Farming

27 July 2014

Gardening

The harvest starts for some. Click here

Saving money and doing great gardening. Click here

Farming

Learning to farm organically as a WWOOFer. Click here

NY techie returns to aid Indian organic cotton farming. Click here

One farmer’s cheerful view on farming. Click here

Cow power and the wonder of great pasture. Click here

Food

Chef argues for “paddock to plate”. Click here

Taking organic food to Mars. Click here

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Interesting informational video on Monsanto

The view from the dark side…

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This video gives a version of Monsanto’s past and current operations. It especially highlights the most controversial chemical products created by Monsanto (think Agent Orange). Really one large question on my mind was ‘Why do we allow so many synthetic chemical compounds to be used so extensively before we are truly certain of their effects?’

I understand the argument given here by Monsanto, and other supporters of conventional (monoculture farming w/use of pesticides) /factory farming operations, that we simply need more food and (even if some people argue the quality of food suffers) this is the only way to achieve that. I just happen to think their reasoning on the way to achieve that, and what the end goal should be (mostly focused only on quantity of a limited number of crops and a limited number of cultivars of crops), are wrong.

The argument being given to us by companies like…

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7 July 2014

Farming

Three recent graduates get hooked. Click here

Students taught about the ways and means of organic farming. Click here

Inter agency group to assist farmers transition to organics. Click here

More rice with less water in India! Click here

How Walmart threatens organics. Click here

Weed control can be a constant issue for some organic growers. Click here

Urban Farming

Landscaping to create urban mini-farms. Click here

University of Minnesota to study the heat mitigating effects of urban farms. Click here

25 June 2014

Gardening

Read your labels carefully: “bee friendly” pesticides still carrying neonicotinoids. Click here

If you have to buy them, here are some organic fertilisers. Click here

Urban gardening or growing in really small spaces. Click here

Bees

Review of peer reviewed papers confirm neonicotinoids killing bees. Click here

Farmers come up with bee saving ideas. Click here

One local council in Washington, USA votes to ban neonicotinoids. Click here

Farming

The University of Minnesota sets up Organic Field School. Click here

Local, regional and organic, the keys to sustainable food system. Click here

Eastern Taiwan home to first “organic town”. Click here

A heavy price to pay for not being organic. Click here

One man’s vision to save Liberia organically. Click here

Benin farm sets example for Africa. Click here

13 June 2014

Gardening

Treated seeds bad for bees! Click here

High rise gardening! (A slide show.) Click here

More vertical gardens. Click here

Veggies grow better amongst flowers. Click here

Food

How far has your food travelled? Click here

To reduce waste, eat within “100km”. A Chennai example. Click here

101 bright spots in the global food system. Click here

Farming

GM farming heading to the UK as early as next year? Click here

Agriculture is not natural. Click here

Introducing some of Europe’s young organic farmers. Click here

Sustainability Project Outline

A noble project!

Returning to Our Roots

I’ve made a project outline to try and inspire myself to research as thoroughly as possible (what can I say, I’m a planner). Below is a rough starting point for my research.


Sustainability 

  • Project: Design a sustainable living community that is as close to self-sustaining as possible (this includes food, water, buildings, and energy). Focus on making the smallest environmental impact possible, and include a list of tentative but realistic costs for each part of the community (land, building structures, farming equipment, etc.). Also, be sure to include a general timeline for the process of starting up the community (gathering experience, finding land, building structures), as well as a list of necessary/ helpful skills that would aid in creating a sustainable living community.
  • Possible Research Topics: Organic gardening, livestock, climate zones, maximizing crop production (green houses, crop rotation, perennials), garden design, existing sustainable communities, best locations for such a community…

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12 June 2014

Gardening

Nepalese guide to growing organic. Click here

Organic fungicides, these ones are simple too. Click here

Get to know your neighbours, especially if you see them growing fruit! Click here

Farming

Some Queensland, Australia, farmers longing for frosts. Click here

New Indian Prime Minister, Modi, calls for more organic farming in his homeland. Click here

Old ways of farming are revolutionary. Click here

Biodynamics: organic, sustainable and mystical? Click here

Smart agriculture in Cameroon reduces greenhouse gases. Click here

Interesting doco on farming. Click here