TAG: agriculture

All Life Depends on Soil

Dr. Vandana Shiva – Bringing the soil to the center of our consciousness and our planning is vital for the life of the soil, but also for the future of our society.

Half of the World’s Food Is Thrown Away

Dr. Mercola Waking Times That old bunch of carrots or pot of soup that sat for too long in your fridge, then ended up in your trash, doesn’t seem like much. But when multiplied over an entire year and expanded globally, the problem of food waste becomes one of epic proportions. A report about food waste

The Future Is the Farmer

Julian Rose, Contributor Waking Times At a farmer’s fair in Krakow, South Poland, in early May, I spoke to a Romanian peasant. He was demonstrating clay pot making using a foot treadle to spin the plate upon which the pots were being formed by his deft hands. I remarked how attractive I found this technology

Farmers Abandoning GMO Seeds And The Reason Will Surprise You

Daniel Jennings, Off The Grid News Waking Times  A growing number of farmers are abandoning genetically modified seeds, but it’s not because they are ideologically opposed to the industry. Simply put, they say non-GMO crops are more productive and profitable. Modern Farmer magazine discovered that there is a movement among farmers abandoning genetically modified organisms (GMO) because of

10 Urban Farming Projects in New York City

Kaye Spector, EcoWatch Waking Times Who would think that one of the world’s largest cities, New York City, would be a major hub for urban agriculture? Well, it is. Food Tank has compiled a list of 10 urban farming projects providing New Yorkers fresh, local produce. 1. Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, 44 Eagle St., New York, NY A

Prehistoric Clues Might Offer Answers to Modern Day Bee Die-Off

Heather Callaghan, Guest Waking Times A first-grade field trip to one of the top-ten U.S. zoos led us to a prehistoric bee display. It was much bigger than my little fist. It was like a radish on top of turnip but dark brown with faded yellow stripes and fuzzy tarantula legs. It was so horrifying

Agrichemical Companies Have Destroyed Argentina’s Farming Towns With Soaring Cancer Rates And Quadrupling Birth Defects

Natasha Longo, Prevent Disease Waking Times Argentina’s agricultural industry was dramatically transformed by the introduction of genetically modified plants in 1996. A country once known for its grass-fed beef is now dominated by genetically engineered soy, corn and cotton. Farmers in the Latin American country use twice as much pesticide per acre as farmers in the

Fracking Away Our Water Supply

Farron Cousins, DeSmogBlog Waking Times As many areas of the country experience severe droughts, the fight for clean, fresh water is becoming vital to survival for many American citizens.  The problem has been made worse by the expansion of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), which gobbles up hundreds of millions (billions, according to some estimates) of gallonsof potable water

Is Sustainable Agriculture an Oxymoron?

Toby Hemenway, Guest Waking Times Jared Diamond calls it “the worst mistake in the history of the human race.”(1) Bill Mollison says that it can “destroy whole landscapes.”(2) Are they describing nuclear energy? Suburbia? Coal mining? No. They are talking about agriculture. The problem is not simply that farming in its current industrial manifestation is destroying

How Crop Rotation Can Replace GMO Poisons to Grow Better Food

Christina Sarich, Staff Writer Waking Times Don’t believe the hype and the lies. Pull the wool away from your eyes and realize that Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, and the other companies in support of GMO crops are bamboozling all of us. We can feed the world without herbicides and pesticides that cause cancer, upset the endocrine system and cause

Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture: Reviving Native Food and Farming Traditions

Beverly Bell, Nation of Change Waking Times Today, Native communities throughout the US are reclaiming and reviving land, water, seeds and traditional food and farming practices, thereby putting the culture back in agriculture and agriculture back in local hands. “At one point ‘agriculture’ was about the culture of food. Losing that culture, in favor of

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