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University of Minnesota professor cooks up big ideas for feeding the world – Rick Kupchella’s BringMeTheNews

University of Minnesota professor cooks up big ideas for feeding the world
Rick Kupchella’s BringMeTheNews
And that's where we go back to some of the roots of agriculture, what we see today in organic and what we might call agro-ecology, the idea of working more with nature to do less harm to the environment but still get a lot of food out of it.” Better

ICRAF scientist named AfriCAN Climate Research Award winner – EurekAlert (press release)

ICRAF scientist named AfriCAN Climate Research Award winner
EurekAlert (press release)
NAIROBI, Kenya (30 April 2014)—–The AfriCAN Climate consortium has named Dr. Aster Gebrekirstos, a Scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) as co-winner of the AfriCAN Climate Awards 2014. The Award celebrates outstanding contribution by …

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Mariam Raqib brings the gift of trees to Afghanistan – Christian Science Monitor


Christian Science Monitor

Mariam Raqib brings the gift of trees to Afghanistan
Christian Science Monitor
That's why Samsortya doesn't just hand out saplings, it teaches people tree nursery and agro-forestry skills, Raqib says. The saplings and seeds come from Samsortya's fundraising efforts here in the United States. A donation of $15 provides a family

Papua oil palm plans may benefit migrants more than local poor — report – Thomson Reuters Foundation

Papua oil palm plans may benefit migrants more than local poor — report
Thomson Reuters Foundation
This work forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and is funded in part by U.S. Agency for International Development and the Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development Aid. For more information on the topics …

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California schoolkids in harm’s way

This is very powerful data. A new, first-of-its-kind report from California's Department of Health (DPH) shows that health-harming agricultural pesticides are being sprayed close to schools across the state.

Not just a few pesticides, either — or a few schools. More than 500,000 California children in hundreds of schools spend their days within 1/4 mile of pesticide applications. Of these, more than 100,000 (mostly Latino) children in 226 schools attend classrooms near fields with the heaviest use of dangerous chemicals. We have a problem.

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News Update: Youth Leadership & Food Sovereignty Project


Last year CAN’s partner organization in San Ramón, the UCA San Ramón, worked with women in the eight coffee cooperatives participating in our Youth Leadership & Food Sovereignty Project there to collect traditional and new recipes that take advantage of the rich variety of fruits and vegetables available locally in home gardens and coffee shade trees being promoted by the project. The result was the Food Security and Sovereignty Cookbook and Guide (the Guide), complete with recipes and nutrition guidelines. Earlier this year CAN was ecstatic to receive a donation of 150 printed copies of the Guide from the group of community volunteers working with the Dignity Health Marian Regional Medical Center (Dignity Health) in Santa Maria, California.

This month the UCA San Ramón organized a workshop with the women beneficiaries of the project to reflect on the process of developing the guide and distribute copies to the women. Together, the women at the workshop developed a set of reflections and commitments around the usage of the Guide:

  • Take care of the Guide in their homes
  • Apply recipes in the Guide in their daily family food preparation.
  • Have cooking days with their families to share the knowledge with them.
  • Hold more workshops to deepen knowledge around the topic of good nutrition presented in the Guide.
  • Utilize as much as possible the wide variety of vegetables and fruits available now in the gardens and fruit trees to prepare the recipes.
  • Assure the availability of a diverse array of food year round by planting gardens year round and planting new vegetables and plants that are not yet grown in the gardens.
  • Use the parts of the plants that usually go to waste but are useful in the recipes (like beet greens and other greens).
  • Have the youth leaders in each cooperative lead more activities to promote continued application of the knowledge and recipes in the Guide in each cooperative.  

 

 

Bees in the spin cycle

It's no surprise: pesticide corporations go to great lengths to protect the public image of their products. We've been highlighting their PR hijinks for years, and their attempts to spin facts to suit their agenda have only gotten more blatant.

Bees and pesticides provide the latest example. Corporate attempts to reframe the conversation, and subvert independent science, have gone into hyperdrive. Bayer, Syngenta and Monsanto in particular are positioning themselves as "bee friendly" — no matter that several top selling pesticide products are directly linked to bee deaths.

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Asia Green Corporation Retains Auditors to Conduct Financial Audits of … – Baystreet.ca

Asia Green Corporation Retains Auditors to Conduct Financial Audits of
Baystreet.ca
The Company is the pioneer and only company in Vietnam that uses the U.S. public company model to access international capital markets and develop a sustainable agroforestry program by planting Paulownia trees together with bananas in order to protect …

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( PHIL ) Asia Green Corporation Retains Auditors to Conduct Financial Audits … – Wall Street Journal

( PHIL ) Asia Green Corporation Retains Auditors to Conduct Financial Audits
Wall Street Journal
The Company is the pioneer and only company in Vietnam that uses the U.S. public company model to access international capital markets and develop a sustainable agroforestry program by planting Paulownia trees together with bananas in order to protect …

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To curb Indonesian deforestation, public pressure required, research suggests – Thomson Reuters Foundation

To curb Indonesian deforestation, public pressure required, research suggests
Thomson Reuters Foundation
… CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and was supported by NORAD, AusAID, DFID, the European Commission, the Department for International Development Cooperation of Finland, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Distributing seeds, fertilizer and pesticides to poor farmers is OUT … – Oxfam America

Distributing seeds, fertilizer and pesticides to poor farmers is OUT
Oxfam America
Agroecology enables us to grow food in ways that cut emissions, create more resilient landscapes, and ensure ample yields – all while reducing the use of non-renewable resources. Gina Castillo is the Agriculture Program Manager at Oxfam America.

Vietnam earns 9.69 bln USD from farm exports in first 4 months – UkrAgroConsult

Vietnam earns 9.69 bln USD from farm exports in first 4 months
UkrAgroConsult
In April alone, the country is likely to ship agro-forestry– fishery products worth 2.63 billion U.S. dollars, said the report. Vietnam's export turnover of major agricultural products including rice, coffee, and rubber among others is forecast to hit

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Bulgarian State Fund Agriculture pays nearly BGN 15.4 million for LFA, Natura … – Focus News

Bulgarian State Fund Agriculture pays nearly BGN 15.4 million for LFA, Natura
Focus News
Bulgarian State Fund Agriculture pays nearly BGN 15.4 million for LFA, Natura 2000 and agro-ecology. 28 April 2014 | 15:48 | FOCUS News Agency. Picture: Focus Information AgencyBulgarian State Fund Agriculture pays nearly BGN 15.4 million for LFA,.

Vietnam earns 9.69 bln USD from farm exports in first 4 months – Shanghai Daily (subscription)

Vietnam earns 9.69 bln USD from farm exports in first 4 months
Shanghai Daily (subscription)
In April alone, the country is likely to ship agro-forestry– fishery products worth 2.63 billion U.S. dollars, said the report. Vietnam's export turnover of major agricultural products including rice, coffee, and rubber among others is forecast to hit

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Capacity of agriculture to meet food, bioenergy needs the topic of May 2 talk

Christian Peters, a crop and soil scientist at Tufts University, will present a talk on May 2 titled “Capacity of the Northeast to meet human dietary needs and the implications for sustainable food and bioenergy systems.” The event is part of the 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Seminar Series organized by the Sustainable Agriculture Working Group in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

TPP? Not so fast.

Things are looking up for opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Although a bill to "fast track" this wide-ranging trade agreement was introduced late last year, opposition to quickly green-lighting the TPP has led Congressional leaders to slow down the process.

Labor and farmer organizations, among many others, have effectively made the case for more transparency before approving what will be the largest international trade agreement to date. And although President Obama is in Japan this week, seeking alignment on key issues within the TPP, it will not likely be signed into law in 2014.

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Expect veggies galore at UCSC Farm’s annual spring plant sale – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Expect veggies galore at UCSC Farm's annual spring plant sale
Santa Cruz Sentinel
… sale's "Crops for Thought" gallery. The sale benefits the UCSC Farm & Garden Apprenticeship, a six-month training course in organic farming. Martha Brown is senior editor at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz.

Penn State Extension educator honored for commitment to diversity

Marcia Weber, a Penn State Extension family and consumer sciences educator based in York County, has received the College of Agricultural Sciences’ 2014 Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award. The award is designed to recognize distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, extension or creative work that advances diversity in the college.

Smaller farms, better food – World Development Movement (press release)


World Development Movement (press release)

Smaller farms, better food
World Development Movement (press release)
This includes reforming the Common Agricultural Policy to make it fairer for smaller farmers, supporting growers with capital to get access to land, protecting the prices of UK produce and to providing more money for research into agroecology. To bring

World Health Organisation calls for greater investment to check malaria – Economic Times


Economic Times

World Health Organisation calls for greater investment to check malaria
Economic Times
They are often the poorest, including workers in hilly or forested areas, in development projects such as mining, agroforestry, road and dam constructions, and upland subsistence farming in rural and urban areas," said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO …

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Opportunity to take on pioneering farm on Dartington Hall estate – Torquay Herald Express


Torquay Herald Express

Opportunity to take on pioneering farm on Dartington Hall estate
Torquay Herald Express
I believe the mix of both a large scale dairy farm experiment combined with agro-forestry and other smaller scale community initiatives is distinctive and ensuring this is evidence-based is essential if this work is to help change the sector's

ICRAF Publishes Guide on Conservation Agriculture with Trees – IISD Reporting Services

ICRAF Publishes Guide on Conservation Agriculture with Trees
IISD Reporting Services
World Agroforestry Centre April 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has published a guide for farmers and extension staff, titled 'Conservation Agriculture with Trees (CAWT): Principles and Practice.' The guide aims to assist extension agents

Gainesville design business, Parisleaf, donates 1000 trees to Maryland charity – The Independent Florida Alligator

Gainesville design business, Parisleaf, donates 1000 trees to Maryland charity
The Independent Florida Alligator
A local business is celebrating Earth Day with a large contribution. Parisleaf, a local Gainesville design and printing firm, donated 1,000 trees to a Maryland-based agroforestry charity called Trees for the Future. Parisleaf online community manager

UW commencement ceremonies to begin May 10th for 1629 graduates; Maxfield … – County 10

UW commencement ceremonies to begin May 10th for 1629 graduates; Maxfield
County 10
1:30 p.m. — College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, War Memorial Fieldhouse: graduating students Samantha Heitsch, Cheyenne, B.S. in agricultural communication; and Tyler Harran, Jamestown, N.C., B.S. in agroecology with a minor in insect …

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Transforming Food Policy Through Science from Coast to Coast – The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)


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

Transforming Food Policy Through Science from Coast to Coast
The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)
For example, the institute's work in sustainable agriculture is based on agroecology principles that promote soil health and fruitful crops and reduce the environmental impacts of farming. At the May 6 public forum, we will highlight work in several

Innovative farm tenant with world-beating ideas sought for estat with a green … – Western Morning News


Western Morning News

Innovative farm tenant with world-beating ideas sought for estat with a green
Western Morning News
I believe the mix of both a large scale dairy farm experiment combined with agro-forestry and other smaller scale community initiatives is distinctive and ensuring this is evidence-based is essential if this work is to help change the sector's

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University of Wyoming grad student from Kenya wants to take farming … – Casper Star-Tribune Online

University of Wyoming grad student from Kenya wants to take farming
Casper Star-Tribune Online
This is the norm in Kenyan society, said Judith Odhiambo, University of Wyoming agroecology doctoral student from Kenya. From men-only town meetings to 3 a.m. wake-up times for women, Odhiambo believes solving Kenya's political, social and economic …

Environmental Almanac: Campus Earth Week activities scheduled – Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette


Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Environmental Almanac: Campus Earth Week activities scheduled
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Michelle Wander of the Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences asked that I highlight public events featuring Craig Cox from the Environmental Working Group, which will also …

New partnership to bring fresh vegetables to Our Daily Bread – Online Athens

New partnership to bring fresh vegetables to Our Daily Bread
Online Athens
A member of AmeriCorps Vista serving with Action Ministries since last August, Hooks has experience establishing community gardens through his work as an Agroforestry volunteer in West Africa with the Peace Corps. As the Hunger Relief Specialist, Hooks …

Guest Blog: Real solutions for malaria in Africa

April 25th is World Malaria Day, a time to look back at progress made over the past year in the quest to control this dangerous disease. We also take a look at progress made in the shift toward sustainable, least toxic and effective malaria control tools.

Last year, we marked the day by highlighting on-the-ground successes in Senegal, Kenya and Ethiopia in reducing malaria with community based approaches. This year I join my colleague Dr. Paul Saoke from Physicians for Social Responsibility, Kenya to give our on-the-ground perspective on the path we think malaria control needs to take going forward.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Climate Change and Our Food System – Care2.com

5 Things You Need To Know About Climate Change and Our Food System
Care2.com
Agroecology is the path toward community-controlled agriculture, rooted in farmers' and fishermen's traditional practices that do not require the harsh chemical-laden pesticides and fertilizers and replenish the earth rather than extract from it. To

Finney receives 2014 Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award

Denise M. Finney, doctoral candidate in ecology, is the recipient of the 2014 Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievements of degree candidates in any of the Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs that relate to bringing their scholarship to the community in order to benefit society in some manner.

Open-source seeds challenge Monsanto, support International Day of Farmers … – Twin Cities Daily Planet (blog)


Twin Cities Daily Planet (blog)

Open-source seeds challenge Monsanto, support International Day of Farmers
Twin Cities Daily Planet (blog)
Agroecology recognizes diversity and sovereignty as key elements of a sustainable agricultural system. Diversity is the very building block of evolution and adaptation, and keeping germplasm in the commons allows all communities the maximum ability to …

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According To Dixon … Rethink needed on agroforestry decision – Horticulture Week

According To Dixon … Rethink needed on agroforestry decision
Horticulture Week
Guidance is needed from Defra. Reversing Lord de Mauley's decision against adopting the Common Agricultural Policy's Pillar 2 agroforestry measures could be a helpful first step. Professor Geoffrey Dixon is managing director of GreenGene international …

UCSC workshop offers gardeners the basics of citrus selection, planting, care – Santa Cruz Sentinel

UCSC workshop offers gardeners the basics of citrus selection, planting, care
Santa Cruz Sentinel
… in the parking lot at the corner of Coolidge Drive and Carriage House Road, off Coolidge Drive inside the main entrance to the UCSC campus. Martha Brown is senior editor at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz.

What Is Permaculture? (And How You Can Volunteer To Help Sustainable … – The Daily Meal


The Daily Meal

What Is Permaculture? (And How You Can Volunteer To Help Sustainable
The Daily Meal
Pun Pun Organic Farm near Chang Mai, Thailand, combines local culture and farming with permaculture-inspired philosophy. Photo courtesy of Andy Bustin. Growing populations and shrinking resources strain the environment and stress its human …

Bob Beyfuss: Awaiting a lingering spring in the Northeast – Kingston Daily Freeman

Bob Beyfuss: Awaiting a lingering spring in the Northeast
Kingston Daily Freeman
I have a few classes scheduled to teach at the Agroforestry Resource Center and I am anxious to see my friends and colleagues from that great learning center. Right now, I cannot wait to be home! Next week I will write this column from my living room

Spinning the science on atrazine

The last of the late spring snowstorms are winding down here in the Midwest, and it won’t be long before corn goes into the ground. With corn-planting, of course, comes atrazine applications. And though atrazine doesn’t get much use in the colder months, this winter hasn’t been a quiet one for the notorious herbicide and its manufacturer, the Syngenta Corporation.

In the last few months, investigative reporters in the U.S. and Canada have highlighted Syngenta’s desperate scrambling to discredit atrazine’s critics. Recent pieces in major outlets like the New Yorker and Canada’s 16 x 9 have pulled back the curtain on Syngenta’s PR machine for a broader audience. The message? In the pesticide industry, spin is half the business.

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Kenyan UW grad student studying farming techniques – San Francisco Chronicle

Kenyan UW grad student studying farming techniques
San Francisco Chronicle
This is the norm in Kenyan society, said Judith Odhiambo, University of Wyoming agroecology doctoral student from Kenya. From men-only town meetings to 3 a.m. wake-up times for women, Odhiambo believes solving Kenya's political, social and economic …

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