National Day of Maize in Mexico: Protecting the Sacred Plant – Upside Down World


Upside Down World

National Day of Maize in Mexico: Protecting the Sacred Plant
Upside Down World
Adelita San Vicente Tello is an agronomist with a master's degree in rural development and a doctorate in agroecology. She is director of Seeds of Life (Semillas de Vida), a group promoting agro-biodiversity and protecting native corn. San Vicente is

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ON NATIONAL DAY OF MAIZE IN MEXICO, PROTECTING THE SACRED PLANT – Huffington Post

ON NATIONAL DAY OF MAIZE IN MEXICO, PROTECTING THE SACRED PLANT
Huffington Post
Adelita San Vicente Tello is an agronomist with a master's degree in rural development and a doctorate in agroecology. She is director of Seeds of Life (Semillas de Vida), a group promoting agro-biodiversity and protecting native corn. San Vicente is

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Agroecology takes center stage in Rome

Walking past the ancient Roman Coliseum on my way to the recent International Symposium on Agroecology, the surprising twists of history were on my mind. Even a few years ago, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization — host of the symposium — would never have organized such a meeting. “Agroecology” was considered far too radical and dangerous a concept to many in FAO who had dedicated long careers to exporting the chemical-intensive “Green Revolution” model of agriculture around the world.

Yet there I was, along with 400 other scientists, agri-food system researchers, farmers and social movement leaders, commencing an intensive 2-day exchange of agroecological knowledge, science and practice in the heart of Rome.

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Corporate-smart greenwash: the Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture – The Ecologist (blog)

Corporate-smart greenwash: the Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture
The Ecologist (blog)
We know that urgent action must be taken to cool the planet, to help farming systems – and particularly small-scale farmers – adapt to a changing climate, and to revive and reclaim the agroecological systems on which future sustainable food production …

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FAO Calls for “Paradigm Shift” Towards Sustainable Ag, Fisheries – TheFishSite.com


TheFishSite.com

FAO Calls for “Paradigm Shift” Towards Sustainable Ag, Fisheries
TheFishSite.com
Options such as Agro-ecology and climate-smart agriculture should be explored, and so should biotechnology and the use of genetically modified organisms, FAO's director-general said, noting that food production needs to grow by 60 per cent by 2050 to …

FAO Calls for ‘Paradigm Shift’ Towards Sustainable Agriculture and Family … – Insurance News Net


euronews

FAO Calls for 'Paradigm Shift' Towards Sustainable Agriculture and Family
Insurance News Net
Options such as Agro-ecology (http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/afns/about-the-symposium/en/) and climate-smart agriculture (http://www.fao.org/climatechange/climatesmart/en/) should be explored, and so should biotechnology and the use of genetically …
FAO Calls for "Paradigm Shift" Towards Sustainable Agriculture and Family AllAfrica.com


World needs 'paradigm shift' towards sustainable agriculture, UN agency urges indiablooms

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Peru: Illegal Logging Behind Deaths Of Indigenous Leaders – Eurasia Review

Peru: Illegal Logging Behind Deaths Of Indigenous Leaders
Eurasia Review
Sara, 54 years old and originally from Lima, received 187 Ha (462 acres) in the 1980s in the community of Puerto Bermúdez, in the central department of Pasco, to develop agroforestry and protect several tree species. In July she learned that, without

FAO Calls for “Paradigm Shift” Towards Sustainable Agriculture and Family … – AllAfrica.com


euronews

FAO Calls for "Paradigm Shift" Towards Sustainable Agriculture and Family
AllAfrica.com
Options such as Agro-ecology and climate-smart agriculture should be explored, and so should biotechnology and the use of genetically modified organisms, FAO's director-general said, noting that food production needs to grow by 60 percent by 2050 to …
World needs 'paradigm shift' towards sustainable agriculture, UN agency urges indiablooms



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World needs ‘paradigm shift’ towards sustainable agriculture, UN agency urges – UN News Centre


UN News Centre

World needs 'paradigm shift' towards sustainable agriculture, UN agency urges
UN News Centre
Pointing to options such as agro-ecology, climate-smart agriculture, biotechnology and the use of genetically modified organisms, the Director-General emphasized that global food production would need to grow by 60 per cent by 2050 in order to meet the …
FAO calls for "paradigm shift" towards sustainable agriculture, food Thomson Reuters Foundation



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L is for likoti – World Development Movement (press release)


World Development Movement (press release)

L is for likoti
World Development Movement (press release)
Likoti means 'holes' in Sesotho (one of 11 official Lesotho languages). It is used to describe a method of Conservation Agriculture where pits of about 30cm in diameter by 20cm in depth are dug and filled with organic fertiliser and seeds. The practice

FAO sends message on the global need for agroecology – Oxfam America (press release) (blog)


Oxfam America (press release) (blog)

FAO sends message on the global need for agroecology
Oxfam America (press release) (blog)
Given that it is estimated that a quarter of the world's land is degraded, and poor men and women inhabit these areas, the wide application of agroecological practices such as agroforestry is a no brainer. Because the FAO meeting was heavily focused on

Forrest Keeling celebrates chestnuts at annual event – Lincoln County Journal


Lincoln County Journal

Forrest Keeling celebrates chestnuts at annual event
Lincoln County Journal
Dr. Gene Garrett, professor and former director of The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri, will provide seminars on a variety of specialty crops through the day. Representatives of The Center will roast chestnuts throughout the day

Extracting Ourselves From The Extractivist Mindset: Review of This Changes … – CounterCurrents.org

Extracting Ourselves From The Extractivist Mindset: Review of This Changes
CounterCurrents.org
Community-controlled renewable energy, industrial planning with local sourcing and job protection, support for worker cooperatives, decentralized farming based on agroecology rather than industrial models—all are good places to start, she suggests.

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FAO calls for “paradigm shift” towards sustainable agriculture, food … – Thomson Reuters Foundation

FAO calls for "paradigm shift" towards sustainable agriculture, food
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Options such as Agro-ecology and climate-smart agriculture should be explored, and so should biotechnology and the use of genetically modified organisms, FAO's director-general said, noting that food production needs to grow by 60 percent by 2050 to …

When Will Governments of Rich Countries Take Agriculture Seriously? – Huffington Post UK

When Will Governments of Rich Countries Take Agriculture Seriously?
Huffington Post UK
Grow rape (if you really must grow it all) alongside crops of a dozen other species, all of them genetically various, and mix crops and livestock – and add trees, to create agroforestry, one of the few encouraging trends in modern agriculture. Faced

High Poverty: Medicinal Plants Offer Way Forward for Nepal’s Mountain … – New Security Beat


New Security Beat

High Poverty: Medicinal Plants Offer Way Forward for Nepal's Mountain
New Security Beat
Agroforestry work related to the project has contributed to restoring tree cover to over 550 hectares of degraded land. Wild harvesting has put Himalayan yew on the endangered list, but the farmers we work with have now planted some 225,000 seedlings, …

Extracting Ourselves from the Extractivist Mindset – Dissident Voice


Dissident Voice

Extracting Ourselves from the Extractivist Mindset
Dissident Voice
Community-controlled renewable energy, industrial planning with local sourcing and job protection, support for worker cooperatives, decentralized farming based on agroecology rather than industrial models—all are good places to start, she suggests.

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Agroecology and Social Transformation


Reprinted from: Gliessman, S.R. 2014. “Agroecology and Social Transformation. Editorial.” Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Volume 38, issue 1.

Agroecology and Social Transformation

With its foundation in the three interconnected areas of science, practice, and social change movements, agroecology must position itself to guarantee food sovereignty, food security, and food justice for all people, in rural as well as urban communities.  This will require the transformation of the current agro-food system that has created an extensive environmental, political, economic, financial, and food system crisis. This crisis faces all of modern civilization, by the expanding inequality, increasing poverty, and environmental degradation caused by the multi-national corporations that monopolize the modern food chain.   Add to this climate change and the disastrous impact of the current coffee rust epidemic in Central America, and the urgency for food system transformation is paramount. We look to agroecology for ways to ensure this transformation happens as soon as possible.

The above paragraph is a summary of the declaration drawn up by the 45 participants from 11 countries in the 15th International Agroecology Shortcourse that took place at the Estelimar Center in Estelí, Nicaragua July 6-18, 2014. Co-sponsored by the non-profit Community Agroecology Network (CAN) and The Association for Social Development of Nicaragua (ASDENIC), the course was titled “Agroecology and Social Transformation: transdisciplinarity, health, and human development.” Through a combination of lectures, community forums, posters, panel discussions, site visits, and participatory interactions in communities where agroecological transformation is in progress, participants received a broad introduction to agroecology as an action-oriented endeavor. Everyone came away with the full realization that agroecology offers important tools for transforming food systems by working at the local level and with local knowledge as a foundation. From there, science and practice can be linked to establish alternative food systems for all people, and can provide models for the transformation of our food systems to sustainability.

At the same time, course participants voiced strongly that agroecology must not be captured by or try to conform its goals and objectives to the current food system. By linking ways of knowing and different knowledge systems from which can emerge new ways of action, the transdisciplinary power of agroecology can emerge and truly transformative change will occur. To learn more about the course, visit the CAN website in English at www.canunite.org, or the ASDENIC website in Spanish at www.asdenic.org.

This important theme is highlighted in the article by Levidow et al. (2014) in this issue of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.  If agroecology is going to contribute to real change, especially away from the monocultural, large-scale, external input-intensive, socially unjust, and corporate concentration of the current industrial model of food systems, the commitment to transformational change and alignment with social movements working for food system change is paramount. The attempt to consider the approach of “sustainable intensification” as agroecology is an example of conforming with the current paradigm.  Intensification focused primarily on increasing yields and efficiency, without changing the dominant paradigm, is not sustainable nor is it agroecology in its complete definition. 

Our journal looks forward to promoting and publishing examples of “transformational” agroecology, where science, productive practice, and social change are combined. This is why we are the journal of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

Steve Gliessman

Editor, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

Reference: Levidow, L., M. Pimbert, and G. Vanloqueren.  2014. “Agroecological research: Conforming – or transforming the dominant agro-food regime?” Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. 38(10): In press.

 

 

Indonesian government files lawsuits against companies that set forest fires – AsiaOne


AsiaOne

Indonesian government files lawsuits against companies that set forest fires
AsiaOne
The Environment Ministry has filed lawsuits against several agroforestry companies suspected of starting forest fires in Sumatra. The ministry is taking legal action against seven agroforestry companies that allegedly set fire to forest areas in Riau

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Dogs may be responsible for declining mammals in Brazil’s agroforests – Mongabay.com


Mongabay.com

Dogs may be responsible for declining mammals in Brazil's agroforests
Mongabay.com
Agroforestry is a land management strategy that is meant to balance farming production and biodiversity conservation. Here, agricultural products, such as cacao and coffee, are cultivated in association with native trees that support native wildlife

Corporations represent at UN climate summit – Twin Cities Daily Planet (blog)


Twin Cities Daily Planet (blog)

Corporations represent at UN climate summit
Twin Cities Daily Planet (blog)
The announcement came in the wake of rising criticism from civil society, including IATP, about the intentionally vague term “climate smart” versus the more established science of agroecology, as well as the corporate-led participation of GACSA.

Sask. shelter belt centre strife stresses operator – Western Producer (subscription)

Sask. shelter belt centre strife stresses operator
Western Producer (subscription)
Sidloski said agroforestry research workers, who still work out of the centre, tried to maintain control of the facility, even though they are being moved to the research farm several kilometres away. He alleged they didn't give him and his workers

The Observer Review: Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs … – The Texas Observer

The Observer Review: Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs
The Texas Observer
… demand, she suggests, government programs such as community-controlled renewable energy, industrial planning based on local sourcing and job protection, support for worker cooperatives, and decentralized nonindustrial farming based on agroecology.

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Cover crop workshop set for Saturday, Oct. 4 at Alan Chadwick Garden – UC Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz

Cover crop workshop set for Saturday, Oct. 4 at Alan Chadwick Garden
UC Santa Cruz
For more information, call (831) 459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu. The workshop is cosponsored by the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems and the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden. Coffee and tea provided. Feel free to bring a bag …

Sustainable Plantations – A Growing Resource for Asia Plantation Capital – GlobeNewswire (press release)

Sustainable Plantations – A Growing Resource for Asia Plantation Capital
GlobeNewswire (press release)
Asia Plantation Capitals's drive for added value and premium end products is a specific business strategy for all their sustainable timber and agroforestry crops. Bamboo – probably one of the world's most sustainable species – is not only being used in …

Sustainable Plantations – A Growing Resource for Asia Plantation Capital – DigitalJournal.com

Sustainable Plantations – A Growing Resource for Asia Plantation Capital
DigitalJournal.com
Asia Plantation Capitals's drive for added value and premium end products is a specific business strategy for all their sustainable timber and agroforestry crops. Bamboo – probably one of the world's most sustainable species – is not only being used in …

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Master Gardener meeting Oct. 16 in Seguin will feature presentation on ‘food … – AgriLife Today

Master Gardener meeting Oct. 16 in Seguin will feature presentation on 'food
AgriLife Today
“Mr. Fry studied natural resource conservation at Texas A&M University and also served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, working in the area of agroforestry,” he said. “We know people who attend this meeting will gain a good understanding of

G is for gender – World Development Movement (press release)


World Development Movement (press release)

G is for gender
World Development Movement (press release)
An agroecological technique known as 'farmer managed natural regeneration' (FMNR), a low-cost re-vegetation technique carried out across parts of the Sahel, has had a significant impact on the availability of fuel, wood and water. In Burkina Faso for …

New Approaches to Agriculture Needed to Cope with Climate Change – TheCattleSite


TheCattleSite

New Approaches to Agriculture Needed to Cope with Climate Change
TheCattleSite
Last week, FAO hosted a major event on the approach at its Rome headquarters, where participants called for UN-wide initiative on agro-ecology in order to help sustainably promote food security, address climate change, and build resilience. "There are …
Climate Change Affects Food Access, a Top Reason for World Hunger, FAO Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)



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The truth about feeding 9 billion people is millions will have to feed themselves – The Guardian


The Guardian

The truth about feeding 9 billion people is millions will have to feed themselves
The Guardian
Agroforestry strategies such as farmer managed natural regeneration and fertiliser tree systems have been successfully promoted in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. Subsistence livestock management in Chad needs also to be more intensive and productive.

Remarks at a Reception for the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture – US Department of State (press release)

Remarks at a Reception for the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture
US Department of State (press release)
In Mali, we're supporting an aggressive agroforestry program, helping farmers to tackle the problem of desertification, and promoting the planting of fruit and fodder and fuel-wood for income generation. In Bangladesh, we're investing with private

Do animals really predict winter weather; nature column – Hunterdon County Democrat

Do animals really predict winter weather; nature column
Hunterdon County Democrat
“The amount of brown on the caterpillar can actually indicate the age of the caterpillar, which would tell you when it emerged in the spring,” said Thom Almendinger, Duke Farms Foundation director of Natural Resources and Agroecology. “This would only …

NYC Climate Week: How Climate Change Threatens Our Food Supply – The Weather Channel

NYC Climate Week: How Climate Change Threatens Our Food Supply
The Weather Channel
To protect the country's food supply, Sanfiorenzo-Barnhard is working to develop more sustainable farms that follow a principle known as agroecology, a scientific method for developing agriculture practices that incorporate local resources, climate and

A Daughter’s Peace Corps Work in West Africa. A Mother’s Heart. – Huffington Post

A Daughter's Peace Corps Work in West Africa. A Mother's Heart.
Huffington Post
She believes in promoting sustainable agriculture efforts worldwide and is invested in learning more about population ecology and agroforestry. Nothing could prepare her better for a career in that arena better than working on projects through the

New Approaches to Food Systems Needed to Cope With Climate Change – AllAfrica.com


FoodNavigator.com

New Approaches to Food Systems Needed to Cope With Climate Change
AllAfrica.com
Graziano da Silva also highlighted "agro-ecology" as a promising approach to moving food production onto a more sustainable path. The approach uses ecological theory to study and manage agricultural systems in order to make them both more productive …
Climate-Smart Agriculture is Corporate Green-Washing, Warn NGOs Inter Press Service


Climate-smart corporate farming. What's not to like? World Development Movement (press release)

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Nespresso’s 2020 goals aim at coffee-led sustainability evolution – GreenBiz.com (blog)


GreenBiz.com (blog)

Nespresso's 2020 goals aim at coffee-led sustainability evolution
GreenBiz.com (blog)
And thirdly, it will become carbon neutral, using "carbon insetting," a fairly new concept that will see an extensive agroforestry program rolled out within its own supply chain. The goals are ambitious in scale, as well as in investment. Nespresso is

Climate-Smart Agriculture is Corporate Green-Washing, Warn NGOs – Inter Press Service


Modern Farmer

Climate-Smart Agriculture is Corporate Green-Washing, Warn NGOs
Inter Press Service
“These companies will do all they can to maintain their market dominance and prevent genuine agroecology agriculture from gaining ground in countries,” she said. It is vital that such oligopoly practices are disallowed and regulated, said Raman. “Hence
Climate-smart corporate farming. What's not to like? World Development Movement (press release)


New approaches to food systems needed to cope with climate change EIN News (press release)

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As it happened: World leaders pledge climate action in New York – Responding to Climate Change


Responding to Climate Change

As it happened: World leaders pledge climate action in New York
Responding to Climate Change
The world's climate scientists have said that farmers advancing our agroecology solutions not only cool the planet but feed the planet. So why are we being pushed off our lands by more genetically modified crops or complex and risky soil carbon markets.

The Other CSA: What Is Climate-Smart Agriculture? – Modern Farmer


Modern Farmer

The Other CSA: What Is Climate-Smart Agriculture?
Modern Farmer
In the Sahel, a climate-smart agroforestry practice that integrates food crops with trees that draw nitrogen from the air and transfer it to the soil has increased harvests by up to 400 percent, while capturing carbon and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG

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New approaches to food systems needed to cope with climate change – EIN News (press release)

New approaches to food systems needed to cope with climate change
EIN News (press release)
Graziano da Silva also highlighted "agro-ecology" as a promising approach to moving food production onto a more sustainable path. The approach uses ecological theory to study and manage agricultural systems in order to make them both more productive …

UN: only small farmers and agroecology can feed the world – The Ecologist

UN: only small farmers and agroecology can feed the world
The Ecologist
Governments must shift subsidies and research funding from agro-industrial monoculture to small farmers using 'agroecological' methods, according to the UN's Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. And as Nafeez Ahmed notes, her call coincides with a …

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UN: only small farmers and agroecology can feed the the world – The Ecologist

UN: only small farmers and agroecology can feed the the world
The Ecologist
Governments must shift subsidies and research funding from agro-industrial monoculture to small farmers using 'agroecological' methods, according to the UN's Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. And as Nafeez Ahmed notes, her call coincides with a …

Climate-smart corporate farming. What’s not to like? – World Development Movement (press release)

Climate-smart corporate farming. What's not to like?
World Development Movement (press release)
Other corporate cheerleaders for GACSA include McDonalds, Walmart and GM seed company Syngenta. The world over, small-scale farmers are developing ways of feeding communities that work with rather than against nature. This is called agroecology.

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New Alliance for Food Security, Nutrition in Africa progresses – spyghana.com

New Alliance for Food Security, Nutrition in Africa progresses
spyghana.com
Support adoption of agroecological practices by small-scale farmers to build resilience through: participatory research in agroecology; dissemination of ecological farming knowledge via farmer-to-farmer networks; and capacity-building of extension

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Coming to terms with terminology: Seeking ‘gray literature’ on landscapes – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Coming to terms with terminology: Seeking 'gray literature' on landscapes
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
At the recent conference on Landscapes for People, Food and Nature organized by EcoAgriculture Partners and the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, participants learned there were no fewer than 78 different terms that allude to integrated …

From Territorial Peoples toward a Global Agreement – Intercontinental Cry

From Territorial Peoples toward a Global Agreement
Intercontinental Cry
… accessible and relevant financing in support of the objectives and efforts of Indigenous Peoples and communities through their own methods of organizing in their territory and for the protection and restoration of forest ecosystems and agroforestry

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Open statement: Call of G7 Civil Society Organizations to their Governments on … – World Development Movement (press release)

Open statement: Call of G7 Civil Society Organizations to their Governments on
World Development Movement (press release)
Support adoption of agroecological practices by small-scale farmers to build resilience through: participatory research in agroecology; dissemination of ecological farming knowledge via farmer-to-farmer networks; and capacity-building of extension

Review, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate” – People’s World

Review, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate"
People’s World
"This Changes Everything" addresses many more issues, such as agro-ecology, fishery depletion and the effect of more acidic ocean water on developing shellfish, and the cooptation of some environmental organizations by corporations during the 1980s …

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A Road Trip Without a Map: Why Research Is Vital for Confronting Climate Change – Huffington Post

A Road Trip Without a Map: Why Research Is Vital for Confronting Climate Change
Huffington Post
Yet further research might show that increasing soil carbon through use of no-till agriculture, animal manures, agroforestry and better crop residue management is unequivocally (or at least under most circumstances) a win-win solution. More research

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Here’s the smart way to feed Africa in 2050 – Thomson Reuters Foundation

Here's the smart way to feed Africa in 2050
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Throughout these countries we are promoting climate smart agriculture in all our livelihoods work, linking it into crop production, water, agroforestry, livestock production and energy. Our focus is on the poorest, most marginalised farmer. Our goal is

Permaculture is the theme at 2014 Common Ground Fair – Lewiston Sun Journal

Permaculture is the theme at 2014 Common Ground Fair
Lewiston Sun Journal
Both are speaking about permaculture, this year's theme, which focuses on designing ecological landscape systems that work in harmony with nature to restore balance. As more and more people embrace the do-it-yourself lifestyle across Maine and the …
Common Ground fair speakers to tackle the cold and the bugs Press Herald



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2014 Annual Report of Community Agroecology Network

Posted in: News   Topics: About CAN,


In the past year, CAN has worked with more than 2,000 families to improve food security through homegardens, seed banks, basic grain storage, and soil fertility. Women have been leaders in strengthening local food economies, such as the agroecological farmers market in Quintana Roo and a women-run café in San Ramón. We held transparent negotiations with the participation of coffee farmers, producers organizations, an importer and roasters to bring 25,000 lbs of AgroEco® Coffee to California. We cultivated the next generation of food systems leaders through international exchanges and courses. These achievements are possible because of our supporters. To learn more, please review our annual report.

Save the Date! XVI Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse


Save the Date!

CAN announces the XVI Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse

Agroecology, A Global Movement: Tracing our Roots and Looking Forward

July 12–15, 2015
Santa Cruz, California

Check back. More information TBA. Applications accepted starting November 1, 2014

GEORGE KENNEDY: Oak sapling symbolizes history, hope and tradition on MU … – Columbia Missourian

GEORGE KENNEDY: Oak sapling symbolizes history, hope and tradition on MU
Columbia Missourian
There was mercifully brief speechifying, thanking of donors and the unveiling of a plaque. The occasion was the dedication of a new species of oak tree, developed by Mark Coggeshall, an assistant research professor of agroforestry. The 173d, 174th and …

Bad call, USDA

Very disappointing news came out of the U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday. The agency announced it is greenlighting Dow Agroscience's new genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybeans that are designed to withstand repeated applications of 2,4-D — an antiquated, dangerous herbicide.

PAN scientist Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman called the decision "a slap in the face" to the thousands of farmers who have expressed concerns about crop damage, economic losses and health risks associated with the dramatically increased use of 2,4-D that will accompany Dow's new crops. USDA predicts 2,4-D use in corn and soybean production will increase between 500% and 1,400% by 2020.

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Clarkson University Grad Student Develops Agroforestry Project in Uganda to … – Clarkson University News (press release)

Clarkson University Grad Student Develops Agroforestry Project in Uganda to
Clarkson University News (press release)
Alex French, a Clarkson University environmental politics and governance master's student from Cherry Valley, Alex French, an environmental politics and governance master's student from Cherry Valley, N.Y., developed an agroforestry project with

Agroecology: A Different Approach to Agriculture – Huffington Post (blog)

Agroecology: A Different Approach to Agriculture
Huffington Post (blog)
Agroecology involves optimizing resources and natural mechanisms through agronomy to make farms more competitive and sustainable and less dependent on resources. Using less diesel oil in tractors, employing fewer pesticides and spending less time …

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B is for biodiversity – World Development Movement (press release)


World Development Movement (press release)

B is for biodiversity
World Development Movement (press release)
This has nurtured biologically and genetically diverse smallholder farms with a robustness and a built-in resilience that has helped them to adjust to rapidly changing climates, pests, and diseases” – Miguel Altieri, prominent agroecology scientist

A is for agroforestry – World Development Movement (press release)


World Development Movement (press release)

A is for agroforestry
World Development Movement (press release)
There are lots of great examples of agroforestry in action in Africa. In Niger, the Faidherbia tree, a soil-improving (by fixing nitrogen) acacia species, has been planted on over 4.8 million hectares of land. The leaves and pods from the tree provide

Permaculture expert to lecture on making the most of rare rains – Bigbendnow

Permaculture expert to lecture on making the most of rare rains
Bigbendnow
ALPINE, MARFA – “The basic gist is trying to show how to make the most of what we have in abundance: free, high-quality water,” drylands permaculture designer and educator Brad Lancaster said of his upcoming lectures and workshops in Alpine and Marfa.

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As Forest Losses Rise, Zambia Plans a Timber Moratorium – AllAfrica.com

As Forest Losses Rise, Zambia Plans a Timber Moratorium
AllAfrica.com
Timber is China's third-largest commodity import after oil and minerals, according to the World Agroforestry Centre, a research non-govermental organisation. The organisation says the share of Africa's total timber exports going to China has risen over

Asia Plantation Capital Reports US$53.5 Million Turnover for 2013 – PR Newswire UK (press release)

Asia Plantation Capital Reports US$53.5 Million Turnover for 2013
PR Newswire UK (press release)
Another company record figure of passing the US$6 million milestone in repayments was made to stakeholders on the company's various agroforestry plantation projects last year. This figure is projected to continue rising over the coming years with more