Meet the farmers putting politics aside to share insights and make progress

Lynn Freehill-Maye posted Nov 21, 2019 in Yes! Magazine “PFI, in my view, is the best example in this country right now of the blending of science and local wisdom,” Laura Lengnick says. She’s a North Carolina-based resilient-agriculture researcher who travels the country talking to groups like these. Organizations like Practical Farms of Iowa remain rare, Lengnick says. The group has …

Rural dialogues

Farmers and farm guests partake in field walks and discussions at Willow Lake Farm Agroecology Summit in Windom Minnesota. Anna ClaussenGIT ALONG DIALOGUES Think rural America doesn’t care about the climate? Think again. By Scott Shigeoka on Oct 29, 2019  The world of the possible Subscribe To Shift Happens Anna Claussen grew up on a family farm 20 miles outside of Benson, Minnesota, a town …

Fertilizer plants emit 100 times more methane than reported. IPCC points to nitrogen fertilizers as one of the most dangerous and underestimated contributors to the climate crisis

Step Aside Agribusiness, It’s Time for Real Solutions to the Climate Crisis. Sept 24 2019. Big food and agribusiness companies are desperate to portray themselves as part of the solution to the climate crisis. But there is no way to reconcile what’s needed to heal our planet with their unflinching commitment to growth. By GRAIN. New research is showing that the …

Agriculture and solar panels go together, improving each

“Many of us want more renewable energy, but where do you put all of those panels? As solar installations grow, they tend to be out on the edges of cities, and this is historically where we have already been growing our food,” said Greg Barron-Gafford, an associate professor in the School of Geography and Development and lead author on the paper that …

Bringing the issues facing family farmers into the national conversation.

This year, five candidates for the Democratic nomination say they support a ban on factory farms. “The 1996 Farm Bill stripped away the last remnants of farm programs that used to ensure farmers were paid fairly in the marketplace by managing production and setting price floors,” Ben Lilliston, the director of rural strategies and climate change at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, …

4p1000 Initiative and GND

Earlier this year Sierra Club joined the 4p1000 Initiative. The article,  Five Big Ideas for a Green New Deal lists number 5 as Carbon Friendly Farming which contains a link to a peer reviewed paper with this quote, “On this basis, the 4p1000 initiative on Soil for Food Security and Climate14, officially launched by the French Ministry of Agriculture at the United Nations Framework Convention …

Microbiome renaissance

Broccoli Is Dying. Corn Is Toxic. Long Live Microbiomes! Let’s move past the green and gene revolutions to a microbiome renaissance. By Louise Elizabeth Maher-Johnson, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson on August 20, 2019 in Scientific American. As food writer Mark Bittman recently remarked, since food is defined as “a substance that provides nutrition and promotes growth” and poison is “a substance that promotes illness,” then “much of …

Cooperative organic ag

Vía Orgánica has developed a model that has enabled them to have a substantial impact in the region. Through establishing a restaurant, a store and a weekly street market, and sponsoring a series of classes and workshops, they’ve been able to hire 60 full-time staff and provide a decent living for more than 200 growers who are part of their …

Sixth Installment of Jay Inslee’s Climate Plan Champions Regenerative Farming and Massive Investment in Rural America

August 21, 2019 by Common Dreams While applauding much of the presidential candidate’s proposal, Friends of the Earth warned “it doesn’t do enough to stop concentrated corporate monopolies in the food and agriculture sector.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, participated in a panel discussion about the U.S. Climate Alliance during the United Nation’s Climate …

Maryland wants to expedite placement of up to 10,000 acres of solar farms, while protecting farmland. Where will they go?

Note that California has found that bulk purchases of solar on canopies over parking lots can be cheaper than rooftop solar. Maryland announced $4 million in grants to encourage solar and wind arrays on roofs, parking lots, contaminated brownfield sites and other existing infrastructure, with an eye toward erecting panels on state- and university-owned property. By Erin CoxAugust 14 Maryland’s ambitious …