Grain that tastes like wheat, grows like prairie grass, and saves soil and carbon

By Madeline Ostrander, The Nation, October 2017 On an August morning in Minneapolis, I sat at a wooden table inside the Birchwood Cafe, a bright, cheerful restaurant a few blocks from the Mississippi River waterfront, tasting an éclair as attentively as I could. The flavor I wanted to detect was partly obscured by more conspicuous ingredients: a high-pitched, jammy blueberry …

World’s First Solar Powered Indoor Vertical Farm Comes To Philadelphia

October 3rd, 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica It’s always sunny in Philadelphia, according to the title of a popular television show. If so, it’s the perfect place for the world’s first solar powered indoor vertical farm. Metropolis Farms has constructed a 500 kilowatt solar array made up of 2003 solar panels on the roof of a building in The City of …

World Can Meet Growing Food Demands and Limit Warming to 1.5°C, Study Says

From EcoWatch, By Daisy Dunne , 2 Oct 2017 Agriculture and food production is responsible for around 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Slashing the sector’s emissions is considered to be key to limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, which is the aspirational target of the Paris agreement. However, adopting negative emissions strategies, such as soil carbon management, will be essential to help …

Scenes from a Regenerative Revolution

LEAP stories Home/Agriculture, Just Transition/Scenes from a Regenerative Revolution Scenes from a Regenerative Revolution By: Rajiv Sicora Jim Knopik has been farming longer than anyone in the room. When it’s his turn to address our impromptu gathering, he glances around the dinner table, briefly making eye contact with a few of the twenty so or folks here—many of whom he’s inspired or …

You knew composting was a good idea, but this was still a huge surprise…

By Marlene Cimons. Originally published on Nexus Media. 16 Sept 2017 How Food Waste Turned A Barren Landscape In Costa Rica Into A Lush Forest Orange isn’t just the new black. It’s also the new green. Twenty years ago, an orange juice producer dumped thousands of tons of orange peels and pulp onto a barren section of a Costa Rican national park, …

Wheat yields similarly will drop by 6% for every degree C in temp rise, rice yields by 3.2% and soybean yields by 3.1%

How Deeply Will Rising Temperatures Cut into Crop Yields? Corn and wheat are both at risk, according to a new study that calculates the impact on agriculture for each degree Celsius that global temperatures rise. Corn yields face the greatest risk among staple crops, with yields estimated to fall an average of 7.4 percent for every degree celsius that temperatures …

76% of people in the world get most of their protein from plants. With increased CO2 in atmosphere though, the protein content of rice, wheat, barley, and potatoes is decreasing by 6-14% by 2050

By Marlene Cimons, Nexus Media, August 2017  We already know how prolonged drought, high heat and heavy rains prompted by climate change can wreak havoc on agriculture. But there is more disturbing news. If we do nothing, growing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide from emissions will seriously impair the nutritional value of wheat, rice and other staple crops, putting millions of …

Solar supporting agriculture

From NexusMedia.org August 2017 Increasingly, solar companies are working with farmers to install solar panels on their land. Photovoltaic arrays are decidedly low-impact, meaning farmers can continue to raise livestock or grow crops on land covered in solar panels. Many farmers are turning to solar to cut electricity costs. A lemon and avocado grower in California relies on two photovoltaic arrays to save …