UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only…

… Review 2013: Wake Up Before It’s Too Late,” which included contributions from more than 60 experts around the world. The cover of the report looks like that of a blockbuster documentary or Hollywood movie, and the dramatic nature of the title cannot be understated: The time is now to switch back to our natural farming roots. The New UN Farming Report “Wake Up Before It’s Too Late.” The findings on the report seem to echo those of a December 2010 UN Report in many ways, one that …

Green efforts of youth gather steam – The Hindu

… farm, which is being prepared to supply organic greens and vegetables to Madurai. The eldest among them is 34. Third in a row Kattamankottai farm is the third in a row being developed for organic farming by a bunch of enthusiastic youngsters, after T. Kunnathur and Sengulam. Two more farms are to be turned the organic way soon. N. T. Prasanth Kumar, who gave up a lucrative overseas job as an expert in business intelligence, started Maram Madurai to restore the city’s green cover by planting …

UW-Madison receives endowment to support organic crop research

… flavor of organic food, and reduce use of pesticides, fertilizer and energy. “We’re grateful for Organic Valley and the University of Wisconsin’s partnership in this first-of-its-kind commitment,” Clif Bar owner Kit Crawford said in the news release. An endowed chair provides permanent research support to a faculty member from the interest income that is earned from an investment fund specifically designated for that purpose. It also helps cover part of the …

‘Alternative’ Investments: Marijuana and Climate Change

… there have been a spate of stories that discuss and handicap the dozens of marijuana stocks that have come to market, most of which play on the growing legal acceptance of medical marijuana. Indeed, this market now has its own benchmark, the Viridian Cannabis Stock Index, a collection of 75 publicly-traded pot plays. Much has happened to this market since Barron’s featured a cover story two years ago poising the basic question, “Should Pot Be Legal?” A fresh piece this week looks at a …

MSU organic farming study finds diverse benefits using sheep : Ag Weekly

By Jenny Lavey, MSU News Service | May 2, 2015 BOZEMAN, Mont. – Using domestic sheep rather than traditional farming equipment to manage fallow and terminate cover crops may enable farmers who grow organic crops to save money, reduce tillage, manage weeds and pests, and reduce the risk of soil erosion, according to Montana State University and North Dakota State University faculty members. The preliminary results are from the first two years in a long-term U.S. Department of Agriculture …

Should the UK be subsidising the world’s first tidal lagoons? | Environment | The Guardian

… begin by 2018 and power generation by 2022. The second lagoon will cover an area seven times larger than Swansea’s and will have a capacity of between 1,800-2,800MW, enough to power 1.5m homes (compared with 150,000 for the first lagoon). Most importantly, the company says, the larger scale will allow them to produce power at £90-95/MWh, which will make the project cheaper than offshore wind and competitive with nuclear. Mark Shorrock, TLP’s chief executive says the fall in cost will occur …

ASU talk focuses on vertical agriculture to save space, help environment | savannahnow.com

… the current movement to a 1999 medical ecology class he taught in which he discussed how megafarms feed a huge population but require a huge land mass to do it. The world’s population is now pegged at 7.2 billion, and farms cover an area the size of South America. That agriculture is a major source of polluted runoff. To finish reading this article, click on this link: via ASU talk focuses on vertical agriculture to save space, help environment | savannahnow.com. …