BluForest Inc.: Costa Rica Negotiates Sale of Forestry Carbon Credits – Stockhouse

BluForest Inc.: Costa Rica Negotiates Sale of Forestry Carbon Credits
Stockhouse
The LOI signed on September 10, 2013 paves the way to access large-scale performance-based payments for conserving its forests, regenerating degraded lands, and scaling up agro-forestry systems for sustainable landscapes and livelihoods.2. The Press 

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BluForest Inc.: Costa Rica Negotiates Sale of Forestry Carbon Credits – Wall Street Journal

BluForest Inc.: Costa Rica Negotiates Sale of Forestry Carbon Credits
Wall Street Journal
The LOI signed on September 10, 2013 paves the way to access large-scale performance-based payments for conserving its forests, regenerating degraded lands, and scaling up agro-forestry systems for sustainable landscapes and livelihoods.(2).

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* New investors join to support troubled Sri Lanka agro-forestry investment firm – Colombo Page

* New investors join to support troubled Sri Lanka agro-forestry investment firm
Colombo Page
Sept 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's troubled agro-forestry investment firm, Touchwood Investments today announced in a stock market disclosure that new investors have joined to support the firm which has lately faced certain liquidity problems. Responding to

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Pruss scholarship will assist agricultural education students

Penn State students majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education will get first preference to receive a new endowed scholarship created in memory of a College of Agricultural Sciences alumnus. With a $50,000 gift, Mary Pruss, of Washington, Pa., established the Stanley and Mary Pruss Trustee Scholarship to honor the memory of her husband, Stanley, who died in August 2012.

New Penn State homeland security programs head predicts growing challenges

As terrorism and organized crime continue to converge, information technology security, identity theft, cyber-attacks and other terrorist threats will increase, predicts Alexander Siedschlag, Penn State’s new chair of online homeland security programs. He is leading the effort to enhance Penn State’s online homeland security programs to prepare professionals for these evolving challenges.

What Is Agroforestry? – Kansas City infoZine – Kansas City infoZine


Kansas City infoZine

What Is Agroforestry? – Kansas City infoZine
Kansas City infoZine
Gallatin, MO – infoZine – Agroforestry offer landowners an opportunity to diversify farm income, provide habitat for wildlife and practice good land stewardship, says Tim Baker, regional horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension

NRCS Offering Conservation Practices to Improve Soil Health – Wisconsin Ag Connection

NRCS Offering Conservation Practices to Improve Soil Health
Wisconsin Ag Connection
"The program can help all types of farmers–livestock and dairy, grazing, or cash crop, including specialty crops, organic, and agro-forestry." All eligible applications received by the deadline will be evaluated and ranked for funding. Farmers can

9727 4Ps’ beneficiaries avail of livelihood projects – Philippine Information Agency


Philippine Information Agency

9727 4Ps' beneficiaries avail of livelihood projects
Philippine Information Agency
LGU of Valderama, Antique- Employment facilitation under the Watershed Management and Agro Forestry Development Project Management and Agro Forestry Development project for 23 beneficiaries; LGU Valderama-Technological training on Upland 

Noted in Brief — posted Sept. 29 – The Democrat Leader (subscription)

Noted in Brief — posted Sept. 29
The Democrat Leader (subscription)
THE HORTICULTURE AND AGROFORESTRY RESEARCH CENTER (HARC) will host a Field Day next Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to noon. The HARC Office is located at 10 Research Center Road, New Franklin. * * * * * * * *. Noted in Brief news may be emailed 

Concord native comes home from Amazon to talk about nonprofit – Wicked Local- Concord

Concord native comes home from Amazon to talk about nonprofit
Wicked Local- Concord
Over 4,500 trees have been planted with 20 partner farmers through Camino Verde's Basic Agro forestry project. On Oct. 4, Van Loon's event “A Green Road to Sustainable Rainforest Stewardship in Peru” will be an opportunity for anyone interested to meet 

Wins around the world!

September was a good month for wins against hazardous pesticides. China took steps to end the use of the persistent pesticide endosulfan — as did Mexico, which will ban it fully by January 2015. Costa Rica announced it will stop using the ozone-depleting pesticide methyl bromide. And El Salvador banned a host of pesticides in one fell swoop.

Many PAN partners and allies were involved in campaigns against these pesticides, and these health-protective actions from around the world are inspiring us in the U.S. to keep up the good fight.

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Climate-hit Salvadoran farmers return to indigenous agriculture – Reuters AlertNet (blog)

Climate-hit Salvadoran farmers return to indigenous agriculture
Reuters AlertNet (blog)
“This programme seeks to establish farming systems (that are) more resilient to climate (change) and biodiversity-friendly, through the expansion of agroforestry, soil and water conservation,” the ministry said. The government is investing $31.4

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Climate-hit Salvadoran farmers return to indigenous agriculture – Reuters AlertNet

Climate-hit Salvadoran farmers return to indigenous agriculture
Reuters AlertNet
“This programme seeks to establish farming systems (that are) more resilient to climate (change) and biodiversity-friendly, through the expansion of agroforestry, soil and water conservation,” the ministry said. The government is investing $31.4

Free 3 Day Online Course in Homesteading, Farming and Growing Your Own – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

Free 3 Day Online Course in Homesteading, Farming and Growing Your Own
Permaculture Magazine
Wild food – herbivores can hunt too with Leda Meredith. • Using dirt to build community with Janell Kapoor. • Your how-to manual for passive solar greenhouses with Rob Avis from Verge Permaculture. • Healing the Earth human relationship with Megan

Experts want Malawi gov’t to prioritize Horticulture – Nyasa Times


Nyasa Times

Experts want Malawi gov't to prioritize Horticulture
Nyasa Times
The plea was made by various farmers and horticulture experts at the end of a two day workshop organized by The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) at Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe. The workshop was aimed at discussing the technical quality standard 

The Future is Local, the Future is Organic – Center for Research on Globalization


Center for Research on Globalization

The Future is Local, the Future is Organic
Center for Research on Globalization
Over the past few years, there have been numerous high level reports from the UN and development agencies arguing in favour of small farmers and agro-ecology, but this has not been translated into real action on the ground where peasant farmers 

Spain: NEIKER-Tecnalia offers support to create urban orchards – FreshPlaza

Spain: NEIKER-Tecnalia offers support to create urban orchards
FreshPlaza
The third stage has to do with the installation and monitoring, making use of sustainable agricultural practices and offering, if necessary, training activities regarding soil health and agroecology. Source: revistamercados.com. Publication date: 9/26

Planting seeds to save the forest and improve lives – Manila Standard Today


Manila Standard Today

Planting seeds to save the forest and improve lives
Manila Standard Today
“We're not stopping at the provision of seed capital for agro-forestry because there are other component parts of AFCDP that still needs private sector support such as increased access to livelihood and education. That's why we are continuing with the

El Salvador: Ancestral Knowledge To Cultivate The Land – Eurasia Review

El Salvador: Ancestral Knowledge To Cultivate The Land
Eurasia Review
This is occurring after the recovery of the ancestral knowledge, the respect of the ecosystem cycles and the willingness of men and women who seek food security through agro-ecology. “We have applied the ancestral processes gradually. Our ancestors did 

Penn State Extension site helps navigate Health Insurance Marketplace

A new website developed by Penn State Extension specialists is designed to be a one-stop resource for those seeking information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, which was created under the federal Affordable Care Act. The “Health Insurance Literacy” website provides extensive resources for Pennsylvania shoppers who want to do their homework before deciding which policy to buy.

CIFOR Examines Benefits of Linking Adaptation and REDD+ in Indonesia – IISD Reporting Services

CIFOR Examines Benefits of Linking Adaptation and REDD+ in Indonesia
IISD Reporting Services
Overall, the report considers two key adaptation strategies identified by local stakeholders: rubber agroforestry and the production and sale of rattan handicrafts. The first option is expected to provide livelihood diversification and a more climate

Dimitar Grekov: Bulgaria is about to adopt CAP reform package for 2014-2020 – Focus News

Dimitar Grekov: Bulgaria is about to adopt CAP reform package for 2014-2020
Focus News
Participants also rejected the EP proposal to reduce the percentage of co-financing from the EAFRD for agroecology, organic farming and Natura 2000 from 75% to 55%. Presenter: As part of the sitting, you also attended a meeting, part of an Italian

China to Assist in Combating Land Degradation and Desertification – AllAfrica.com

China to Assist in Combating Land Degradation and Desertification
AllAfrica.com
sand dunes along the Baotou-Lanzhou Railway, aero-seeding over shifting sand dunes, narrow strip planting, straw checkerboard networks, windbreaks and shelterbelts of grass, shrubs and trees for farmland protection and agro-forestry ecosystems.

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Ingestion of bacteria in a eutrophic subtropical reservoir pond with food web mainly controlled by zooplankton grazing

Publication date: Available online 25 September 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Karina Ferreira Hisatugo , Adrislaine Silva Mansano , Luciana Hitomi Hayashi , Mirna Helena Regali-Seleghim
This study evaluated the zooplanktonic bacterivory at a eutrophic subtropical reservoir pond by the quantification of the bacterial grazing and clearance rates of the protozooplanktonic (ciliates and nanoplankton) and metazooplanktonic (rotifers, cladocerans and copepods) populations during one year period. For this purpose, in situ experiments with fluorescently labeled bacteria (FLB) were carried out every two months on the sub-surface of the reservoir pond. Considering the individual grazing and clearance rates, the metazooplanktonic organisms showed the highest consumption of bacteria. However, in terms of population and considering all the zooplanktonic community, the heterotrophic nanoplanktonic organisms (HNP) accounted for 73% of the total bacteria ingested, being the most important bacterial consumers in the reservoir, due to their high population densities. Among them, the HNP smaller than 5 μm showed the highest population grazing rates, also due to their high abundance. These organisms were the main responsible for bacteria regulation by grazing in the reservoir. Among the metazooplanktonic organisms, the highest ingestion of bacteria occurred by the copepods (10%) during the wet season, and by the rotifers (22%) during the dry season. Thus, the metazooplanktonic population grazing rates were significantly different over the year, between the cold/dry and hot/rainy season. These seasonal differences were not observed in the density and biomass of picoplankton nor in the population grazing rates of ciliates and HNP. Nevertheless, the protozoa (ciliates and HNP) were directly responsible for most of the predation on bacteria, while the metazooplanktonic populations were indirectly responsible for it by the consumption of protozoa in a cascading effect.

Is getting out of farming the best bet for smallholder farmers? – IRRI news (press release)

Is getting out of farming the best bet for smallholder farmers?
IRRI news (press release)
On my way to India, I read an interesting paper by Miguel Altieri—Agroecology, Small Farms, and Food Sovereignty. The central argument he makes is that the model of a commercialized globalized agriculture is wrong, and that a new model for agriculture 

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Eutrophication impacts littoral biota in Lake Ohrid while water phosphorus concentrations are low

Publication date: Available online 25 September 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Susanne C. Schneider , Magdalena Cara , Tor Erik Eriksen , Biljana Budzakoska Goreska , Alma Imeri , Lirika Kupe , Tatjana Lokoska , Suzana Patceva , Sonja Trajanovska , Sasho Trajanovski , Marina Talevska , Elisabeta Sarafilovska Veljanoska
Eutrophication has traditionally been measured as increased phosphorus concentrations. In some lakes, however, such as transboundary Lake Ohrid situated between Macedonia and Albania, pelagic phosphorus concentrations are low, in spite of known sources of nutrient input. We assumed that littoral biota may be more responsive to phosphorus load than water chemistry, and studied nearshore water chemistry, macrophytes, diatoms and macroinvertebrates at 30 sites around the lake, analyzing functional groups as well as standard eutrophication metrics. We hypothesized that the incorporation of nutrients into benthic biomass will conceal correlations between water phosphorus concentrations and biological eutrophication metrics, but that analysis of functional groups in addition to eutrophication metrics may help draw a plausible picture of how phosphorus is transferred through the food web. Water total phosphorus concentrations in the Lake Ohrid littoral were generally low, while all three analyzed organism groups indicated at least some degree of eutrophication. This shows that littoral biota are more sensitive indicators of nutrient input than hydrochemistry. The abundance of the benthic alga Cladophora sp. correlated positively with water total phosphorus concentrations, indicating that P-loading at local scales may be an important driver of Cladophora biomass. In contrast, none of the biotic metrics (macrophyte index, diatom index, and macroinvertebrate ICM) correlated with ambient water P-concentrations. We argue that this is not a sign of poorly working biological metrics, but a consequence of ecosystem processes in the lake littoral. Analysis of macrophyte and benthic algae abundance, and macroinvertebrate feeding types together with the biotic metrics suggests a meso- to slightly eutrophic littoral ecosystem where nutrient supply is incorporated into macrophyte and benthic algae biomass, and transferred through the food web from benthic algae to grazers, and from macrophytes to shredders and gatherers. Macroinvertebrate filter feeders correlate negatively with water total phosphorus concentrations, suggesting they remove phosphorus from the water. Our results indicate that the combined use of classical biological eutrophication metrics and functional groups may be a way to not only distinguish between oligotrophic and eutrophic ecosystems, but in addition give information as to whether or not nutrient input and nutrient removal in an ecosystem are balanced. This may eventually also give information about ecosystem functioning and ecosystem stability, and thus provide a basis for the development of “second generation” metrics for ecosystem assessment.

A Student’s Guide To Saving Money and the Planet – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

A Student's Guide To Saving Money and the Planet
Permaculture Magazine
Whether you are a student or not, you can save money, save energy and reduce your environmental impact with these useful guides from energy efficiency advisors, TheGreenAge. top_ten.jpg. Whether you're looking to reduce your environemnetal impact or 

China to assist in combating land degradation and desertification – New Era


New Era

China to assist in combating land degradation and desertification
New Era
sand dunes along the Baotou-Lanzhou Railway, aero-seeding over shifting sand dunes, narrow strip planting, straw checkerboard networks, windbreaks and shelterbelts of grass, shrubs and trees for farmland protection and agro-forestry ecosystems.

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* Sri Lanka’s Touchwood Investment appoints new executive director and ruling … – Colombo Page

* Sri Lanka's Touchwood Investment appoints new executive director and ruling
Colombo Page
Sept 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's troubled agro-forestry investment firm, Touchwood Investments has appointed a new Executive Director to its board effective September 24th. The appointment of Solomon Kankanamge Dhammika, as the Executive Director to 

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Pictures of Faith Wambua, ‘Brave Mother’ Hiding With Two Children in Westgate … – The Epoch Times

Pictures of Faith Wambua, 'Brave Mother' Hiding With Two Children in Westgate
The Epoch Times
He later received information that it was Faith Wambua, who works at the World Agroforestry Centre, or ICRAF. BEING TOLD: This brave mother is called Faith Wambua and she works at ICRAF. Wow!!! #WestgateAttack pic.twitter.com/lZNjpB50Ic. — Robert 

ACCOR : rewarded for its commitment to sustainable development – 4-traders (press release)

ACCOR : rewarded for its commitment to sustainable development
4-traders (press release)
In addition, in May 2013, Accor Hotels in UK launched their agro-forestry partnership with Pur Project to mark the first anniversary of PLANET 21. So far, thanks to the laundry savings generated by the Plant for the Planet program, Accor hotels have

Is Organic Farming the Key to Solving Hunger? And Climate Change? – TakePart

Is Organic Farming the Key to Solving Hunger? And Climate Change?
TakePart
“What people are realizing is, first of all, industrial agriculture is not feeding the world,” Altieri, Professor of Agroecology at UC Berkley, said in a phone interview. “Most of what it produces is biomass, which is for cattle, biotech crops, and
Wake Up and Smell the Soil! Groundbreaking UN Report on the Paradigm Shift Huffington Post



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Wake Up and Smell the Soil! Groundbreaking UN Report on the Paradigm Shift … – Huffington Post

Wake Up and Smell the Soil! Groundbreaking UN Report on the Paradigm Shift
Huffington Post
Its authors include some of the world's leading experts on food, sustainability, and agroecology, including Miguel Altieri, UC Berkeley professor, and Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Three key findings

Bulgaria to Receive EUR 2.338 B from European Agricultural Fund for Rural … – Novinite.com


Novinite.com

Bulgaria to Receive EUR 2.338 B from European Agricultural Fund for Rural
Novinite.com
However, the participants in Tuesday's meeting rejected the proposal by the EP to reduce the percentage of co-financing from the EAFRD for agroecology, organic farming and Natura 2000, from 75% to 55%. Bulgaria's request to expand the list of tied aid

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If we don’t confront climate change, we won’t end poverty- World Bank – Balkans.com Business News

If we don't confront climate change, we won't end poverty- World Bank
Balkans.com Business News
Under a deal with the Bank-led Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, Costa Rica became the first nation on track to access large performance-based payments for conserving its forests, regenerating degraded lands, and scaling up agro-forestry systems for 

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NCGA Partners with Pur Projet to Plant Forest and Reduce Carbon Footprint – Co-Operative News

NCGA Partners with Pur Projet to Plant Forest and Reduce Carbon Footprint
Co-Operative News
Today, as a result of the ACOPAGRO cooperative's focus on sustainable agroforestry, they are helping to ensure social and environmental recovery in the region. Trees naturally absorb excess carbon dioxide—a greenhouse gas—from the air, slowing down 

Peasant Farming, Food Security and Agroecology – Center for Research on Globalization

Peasant Farming, Food Security and Agroecology
Center for Research on Globalization
La Vía Campesina, GRAIN and ETC welcome a new UNCTAD report which states that farming in rich and poor nations alike should shift from monoculture towards greater varieties of crops, reduced use of fertilizers and other inputs, greater support for 

Effect of water quality on blackflies (Diptera: Simuliidae) in Flanders (Belgium)

Publication date: January 2014
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters, Volume 44
Author(s): Koen Lock , Tim Adriaens , Peter Goethals
To assess the ecological water quality in Flanders (northern part of Belgium), macroinvertebrates have been collected by the Flemish Environment Agency. During the present study, the blackflies collected between 1997 and 2009 were identified to species level. In total, more than 44,000 specimens were identified, belonging to 12 different species. Sensitive species were restricted to small brooks, while species tolerating lower oxygen concentrations and higher nutrient concentrations were also present in larger watercourses. Several species were either restricted to watercourses in the Campine region (northeast Flanders) or the loamy region (southern Flanders), while the other regions only contained eurytopic species. The prevalence of blackflies increased from less than 5% to almost 30% in the nineties, but did not further increase during the next decade. Habitat suitability models (logistic regressions, artificial neural networks, support vector machines and classification trees) could accurately predict the presence or absence of blackflies. An ensemble forecast, based on predicted oxygen and nutrient concentrations due to planned water quality improvement strategies, predicted that blackflies prevalence will rise to 42% in 2015 and 64% in 2027. Since blackflies only possess a moderate sensitivity, they could occur in all types of running waters with a good water quality. As a good ecological status is required by the European Union Water Framework Directive for all surface waters, it is thus apparent that more efforts will be needed to improve the water quality in Flanders.

Grad researcher investigates the role of specialized bone marrow cells

When breast cancer spreads, the disease typically invades the long bones of the body, such as the femur and tibia. Inside these long bones, giant marrow cells known as megakaryocytes (or MKs) go into overdrive in the presence of cancer and may contribute to destructive bone loss and embolisms. “The breast cancer survival rate is about 90 percent when it’s detected early but drops considerably lower once the cancer has spread to the bones,” says graduate student Walter Jackson. There hasn’t been enough research on how these specialized bone marrow cells affect the spread of cancer cells, in spite of the fact that many cancer patients die of thromboembolism, or blood clots, he notes. “It’s important that we learn more about bone metastasis and how to slow it down.”

Chelmsford: Writtle College looks for new governors – East Anglian Daily Times


East Anglian Daily Times

Chelmsford: Writtle College looks for new governors
East Anglian Daily Times
Recent appointments include Rivenhall farmer Simon Brice, Dr Julia Wright of the Centre for Agroecology and Food Security at Coventry University and Professor David Church, of the Royal Veterinary College. Dr Wright, a sustainable agriculture and food 

Northern Mindanao stakeholders craft strategies to conserve biodiversity – Business Mirror

Northern Mindanao stakeholders craft strategies to conserve biodiversity
Business Mirror
Second-growth production forest with the same area contains 253 million tons of carbon but losses 1 million tons a year, while tree plantations and agro-forestry farms can contain 20 tons and sequester only 2 tons a year. If fully functional, the

INDIA: Ms. Vandana Shiva’s world mission – Biodiversity & seed sovereignty – WNN – Women News Network


WNN – Women News Network

INDIA: Ms. Vandana Shiva's world mission – Biodiversity & seed sovereignty
WNN – Women News Network
Two of our most popular courses are “The A-Z of Organic Farming and Agroecology,” and “Gandhi and Globalization.” The Poetry of the Forest. The Earth University is inspired by Rabindranath Tagore, India's national poet and a Nobel Prize laureate.

Penn State’s Great Insect Fair celebrates 20th year

If you’ve ever wondered about some of the creepy crawlies you find in your backyard, you may want to attend Penn State’s Great Insect Fair. With the theme, “Backyard Zoo — The Bugs Around You,” The 20th edition of the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.

Garden salads coming to an end as summer ends

IMG_7362_ed_lFor over a month I’ve been enjoying my favorite summer dish, a tomato, cucumber and feta cheese salad. This year I’ve had more of these than usual, given the productivity of my tomatoes and cucumber. My Sungold and Indigo tomatoes have produced hundreds of tomatoes, enough for salads, sharing and dehydrating. Of course, in addition to tomatoes and cucumbers, I like to throw in whatever else I can from the garden. I forgot to put in some celery, but did include my favorite summer squash, trombetta, and a new string bean, Musica Romana. All in all, combined with some whole grain bread, this provides a delicious meal.

I should add that if you’ve never tried a homegrown cucumber, particularly an English or Persian style cuc, they are nothing like store bought. They lack the unappealing paraffin coating, are crisp and crunchy, and have a good cucumber taste. Grow some, or hie thee to a farmers’ market and buy some.

Coalition pencils out plan to take over tree… – Western Producer (subscription)

Coalition pencils out plan to take over tree…
Western Producer (subscription)
Norm Hall, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, said a recently completed business report suggests the Agroforestry Development Centre (ADC) can be saved and maintained as a viable, for-profit business. Hall said a 

New national soil survey needed, says expertPublish Date: Sep 20, 2013 – New Vision


New Vision

New national soil survey needed, says expertPublish Date: Sep 20, 2013
New Vision
The training was organized by United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), National Planning Authority (NPA), National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and the World Agroforestry Centre. Dr. Bagoora said it is necessary to carry out a national 

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Connect the dots, EPA

EPA is doing a better job protecting children's health, according to a new government report. This is very welcome news indeed — kudos to EPA for recognizing that when it comes to environmental harms, kids cannot be treated like little adults.

The bad news? The report flagged one arena where kids' health protection is lagging: pesticide decisionmaking. Yikes. As we know from our recent A Generation in Jeopardy report, pesticide exposure is a biggy when it comes to childhood health harms.

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Seeds of hope in Kaua’i

“We are a united Kaua’i.” That’s what over 4,000 Hawaiians chanted as they marched across the Garden Island last week in the sweltering sun. The broad Pass the Bill coalition of physicians, teachers, hotel workers and farmers has continued to press for greater information around pesticide use. The issue is being hotly debated before the Kaua’i County Council, and the world’s largest pesticide-seed corporations are clearly not happy about it.

Despite repeated statements about the desire for compromise and unity, this handful of pesticide corporations and their front groups (e.g. the misleadingly named “Save Kauai Farms”) have rejected any proposals that meet community concerns. They’ve refused to provide information about the pesticides they use on the island's test fields, or to consider no-spray zones around sensitive locations like schools.

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Use of traditional paddy cultivation as a means of climate change adaptation … – The Island.lk (subscription)

Use of traditional paddy cultivation as a means of climate change adaptation
The Island.lk (subscription)
Impacts of Agricultural Technologies", Evans Schools of Public Affairs, University of Washington. M.A. Altieri, 2008, "Agroecology: Environmentally Sound and Socially Just Alternatives to the Industrial Farming Model", University of California

Coalition pencils out plan to take over tree nursery – Western Producer (subscription)

Coalition pencils out plan to take over tree nursery
Western Producer (subscription)
Norm Hall, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, said a recently completed business report suggests the Agroforestry Development Centre (ADC) can be saved and maintained as a viable, for-profit business. Hall said a 

GrowHaus founder Adam Brock weighs in on permaculture elitism – Westword (blog)

GrowHaus founder Adam Brock weighs in on permaculture elitism
Westword (blog)
We're also just starting to build some tropical permaculture systems in the education space, so we'll be growing things like passion fruit, bananas and ginger — but not on a commercial scale. A lot of the ingredients in our food boxes come from

Chemocline erosion and its conservation by freshwater introduction to meromictic salt lakes

Publication date: Available online 19 September 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Bertram Boehrer , Uwe Kiwel , Karsten Rahn , Martin Schultze
Salinity stratification has been documented in two meromictic lakes in detail. We present seven years of field data on the salinity stratification of meromictic lakes Wallendorfer See and Rassnitzer See forming in the pits of the former lignite mine Merseburg-Ost in the Central German Mining District. Mainly from groundwater inflows, salinity stratified meromictic residual lakes had formed before freshwater was introduced intentionally over a period of two years to fill the pits more rapidly close to the final water level. From the observations, changes in the salinity stratification were interpreted in terms of deposited potential energy. Freshwater introduction (capping) was quantified in terms of potential energy. Thus the evolution of the salinity profiles was explained and their residual shapes became understandable as a consequence of the flooding procedure. Based on the quantitative estimates of energy deposited in the stratification during deep recirculation in winter, prospective statements could be made about the further evolution of the monimolimnia.

Asheville filmmaker tackles GMOs, dumpster diving – Asheville Citizen-Times

Asheville filmmaker tackles GMOs, dumpster diving
Asheville Citizen-Times
Since 2002, Lengnick has taught environmental studies, sustainable agriculture, agroecology, sustainable farm management, ecology of food and soil science at Warren Wilson. “Right now we are growing enough food to feed everybody in the world and still 

Decision soon on rights of forests cultivators: Karnataka minister – The Hindu


The Hindu

Decision soon on rights of forests cultivators: Karnataka minister
The Hindu
With that goal in mind, we need to go in for intensive plantation programmes, including agroforestry,” the Minister said. He sought people's participation in the programme and encouraged them to plant sapling in farms, their backyards, school and