FUW highlights concerns over exclusion of grazed woodland – Smallholder

FUW highlights concerns over exclusion of grazed woodland
Smallholder
“Given the above, and the importance of agroforestry to rural economies, biodiversity, landscapes and carbon capture, we would urge you to do all you can to reverse a decision which will have a range of adverse and unintended consequences, particularly …

FUW highlights concerns over exclusion of grazed woodland – Somerset County Gazette

FUW highlights concerns over exclusion of grazed woodland
Somerset County Gazette
“Given the above, and the importance of agroforestry to rural economies, biodiversity, landscapes and carbon capture, we would urge you to do all you can to reverse a decision which will have a range of adverse and unintended consequences, particularly …

Permaculture in Practice: Focus on water for a secure future – Santa Fe New Mexican.com

Permaculture in Practice: Focus on water for a secure future
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
''Anyone who can solve the problems of water will be worthy of two Nobel Prizes,” President John F. Kennedy opined more than half a century ago, “one for peace and one for science.” Given that problems create economic opportunity, JKF might have …

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Khanyile’s show to be beamed in 140 countries – Sowetan Live (press release) (registration) (blog)

Khanyile's show to be beamed in 140 countries
Sowetan Live (press release) (registration) (blog)
Khanyile says as part of the show she has visited projects like the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, where they're sequencing the genomes of traditional African food crops. "We also focus on the subjects of education, agriculture and food security

UK Farms Could Generate 10GW to Country’s Energy – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

UK Farms Could Generate 10GW to Country's Energy
Permaculture Magazine
Although Permaculture magazine does not support the proliferation of fields full of solar, we do support solar on barn rooftops and other rural buildings, solar on brown fields, plus biogas and sensitvievly placed turbines. The 10GW figure was

British Crop Protection Council awards leading scientists – Horticulture Week

British Crop Protection Council awards leading scientists
Horticulture Week
Steven now works at Rothamsted part-time, actively managing ongoing research projects, on herbicide resistance, weed agro-ecology and integrated control strategies. He is Secretary of the UK Weed Resistance Action Group and a UK representative on the …

Outside a national park, agroforestry helping to save forests inside the park – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Outside a national park, agroforestry helping to save forests inside the park
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
Not only is there a need to restore degraded lands and forests in the park, experts say, but there is also a need to ease pressure on the forests inside the park by focusing research and development efforts on agroforestry that increases tree cover and

FUW highlights concerns over exclusion of grazed woodland – Farming UK

FUW highlights concerns over exclusion of grazed woodland
Farming UK
"Given the above, and the importance of agroforestry to rural economies, biodiversity, landscapes and carbon capture, we would urge you to do all you can to reverse a decision which will have a range of adverse and unintended consequences, particularly …

Utilise space between tree rows, growers advised – Horticulture Week


Horticulture Week

Utilise space between tree rows, growers advised
Horticulture Week
Abacus Agriculture director, vice-chair of the European Agroforestry Federation and "simple farmer from Cambridgeshire" Stephen Briggs said field growers "rarely think more than 2ft above the ground or 1ft below it" but mixed growing systems "give you

ICRAF Publishes World Congress on Agroforestry Abstracts – IISD Reporting Services

ICRAF Publishes World Congress on Agroforestry Abstracts
IISD Reporting Services
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) November 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has published a compendium of abstracts from the Third World Congress on Agroforestry, which convened under the theme, 'Trees for Life – Accelerating the Impact …

EarthDance Farms tries to help plant seeds of change in Ferguson – Herald & Review

EarthDance Farms tries to help plant seeds of change in Ferguson
Herald & Review
Rockamann remembers meeting the Muellers when she visited their farm as a teenager. After studying agro-ecology and taking part in environmental projects around the world, including in the Fiji Islands, Ghana and Thailand, she returned to her hometown.

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EarthDance Farms tries to help plant seeds of change in Ferguson – Bloomington Pantagraph

EarthDance Farms tries to help plant seeds of change in Ferguson
Bloomington Pantagraph
Rockamann remembers meeting the Muellers when she visited their farm as a teenager. After studying agro-ecology and taking part in environmental projects around the world, including in the Fiji Islands, Ghana and Thailand, she returned to her hometown.

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Mainstreaming emission reductions across the landscape – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Mainstreaming emission reductions across the landscape
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
… impacts on yield, price, assets and livelihoods, thus increasing the probability of default. The compound problems of insecure land rights and a lack of collateral make agricultural, agroforestry and forestry loans in developing countries high-risk

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Seeds of (policy) change

Before we move fully into the busy end-of-year season, it seems useful to take a moment to step back, take a breath and take stock of where we landed after the mid-term elections. Some surprisingly heartening lessons emerge.

We're all familiar with the high-level analysis by now — the very big impact of big money, ascension of climate-deniers to Senate leadership, polarization of politics, etc. But as you dig a bit deeper, a more optimistic picture comes into focus. From community pushback of corporate control to a rekindled conversation about national food policy, some very real, very hopeful shifts are in motion.

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Decline in soil fertility in Africa threatens food security – Study – GhanaWeb


GhanaWeb

Decline in soil fertility in Africa threatens food security – Study
GhanaWeb
… in partnership with the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany, is on the theme “Advancing Integrated Soil and Water Management

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Who’s calling the shots?

Two weeks ago, sitting next to the current director of California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and across from the former director-turned-Clorox lobbyist, I hoped for the best. We sat around a table discussing alternatives to hazardous pesticide use on homes, schools and in agriculture.

But progress on this front can often feel like an uphill battle. And as a recent Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) piece pointed out, chemical corporations and their lobbyists are all too often dominating policy conversations.

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Thanksgiving turkey sale benefits students year-round

The Penn State student-run turkey sale that draws a crowd every year may not last long, but the benefits continue around the calendar. The Poultry Science Club’s popular sale — open to anyone who wants to celebrate Thanksgiving with a fresh turkey — sold out of the birds in just under three hours Monday (Nov. 24).

Suburban Permaculture Transforms Neighborhoods – Mother Earth News


Mother Earth News

Suburban Permaculture Transforms Neighborhoods
Mother Earth News
Over the years, well over a thousand people have visited – green bike tours, permaculture classes, school groups, eco bike tours, curious neighbors, well known writers and media. Both the mayor and city manager think the place is great. This quarter

Thankful for bounty, motivated for change

At my Thanksgiving meal with family and friends, we’ll be talking about what we’re thankful for. I'm very thankful to live in the resource-rich state of California, the topmost producer of fruits and vegetables in the country. And I'm thankful for the hard, often dangerous work that thousands of farmworkers do across the state to help bring nature’s bounty to our table. 

I'm also thankful for the growing awareness that food choices matter. People in California — and across the country — are beginning to see that choosing food grown without chemical pesticides is not only healthier for their own families, but can help protect the health of farmers and farmworkers, families in rural communities and children everywhere. This is real and exciting progress.

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Soil Fertility Decline in Sub-Saharan Africa Prompts Climate Adaptation Project – BusinessGhana

Soil Fertility Decline in Sub-Saharan Africa Prompts Climate Adaptation Project
BusinessGhana
… in partnership with the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany, is on the theme "Advancing Integrated Soil and Water Management

Even this organic advocate thinks African farmers need herbicide – Grist


Grist

Even this organic advocate thinks African farmers need herbicide
Grist
Why aren't agroecological techniques farming spreading faster among poor farmers? If you are a farmer in the rural part of an undeveloped country, where it's hard to get synthetic fertilizer, pesticides, and genetically modified seeds, it only makes

Caravan for Food Sovereignty Climate and Gender Justice hits the road – International Viewpoint

Caravan for Food Sovereignty Climate and Gender Justice hits the road
International Viewpoint
Badrul Alam emphasized the question of agro-ecology as an alternative to industrial agriculture. “The earth's future is alarming due to climate change. We need a deep cut in carbon emissions from developed countries, as they are responsible for climate …

Mexican Indigenous Community Road Tests Forest Carbon Offset Project, With … – Ecosystem Marketplace

Mexican Indigenous Community Road Tests Forest Carbon Offset Project, With
Ecosystem Marketplace
The community of San Juan Lachao in Oaxaca, Mexico has developed the first pilot carbon offset project under the Climate Action Reserve's Mexico Forest Protocol. The project is being launched with the financial support of the Walt Disney Company

Bangladesh: Caravan for Food Sovereignty Climate and Gender Justice hits the … – Socialist Resistance

Bangladesh: Caravan for Food Sovereignty Climate and Gender Justice hits the
Socialist Resistance
Badrul Alam emphasized the question of agro-ecology as an alternative to industrial agriculture. “The earth's future is alarming due to climate change. We need a deep cut in carbon emissions from developed countries, as they are responsible for climate …

Asia Plantation Capital Wins ‘Best Forestry Asset Management Team’ Award for … – SYS-CON Media (press release)

Asia Plantation Capital Wins 'Best Forestry Asset Management Team' Award for
SYS-CON Media (press release)
The company is committed to research and development, and is constantly developing and enhancing techniques and technologies to expand the growth of the Aquilaria tree, bamboo, teak and other agroforestry projects in an environmentally friendly manner …

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Asia Plantation Capital Wins ‘Best Forestry Asset Management Team’ Award for … – PR Newswire UK (press release)

Asia Plantation Capital Wins 'Best Forestry Asset Management Team' Award for
PR Newswire UK (press release)
The company is committed to research and development, and is constantly developing and enhancing techniques and technologies to expand the growth of the Aquilaria tree, bamboo, teak and other agroforestry projects in an environmentally friendly manner …

Striking a balance between tourism and agriculture in Cameron Highlands … – The Malaysian Insider

Striking a balance between tourism and agriculture in Cameron Highlands
The Malaysian Insider
Agroforestry concept where agriculture blends with forestry can be introduced. Development of responsible water and waste management has to be given a top priority. Funds have to be made available to support the development of “natural capital” (goods …

Jane Says: Don’t Worry About Pesticide Residues in Compost – TakePart


TakePart

Jane Says: Don't Worry About Pesticide Residues in Compost
TakePart
I reached out to John Reganold, regents professor of soil science and agroecology at Washington State University, and founder of the country's first organic agriculture major and the nation's largest certified organic teaching farm. “The heat and

Lion’s Pantry, student food bank, opens doors on Nov. 20

With the cost of education and student debt rising, Penn State has made affordability and accessibility a priority for its students. A multitude of resources are available for all students, including additional resources for historically underserved populations. But even in the happiest of valleys, many students don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Penn State students have created Lion’s Pantry, an on-campus food bank intended to supplement any Penn State student’s food budget by providing them with a weekly assortment of goods donated by community members and corporate partners.

Lion’s Pantry, student food bank, to open doors on Nov. 20

With the cost of education and student debt rising, Penn State has made affordability and accessibility a priority for its students. A multitude of resources are available for all students, including additional resources for historically underserved populations. But even in the happiest of valleys, many students don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Penn State students have created Lion’s Pantry, an on-campus food bank intended to supplement any Penn State student’s food budget by providing them with a weekly assortment of goods donated by community members and corporate partners.

Penn State to help Northeast agriculture adapt to potential climate change

Penn State is one of 12 land-grant universities that will collaborate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Northeast Climate Hub to give the region’s farmers, foresters and land managers better access to information and tools for adapting to climate and weather variability. As part of the agreement, the College of Agricultural Sciences will partner with Cornell University to develop, implement and evaluate decision-support materials for producers that describe how best to cope with — and even take advantage of — increasing weather-related risks.

Farming for profit? Or for people, nature, health, wellbeing and human survival? – The Ecologist


The Ecologist

Farming for profit? Or for people, nature, health, wellbeing and human survival?
The Ecologist
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

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Probing Question: What is a heritage turkey?

Over 45 million turkeys are eaten by Americans each Thanksgiving, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Hunters provide some — last autumn, about 24,000 wild turkeys were harvested in Pennsylvania. Vegetarians might serve up a soybean-based alternative, like Tofurky.

Trees help to provide a financial buffer as well as shelter on farmland – WalesOnline

Trees help to provide a financial buffer as well as shelter on farmland
WalesOnline
Agroforestry is now one of the fastest growing sectors of the sustainable farming movement, in both the developed countries and the Third World. Agroforestry integrates trees with farming, such as lines of trees with crops growing between them (alley …

Re-establishing Tribal Biodiversity through Agroforestry – USDA.gov (press release) (blog)


USDA.gov (press release) (blog)

Re-establishing Tribal Biodiversity through Agroforestry
USDA.gov (press release) (blog)
The Karuk and Yurok Tribes traditionally managed entire watersheds and ecosystems on their ancestral lands to meet their dietary, cultural and spiritual needs. The Tribes are now working with University of California -Berkeley, University of California

From Seattle to Rome, Food Sovereignty Movement Pushes for Reforms – The Daily Meal


The Daily Meal

From Seattle to Rome, Food Sovereignty Movement Pushes for Reforms
The Daily Meal
“Great strides have already been made by, for example, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, who has been an ardent champion of agro-ecology and the building of local food systems; and most recently the FAO hosted an historic …

Entomologists hope vigilance, research stop newly discovered spotted lanternfly

People seeing the spotted lanternfly for the first time are struck by its sometimes-flashy appearance. But don’t let its colorful, butterfly-like veneer fool you, caution entomologists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. This exotic, invasive insect poses a potential threat to several important agricultural commodities in Pennsylvania.

Soquel vineyard cuts water use through dry farming – Daily Democrat

Soquel vineyard cuts water use through dry farming
Daily Democrat
Martha Brown, principal editor at the UCSC Center for Agroecology, agreed. "You have to have pretty specific climates and soil types to do it," she said. "You can't just say let's replace all irrigated farms with dry farming." A drought can hurt dry

Taking on Monsanto — and winning

In Oregon, Hawai'i, California and beyond, we saw organized communities stand up to corporate money this election season. And despite record-breaking industry spending, community advocates made real and important strides toward reclaiming food and farming from the "Big 6" pesticide corporations.  

Voters in California and Hawai'i successfully pushed back against Monsanto & friends to create GE-free zones in Humboldt and Maui counties. And despite millions of industry dollars spent in opposition, the initiative to label genetically engineered food in Oregon is still too close to call. Change is on its way.

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Shangri-la to nowhere: A week on the edge of Tibet, part 2 – GoKunming (blog)


GoKunming (blog)

Shangri-la to nowhere: A week on the edge of Tibet, part 2
GoKunming (blog)
Van de Moortel is now responsible for communications at the World Agroforestry Centre in East and Central Asia. To check out more of his writing, view his blog, A World of Nonging, where you can also see exact GPS coordinates of the trip below. The

Jersey Grown Wood warming your ‘peeps’ this season – MyCentralJersey.com


MyCentralJersey.com

Jersey Grown Wood warming your 'peeps' this season
MyCentralJersey.com
Birdhouses and feeders made of sustainably harvested Atlantic White Cedar are available at retailers statewide, providing winter bird habitat while supporting locally grown agroforestry products. The Jersey Grown logo applies to these bird houses and …

Student Stories: Turfgrass science major interns with Philadelphia Eagles

Many people dream of setting foot on the same field as the Philadelphia Eagles, but only for a few is the lure of greatness marked by painted numbers, lines, borders, hash marks and logos. Senior Eddie Harbaugh is a turfgrass science major with such ambitions — one who realized his goals as a grounds crew intern at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Toward non-toxic ‘taters

When you think of potatoes, you might think of McDonald's french fries. But what do we know about how those potatoes are grown? Are hazardous pesticides applied? And what might that mean to the health and wellbeing of communities in potato-growing regions?

The fact is, more than 1,750,000 pounds of pesticides were applied to U.S. potatoes in 2012. Topping the list of pesticides of concern, particularly in the potato-growing regions of Minnesota, is the highly hazardous fungicide chlorothalonil (a probable carcinogen). But this is just one of dozens of health-harming chemicals routinely applied in conventional potato production.

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Food and forests: Bolivia’s balancing act – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)


Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Food and forests: Bolivia's balancing act
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 …