Calling for real change this Labor Day

Far too many of the United State's 80 million workers still don't receive fair wages or adequate workplace protections. This Labor Day, people across the country — in the streets and in Washington D.C. — are joining the call for better labor practices.

In his speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this week, President Obama noted: "For over a decade, working Americans of all races have seen their wages and incomes stagnate." Workplace protection policies for many, including farmworkers, have also remained stagnate — and wholly insufficient. Change is long overdue.

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Permaculture Book Review: The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture – Eat. Drink. Better.

Permaculture Book Review: The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture
Eat. Drink. Better.
Permaculture is an ecological gardening technique that is “ancient yet cutting-edge technology”. Author Christopher Shein teaches gardeners both novice and experienced how to apply permaculture to vegetable gardens in The Vegetable Gardener's Guide 

It’s tomato season!

IMG_7291_ed_lI’ve got a medium sized crop of tomatoes this year. Some varieties haven’t done much, like the Green Zebras in the photo, but others have been prolific, like the dark red Indigos in the photo. Of course, the bright orange and sweet garden-candy Sungolds, are tasty and prolific as usual. The yellow ones are Yellow Mortgage Lifters. This photo is of one tray of tomatoes about to be started in the dehydrator.

It’s nice to dry any surplus tomatoes I have, because I love having dried tomatoes during the winter. My favorite way to use them is in soups. I simply grab a couple of handfuls of dried tomatoes and throw them in a kettle of water. They soften up and the water leeches out a nice tomato flavor for the broth. Then I throw in whatever else I want, often string beans and summer squash from the freezer.

Nationwide Protests Rage against Colombia’s Economic Policies – Inter Press Service

Nationwide Protests Rage against Colombia's Economic Policies
Inter Press Service
“We need to make the transition from traditional agriculture to agroecology, to revive the Colombian countryside,” Adriana Chaparro, a professor at Uniminuto, a private college that offers degrees in agroecology, told IPS. “Agroecology is a big

California, don’t ignore your scientists…again

In a letter submitted yesterday, scientists called out California officials for downplaying evidence of health hazards — including cancer — posed by a widely used fumigant pesticide.

Often applied to the state's strawberry fields, new rules may pave the way for even more use of chloropicrin unless policymakers follow recommendations from both state and independent scientists. This story is all too familiar.

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Valley Permaculture Alliance Mesquite Pancake Breakfast September 21 at OHSO – Phoenix New Times (blog)

Valley Permaculture Alliance Mesquite Pancake Breakfast September 21 at OHSO
Phoenix New Times (blog)
In case you've missed previous Valley Permaculture Alliance's mesquite pancake breakfasts, make this the year you show up. For starters, there's a new venue (O.H.S.O.), and at $10 for the buffet, it's a nice deal for a Saturday morning. Unlike in past

Valley Permaculture Alliance Mesquite Pancake Breakfast September 21 at … – Phoenix New Times (blog)


Phoenix New Times (blog)

Valley Permaculture Alliance Mesquite Pancake Breakfast September 21 at
Phoenix New Times (blog)
In case you've missed previous Valley Permaculture Alliance's mesquite pancake breakfasts, make this the year you show up. For starters, there's a new venue (O.H.S.O.), and at $10 for the buffet, it's a nice deal for a Saturday morning. Unlike in past

Report from the 14th International Agroecology Shortcourse


Burlington, Vermont

In July, I was in Vermont, participating in The 14th International Agroecology Shortcourse*, Agroecological Approaches for Climate Change and Food Systems Resilience. As I stood with a Vermont farmer, surveying his fields, it was as though we had been prescient in choosing the title, for the farmer was describing recent extreme weather events and noted that climate patterns are just not the same. He went on to describe how he was changing his system in order to stay resilient and keep farming.

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The Shortcourse attracted participants from across the U.S. and from several countries. All had come together to learn about agroecology and its role in transforming global food systems to sustainability. Five farms in the Burlington area were our “laboratories” for exploring the resilience of our food systems to multiple pressures and changes, especially climate change. Together with these farmers, we explored agroecology as a multidimensional endeavor characterized by participatory, transdisciplinary, and action-oriented approaches.

In this way, farmer observation and experience links with scientist inquiry and testing as practice and research are joined to set a common agenda for change. Rather than take the conventional top-down flow of information, we use a collaborative process of designing and implementing alternative farming practices. These practices go beyond the primary focus on higher yields and integrate the broader aspects of sustainability.

From agroecology’s foundations in ecological science, Shortcourse participants explored a wide range of approaches including ecological economics, environmental services, participatory methods, food security & sovereignty, gender & food systems, multifunctionality, labor & food systems, climate change & agriculture, and alternative markets.

Concepts such as resilience, sovereignty, and sustainability took on new meaning when they were linked across natural and social science knowledge systems. Tools such as networking, geographic information systems, and participatory action research could be seen as important ways of promoting food-system change. And actions such as climate mitigation, alternative market development, and social movements could all be seen as important means of food-system transformation. 

Participants came into the Shortcourse with many questions about agroecology and how to apply it. They went away motivated to be active food-system change agents.  From agroecological changes in farming practices to empowering food justice, they each could see how their involvement in food systems transformation could happen and why it was needed. But perhaps most importantly, they learned how important transdisciplinarity is in agroecology. 

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The farmer whose field was being repeatedly flooded plans to continue his commitment to certified organic production, selling directly to consumers at local farmers’ markets, and providing fresh produce at reduced prices to low-income communities in Burlington. He was an excellent example for our course of how changing personal values and belief systems are as important as changing broader food-system paradigms.

* The 14th International Agroecology Shortcourse (July 7–20, 2013) was sponsored jointly by the University of Vermont’s Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group (ARLG) and Community Agroecology Network (CAN).

Adapted from Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Vol. 37(10) 2013.

Mitigation without adaptation can leave communities vulnerable — study – Reuters AlertNet

Mitigation without adaptation can leave communities vulnerable — study
Reuters AlertNet
Such activities as urban forestry, sustainable forest management and agroforestry can not only mitigate the impacts of climate change, according to Denis Sonwa, a senior scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research, but they can also

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

GOVERNMENT OF THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM : Jan-Aug socio
4-traders (press release)
In spite of numerous difficulties due to natural disasters and epidemics, agro-forestry and fishery production were maintained. Total retail sales of goods and service revenue picked up 12.3% in August. The number of foreign arrivals touched 4.9

Mitigation without adaptation can leave communities vulnerable — study – Reuters AlertNet

Mitigation without adaptation can leave communities vulnerable — study
Reuters AlertNet
Such activities as urban forestry, sustainable forest management and agroforestry can not only mitigate the impacts of climate change, according to Denis Sonwa, a senior scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research, but they can also

Nigeria, Others Tasked on Healthy Ecosystems to Check Food Insecurity – THISDAY Live

Nigeria, Others Tasked on Healthy Ecosystems to Check Food Insecurity
THISDAY Live
In Uganda, for example, promotion of agro-forestry and conservation agriculture resulted in more-fertile soils and increased yields. Reducing the time and cost involved in preparing land for farming, gave local farmers more time to diversify their
Healthy ecosystems can help avoid food insecurity in Africa Afrique en Ligue



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UCSC apprentices seek the right track at Watsonville community garden – Santa Cruz Sentinel

UCSC apprentices seek the right track at Watsonville community garden
Santa Cruz Sentinel
As one of 40 apprentices in the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, she's getting the chance to explore her options while honing her skills. "There are two tracks: working in nonprofit education and social justice or in 

Africa: Healthy Ecosystems Can Help Avoid Food Insecurity in Africa, UN … – AllAfrica.com

Africa: Healthy Ecosystems Can Help Avoid Food Insecurity in Africa, UN
AllAfrica.com
In Uganda, for example, promotion of agro-forestry and conservation agriculture resulted in more-fertile soils and increased yields. Reducing the time and cost involved in preparing land for farming, gave local farmers more time to diversify their

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Mitigation without adaptation can leave communities vulnerable — Study – PreventionWeb (press release)

Mitigation without adaptation can leave communities vulnerable — Study
PreventionWeb (press release)
Some ideas included more mixed cropping, new and improved crop varieties, garden farming and agroforestry. Potential income-generating activities ranged from better collection and marketing of forest fruits to beekeeping, fish farming and mushroom 

Healthy ecosystems can help avoid food insecurity in Africa – Afrique en Ligue

Healthy ecosystems can help avoid food insecurity in Africa
Afrique en Ligue
The conference outcome noted that in Uganda, for example, promotion of agro-forestry and conservation agriculture resulted in more-fertile soils and increased yields. It also reduced the time and cost involved in preparing land for farming, gave local

Experts to speak on biodiversity at Silver Hills Ranch – Vernon Morning Star

Experts to speak on biodiversity at Silver Hills Ranch
Vernon Morning Star
This year's keynote speaker is George Powell, project development and communication services manager for the B.C. Agroforestry Industry Development Initiative. Powell will speak on a number of interests from the health benefits of birch wine and syrup

Govt urged to include environmental cost in growth figures – Jakarta Post

Govt urged to include environmental cost in growth figures
Jakarta Post
More than 400 environmental economists and experts on environmental services gathered in Bali this week for the five-day conference organized by the World Agroforestry Centre. Their research results will help policymakers, businesses and communities to 

Joe Friend – Ecology | Environment | Forestry – Stanford Who’s Who Certified – Watch List News (press release)

Joe Friend – Ecology | Environment | Forestry – Stanford Who's Who Certified
Watch List News (press release)
Joe Friend Profiled As A Successful Agroecologist With Red Cedar ResearchNSW, AUSTRALIA, August 27, 2013 /Stanford Who's Who/ — Stanford Who's Who proudly announces the addition of Joe Friend to the distinguished ranks of professional individuals 

Demeter Seed Project Quarterly Exchange

Title: Demeter Seed Project Quarterly Exchange
Location: Louise Cain Gatehouse, UCSC Farm
Description: On Saturday, August 31st, from 2-5 pm, join us at the UCSC Farm for a free seed exchange: come to connect, learn and trade seeds for the season ahead! For more information, send email to demeterseedlibrary@gmail.com
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2013-08-31
End Time: 17:00

Fall Plant Sale Coming Up September 6 and 7

The UCSC Farm and Garden’s Fall Plant Sale takes place Friday, September 6 from 12 noon to 6 pm, and Saturday,greenhouse tables September 7, from 10 am – 2 pm, at the Barn Theater parking lot, corner of Bay and High Streets at the base of the UCSC campus.

This year’s vegetable offerings include peas, spinach, kale, chard, lettuce and salad mixes, collards, fennel, and leeks, along with broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Napa cabbage. There will also be a good selection of fall- and winter-flowering annuals, including sweet peas, bachelor’s button, statice, calendula, scabiosa, and stock.

Featured this year is an expanded selection of Asian greens, including baby bok choi, tat soi, and joi choi, as well as a range of radicchio varieties, four types of artichokes, and an abundance of alliums, including chives, scallions, shallots, and leeks.

Click here to see a complete list of annuals available at this year’s sale.

Click here to see a complete list of perennials available at this year’s sale.

The sale is sponsored by the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, and will benefit the UCSC Farm & Garden Apprenticeship, a six-month training course in organic farming and gardening. Members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden receive a 10 percent discount on purchases; memberships will be available at the sale. For more information about the Fall Plant Sale or the Friends of the Farm & Garden, call (831) 459-3240 or send email to casfs@ucsc.edu. The sale takes place rain or shine.


Healthy Ecosystems Can Help Avoid Food Insecurity in Africa – AllAfrica.com

Healthy Ecosystems Can Help Avoid Food Insecurity in Africa
AllAfrica.com
In Uganda, for example, promotion of agro-forestry and conservation agriculture resulted in more-fertile soils and increased yields. Reducing the time and cost involved in preparing land for farming, gave local farmers more time to diversify their

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

GOVERNMENT OF THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM : Agro-forestry
4-traders (press release)
VGP – The total agricultural, forestry and aquatic exports in August is estimated at US$2.39 billion, bringing the total export value in the past eight months of 2013 to US$17.98 billion. Export value of agricultural, forestry and aquatic products

Mitigation without adaptation can leave communities vulnerable — study – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)


Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Mitigation without adaptation can leave communities vulnerable — study
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
Such activities as urban forestry, sustainable forest management and agroforestry can not only mitigate the impacts of climate change, according to Denis Sonwa, a senior scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research, but they can also

Healthy Ecosystems Can Help Avoid Food Insecurity in Africa – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Healthy Ecosystems Can Help Avoid Food Insecurity in Africa
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
In Uganda, for example, promotion of agro-forestry and conservation agriculture resulted in more-fertile soils and increased yields. Reducing the time and cost involved in preparing land for farming, gave local farmers more time to diversify their

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Healthy ecosystems can help avoid food insecurity in Africa, UN-backed … – UN News Centre

Healthy ecosystems can help avoid food insecurity in Africa, UN-backed
UN News Centre
In Uganda, for example, promotion of agro-forestry and conservation agriculture resulted in more-fertile soils and increased yields. Reducing the time and cost involved in preparing land for farming, gave local farmers more time to diversify their

Gamble, Hanson awarded grants for sustainable agriculture research – Minnesota Farm Guide

Gamble, Hanson awarded grants for sustainable agriculture research
Minnesota Farm Guide
This project will evaluate the magnitude and partitioning of biomass, carbon (C), and nitrogen (N) pools in an alley cropping agroforestry system comprised of woody and herbaceous biomass crops. The goal is to understand how interactions between woody 

The Ecology of Agroecosystems by John Vandermeer « GoodFood World – GoodFood World


GoodFood World

The Ecology of Agroecosystems by John Vandermeer « GoodFood World
GoodFood World
Agroecology is the science of applying ecological concepts and principles to the design, development, and management of sustainable agricultural systems. The Ecology of Agroecosystems highlights a collection of alternative agricultural methodologies

Small Insect’s Big Lessons for the Farm Bill: Agroecology and Breeding Top … – The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists


The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists

Small Insect's Big Lessons for the Farm Bill: Agroecology and Breeding Top
The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists
Agroecology provides the principles and practices to accomplish this, and breeding and agroecology can work together. Research on soybean aphid resistance breeding and the value of natural aphid enemies in diverse landscapes provides a good example 

Small Insect’s Big Lessons for the Farm Bill: Agroecology and Breeding Top … – The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)


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

Small Insect's Big Lessons for the Farm Bill: Agroecology and Breeding Top
The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)
My last post discussed the success of public sector scientists who discovered and developed genes in soybean, using conventional breeding, that confer resistance to the invasive soybean aphid. These insects cost US farmers billions of dollars per year.

Small Insect’s Big Lessons for the Farm Bill: Agroecology and Breeding Tops … – The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)


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

Small Insect's Big Lessons for the Farm Bill: Agroecology and Breeding Tops
The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)
My last post discussed the success of public sector scientists who discovered and developed genes in soybean, using conventional breeding, that confer resistance to the invasive soybean aphid. These insects cost US farmers billions of dollars per year.

Ecosystem-Based Approaches Key to Tackling Challenge of African Food … – AllAfrica.com

Ecosystem-Based Approaches Key to Tackling Challenge of African Food
AllAfrica.com
One of the experiences shared at the meeting highlighted a project in Uganda, which promoted agro-forestry and conservation agriculture and resulted in more-fertile soils and increased yields. This in turn reduced the time and cost involved in

Farmer clubs leading way for climate change adaptation in Central India’s semi … – Newstrack India

Farmer clubs leading way for climate change adaptation in Central India's semi
Newstrack India
Farmers receive training on water efficient irrigation practices like drip and sprinkler irrigation, use of drought resistant seed varieties, organic farming, line sowing, dry sowing, agroforestry, horticulture and integrated pest management. Positive

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Heinemann honored by national engineering society

Paul Heinemann, professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Penn State, has been named a Fellow by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The society recognized him “for his outstanding contributions in teaching, advising and administration, and for research in specialty crop production efficiency.”

Free Arboretum event to celebrate Pennsylvania’s forests

Those interested in woodlands, trees, wildlife and other aspects of nature will come together next month on Penn State’s University Park campus for Pennsylvania Forest Fest, a celebration of the state’s vast forestlands. The free public event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, in and around the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, part of The Arboretum at Penn State, on the corner of Bigler Road and Park Avenue.

UN says sound ecosystems management is key to food security in Africa – Coastweek


Coastweek

UN says sound ecosystems management is key to food security in Africa
Coastweek
“Countries must scale up best practices like agro forestry, onsite water conservation and use of native species to catalyze agricultural transformation,” Goumandakoye said. NAKURU(Xinhua) — A fishmonger weighs a Nile Perch at a fish market in Nakuru

Tackling climate change may lessen Central African Republic conflict risks â … – Reuters AlertNet

Tackling climate change may lessen Central African Republic conflict risks â
Reuters AlertNet
This work forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and was conducted under CIFOR's Congo Basin Forests and Climate Change Adaptation (CoFCCA) project and supported by Climate Change Adaptation in Africa, 

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Tackling climate change may lessen Central African Republic conflict risks … – Reuters AlertNet

Tackling climate change may lessen Central African Republic conflict risks
Reuters AlertNet
This work forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and was conducted under CIFOR's Congo Basin Forests and Climate Change Adaptation (CoFCCA) project and supported by Climate Change Adaptation in Africa, 

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EPA bee-protective labels don’t cut it

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new labels intended to better protect bees from neonicotinoid pesticides. While seemingly a move in the right direction — and explicit acknowledgement from the agency that neonics indeed pose a threat to bee populations — these labels fail to establish truly meaningful protections.

There is no clear path for enforcing EPA's new labels. And even if followed to the letter, the labels fail to address a primary route of exposure through pre-treated seeds. Neonics are systemic, permeating the plant (including pollen and nectar), and are commonly applied as seed coatings to widely planted crops like corn. In short, EPA's labels appear to be an empty gesture.

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RFK Jr. to take part in “Concert for the Climate” event in KCK, Sept. 28 – The Kansas City Kansan

RFK Jr. to take part in "Concert for the Climate" event in KCK, Sept. 28
The Kansas City Kansan
Topics will include energy-related demonstrations of solar and photovoltaic systems, residential and commercial energy economics, as well as habitat, river protection and restoration programs, land and agro-ecology, and weather patterns, etc., from

Penn State Dairy Science Club named a nationwide Outstanding Chapter

Penn State’s Dairy Science Club received national recognition when it was named the Outstanding Chapter at the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA)/American Society of Animal Science Student Affiliate Division annual meetings July 8 to 12 in Indianapolis. The award is based on an annual report of chapter activities, participation in the ADSA Student Affiliate Division, club publications and website.

Illinois State students explore France’s food, farming during summer trip – Illinois State University Stories


Illinois State University Stories

Illinois State students explore France's food, farming during summer trip
Illinois State University Stories
For instance, several lectures focused on the development of wine, beginning with the grape. One course examined the differences between bread in France and bread in the United States. Students visited an agroforestry farm, a cattle farm, wine

Penn State animal science students win national Quadrathlon

Students from Penn State’s Department of Animal Science captured first place in the national academic Quadrathlon held as part of the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association and the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) on July 8 to 12 in Indianapolis. It is the second year for the competition, which is designed to be a comprehensive academic overview of the animal sciences; Penn State won the opportunity to represent the northeastern region both years, and won the quiz bowl portion of the first contest last year.

North Carolina 4-H’ers receive more than $117000 in scholarships – Stanly News & Press

North Carolina 4-H'ers receive more than $117000 in scholarships
Stanly News & Press
A recent home school graduate, she will attend N.C. State University to study animal science and agroecology. Volunteers from the North Central District provide funding for the district horse scholarship. Alexander County Harrison Jenkins, 18, son of

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FAO Infosylva Reports on Progress with FLEGT and VPA Processes – IISD Reporting Services

FAO Infosylva Reports on Progress with FLEGT and VPA Processes
IISD Reporting Services
On upcoming events, the newsletter reports on the International Boreal Forest Research Association, celebrations of the 20th Anniversary of the European Forest Institute (EFI), the World Congress on Agroforestry 2014, and the second European Forest Week.

Federation holds 46th Annual Meeting; Rev. CT Vivian honored with Estelle … – Greene County Democrat

Federation holds 46th Annual Meeting; Rev. CT Vivian honored with Estelle
Greene County Democrat
On Friday and Saturday, the meeting shifted to the Federation's Rural Training and Research Center in Epes, Alabama for the membership meeting, informational panels, agroforestry tours and other activities. A panel composed of USDA officials including 

Age matters—Experienced predation risk affects behavior and morphology of juvenile 0+ and 1+ perch

Publication date: January 2014
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters, Volume 44
Author(s): M. Heynen , I. Rentrop , J. Borcherding
Empirical field studies have shown relations between predation risk and differences in anti-predator behavior and morphology between and within perch populations. The present study used juvenile 0+ and 1+ perch in an experimental approach to vary the factor predation risk. Predators were able to feed on perch during the experimental period in large outdoor tanks. Perceived predation risk affected the behavior and the morphology of both age classes of perch, with perch being deeper bodied and shyer with increasing intensity of predation. Changes in morphology were somewhat more pronounced in the 0+ age group, while the 1+ age group exhibited significantly stronger changes in behavior, but behaved less conform within groups. Though it remains unanswered if the predator induced these changes by selective predation, or if perch adjusted their behavior and morphology in response to the predator, the results indicate that perceived predation risk can have a fast and strong direct effect on amount and distribution of phenotypes within a prey population. The results further suggest that balance and use of anti-predator strategies on different response levels may be differential over age-classes in European perch.

Tackling climate change may lessen Central African Republic conflict risks … – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)


Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Tackling climate change may lessen Central African Republic conflict risks
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
This work forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and was conducted under CIFOR's Congo Basin Forests and Climate Change Adaptation (CoFCCA) project and supported by Climate Change Adaptation in Africa, 

GE labeling — gaining ground!

It’s amazing what can happen in a year. Just ten months ago, we watched as the ballot initiative to label genetically engineered (GE) food in California — Prop 37 — was defeated by massive spending from the "Big 6" pesticide and GE corporations. And now there is more momentum than ever for GE labeling across the country.

With bills already passed in Maine and Connecticut, a big fight gearing up in Washington State, and stores implementing their own GE labeling policies, it seems Monsanto and other opponents of labeling won't be able to hold back the tide for much longer. 

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This brain-harming pesticide has got to go

It’s back to school time, and as a parent I am trying to make sure my kids have what they need to succeed in class. But there are things I can't protect them from, like pesticides kids across the U.S. are exposed to in their food, air and water — some of which may be impeding their ability to learn.

Brain-harming pesticides like chlorpyrifos continue to be used in agriculture even though well-regarded scientific studies show that this chemical can harm kids’ intelligence and lead to several neurodevelopmental delays. As a mom, and someone who follows the science on pesticides, the fact that chlorpyrifos is still commonly used makes me furious.

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Harming kids’ brains

It’s back to school time, and as a parent I am trying to make sure my kids have what they need to succeed in class. But there are things I can't protect them from, like pesticides kids everywhere in the U.S. are exposed to in their food, air and water — some of which may be impeding their ability to learn.

Brain-harming pesticides like chlorpyrifos continue to be used in agriculture even though well-regarded scientific studies show that this chemical can harm kids’ intelligence and lead to several neurodevelopmental delays. As a mom, and someone who follows the science on pesticides, the fact that chlorpyrifos is still commonly used makes me furious.

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Mission trip: Young teen girls coach soccer in rural Nicaragua – Catholic San Francisco


Catholic San Francisco

Mission trip: Young teen girls coach soccer in rural Nicaragua
Catholic San Francisco
The routine for the eight-day trip was rigorous from rising at 6:45 a.m. to lunch at about 1 p.m. They also participated in agroforestry, an effort to create more sustainable land-use systems. “We had to battle pigs who were trying to eat the plants