UN, China open door to carbon financing for herders – indiablooms


UN News Centre

UN, China open door to carbon financing for herders
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But this has been the focus of a partnership between the FAO and the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science (CAAS), the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and China's Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology (NWIPB). The UN agency announced that the …
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CAN Featured in NEW Online Resource for Forestry Professionals

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The website Forestry Degree.net is geared for users in the forestry profession. Its aim is to provide information about different forestry programs and career options. One of its offerings is an online resource that offers prospective students (and other interested users) links to programs in related fields. The site organizers have included agroecology in their resources. As the project editor stated: “… integration of forestry and agriculture provides great opportunities for increasing the sustainability of farming. We think anyone studying forestry could greatly benefit their education and career by learning more about the increasingly vital practices of agroforestry and agronomy.” Check it out. 

UN agency, China open door to carbon financing for herders, grazers – UN News Centre

UN agency, China open door to carbon financing for herders, grazers
UN News Centre
But this has been the focus of a partnership between the FAO and the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science (CAAS), the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and China's Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology (NWIPB). The UN agency announced that the …
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US govt puts financial muscle behind REDD+ forest carbon conservation projects – Mongabay.com

US govt puts financial muscle behind REDD+ forest carbon conservation projects
Mongabay.com
… of State John Kerry said the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will lend up to $133.8 million to the Althelia Climate Fund for REDD+ carbon conservation projects and "sustainable land use" initiatives like ecotourism and agroforestry.
US Increases Support to Conserve Forests, Ease Climate Change AllAfrica.com


US Government, Althelia Climate Fund Mobilize $133.8 Million for Forest The FINANCIAL

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Affinor Growers Appoints UBC Senator and Professor of Plant Breeding and … – Marketwired (press release)

Affinor Growers Appoints UBC Senator and Professor of Plant Breeding and
Marketwired (press release)
His areas of expertise include plant breeding, genetics, cultivar development, agroecology, organic production, sustainable production systems, and horticultural and agricultural technologies. Dr. Riseman is also the Academic Director, Centre for

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(MKTW) Affinor Growers Appoints UBC Senator and Professor of Plant Breeding … – Wall Street Journal

(MKTW) Affinor Growers Appoints UBC Senator and Professor of Plant Breeding
Wall Street Journal
His areas of expertise include plant breeding, genetics, cultivar development, agroecology, organic production, sustainable production systems, and horticultural and agricultural technologies. Dr. Riseman is also the Academic Director, Centre for

Affinor Growers Appoints UBC Senator and Professor of Plant Breeding and … – Wall Street Journal

Affinor Growers Appoints UBC Senator and Professor of Plant Breeding and
Wall Street Journal
His areas of expertise include plant breeding, genetics, cultivar development, agroecology, organic production, sustainable production systems, and horticultural and agricultural technologies. Dr. Riseman is also the Academic Director, Centre for

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Affinor Growers Appoints UBC Senator and Professor of Plant Breeding and … – Stockhouse

Affinor Growers Appoints UBC Senator and Professor of Plant Breeding and
Stockhouse
His areas of expertise include plant breeding, genetics, cultivar development, agroecology, organic production, sustainable production systems, and horticultural and agricultural technologies. Dr. Riseman is also the Academic Director, Centre for

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New scholarship to support biological engineering students

A Penn State alumnus and his wife have endowed a new scholarship in support of students in the College of Agricultural Sciences with demonstrated need. Wayne and Marian Martenas, of Lititz, Pa., provided a $50,000 gift to create the Martenas Family Trustee Scholarship. First preference for funds will go to students majoring in Biological Engineering.

Forget The Propaganda From Big Agritech, The Key To Reducing Poverty And … – CounterCurrents.org

Forget The Propaganda From Big Agritech, The Key To Reducing Poverty And
CounterCurrents.org
Numerous high level reports from the UN and development agencies have argued in favour of small farmers and agro-ecology, but this has not been translated into real action on the ground where peasant farmers increasingly face marginalisation and …

Leaf-Litter Connoisseurs: Part Two (Searching for Harvestmen at Sibaliw … – National Geographic


National Geographic

Leaf-Litter Connoisseurs: Part Two (Searching for Harvestmen at Sibaliw
National Geographic
Agroforestry, cutting, extraction, and introduced species are everywhere, and for leaf-litter connoisseurs like harvestmen and their followers, it's a tough neighborhood. Dave and I tried to climb a nearby hill, but after an hour of following behind a

US Increases Support to Conserve Forests, Ease Climate Change – AllAfrica.com

US Increases Support to Conserve Forests, Ease Climate Change
AllAfrica.com
Businesses involved in ecotourism and agroforestry, for example, will receive commercial loans under the program, allowing them to expand their operations. The income and employment they generate will discourage further deforestation while encouraging …

FAO and Chinese partners working to unlock carbon finance for herders and … – Thomson Reuters Foundation

FAO and Chinese partners working to unlock carbon finance for herders and
Thomson Reuters Foundation
To help address these concerns, FAO and the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science (CAAS), the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and China's Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology (NWIPB) have for the past several years been working to link …

The Global Rush for Rubber: Is Burma the ‘Final Frontier’? – The Irrawaddy News Magazine

The Global Rush for Rubber: Is Burma the 'Final Frontier'?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine
This type of agroforestry system, sometimes known as 'jungle rubber', can provide resilience to what are often volatile global markets whilst also helping protect biodiversity and ecosystems. In fact, the recent rapid increase and current crash in

Intra- and Interspecific variations in life strategies of Erpobdella octoculata and E. vilnensis in different habitats along the longitudinal gradient of stream

Publication date: Available online 29 May 2014
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Pavel Beracko , Alexandra Rogánska
Our study examines intra and interscpecific variations in life histories, reproduction parameters, secondary production and feeding biology of two erpobdellid leech species ( Erpobdella octoculata and Erpobdella vilnensis ) across longitudinal gradient of streams. These species frequently cohabit in streams of Central Europe and present a very high niche overlap in terms of spatial distribution and trophic resources. In both species, a shift from biennial to annual life cycle was noted, as well as from iteroparity to semelparity. In general, annual erpobdellid populations invested more in reproduction than the biennial populations and E. octoculata invested more in reproduction than any E. vilnensis . The absolute individual growths of studied species were described by the von Bertalanffy growth model with seasonal oscillations. The highest values of daily growths (6.1–8.6% of dry mass per day) were noted during the first month after hatching. Annual production ranged for E. vilnensis from 3.48 to 10.01 g formalin mass m-2 year-1 and for E. octoculata from 11.29 to 19.29 g formalin mass m-2 year-1. The prey diversity and overlap of prey composition and potential prey resources of leeches indicate that, compared to older leeches, the younger leeches are more selective feeders.

Tips & tweets: How to avoid summer pesticides

As we head into the warm summer months, I often hear this question from neighbors, friends and fellow moms: how can I best avoid pesticides?

It's a season of outdoor romping, family travel, daycare, camps and play. In many parts of the country, it's also high season for pesticide spraying in agricultural fields, and in and near places where children are spending their days. So what to do?

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VP of Engagement sheds light on how to increase student success rate in STEM … – FIUSM

VP of Engagement sheds light on how to increase student success rate in STEM
FIUSM
“It's had a huge impact in terms of students entering STEM careers, most specifically Agroecology.” Due to the success in Miami Northwestern, Becerra and her team started the Education Effect initiative in another high school: Booker T. Washington–with

US to back loans for international forest preservation – The Hill (blog)

US to back loans for international forest preservation
The Hill (blog)
Businesses involved in activities such as ecotourism and agroforestry receive commercial loans, which would allow them to expand. USAID hopes this will discourage deforestation. These companies can also receive credits through a voluntary carbon credit …
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US Government, Althelia Climate Fund Mobilize $133.8 Million for Forest … – AllAfrica.com

US Government, Althelia Climate Fund Mobilize $133.8 Million for Forest
AllAfrica.com
Businesses involved in ecotourism and agroforestry, for example, will receive commercial loans under the program, allowing them to expand their operations. The income and employment generated from financed businesses will discourage further …

Merti aquifer: Kenya’s largest water source faced with resistance – Coastweek

Merti aquifer: Kenya's largest water source faced with resistance
Coastweek
Consequently, the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) underground water experts who have been undertaking research to look into these concerns supports the views expressed by local communities. "The unknown rate of risk in Africa is to blame for poor …

Better information flows needed for REDD+ monitoring, report says – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Better information flows needed for REDD+ monitoring, report says
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 in part by NORAD, AusAID, DFID, the European Commission, the Department for …

Message delivered: No more toxic ‘taters

McDonald’s held its annual general meeting (AGM) last Thursday. If shareholders wanted a quiet meeting, they sure didn't get it! The company’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois was packed: 2,000 fast-food workers, clergy, parents and food system activists poured into town with a thing or two to say to McDonald’s.

The Minnesota-based Toxic Taters Coalition — a longtime partner of PAN — was one of several groups with a message to deliver to the fast food giant. Toxic Taters delivered a petition with more than 20,000 signatures, calling on McDonald’s to cut pesticide use on potatoes, work with a third party certifier to transition to sustainable practices, increase transparency about pesticide use and fund a public health study in areas impacted by potato production.

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Minnesota leads the way: Clean, safe soaps

Minnesota became the first state in the country to ban the “anti-microbial” pesticide triclosan from antibacterial soaps, toothpastes, deodorants, cosmetics, fabrics and other consumer products.

Announced this month and taking effect in 2017, this ban is great news since triclosan can cause hormone disruption in people — including interfering with thyroid gland function, sperm production in males and immune system health. And its use is unnecessary since using plain soap and water is no less effective in preventing disease. 

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Climate change, other factors may reshape central Appalachian forests

The hardwood forests of the central Appalachians are a bastion of biodiversity, providing protective habitat for some 6,000 species of plants and animals. They support a $5 billion forest products industry in Pennsylvania alone. But these forests face stresses that could change their character substantially over the next hundred years. One of these stresses is climate change. Given current forecasts for rising temperatures and increased precipitation, the suitable habitats for many individual tree species are expected to migrate north. But forest ecologist Margot Kaye says the impact on actual trees is hard to predict.

Colombia’s organic agriculture movement smallest in South America – Colombia Reports

Colombia's organic agriculture movement smallest in South America
Colombia Reports
According to Professor Tomas Leon Sicard from Colombia's National University, “if Colombia decided to promote agroecology, solutions will be found to many of the problems the agriculture sector face, and could even be a path to reach peace

Alternative Spring Break 2014 Update

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Student participants from CAN’s Alternative Spring Break Field Course to Quintana Roo, Mexico shared back their experience with other University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) students during a photo gallery presentation on May 13 at UCSC. The share-back project was organized through the Friends of CAN (FoCAN) 2-unit course “Cultivating a Daily Revolution” and the presenters were six UCSC students who received CAN Action Education program Scholarships.

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Setback in effort to supply Wajir with safe drinking water – Capital FM Kenya


Capital FM Kenya

Setback in effort to supply Wajir with safe drinking water
Capital FM Kenya
… of knowledge or ignorance?” he proposed. Reduced infant mortality (the value of a life being pegged at between Sh17,589 and Sh8.8 million) being one of the benefits Eike Luedeling of the World Agroforestry Centre identified should the project succeed.

The food system we choose affects biodiversity: Do we want monocultures? – eco-business.com


eco-business.com

The food system we choose affects biodiversity: Do we want monocultures?
eco-business.com
Improving water management in paddy rice production and increasing agro-biodiversity through agroforestry are just a few examples of how ecological farming practices could directly contribute to GHG reduction and help agriculture reduce the effects of …

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Strategic bolaina timber production could improve livelihoods – Thomson Reuters Foundation

Strategic bolaina timber production could improve livelihoods
Thomson Reuters Foundation
This research is carried out by CIFOR as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and is supported by the United States Agency for International Development. We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant …

Inexpensive solutions still outperform GMOs – Boston Globe


The Chattanoogan

Inexpensive solutions still outperform GMOs
Boston Globe
Moreover, there are no successful GMOs to reduce nitrogen pollution from fertilizers, which contribute to climate emissions and dead zones, while breeding has improved nitrogen use efficiency. Agroecology can reduce nitrogen pollution by 40 to 70
Worldwide March Against Monsanto CounterCurrents.org


The Whole World – Including San Diego – Is Marching Against Monsanto OB Rag
Over 50 countries ready for Monsanto' planned march spyghana.com
Sonoma County Gazette
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Worldwide March Against Monsanto – CounterCurrents.org


CounterCurrents.org

Worldwide March Against Monsanto
CounterCurrents.org
It is time we demand transparency and accountability,” Drew Miller, lead organizer of the Chattanooga March Against Monsanto said. Agroecology and not biotechnology is the way to sustainable agriculture and to tackle world hunger, believes the
The Whole World – Including San Diego – Is Marching Against Monsanto OB Rag


Over 50 countries ready for Monsanto' planned march spyghana.com

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Worldwide march against Monsanto LIVE UPDATES – RT


RT

Worldwide march against Monsanto LIVE UPDATES
RT
02:49 GMT: Agroecology and not biotechnology is the way to sustainable agriculture and to tackle world hunger, believes the organizer of the march in Ecuador. “Monsanto's harmful practices are causing soil infertility, mono-cropping, loss of
The Whole World – Including San Diego – Is Marching Against Monsanto OB Rag


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The Whole World – Including San Diego – Is Marching Against Monsanto – OB Rag


OB Rag

The Whole World – Including San Diego – Is Marching Against Monsanto
OB Rag
… is a movement determined to educate people on about GMOs and fight for a permanent boycott of such crops. And on May 24, the world will make their voices heard in the fight against biotechnology and, instead, strive to make agro-ecology the solution.
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Small-Scale Forestry Tour: Come Tour the Escambia Experimental Forest – Press-Register – al.com (blog)

Small-Scale Forestry Tour: Come Tour the Escambia Experimental Forest
Press-Register – al.com (blog)
Participants will be taken to various locations on the forest to learn about topics such as longleaf pine regeneration, the role of fire on the landscape, uneven-aged management and alternative income sources for landowners such as agroforestry. To

Gift of $100K to support collaboration between Penn State and Ukraine

Penn State programs that foster collaboration between the College of Agricultural Sciences and agricultural universities in Ukraine will get a boost as the result of a gift from a local family. George and Nina Woskob, of State College, Pennsylvania, have pledged $100,000 to support the Woskob Ukraine New Century Fund, an endowment established by George Woskob’s parents, real estate developers Helen and Alex Woskob.

Strategic bolaina timber production could improve livelihoods – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Strategic bolaina timber production could improve livelihoods
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
… this article, contact Peter Cronkleton at p.cronkleton@cgiar.org. This research is carried out by CIFOR as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and is supported by the United States Agency for International Development.

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Over 50 countries ready for Monsanto’ planned march – spyghana.com


spyghana.com

Over 50 countries ready for Monsanto' planned march
spyghana.com
Agroecology is. Monsanto's harmful practices are causing soil infertility, mono-cropping, loss of biodiversity, habitat destruction, and contributing to beehive collapse. GMO crops cross pollinate with traditional crops, risking peasant farmers

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New recording explores capacity of Northeast US to meet food, bioenergy needs

A recent lecture that explored the capacity of the Northeast US to meet its food and bioenergy needs is now available as an online recording. The lecture, delivered by Christian Peters of Tufts University, was part of the 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Seminar Series organized by the Sustainable Agriculture Working Group in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Occupy Sonoma County GMO Campaign against Monsanto – Sonoma County Gazette

Occupy Sonoma County GMO Campaign against Monsanto
Sonoma County Gazette
Biotechnology is not the solution to world hunger – agro-ecology is. Monsanto's harmful practices are causing soil infertility, mono-cropping, loss of biodiversity, habitat destruction, and beehive collapse. GMO crops cross-pollinate with traditional

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The food system we choose affects biodiversity: do we want monocultures? – The Guardian


The Guardian

The food system we choose affects biodiversity: do we want monocultures?
The Guardian
Stopping chemical nitrogen fertiliser overuse and shifting to organic fertilisers (to increase soil fertility), improving water management in paddy rice production, and increasing agro-biodiversity through agroforestry are just a few examples of how

Creamery serves up new flavor in honor of volleyball coach Russ Rose

Russ Rose, Penn State women’s volleyball head coach, has had unprecedented success over a 35-year career in Happy Valley, including five national championships in the last seven years. But perhaps none of his victories has tasted as sweet as the honor he received this week. Penn State’s renowned Berkey Creamery today (May 22) unveiled a new ice cream flavor named for the legendary mentor: Russ “digs” Roseberry.

Article on Shade Coffee in BioScience

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Shalene Jha, Christopher M. Bacon, Stacy M. Philpott, V. Ernesto Mendez, Peter Laderach and Robert A. Rice recently published an overview article, “Shade Coffee: Update on a Disappearing Refuge for Biodiversity,” in the May 2014 issue of the journal BioScience. Chris Bacon and Ernesto Mendez are CAN affiliated researchers.

 
Abstract: In the past three decades, coffee cultivation has gained widespread attention for its crucial role in supporting local and global biodiversity. In this synthetic Overview, we present newly gathered data that summarize how global patterns in coffee distribution and shade vegetation have changed and discuss implications for biodiversity, ecosystem services, and livelihoods. Although overall cultivated coffee area has decreased by 8% since 1990, coffee production and agricultural intensification have increased in many places and shifted globally, with production expanding in Asia while contracting in Africa. Ecosystem services such as pollination, pest control, climate regulation, and nutrient sequestration are generally greater in shaded coffee farms, but many coffee-growing regions are removing shade trees from their management. Although it is clear that there are ecological and socioeconomic benefits associated with shaded coffee, we expose the many challenges and future research priorities needed to link sustainable coffee management with sustainable livelihoods.
 
 

Permaculture Poised to Conquer the Caribbean – Independent European Daily Express

Permaculture Poised to Conquer the Caribbean
Independent European Daily Express
Joining him is a fluid group of permaculturalists working from their home islands and sharing the same goal: to harness permaculture as a solution to climate change, food and water insecurity, and rising costs of living. [pullquote]3[/pullquote]â

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Permaculture Poised to Conquer the Caribbean – Inter Press Service


Inter Press Service

Permaculture Poised to Conquer the Caribbean
Inter Press Service
But that dream is poised to conquer the Caribbean. Rahaman-Noronha wants to see 'permaculture' – short for permanent agriculture – take root and spreads across the Caribbean, and he is doing his part by teaching anyone who will listen about its benefits.

Peace Corps hires Penn State alumnus as recruiter

The Peace Corps recently hired Penn State alumnus and returned Peace Corps volunteer Charles Cascio at the Peace Corps for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office in Washington, D.C. Cascio, 27, will serve as a recruiter in Virginia, promoting awareness of Peace Corps programs and serving as a liaison for volunteer applications.

Schools for Sustainability Welcomes (SuperMOM and Permaculture Expert … – Huffington Post

Schools for Sustainability Welcomes (SuperMOM and Permaculture Expert
Huffington Post
She is the founder of Permanent Future Institute, a teacher, Volunteer Organizer of the Eastern Permaculture Guild, an Urban Farmer, Certified Master Composter, wild food forager and a phenomenal Mom. Melissa's passion for the environment was evident …

GreenBiz 101: Deciphering the concept of natural capital – GreenBiz.com (blog)


GreenBiz.com (blog)

GreenBiz 101: Deciphering the concept of natural capital
GreenBiz.com (blog)
Viewed through a more optimistic lens, improved management of natural capital could also become the foundation for new business opportunities in conservation agriculture, agroforestry or aquaculture. What is natural capital accounting? How on earth

Agroecology Movement Addresses Challenges of Food Security – Independent European Daily Express

Agroecology Movement Addresses Challenges of Food Security
Independent European Daily Express
Agriculture in this Caribbean island is going through its worst moment. Whereas this sector accounted for 71 percent of its gross domestic product in 1914, now it amounts to no more than one percent.Â. AÂ century ago, local agriculture employed over …

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Agroecology Movement Addresses Challenges of Food Security – Inter Press Service

Agroecology Movement Addresses Challenges of Food Security
Inter Press Service
Ian C. Pagán, a young agronomist, farmer, writer, activist and educator, runs the El Josco Bravo Agroecology Project in the municipality of Toa Alta. Pagán, who has a Master's Degree in soil restoration and sustainable agricultural practices, is a

Drivers of phytoplankton, bacterioplankton, and zooplankton carbon biomass in tropical hydroelectric reservoirs

Publication date: Available online 20 May 2014
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Lúcia H.S. da Silva , Vera L.M. Huszar , Marcelo M. Marinho , Luciana M. Rangel , Jandeson Brasil , Carolina D. Domingues , Christina C. Branco , Fábio Roland
Studies of carbon sources in plankton communities are important because carbon content has become the main currency used in functional studies of aquatic ecosystems. We evaluated the contribution to the total organic carbon pool from different plankton communities (phytoplankton, bacterioplankton, and zooplankton–C-biota) and its drivers in eight tropical hydroelectric reservoirs with different trophic and hydrological status and different physical features. Our systems were separated into three groups based on trophic status and water residence time: i) mesotrophic with low residence time (ML); ii) mesotrophic with high residence time (MH); and iii) eutrophic with low residence time (EL). Our hypothesis that reservoirs with low water residence times and low nutrient concentrations would show the lowest C-biota was supported. Phytoplankton carbon (C-phy) showed the highest concentrations in the EL, followed by MH and ML systems. The EL group also showed significantly higher zooplankton carbon (C-zoo). No significant difference was observed for bacteria carbon (C-bac) among the three system groups. In addition to trophic status and water residence time, regression analyses revealed that water temperature, light, pH, and dissolved organic carbon concentrations were the main drivers of plankton communities in these large tropical hydroelectric reservoirs.

NHAES researchers receive $482500 grant to study nitrogen loss in soils – Phys.Org

NHAES researchers receive $482500 grant to study nitrogen loss in soils
Phys.Org
Other scientists on the project are NHAES researcher Kirk Broders, assistant professor of plant pathology, Erik Hobbie, research associate professor of terrestrial ecology, and NHAES researcher Richard Smith, assistant professor of agroecology, all at UNH.

4th International Youth Exchange

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4th International Youth Exchange on Food Security and Sovereignty
Las Altas Montañas de Veracruz, México
May 15-23, 2014

CAN announces the 4th International Youth Exchange on Food Security and Sovereignty, which will be held at the University of Chapingo, Huatusco, Veracruz, and in the municipality of Ixhuatlan del Café, Veracruz, México.  The exchange will be hosted by VIDA AC, CAN’s partner organization in the region.

Through this exchange, rural youth from CAN’s food security and sovereignty projects, coordinators of CAN’s program for Education in Action in Mexico and Central America, and CAN-affiliated US youth will have the unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and learn about food systems in the central region of Veracruz as well as CAN and VIDA AC’s Youth Leadership and Food Sovereignty project in the region. Youth participants will share best practices and learn new skills with a focus on strengthening food security & sovereignty and local economies in their home communities.

It is expected that more than 30 youth and coordinators of CAN SSAN projects from the regions of Veracruz, México (including students from the University of Chapingo), Quintana Roo, México, San Ramón, Nicaragua, Las Segovias, Nicaragua, and from California, will participate in order to create an atmosphere marked by different perspectives and experiences for sharing and learning.

To view photos from CAN’s 4th International Youth Exchange for Food Sovereignty, visit Jovenes SSAN.

Caption: Group photo taken in Coscomatepec, after visiting the organic market there.

Progress in paradise

Whew, three islands in four days. I recently returned from a whirlwind speaking tour in Hawai'i with Dr. Tyrone Hayes covering issues of pesticides, corporate control in agriculture and genetically engineered (GE) seeds.

Addressing the topic in high school auditoriums and community health clinics, it’s increasingly clear that people across the state want to build a food system that feeds them, protects community health and fragile ecosystems, and offers fair employment — including pushing back against corporate takeover of the islands' farming land. And they're making real headway.

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FORESTS NEWS UPDATE: Prostates, Prunus and policy: A remarkable tree, a … – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

FORESTS NEWS UPDATE: Prostates, Prunus and policy: A remarkable tree, a
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
Unlike P. africana, most bark-producing tree species in international trade have made the transition from wild harvest to production from cultivated sources in plantations or agroforestry systems. Cameroonian farmers have been planting trees, but

Peace Corps critics don’t understand our mission – Los Angeles Post-Examiner


Los Angeles Post-Examiner

Peace Corps critics don't understand our mission
Los Angeles Post-Examiner
In Senegal, one Agroforestry Volunteer I know has spent much of his service promoting the cultivation of Moringa, a vitamin-rich plant great for combatting malnutrition. Now that awareness and interest in the idea has grown, he's helped several

Explaining the “Hungry Farmer Paradox” | New Article


<--break->Most of the world’s food insecure people live in marginal rural environments. A recent study with coffee producers in northern Nicaragua’s highlands helps explain this “hungry farmer paradox.” These small-scale farmers experienced an average of three months of seasonal hunger over the year studied. Although cash income helped alleviate food scarcity, households that produced more subsistence crops, especially corn and tree fruits, reported still shorter periods of food scarcity. Meanwhile, farmers that used several commonly promoted environmentally friendly farming practices reported no discernible impacts on seasonal hunger. 

In an article published in Global Environmental Change*, a team of researchers, including CAN-affiliated researchers Chris Bacon (Professor, Santa Clara University) and Ernesto Méndez (Professor, University of Vermont) and CAN’s project manager for the Las Segovias project, Maria Eugenia Flores Gomez, concur with previous studies finding that several factors influence farmer food insecurity, including: (1) annual cycles of precipitation and rising maize prices during the lean months; (2) inter annual droughts and periodic storms; and (3) the long-term inability of coffee harvests and prices to provide sufficient income. 

This work identifies the need for balancing coffee production with food production and improving exchange systems to protect farmers from adverse seasonal price fluctuations. It also considers a participatory initiative that uses fair trade cooperatives to increase rural food access through the re-localization of food distribution networks, sustainable agriculture training, and improved food storage. Although crop loss from coffee leaf rust contributes an additional challenge, these and other integrated strategies hold the potential to reduce threats to food security, livelihoods, and biodiversity.

* Bacon, C. M., Sundstrom, W. A., Flores Gómez, M. E., Ernesto Méndez, V., Santos, R., Goldoftas, B., & Dougherty, I. (2014). “Explaining the ‘hungry farmer paradox’: Smallholders and fair trade cooperatives navigate seasonality and change in Nicaragua’s corn and coffee markets.” Global Environmental Change, 25 (2014) 133–149

 

NWA Permaculture Study Group Formed – Carroll County News (blog)


Carroll County News (blog)

NWA Permaculture Study Group Formed
Carroll County News (blog)
Jerry Landrum of Eureka Springs, and Jane Pille of Holiday Island, joined forces to start the Northwest Arkansas Permaculture Study Group. Landrum is well known for his advocacy of solar energy, while Pille is an avid organic gardener who, with her …

Permaculture in Practice: Ramifications of the no-hens rule – Santa Fe New Mexican.com

Permaculture in Practice: Ramifications of the no-hens rule
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
Not a moment too soon came her untimely death. Amy Hetager was an inspiration to thousands with her hugely popular Kitchen and Coop Tours in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. At 40, the brilliant activist died with family and friends a mere week before Judge …

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“March Against Monsanto” May 24 in Over 50 Countries – Calling for the Boycott … – Center for Research on Globalization


Center for Research on Globalization

“March Against Monsanto” May 24 in Over 50 Countries – Calling for the Boycott
Center for Research on Globalization
Agroecology is. Monsanto's harmful practices are causing soil infertility, mono-cropping, loss of biodiversity, habitat destruction, and contributing to beehive collapse. GMO crops cross pollinate with traditional crops, risking peasant farmers

Five named CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellows

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s Academic Leadership Program has gained five additional fellows from the Penn State ranks. The CIC is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. Through its leadership program, participants who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills.

Humic Substances: the answer to improved mayfly survivorship in acidic environments?

Publication date: Available online 15 May 2014
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Aleicia Holland , Leo J. Duivenvoorden , Susan H.W. Kinnear
Acidification of freshwaters via anthropogenic means is a global problem. Decreases in pH in these systems have devastating effects on macroinvertebrate fauna especially Ephemeropterans. However, fauna in naturally acidic waters with high concentrations of humic substances (HS) appear to be less affected by acidification. This study investigated the ability of HS to decrease toxicity of low pH to mayflies ( Atalophlebia spp.) in both hard and soft water environments. Laboratory trialling with both hard and soft water was conducted to represent water chemistries commonly associated with anthropogenic and naturally acidic freshwaters. Mayflies were exposed to decreases in pH between 7 (control) and 3.5 in the presence of 0, 10 and 20 mg/L HS (Aldrich humic acid). HS increased mayfly survival by up to 45% in soft water and up to 39% in hard water. HS were also shown to increase 96 hour LC 50 values in both soft (4.29, 0 mg/L; 3.99, 10 mg/L and 3.97, 20 mg/L) and hard water (4.58, 0 mg/L; 4.22, 10 mg/L and 4.07, 20 mg/L). The results of this study are important in showing that HS can influence the toxicity of low pH environments; thus providing insight into why contrasting effects on biota are recorded from naturally acidic compared with anthropogenically-acidified environments

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