Could carbon farming save our soils?

By: Tom Oder Sustainable agricultural practices add essential carbon to soil's organic matter, which could be key to reviving soil quality Declining soil health could mean problems ahead as the world's population grows. (Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture/flickr) The world’s soils are in jeopardy. Some scientists think agricultural soils are in such serious decline that … Continue reading Could carbon farming save our soils?

NZ’s rare heritage vegetables under threat.

NADENE HALL Hold the seeds of Hokianga red corn in your hand and they gleam like burnished gems. They are considered to be treasure of the most precious kind by the Koanga Institute, a non-profit charitable trust that has been saving rare and unusual heritage vegetable and flower seeds, bulbs and fruit trees for almost … Continue reading NZ’s rare heritage vegetables under threat.

World Council, Kenya Form Agricultural Pact

By Michael Muckian Food security continues to be an issue in developing countries worldwide, and the World Council of Credit Unions has taken steps to assure that a segment of Kenya’s youth understand the importance of agricultural, both as a source of food as well as economic security. The Madison, Wis.-based organization signed an agreement … Continue reading World Council, Kenya Form Agricultural Pact

Forget carbon offsetting, insetting is the future

Tim Smedley Planting trees for carbon offsets is little better than green-washing in many people’s eyes. But what if this sustainability cliche were turned on its head – if trees were planted to support agroforestry within a business’s direct supply chain? Welcome to the world of insetting. Coined and promoted by sustainability standards Plan Vivo … Continue reading Forget carbon offsetting, insetting is the future

‘Conservation, a vital necessity’

The Hindu Shekhar Dattatri Population growth, industrialisation and increased demand for resources in rural and urban areas led to immense environmental destruction, said Shekar Dattatri, wildlife filmmaker and conservationist, on Friday. Speaking at an event organised by the Chennai Chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Mr. Dattatri said the … Continue reading ‘Conservation, a vital necessity’

Ganja Cultivation Can Reduce Watershed Destruction, Say Farmers

A section of the Dolphin Head Mountain peak taken from Askenish in Hanover. The area is rich in biodiversity. Claudia Gardner, Assignment Coordinator WESTERN BUREAU:Representatives of western Jamaica's Ganja Farmers Associations have said they are not worried that watersheds and other protected areas will be infringed whenever ganja is legalised, as freedom to cultivate the … Continue reading Ganja Cultivation Can Reduce Watershed Destruction, Say Farmers

Cost-Effective Solutions to the Climate Crisis Await – It’s Time to Stop Waffling

People around the world see climate change as a major threat, and Americans are becoming increasingly concerned. Yet the World Meteorological Association writes that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere "reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide." Clearly, we are not doing enough about … Continue reading Cost-Effective Solutions to the Climate Crisis Await – It’s Time to Stop Waffling

Intertextile Shanghai 2014: The Beauty of Sustainable Textiles Part 2/3

“Ecology,” “Denim” and “Design” were the key concepts of the “Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics- Autumn Edition 2014” held from Oct 20 to 23, 2014. At the All about Sustainability zone, exhibitors lined up recycled and natural materials and were accompanied by 35 consulting companies with knowledge on sustainability. An educational section and EcoBoutique lining up … Continue reading Intertextile Shanghai 2014: The Beauty of Sustainable Textiles Part 2/3

Drought and Ancient Maya Practices Spelled Collapse of Tikal, Says Study

(A warning from the past? ed.) An international team of researchers argue that the reason for the collapse of the great ancient Maya city of Tikal during the 9th century CE was likely due to a lethal combination of persistent recurring episodes of drought and some of the very practices the Maya employed to create … Continue reading Drought and Ancient Maya Practices Spelled Collapse of Tikal, Says Study