Posts tagged farming
Unlike a Globalized Food System, Local Food Won’t Destroy the Environment

Agroecology, holistic resource management, permaculture, and regenerative agriculture. These inspiring testaments to human ingenuity and goodwill have two things in common: They involve smaller-scale farms adapted to local conditions, and they depend more on human attention and care than on energy and technology.

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Want to be a farmer? Soon, it may be easier to find farmland.

Young would-be farmers navigate an arduous process on quest to ownership. Across the nation, many credit-scarce, student debt-saddled young people have been locked out of land ownership, mirroring the hurdles to homeownership plaguing millennials in cities across the nation.

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A Cheap Fix for Climate Change? Pay People Not to Chop Down Trees

The tropical forests in western Uganda, home to a dwindling population of endangered chimpanzees, are disappearing at some of the fastest rates on Earth as local people chop down trees for charcoal and to clear space for subsistence farming. Now, a team of researchers has shown that there is a surprisingly cheap and easy way to slow the pace of deforestation in Uganda: Just pay landowners small sums not to cut down their trees.

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Levels of Regenerative Agriculture

In 2017, Regenerative Agriculture has burst into the mainstream. Articles in the Guardian, the launch of Project Drawdown’s book, even Blue Apron’s Co-Founder is talking about it at their IPO.

There is a rapid growth of the concept of Regenerative Agriculture, but a strikingly small number of farmers actually practicing it on the ground.

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Data as Agriculture’s New Currency: Advancing to the Next Level

Government and private economists around the globe keep close tabs on estimates for the yields of internationally-traded crops such as corn, oats, soybean, rice and wheat. The US Department of Agriculture, for example, publishes monthly reports and forecasts that keep the markets up-to-date on the progress of these commodities throughout the season.

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