Drought of Sight, Drought of Mind: Agroecology, not Amnesia, to Survive the … – The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)


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

Drought of Sight, Drought of Mind: Agroecology, not Amnesia, to Survive the
The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)
Do you remember: (a) Where the Olympic Games were held in 2012? (b) the name of the hurricane that devastated the East Coast that year? (c) who won the 2012 World Series? (d) What percent of the US was covered by the 2012 drought? or (e) out of the …

How Can We Achieve Sustainability?: First We Have to Anticipate the Future – In These Times


In These Times

How Can We Achieve Sustainability?: First We Have to Anticipate the Future
In These Times
The “beacons,” featured in numerous United Nation studies published in the last decade, include innovations in perennialization, permaculture, agroforestry and diversified crop/livestock systems. It is important to remember that transformations never

Neoliberal Ebola: The Agroeconomic Origins of the Ebola Outbreak – Center for Research on Globalization


Center for Research on Globalization

Neoliberal Ebola: The Agroeconomic Origins of the Ebola Outbreak
Center for Research on Globalization
Deforestation and intensive agriculture strip out traditional agroforestry's stochastic friction that until this point had kept the virus from stringing together enough transmission. Under certain conditions, the forest may act as its own

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Offsetters Announces $280000 Convertible Debenture for Naturebank Subsidiary – MarketWatch

Offsetters Announces $280000 Convertible Debenture for Naturebank Subsidiary
MarketWatch
Naturebank is a subsidiary of the Company and is engaged in the development of technologies to increase investment into sustainable forestry, agroforestry and conservation projects. WBZ GmbH is a company that is 50% owned by Alexander Zang, the …

Iowa State professor returns from Cuba with a sense of optimism – Iowa State University News Service


Iowa State University News Service

Iowa State professor returns from Cuba with a sense of optimism
Iowa State University News Service
Today, Cuba is an advocate of agro-ecology and permaculture. Through educational campaigns and research centers, the country has promoted the study of ecology in design systems and sustainable agriculture, Caraway said. Permaculture is a holistic and …

Neoliberal Ebola: the Agroeconomic Origins of the Ebola Outbreak – CounterPunch


CounterPunch

Neoliberal Ebola: the Agroeconomic Origins of the Ebola Outbreak
CounterPunch
Deforestation and intensive agriculture strip out traditional agroforestry's stochastic friction that until this point had kept the virus from stringing together enough transmission. Under certain conditions, the forest may act as its own

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Permaculture-Companion Planting on Steroids – Mother Earth News


Mother Earth News

Permaculture-Companion Planting on Steroids
Mother Earth News
Permaculture is creating a synergistic garden; one that is symbiotic and supporting. It includes enriching the soil, planting for nutrients, planting for shade, planting for food, landscaping for water, planting to attract beneficial insects, planting

Food and ideology don’t mix: There’s not one way to feed world – Genetic Literacy Project


Genetic Literacy Project

Food and ideology don't mix: There's not one way to feed world
Genetic Literacy Project
There's an unbreachable divide between advocates of modern conventional agriculture and, essentially, everyone else, from the mainstream (organic, local, anti-GMO) to the less-so (biodynamics, permaculture, agroforestry). The parties are entrenched

TUBEX launches new Agroforestry Guide – Industry Today – Industry Today (press release)

TUBEX launches new Agroforestry Guide – Industry Today
Industry Today (press release)
TUBEX, market leading designers and producers of speciality treeshelters for the establishment of quality trees, will be launching an Agroforestry Guide at the Demo Forest Show being held in Belgium, between the 28th and 29th July 2015. Posted via

Country’s Climate Change Bill Aims to Promote Low Carbon Growth – Inter Press Service

Country's Climate Change Bill Aims to Promote Low Carbon Growth
Inter Press Service
… the country is already investing in increased geothermal electricity in the energy sector to counter this situation, switching movement of freight from road to rail in the transport sector, reforestation in the forestry sector, and agroforestry in

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allAfrica.com: Kenya: Country’s Climate Change Bill Aims to Promote Low Carbon … – Inter Press Service

allAfrica.com: Kenya: Country's Climate Change Bill Aims to Promote Low Carbon
Inter Press Service
… the country is already investing in increased geothermal electricity in the energy sector to counter this situation, switching movement of freight from road to rail in the transport sector, reforestation in the forestry sector, and agroforestry in

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AmeriCorps Team Volunteers at UTTC – KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston … – KXNet.com


KXNet.com

AmeriCorps Team Volunteers at UTTC – KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston
KXNet.com
They thought they could only be out, you know, you could only come out here if you're a Native," says Robert Fox, Agroecology Extension Technician, UTTC. The trail circles the campus and connects to the Bismarck/Burleigh Trail system. "I'm really happy

Some vaccines support evolution of more-virulent viruses

Scientific experiments with the herpesvirus that causes Marek’s disease in poultry have confirmed, for the first time, the highly controversial theory that some vaccines could allow more-virulent versions of a virus to survive, putting unvaccinated individuals at greater risk of severe illness. The research has important implications for food-chain security and food-chain economics, as well as for other diseases that affect humans and agricultural animals.

Kenya’s Climate Change Bill Aims to Promote Low Carbon Growth – Inter Press Service


Inter Press Service

Kenya's Climate Change Bill Aims to Promote Low Carbon Growth
Inter Press Service
… the country is already investing in increased geothermal electricity in the energy sector to counter this situation, switching movement of freight from road to rail in the transport sector, reforestation in the forestry sector, and agroforestry in

Kenya’s Climate Change Bill Aims to Promote Low Carbon Growth | Inter Press … – Inter Press Service


Inter Press Service

Kenya's Climate Change Bill Aims to Promote Low Carbon Growth | Inter Press
Inter Press Service
… the country is already investing in increased geothermal electricity in the energy sector to counter this situation, switching movement of freight from road to rail in the transport sector, reforestation in the forestry sector, and agroforestry in

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Neoliberal Ebola: palm oil, logging, land grabs, ecological havoc and disease … – The Ecologist


The Ecologist

Neoliberal Ebola: palm oil, logging, land grabs, ecological havoc and disease
The Ecologist
In essence, we see a move toward increased intensification without private capital but still classifiable as agroforestry. But even this kind of farming has since been transformed. The Guinean Oil Palm and Rubber Company (with the French acronym …

A little-known big producer: Will forest policy reform in Peru support farm … – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)


Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

A little-known big producer: Will forest policy reform in Peru support farm
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
A farmer in Bolognesi, Ucayali, Peru, who created a productive agroforestry system with planted bolaina seedlings, platano, sweet peppers, hot peppers, various citrus, palms, and more. Photo: Robin Sears/CIFOR. Collectively, 20 farming households in a …

Retrofitting of historic UCSC barn nears completion – Santa Cruz Sentinel – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Retrofitting of historic UCSC barn nears completion – Santa Cruz Sentinel
Santa Cruz Sentinel
The finished barn will serve as the headquarters for UCSC's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, and a gathering place for departments focused on health and agriculture research. Standing for more than 150 years, the barn once provided …

Shenandoah Permaculture Institute announces fall permaculture design … – Augusta Free Press

Shenandoah Permaculture Institute announces fall permaculture design
Augusta Free Press
newspaper Shenandoah Permaculture Institute is offering a full permaculture design certificate course in the Staunton area taking place over 4 weekends; Sept. 25-27, Oct. 17-18, Oct. 24-25, Nov. 7-8. Course participants will learn to design sustainable …

Why everyone who is sure about a food philosophy is wrong – Washington Post

Why everyone who is sure about a food philosophy is wrong
Washington Post
There's an unbreachable divide between advocates of modern conventional agriculture and, essentially, everyone else, from the mainstream (organic, local, anti-GMO) to the less-so (biodynamics, permaculture, agroforestry). The parties are entrenched

Why everyone who is sure about a food philosophy is wrong – The Washington Post – Washington Post

Why everyone who is sure about a food philosophy is wrong – The Washington Post
Washington Post
There's an unbreachable divide between advocates of modern conventional agriculture and, essentially, everyone else, from the mainstream (organic, local, anti-GMO) to the less-so (biodynamics, permaculture, agroforestry). The parties are entrenched

Why everyone who is sure about their food philosophy is wrong – The Washington … – Washington Post

Why everyone who is sure about their food philosophy is wrong – The Washington
Washington Post
There's an unbreachable divide between advocates of modern conventional agriculture and, essentially, everyone else, from the mainstream (organic, local, anti-GMO) to the less-so (biodynamics, permaculture, agroforestry). The parties are entrenched

All India Agroforestry Research Project inaugurated at SKUAST-K – Scoop News

All India Agroforestry Research Project inaugurated at SKUAST-K
Scoop News
K N Qaisar, Dean Faculty of Forestry welcomed the guests and highlighted the programme of AICRP-Agroforestry. It is dream come true that this event is being organized in our university, as we are a part of AICRP-Agroforestry for last 30 year, and we

All India Agroforestry Research Project inaugurated at SKUAST-K – Scoop News … – Scoop News

All India Agroforestry Research Project inaugurated at SKUAST-K – Scoop News
Scoop News
Srinagar, July 26 (Scoop News)-The Annual Group meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project on Agroforestry was inaugurated by Dr Javed Rizvi, Regional Director South Asia Programme, World Agroforestry Center, which is headquartered at New …

Warm, dry conditions bring early harvests and uncertainty to local farmers … – The Bozeman Daily Chronicle


The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Warm, dry conditions bring early harvests and uncertainty to local farmers
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Bruce Maxwell has been an agroecology professor at Montana State University for more than 20 years studying grain production and the various factors affecting it — like fertilizer, weeds and, more recently, climatic factors. He said this year is ahead

Lilongwe University to start issuing Bachelors Degree in Agroforestry – Nyasa Times


Nyasa Times

Lilongwe University to start issuing Bachelors Degree in Agroforestry
Nyasa Times
Phiri commended sponsors of dissemination conference on Agroforestry and Evergreen agriculture “where LUANAR shall present findings of research on adoption of agroforestry, value addition and policy analyses relevant for promotion of agroforestry in …

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Lilongwe University to start issuing Bachelors Degree in Agroforestry | Malawi … – Nyasa Times


Nyasa Times

Lilongwe University to start issuing Bachelors Degree in Agroforestry | Malawi
Nyasa Times
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources(LUANAR) council, has approved introduction of Bachelors Degree Programme in Agroforestry to promote conservation agricultural. Prof Kanyama Phiri briefing journalists. Launching a half-day media …

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The Real Deal with the California Drought- San Francisco Permaculture Guild … – Bay Area Indymedia

The Real Deal with the California Drought- San Francisco Permaculture Guild
Bay Area Indymedia
For this month's gathering, the SF Permaculture Guild is hosting a FREE, public, interactive discussion on the California Drought! Come find out the real deal with the current water crisis in California. We'll spend an evening discussing root causes

Permaculture Happy Hour – The Frederick News-Post : Classes, Workshops & Lectures – Frederick News Post (subscription)

Permaculture Happy Hour – The Frederick News-Post : Classes, Workshops & Lectures
Frederick News Post (subscription)
An Introduction to Permaculture Design gives a preview of coming attractions including the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. Join us for a glass of wine and light refreshment. Learn how to meet more of your basic needs for food, water and energy …

Monsanto’s new $1bn herbicide shows our bias towards hi-tech solutions … – The Guardian


The Guardian

Monsanto's new $1bn herbicide shows our bias towards hi-tech solutions
The Guardian
More complex approaches that look for better ways to do things at the level of the whole ecosystem, such as agroecology, which may answer more problems and represent more durable solutions, find it harder to grab the imagination. GM crops get about …

Agroecology advocates meet at UCSC for international conference – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Agroecology advocates meet at UCSC for international conference
Santa Cruz Sentinel
WHAT: It is the integration of scientific, social, environmental, political and economic issues in the entire food system. Agroecologists may study productivity, stability, sustainability and equitability. They do not necessarily favor one type of

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Agroecology advocates meet at UCSC for international conference – Santa Cruz … – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Agroecology advocates meet at UCSC for international conference – Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Thirty-two international researchers and agricultural workers network at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Thursday after a week of touring local farms and the agroecology community at UCSC. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel). By Jennifer Pittman …

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Organizing a Neighborhood Permaculture Convergence, Part 1 – Mother Earth News


Mother Earth News

Organizing a Neighborhood Permaculture Convergence, Part 1
Mother Earth News
If you Google search the words "Permaculture Convergence" you will find links to dozens of permaculture convergences over the past year up to the present. They are scattered all of the country. Northeast, Florida, Colorado, Ohio. Northern California …

Organizing a Neighborhood Permaculture Convergence, Part 1 – Organic Gardening … – Mother Earth News

Organizing a Neighborhood Permaculture Convergence, Part 1 – Organic Gardening
Mother Earth News
If you Google search the words "Permaculture Convergence" you will find links to dozens of permaculture convergences over the past year up to the present. They are scattered all of the country. Northeast, Florida, Colorado, Ohio. Northern California …

In Your Town for July 24, 2015 – Marin Independent Journal – Marin Independent Journal

In Your Town for July 24, 2015 – Marin Independent Journal
Marin Independent Journal
Speaker Nils McCune will talk about the work of constructing the Latin American Institute of Agroecology in Nicaragua, which is based on peasant-to-peasant methodology, gender equality, dialogue and the rescue of historical memory. The social movement …

Tax dollars, farming & the common good

As a California resident and taxpayer, I’m more interested in protecting my state’s soil, air, water and pollinators than supporting corporate profits from agriculture.

Earlier this month, Congress started the long, complex and very political process of deciding how funds will be spent next year for "food, agriculture and rural development." In other words, exactly which parts of the Farm Bill will get our tax dollars next year.

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Rural Home Wins Passivhaus Award | Permaculture Magazine – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

Rural Home Wins Passivhaus Award | Permaculture Magazine
Permaculture Magazine
Rural Home Wins Passivhaus Award. Permaculture magazine. Thursday, 23rd July 2015. A rural home and farm in Northumberland has won the Passivhaus award for the Small Project Category. Passivhaus.jpg. Steel Farm in Northumberland became the …

Offsetters Completes Acquisition of Forest Finance Service GmbH Assets … – MarketWatch

Offsetters Completes Acquisition of Forest Finance Service GmbH Assets
MarketWatch
The amalgamated company will be an international advisory services provider, project developer and project investor, focused on a suite of agroforestry and carbon opportunities that produce high quality, sustainable commodities for the marketplace.

Offsetters Completes Acquisition of Forest Finance Service GmbH Assets … – Stockhouse

Offsetters Completes Acquisition of Forest Finance Service GmbH Assets
Stockhouse
The amalgamated company will be an international advisory services provider, project developer and project investor, focused on a suite of agroforestry and carbon opportunities that produce high quality, sustainable commodities for the marketplace.

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Does Farming in Wetlands Contribute to Development? – AllAfrica.com

Does Farming in Wetlands Contribute to Development?
AllAfrica.com
Climate-smart agriculture entails agroforestry, rainwater harvesting, irrigation, and absolute observation of all environment protection regulations. It seems fine to dig up trenches in a wetland and do everything possible to set up a crop farm and

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allAfrica.com: Uganda: Does Farming in Wetlands Contribute to Development? – AllAfrica.com

allAfrica.com: Uganda: Does Farming in Wetlands Contribute to Development?
AllAfrica.com
Climate-smart agriculture entails agroforestry, rainwater harvesting, irrigation, and absolute observation of all environment protection regulations. It seems fine to dig up trenches in a wetland and do everything possible to set up a crop farm and

Gift to UC Santa Cruz funds new chair in water resources and food sustainability – UC Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz

Gift to UC Santa Cruz funds new chair in water resources and food sustainability
UC Santa Cruz
The Gliessman chair, one of the most recently endowed chairs on campus, was announced Friday at a celebration of the first endowed chair, the Ruth and Alfred E. Heller Chair in Agroecology founded in 1982. Environmental studies professor Stephen R.

The looming DARK Act

The Monsanto-backed bill to undercut GMO labeling efforts just got worse. Faced with increased push-back at state and local levels, the pesticide/biotech corporation — and its allies in Congress — are attempting to further limit choice in the food and farming system.

In this latest version of what critics have dubbed the "Denying American's Right to Know" or DARK Act, industry has snuck in a provision that would limit the authority of local government to create rules on genetically engineered (GE) crops. A House vote is scheduled for Thursday.

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Gift to UC Santa Cruz funds new chair in water resources and food … – UC Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz

Gift to UC Santa Cruz funds new chair in water resources and food
UC Santa Cruz
The Gliessman chair, one of the most recently endowed chairs on campus, was announced Friday at a celebration of the first endowed chair, the Ruth and Alfred E. Heller Chair in Agroecology founded in 1982. Environmental studies professor Stephen R.

Gift to UC Santa Cruz funds chair in water resources and food sustainability … – UC Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz

Gift to UC Santa Cruz funds chair in water resources and food sustainability
UC Santa Cruz
The Gliessman chair, the most recently endowed chair on campus, was announced Friday at a celebration of the first endowed chair, the Ruth and Alfred E. Heller Chair in Agroecology founded in 1982. Environmental studies professor Stephen R. Gliessman …

Unrestrained rubber expansion wreaking havoc on forests – eco-business.com


eco-business.com

Unrestrained rubber expansion wreaking havoc on forests
eco-business.com
Researcher Jianchu Xu of the World Agroforestry Centre in China, and his colleagues, write in the paper that “across much of the landscape, there is little to virtually no natural forest of any kind left outside Xishuangbanna's nature reserves. Some

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Unrestrained rubber expansion wreaking havoc on forests | News | Eco-Business … – eco-business.com


eco-business.com

Unrestrained rubber expansion wreaking havoc on forests | News | Eco-Business
eco-business.com
Researcher Jianchu Xu of the World Agroforestry Centre in China, and his colleagues, write in the paper that “across much of the landscape, there is little to virtually no natural forest of any kind left outside Xishuangbanna's nature reserves. Some

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Unrestrained rubber expansion wreaking havoc on forests | Mongabay … – Mongabay.com


Mongabay.com

Unrestrained rubber expansion wreaking havoc on forests | Mongabay
Mongabay.com
Photo courtesy of the Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt, World Agroforestry Centre. By analyzing rubber production in Southeast Asia, Ahrends and her colleagues found that while over half of the world's rubber is produced in the continental portion of the region

Rehabilitation success due to seed diversity – The Maitland Mercury


The Maitland Mercury

Rehabilitation success due to seed diversity
The Maitland Mercury
… also be used by Landcare Groups, State Forests, and Catchment Management Authorities. “It also means we have the stock and the knowledge on how to cultivate native species when it comes to agroforestry, carbon and biochar projects as well as rehab, …

Scots research reveals farming threat to dwindling rubber supply (From Herald … – Herald Scotland


Herald Scotland

Scots research reveals farming threat to dwindling rubber supply (From Herald
Herald Scotland
A team including lead researcher Antje Ahrends from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the World Agroforestry Centre has unveiled milestone research amid warnings that more than half of the main source of the critical plant is set to die out

Scots research reveals farming threat to dwindling rubber supply – Herald Scotland


Herald Scotland

Scots research reveals farming threat to dwindling rubber supply
Herald Scotland
A team including lead researcher Antje Ahrends from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the World Agroforestry Centre has unveiled milestone research amid warnings that more than half of the main source of the critical plant is set to die out

Scots research reveals farming threat to dwindling rubber supply – Herald Scotland – Herald Scotland


Herald Scotland

Scots research reveals farming threat to dwindling rubber supply – Herald Scotland
Herald Scotland
A team including lead researcher Antje Ahrends from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the World Agroforestry Centre has unveiled milestone research amid warnings that more than half of the main source of the critical plant is set to die out

UCSC’s specialty crops project will benefit emerging farmers and home gardeners – Monterey County Herald

UCSC's specialty crops project will benefit emerging farmers and home gardeners
Monterey County Herald
“She got hooked early on,” said Orin Martin, manager of the Alan Chadwick Garden at UCSC's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Milio has taken the lead in producing the cut flower crops at UCSC's Hay Barn field. The cut flowers are

Mark down permaculture weekend – Wanganui Chronicle … – New Zealand Herald – Wanganui Chronicle

Mark down permaculture weekend – Wanganui Chronicle – New Zealand Herald
Wanganui Chronicle
The Whanganui Permaculture Weekend is lined up for its third consecutive year on the weekend of September 12-13. This year's edition will include a wide range of property tours, along with workshops on pruning, fruit tree care, organic gardening, …

Man grows vegetable garden in toilet bowls and fertilises it with HUMAN FAECES – Daily Mail


Daily Mail

Man grows vegetable garden in toilet bowls and fertilises it with HUMAN FAECES
Daily Mail
Growing plants using human excrement is not a new method in China. According to agroecology.org, human fertiliser or 'nightsoil' has been used in the country for thousands of years. It is believed to be a nutrient-rich fertiliser that sustains soil

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Permaculture Design Certificate course starts in August – The Coloradoan – The Coloradoan


The Coloradoan

Permaculture Design Certificate course starts in August – The Coloradoan
The Coloradoan
Learn how to think ecologially and earn a Permaculture Design Certificate at the same time. A class taught through The Growing Project will address topics such as grey water systems, integrating animals into your yard, perennials and fruit trees

Hunt Utilities hosts agroforestry institute – Brainerd Daily Dispatch


Brainerd Daily Dispatch

Hunt Utilities hosts agroforestry institute
Brainerd Daily Dispatch
Agroforestry is the integration of forestry, agricultural crops and livestock. Classroom presentations focused on the science behind the five recognized agroforestry practices. But participants weren't limited to classroom material. The second day

Hunt Utilities hosts agroforestry institute | Brainerd Dispatch – Brainerd Daily Dispatch

Hunt Utilities hosts agroforestry institute | Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd Daily Dispatch
Agroforestry is the integration of forestry, agricultural crops and livestock. Classroom presentations focused on the science behind the five recognized agroforestry practices. But participants weren't limited to classroom material. The second day

UCSC’s specialty crops project will benefit emerging farmers and home gardeners – Santa Cruz Sentinel

UCSC's specialty crops project will benefit emerging farmers and home gardeners
Santa Cruz Sentinel
“She got hooked early on,” said Orin Martin, manager of the Alan Chadwick Garden at UCSC's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Milio has taken the lead in producing the cut flower crops at UCSC's Hay Barn field. The cut flowers are

What if Monsanto got even Monsanto-ier?

Monsanto has really been on a roll lately — with the company's new pesticide-intensive genetically engineered (GE) crop system being approved, Obama gaining Fast Track Authority for the TPP,  and the introduction of an even scarier version of the "DARK Act" to block GE labeling.

But just when we thought Monsanto was as big and bad as it could be, the agricultural giant out-Monsanto's itself. In case you missed the news, Monsanto, the largest seed company in the world, is putting in aggressive offers to acquire Syngenta, the largest pesticide company in the world. Because global domination of just one market is never enough. 

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New Book Shows Companies How to Lift People out of Extreme Poverty While … – Newswise (press release)

New Book Shows Companies How to Lift People out of Extreme Poverty While
Newswise (press release)
Unfortunately, a fresh round of investment capital five years after its initial launch created pressure for CleanStar to focus the business exclusively on the sale of cleanstoves, resulting in the suspension of its agroforestry and ethanol production