Farming

Looking Upward: Vertical Farms Offer a Bright Future for Hungry Cities

Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Farming, Health-Wellness with 0 Comments
Looking Upward: Vertical Farms Offer a Bright Future for Hungry Cities

The 21st century has seen rapid urbanisation and the global population is now expected to grow to more than 8.3 billion by 2050. Currently, 800m hectares – 38% of the earth’s land surface – is farmed and we’ll soon need to give over another 100m hectares if we continue to use current agricultural methods. That’s not additional fertile land that actually exists though, so some are investigating the potential of vertical farming.

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Urban Skyfarm Concept to Provide Inner City Farming Space

Urban Skyfarm Concept to Provide Inner City Farming Space

The Skyfarm design uses a hydroponic system for growing crops, instead of soil. The higher, external leaf sections would be used for fruit trees and larger scale vegetables that need more exposure to air and sunlight, while lower, internal growing areas would be available for items such as herbs.

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An Organic Farmer in Congress: Chellie’s Story

Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Farming, Health-Wellness with 0 Comments
An Organic Farmer in Congress: Chellie’s Story

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (Maine-D) has a lot to say about local alternative farming, small farms, farmers markets and restaurants serving local produce. She has a lot to say and a lot to do with its resurgence. She believes the answer to current top-heavy industrialized problems lies in reviving local agriculture.

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Historic Approach to Raw Milk Regulation Returns

Posted by on July 7, 2014 in Farming, FDA, Food and Drink, Health-Wellness with 0 Comments
Historic Approach to Raw Milk Regulation Returns

With no national standards, raw milk producers have taken to an independent certification standard, similar to the Non-GMO project for verification. This is a way for raw dairy farms to have openness, testing and transparency – consumers know exactly what they are getting.

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9 Reasons to Stop Drinking Pasteurized Milk Today

9 Reasons to Stop Drinking Pasteurized Milk Today

At higher temperatures of pasteurization, not only are bacteria killed, but so are enzymes required for digestion, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Asthma, allergies and inflammatory bowel disease are among the resulting health risks.

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UC Davis Study Links Pesticides to Autism

Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Farming, Health-Wellness, Monsanto with 0 Comments
UC Davis Study Links Pesticides to Autism

A new report suggests that families near agricultural fields being sprayed get their children out of town. The study also found that pregnant women after the first trimester had an increased risk of their infant becoming autistic with the exposure closer to the due date being the most harmful to the fetus.

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Awesome: Oregon Aims to Be First State to Map GMO Fields

Posted by on June 20, 2014 in Farming, GMOs, Health-Wellness, Monsanto with 0 Comments
Awesome: Oregon Aims to Be First State to Map GMO Fields

If their plan works, Oregon will be the first state to successfully map GMO fields, putting preventative measures into place to protect organic crops.

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Organic Agriculture Attracts a New Generation of Farmers

Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Farming, Food and Drink, Health-Wellness with 0 Comments
Organic Agriculture Attracts a New Generation of Farmers

Agriculture trade groups have developed programs, including training and financial incentives, aimed at attracting young people. The National Young Farmers Coalition through member surveys has found that the bulk of new operators are going the organic route.

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Organic Labeling Fraud: 45% of Organic Produce Contains Pesticides

Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Farming, Food and Drink, Health-Wellness with 0 Comments
Organic Labeling Fraud: 45% of Organic Produce Contains Pesticides

Pesticides can get onto organic produce through contamination of water or soil through pesticide spray drift from neighboring farms, and through contact with non-organic produce after harvest. Larger residue measurements suggest an organic producer deliberately used a pesticide that is not allowed.

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Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Wisdom Can Literally Save the World

Posted by on June 9, 2014 in Farming, Health-Wellness with 1 Comment
Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Wisdom Can Literally Save the World

World-renowned permaculture teacher Geoff Lawton’s techniques, if used widely enough, can literally save the planet from itself. In a video introducing his techniques, Lawton says he’s taught more than 6,000 people in more than 30 countries “permaculture design science.” His techniques, he says, allows people “to provide for all their needs in a way that’s beneficial to the environment and so that they can survive in a really abundant and meaningful way.”

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March to Stop Monsanto: May 24 Everywhere

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Farming, GMOs, Health-Wellness, Monsanto with 0 Comments
March to Stop Monsanto: May 24 Everywhere

On the eve of the second annual March Against Monsanto, farmers and activists are celebrating recent GMO labeling and planting ban victories in Vermont.

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Farm-to-Table Movement May Need a Few More Middlemen

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Farming, Health-Wellness, Nutrition with 0 Comments
Farm-to-Table Movement May Need a Few More Middlemen

Almost 80% of Americans say sustainability is a priority when purchasing food – so why hasn’t eating local reshaped landscapes nor driven lasting change?

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Aquaponics: The “New Organic”

Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Farming, Food and Drink, Health-Wellness, Nutrition with 0 Comments
Aquaponics: The “New Organic”

Aquaponics combines hydroponics, or cultivating plants in water, with aquaculture, or the rearing of fish in tanks, for food production directly in cities.

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How to Break Up With Your Supermarket

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Farming, Food and Drink, Health-Wellness with 0 Comments
How to Break Up With Your Supermarket

So you’ve realized that most of what your grocery store sells is not even food. Fortunately you don’t have to stay in this relationship forever.

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Guide to Growing Veggies Faster

Guide to Growing Veggies Faster

While the act of gardening in and of itself is therapeutic, getting speedy results is a bonus. Dr. Mercola shares tips for growing your own veggies, fast.

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