThis morning I was excited to harvest my first fig of the season, and it was tasty! I then started my regular pass through the garden, harvesting what’s available today. My two BIG items for the day are my string beans and my plums.

The string beans are a new variety for me, a musica romana. These beans are huge! And the plants (about eight) are very productive. Since this is just the beginning of their harvest, I’ll have to make room in the freezer for lots of them. They provide a nice addition to my winter soups.

IMG_6877_ed_lThe plums have been ripening like crazy this week. This will be my biggest harvest ever (what you see in the picture is about 1/3 of the harvest so far this week) and I’m struggling to deal with all of them. They don’t travel well because they are so ripe and juicy, so giving them away is harder than my berries.  I started four batches of plum liqueur yesterday. I thought of making jam, but what I’ve been learning is that they are simply too ripe to make good jam. I’ll try to be very careful with them and take them for snacks to dance class tonight and tomorrow. And I’ll take lots of napkins. :-)

Farm Bill flop. What’s next?

Here we go again. After the 2012 fiasco in which Congress failed to pass a Farm Bill at the 11th hour, the Senate rallied early this month to pass its version of the national food and farming legislation — which is up for debate and renewal every five years.

Ten days later, the Farm Bill died again when the House failed to pass its own version of the 2013 bill. It’s not clear exactly what’s up next. But we're rolling up our sleeves — again — to press for the best legislation possible, and we fully hope and expect that Congress will pass a Farm Bill this year. 

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Kaua’i community presses for pesticide protections

Yesterday, a new bill was introduced in Kaua'i to provide greater transparency and protections from hazardous pesticides being sprayed on the island's ubiquitous GE test fields. Concerned community members were present en masse at the Kaua'i County Council hearing, including a broad coalition of mothers, farmers and teachers who back the bill.

Global pesticidemakers also took yesterday’s hearing seriously, busing employees to testify against the bill. These corporations rely on Hawaii's agricultural land to test their new genetically engineered crops — and the pesticide products designed to be used with GE crops. As a result, local residents are routinely exposed to an array of hazardous pesticides, and the corporations won't disclose which chemicals they're using. People on Kaua'i are saying, "Enough!"

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Home and Garden Digest, June 28, 2013: Garden Song concert kicks off in July – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Home and Garden Digest, June 28, 2013: Garden Song concert kicks off in July
Santa Cruz Sentinel
He attended UCSC, where he was introduced to agroecology through the Alan Chadwick Garden and helped launch BASIL (Bay Area Seed Interchange Library). Shein owns Wildheart Gardens in Berkeley, a permaculture landscape business that designs 

Learning from African Farmers: How “Re-greening” Boosts Food Security; Curbs … – World Resources Institute


World Resources Institute

Learning from African Farmers: How “Re-greening” Boosts Food Security; Curbs
World Resources Institute
Agroforestry is a key opportunity to improve food security and spur climate change mitigation and adaptation. Farmers in Tigray, Ethiopia have told me and others that “trees are our backbone.” They are right. There is no future for agriculture in many

Safer ’taters for tots

Recently authorities in Vietnam discovered that tons of potatoes for sale in the open market in the town of Da Lat were contaminated with residues of a neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos — at levels 16 times higher than the level permitted. Yes, 16 times higher than residues considered ‘safe’ by Vietnamese authorities.

Imagine a Vietnamese child eating potatoes from this lot. My skin crawls as I think about it. These potatoes were imported from China, so that makes me think that there are similarly contaminated potatoes circulating in Chinese markets too. Asian children are not alone is facing exposure to chlorpyrifos, as U.S. children continue to be exposed to chlorpyrifos through the food they eat and — for rural children — through the air they breathe.

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Lutheran World Relief Releases Toolkit for Small-Scale Cocoa Farmers in Latin … – Wall Street Journal (press release)

Lutheran World Relief Releases Toolkit for Small-Scale Cocoa Farmers in Latin
Wall Street Journal (press release)
Cocoa is one of the few cash crop alternatives for small-scale farmers in many parts of Central America. It can be grown on small plots of land, with little hired labor and produced under an agro-forestry system that protects farmers' land and natural

Lutheran World Relief Releases Toolkit for Small-Scale Cocoa Farmers in Latin … – PR Newswire (press release)

Lutheran World Relief Releases Toolkit for Small-Scale Cocoa Farmers in Latin
PR Newswire (press release)
Cocoa is one of the few cash crop alternatives for small-scale farmers in many parts of Central America. It can be grown on small plots of land, with little hired labor and produced under an agro-forestry system that protects farmers' land and natural

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EU Farm Subsidies: Deal Reached to “Green” Direct Payments, Retain Coupled … – Bridges Weekly Trade News Digest

EU Farm Subsidies: Deal Reached to “Green” Direct Payments, Retain Coupled
Bridges Weekly Trade News Digest
The negotiated package would stipulate that farms over 15 hectares should safeguard ecological focus areas covering five percent of arable land on their holdings – including fallow land, terraces, landscape features, buffer strips, agro-forestry, and

Methods for locating the proper position of a planned fishway entrance near a hydropower tailrace

Publication date: Available online 27 June 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Dan-Erik Lindberg , Kjell Leonardsson , Anders G. Andersson , T. Staffan Lundström , Hans Lundqvist
The spatial distribution of upstream migrating Atlantic salmon ( Salmo salar ) spawners was studied in 2008 and 2009 in the surroundings of the tailrace from a hydropower station in the River Umeälven. This area is problematic because the fish have difficulties finding their way into the original riverbed, which prompted an investigation on the feasibility of adding a fishway in the area. Echo sounding was used in 2008 to investigate the spatial use of fish in the tailrace channel during the time of salmon migration. Presence of other fish species was so low that all echo sounding detections were assumed to be salmon. In 2009, data on wild radio-tagged salmon ( n = 94) was collected in the same tailrace by an array of underwater antennas with a detection radius of approximately 10 m, to validate the results from the echo sounding. Both types of surveys showed aggregations of fish in one part of the tailrace. As a final step, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling was performed to analyze hydrodynamics. This CFD modeling showed a coincidence of fish detections in areas with turbulence intensities between 0.6 and 0.8, which may be an indication that the fish are holding in these areas to reduce energy expenditure during migration. A high proportion of the radio-tagged salmon were observed in the tailrace area (a median of 21 days between their first and last detection), indicating that the salmon are delayed in their upstream migration by the attraction to the tailrace in this area. The overall data on fish behavior in the tailrace led us to suggest a location for a new fishway where the fish aggregation was most pronounced. The number of detections from either technology had similar distributions over the tailrace, suggesting that the results are comparable. Thus, the split beam echo sounder can preferably be used to investigate which location is most appropriate for locations of entrances to new fishways since many more individual fishes are covered by this method compared to telemetry. Furthermore, there is no need to handle the fish in the echo sounding studies as is required in telemetry studies.

Prediction of the consumption rates for juvenile Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) on the scale of habitat patches: Development of empirical models based on stomach contents

Publication date: Available online 27 June 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Frédéric Burton , Daniel Boisclair
Rivers and streams are unstable environments in which estimation of energetic costs and benefits of habitat utilization are the daunting exercise. Empirical models of food consumption may be used to estimate energetic benefits based on abiotic and biotic conditions in patches of habitat. We performed thirty daily surveys of fish stomach contents to estimate the consumption rates for juvenile Atlantic salmon ( Salmo salar ) in a river. The data were used to assess whether variations of daily consumption rates existed within the river, and to develop empirical models that could predict fish consumption rates using abiotic and biotic conditions as independent variables. Daily consumption rates based on stomach content surveys in the field (range: 0.15–1.49 g dry/(100 g wet day)) varied significantly depending on habitat patch (500–1000 m2), summer period, and sampling year. Variables such as water temperature, numerical density of salmon, water depth and moon phase explained 83–93% of the variations in daily food consumption rates. Daily consumption rates tended to increase with water temperature and depth, and were also higher near a full moon. However, they tended to decrease with the numerical density of salmon. Our work suggests that empirical models based on independent variables that are relatively simple to estimate in the field may be developed to predict fish consumption rates in different habitat patches in a river.

Choice of Monsanto Betrays World Food Prize Purpose, Say Global Leaders – Huffington Post

Choice of Monsanto Betrays World Food Prize Purpose, Say Global Leaders
Huffington Post
This award not only communicates a false connection between GMOs and solutions to hunger and agricultural degradation, but it also diverts attention from truly "nutritious and sustainable" agroecological approaches already proving effective, especially

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CAN Awards Two Scholarships to UCSC Students

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Two UCSC students received scholarships to participate in the July 1-10 Costa Rica field course on Tropical AgroEcology and Sustainable Development.

Erin Raser received $1000 from the Ruth and Alfred Heller Chair in Agroecology (awarded by Professor Stacy Philpott) and Benjamin Valdez [Friends of CAN (FoCAN) Student Group Coordinator] received $1000 from the One PacificCoast Community Bank. Neither student could have participated without this financial assistance. Both students will be active members with the UCSC student organization FoCAN  when they return from this field course.

Raser will  complete a two-quarter CAN senior-internship that relates to her experience and participatory research in Agua Buena, while Valdez will be instrumental in outreach and student involvement in CAN and FoCAN educating others about issues of global food security and social justice.

Dr. Nick Babin, CAN’s researcher liaison in Agua Buena, is leading the course, along with CAN’s Action Ed Director, Pete Rasmussen. Course participants will engage with farm families and youth in the southern community of Agua Buena where CAN founders have had a relationship for more than 40 years.

These scholarships were made available through the generosity of One PacificCoast Community Bank, a bank promoting beneficial banking located in Oakland, CA. and Professor Stacy Philpott. Donations such as these make it possible for students to experience the world from a different perspective that is often life changing.

 

UCSB Professors Elected to Join Ecological Society of America – Daily Nexus

UCSB Professors Elected to Join Ecological Society of America
Daily Nexus
The ESA includes academic professionals from over 90 countries, and it looks at topics of research that vary from agroecology to marine diversity. Members regularly contribute to academic publications and peer-reviewed journals, while some members work 

AFOBI London Furniture Shops to open new showroom in Muswell Hill. – PR Web (press release)

AFOBI London Furniture Shops to open new showroom in Muswell Hill.
PR Web (press release)
After completing a Forestry HND at Plumpton Agricultural College in Sussex he went on to work in Agroforestry and Plantation forestry in Brazil and the US. Upon returning to the UK he established AFOBI with the aim of commercialising sustainable timber 

Bonn climate talks tackle emissions verification stumbling block – Reuters AlertNet

Bonn climate talks tackle emissions verification stumbling block
Reuters AlertNet
This research is part of the Global Comparative Study on REDD+, which forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. It is supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, AusAid, the UK Department for 

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Q + A : How do local forest communities in the Amazon feel . . . – Reuters AlertNet

Q + A : How do local forest communities in the Amazon feel . . .
Reuters AlertNet
This research was carried out as part of the Global Comparative Study on REDD+ and the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and was supported by AusAID, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the UK 

Q+A: How do local forest communities in the Amazon feel about REDD+? – Reuters AlertNet

Q+A: How do local forest communities in the Amazon feel about REDD+?
Reuters AlertNet
This research was carried out as part of the Global Comparative Study on REDD+ and the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and was supported by AusAID, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the UK 

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GOVERNMENT OF THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM : Economy … – 4-traders (press release)

GOVERNMENT OF THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM : Economy
4-traders (press release)
Nevertheless, the agro-forestry and fishery sector gained a growth rate of 2.07%, lower than the 2.88% level made in the same period last year; while industry and construction expanded 5.18% (lower than 5.59% in the same period last year); and service 

Neonic harms go well beyond bees

Neonicotinoids have been in the news a lot in recent months, and are now widely recognized as the class of insecticides contributing to the dramatic declines in honey bee populations reported by beekeepers.

Last week, a researcher out of the University of Stirling in the UK released a new study examining other ways “neonics” are impacting the environment. It turns out that the harmful effects of these insecticides are widespread — from birds to earthworms, mammals to aquatic insects.

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Planting Empowerment and Kiva Launch First Loan in Panama, Supports … – Watch List News (press release)

Planting Empowerment and Kiva Launch First Loan in Panama, Supports
Watch List News (press release)
Planting Empowerment, an agroforestry company working with indigenous communities and smallholders in Panamá, announced today that they posted their first loan to the Kiva website. The loan is also the first posted to Kiva that supports a Panamanian 

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Planting Empowerment and Kiva Launch First Loan in Panama, Supports … – PR Web (press release)

Planting Empowerment and Kiva Launch First Loan in Panama, Supports
PR Web (press release)
Planting Empowerment, an agroforestry company working with indigenous communities and smallholders in Panamá, announced today that they posted their first loan to the Kiva website. The loan is also the first posted to Kiva that supports a Panamanian 

Agroforestry, multi cropping help farmers adapt in India’s climate sensitive … – Newstrack India

Agroforestry, multi cropping help farmers adapt in India's climate sensitive
Newstrack India
Sustainable farming practices of agro forestry and multi cropping have given him security from adverse climatic conditions by spreading his risk. His fields still have many healthy crops and trees despite some of his produce getting adversely affected

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It’s Not Just The Trees That Grow at APC ! – SourceWire (press release)


SourceWire (press release)

It's Not Just The Trees That Grow at APC !
SourceWire (press release)
With local people at the heart of their operations, and sustainable practices adopted throughout their agro-forestry; they are a shining example of the people, planet, profit concept which inspires modern sound business practice today. — About Asia

New efforts to aid researchers unlock the potential of tropical regions – Africa Science News Service

New efforts to aid researchers unlock the potential of tropical regions
Africa Science News Service
Partners collaborating with IITA in implementing Humidtropics include the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), International Potato Center (CIP

Mike Taylor ‘Garden Friends’ Airs June 26 with Paul Wheaton on Permaculture – Newswire (press release)

Mike Taylor 'Garden Friends' Airs June 26 with Paul Wheaton on Permaculture
Newswire (press release)
Mike Taylor's “Garden Friends” online educational series returns on June 26th. Mike's guest for this event is Paul Wheaton, today's leading permaculture expert and advocate. 'Permaculture and the Home Garden' will focus on bringing permaculture to your 

Paul Wheaton, Permaculture Expert Special Guest on June 26 Q&A Webinar – Newswire (press release)

Paul Wheaton, Permaculture Expert Special Guest on June 26 Q&A Webinar
Newswire (press release)
Join Mike Taylor and Paul Wheaton in this special on-line live event. Mike's guest is permaculture expert and advocate Paul Wheaton speaking on 'Permaculture and the Home Garden'. Paul will share his unique perspectives on permaculture and your 

Serving locally-grown nutritious foods is not only healthier, also saves money – SaportaReport (blog)

Serving locally-grown nutritious foods is not only healthier, also saves money
SaportaReport (blog)
The bright food services managers of the future will respond to these challenges with sustainable best practices, emphasizing areas such as resource conservation, food science, nutrition, agro-ecology, as well as essential business skills and abilities.

Bonn climate talks tackle emissions verification stumbling block – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Bonn climate talks tackle emissions verification stumbling block
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
This research is part of the Global Comparative Study on REDD+, which forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. It is supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, AusAid, the UK Department for 

Optical remote sensing of submerged aquatic vegetation: Opportunities for shallow clearwater streams

Publication date: Available online 24 June 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Fleur Visser , Caroline Wallis , Anne M. Sinnott
Remote sensing has rarely been used as a tool to map and monitor submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in rivers, due to a combination of insufficient spatial resolution of available image data and strong attenuation of light in water through absorption and scattering. The latter process reduces the possibility to use spectral reflectance information to accurately classify submerged species. However, increasing availability of very high resolution (VHR) image data may enable the use of shape and texture features to help discriminate between species by taking an object based image analysis (OBIA) approach, and overcome some of the present limitations. This study aimed to investigate the possibility of using optical remote sensing for the detection and mapping of SAV. It firstly looked at the possibilities to discriminate submerged macrophyte species based on spectral information only. Reflectance spectra of three macrophyte species were measured in situ across a range of submergence depths. The results showed that water depth will be a limiting factor for the classification of species from remote sensing images. Only Spiked Water Milfoil ( Myriophyllum spicatum ) was indicated as spectrally distinct through ANOVA analysis, but subsequent Jeffries–Matusita distance analysis did not confirm this. In particular Water Crowfoot ( Ranunculus fluitans ) and Pondweed ( Potamogeton pectinatus ) could not be discriminated at 95% significance level. Spectral separability of these two species was also not possible without the effect of an overlying water column. Secondly, the possibility to improve species discrimination, using spatial and textural information was investigated for the same SAV species. VHR image data was acquired with a Near Infrared (NIR) sensitive DSLR camera from four different heights including a telescopic pole and a Helikite UAS. The results show that shape and texture information can improve the detection of the spectrally similar Pondweed and Water Crowfoot from VHR image data. The best performing feature ‘length/width ratio of sub-objects’ was obtained through expert knowledge. All of the shape and texture based features performed better at species differentiation than the spectrally based features. In conclusion this study has shown that there is considerable potential for the combination of VHR data and OBIA to map SAV in shallow stream environments, which can benefit species monitoring and management.

Syngenta’s corporate bullying, revealed

What won’t Syngenta do to keep selling atrazine? As science pointing to the harms of the herbicide continues to roll in, Syngenta has resorted to "creative measures" to keep their lucrative product on the U.S. market. We call it corporate bullying.

It's been clear for years that Syngenta is investing heavily in PR efforts and intimidation tactics to support their flagship herbicide — including collecting a dossier on PAN. Now an in-depth report in Environmental Health News, released last week, reveals new details on the extent of Syngenta’s multi-million dollar campaign. Recently released memos and other internal papers document a sweeping, ruthless strategy to launch personal investigations of atrazine’s critics and pay “independent experts” to back the herbicide.

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Forest Garden Case Studies Needed for New Permanent Publications Book – Permaculture Magazine


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Forest Garden Case Studies Needed for New Permanent Publications Book
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Mozambique: New USAID-Science Foundation Projects Focus On Development – AllAfrica.com

Mozambique: New USAID-Science Foundation Projects Focus On Development
AllAfrica.com
With these new awards, 54 PEER Science projects will receive a total of nearly $7.5 million to collaborate on a variety of pressing research areas, such as sustainable agroforestry systems, groundwater purification, biodiversity conservation, volcano

“We are eating into the future”, says Global Foresight Network founder – Fresh Fruit Portal

“We are eating into the future”, says Global Foresight Network founder
Fresh Fruit Portal
He said growers needed to start thinking about their systems under the idea of “agroecology”. “Agroecology says that you need to start creating production systems that think like ecologies. “This is not theoretical. It's built on practice and it's

Serving locally-grown nutritious foods is not only healthier, also saves money – SaportaReport

Serving locally-grown nutritious foods is not only healthier, also saves money
SaportaReport
The bright food services managers of the future will respond to these challenges with sustainable best practices, emphasizing areas such as resource conservation, food science, nutrition, agro-ecology, as well as essential business skills and abilities.

Malawi: Norway Committed to Promoting Permaculture in Malawi Schools – AllAfrica.com

Malawi: Norway Committed to Promoting Permaculture in Malawi Schools
AllAfrica.com
Lilongwe — The Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi, Asbjørn Eidhammer says his country is committed to promoting permaculture projects in schools as one way of mitigating the effects of climate change in the country. Speaking when he presided over Open 

Norway Committed to Promoting Permaculture in Malawi Schools – AllAfrica.com

Norway Committed to Promoting Permaculture in Malawi Schools
AllAfrica.com
Lilongwe — The Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi, Asbjørn Eidhammer says his country is committed to promoting permaculture projects in schools as one way of mitigating the effects of climate change in the country. Speaking when he presided over Open 

Naming Our Gorillas: Conserving Our Environment, Empowering Our Communities – Huffington Post UK

Naming Our Gorillas: Conserving Our Environment, Empowering Our Communities
Huffington Post UK
These include geothermal power generation, integrated soil fertility and sustainable land management, high density walkable cities, a robust climate-proof road network and agro-forestry which allows wood for social protection without deforestation.

Reach and catchment-scale influences on invertebrate assemblages in a river with naturally high fine sediment loads

Publication date: Available online 22 June 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Cristina Buendia , Chris N. Gibbins , Damià Vericat , Ramon J. Batalla
Stream invertebrate distribution patterns reflect local sedimentary and hydraulic conditions, which in turn are influenced by a range of factors operating at larger scales. We assessed whether spatial variation in invertebrate assemblages across a meso-scale catchment is best understood in terms of the characteristics of the study reaches themselves or the characteristics of respective upstream catchment areas. The study river experiences naturally high fine sediment loads as a result of the extraordinary supply of sediment from high erodible marls in its catchment. We hypothesized that between-reach variation in the volume of fine sediment stored within the channel results from a combination of reach and upstream catchment characteristics, and that these characteristics help explain variation in invertebrate assemblages. The storage of fine sediment in study reaches correlated with a number of upstream catchment characteristics, as well as reach-scale hydraulic conditions. Variability in invertebrate assemblages correlated most strongly (62% of variance explained) with the characteristics of the catchment upstream from each reach (area of contribution), with the characteristics of the reaches accounting for only 35% of the variability. The explanatory power of the reach-scale habitat variables was reduced when the effect of upstream catchment conditions was removed. This suggests inbuilt effects of larger scale conditions on reach habitat and invertebrate assemblages. Results lend support to theories of scale hierarchy within river systems and help emphasize the need to target management at upstream catchment areas.

Q+A: How do local forest communities in the Amazon feel about REDD+? – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Q+A: How do local forest communities in the Amazon feel about REDD+?
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
This research was carried out as part of the Global Comparative Study on REDD+ and the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and was supported by AusAID, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the UK 

Q+A: How do local forest communities in the Amazon feel about REDD+? – Forests Blog, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Q+A: How do local forest communities in the Amazon feel about REDD+?
Forests Blog, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
This research was carried out as part of the Global Comparative Study on REDD+ and the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and was supported by AusAID, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the UK 

Monsanto and the World Food Prize – The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)


The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)

Monsanto and the World Food Prize
The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)
And what about the opportunity costs of using this expensive technology instead of more effective and cheaper breeding methods and agroecology? It is often argued that we need all the tools in the toolbox to meet the coming challenges of agriculture

Monsanto and the World Food Prize – The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists


The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists

Monsanto and the World Food Prize
The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists
And what about the opportunity costs of using this expensive technology instead of more effective and cheaper breeding methods and agroecology? It is often argued that we need all the tools in the toolbox to meet the coming challenges of agriculture

Home and Garden Digest, June 21, 2013: Garden Exchange meeting teams up … – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Home and Garden Digest, June 21, 2013: Garden Exchange meeting teams up
Santa Cruz Sentinel
The event is sponsored by the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden, and the UCSC Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. For details, call 459-3240, email casfs@ucsc.edu, or see casfs.ucsc.edu. APTOS. Workshop to focus on lawn alternatives.

UMass Permaculture conference opens in Amherst Sunday with talk by Majora … – GazetteNET

UMass Permaculture conference opens in Amherst Sunday with talk by Majora
GazetteNET
AMHERST — The second annual University of Massachusetts permaculture conference will host urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter as its keynote speaker on Sunday. The talk will be open to the public for a sliding scale donation. The

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Environmental Secretary’s GM crop push simply PR for industry – The Information Daily


The Information Daily

Environmental Secretary's GM crop push simply PR for industry
The Information Daily
Agro-ecology and improved farming practices can also increase resilience to stresses such as pests and climate. Despite more than 14 thousand GM crop trials in the USA, the only crops on the market are herbicide tolerant, so they can be blanket-sprayed 

Feeding the World in Harmony with Nature – Independent European Daily Express

Feeding the World in Harmony with Nature
Independent European Daily Express
A holistic study of agroecosystems focusing on environmental and human interrelationships, agroecology has been practised since the advent of agriculture thousands of years ago, and could offer answers to the challenge of producing food safely and 

Are we losing the battle against GM crops? – Permaculture Magazine


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Are we losing the battle against GM crops?
Permaculture Magazine
Another world is possible. See what it might look like. Please support us and SUBSCRIBE to Permaculture – download a FREE sample issue and try before you buy. Also available as a digital subscription (for just £10) and for Apple and Android devices.

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Carbon projects for smallholder farmers can ‘reduce poverty’ – AfricanBrains

Carbon projects for smallholder farmers can 'reduce poverty'
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By Marc Mcilhone / In Agriculture, Agroforestry, Government, Research / June 20, 2013. African Farmers Projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on small-scale farms can help African farmers access carbon markets and reduce poverty, and should be 

Global Symposium discusses the integration of REDD+ into Green Economy – eco-business.com (press release)

Global Symposium discusses the integration of REDD+ into Green Economy
eco-business.com (press release)
The Government of Indonesia and the UN-REDD Programme in partnership with the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), the World Agroforestry Centre, the Global Green Growth Institute, and the Overseas Development