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 …

This Tiny Country Feeds the World: The Netherlands has become an agricultural giant by showing what the future of farming could look like

The great indoors provides optimal growing conditions for lettuce and other leafy greens at Siberia B.V. Each acre in the greenhouse yields as much lettuce as 10 outdoor acres and cuts the need for chemicals by 97 percent. By Frank Viviano.  Photographs by Luca Locatelli. This story appears in the September 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. In a potato field near the Netherlands’ border with Belgium, Dutch …

Trump country adding community solar fast: in 2014 rural co-ops hosted 33 community-solar programs. By 2016: 141. End of 2017: 230

A solar brush fire in Trump country, David Ferris, E&E News reporter, Energywire: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Washington County, Iowa, is populated by Mennonite and Amish farmers who raise hogs and cows, the kind of place where Donald Trump took more than 56 percent of the vote in last year’s election. It is also a hotbed of something Trump voters aren’t …

Connecting old and young farmers

BY JESSICA WANG, In These Times, August 2017, Regeneration: One Way or the Other, Millennials Must Learn How to Farm (Image: polyfacehenhouse.com) Polyfaces—a documentary directed by Lisa Heenan and Isaebella Doherty—goes deep behind the scenes of Polyface Farm, a celebrated family-run operation located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The film explores Polyface’s unique back-to-basics farming techniques and gives a colorful look at Joel Salatin …

Study: Agriculture has released almost as much carbon into the atmosphere as deforestation, has large potential to change practices

By Chelsea Harvey. Washington Post, 23 August 2017 A Case IH tractor pulls a planter through a field as corn is planted in Princeton, Ill. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News) Agriculture has historically released almost as much carbon into the atmosphere as deforestation, a new study suggests — and that’s saying something. In a paper published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, …

A green roof could save $200,000 over its lifetime, mainly through temperature control of the building on which the roof is located

Researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, have built a “living laboratory” to study hydrology. The building hosts a rain garden, multiple bioretention planters and multiple green roof setups to test water quality performance in green infrastructure systems. There are 20 green roof setups, duplicated to look at runoff from a rooftop with a different mix of lightweight growing media …