Agroecology Is Becoming A Global Movement. But Where Does the U.S. Fit In? Movements move government policy, not the other way around.

Support farmer-to-farmer exchange that spreads agroecological practices through existing, and expanding, networks of small-scale family producers. It would entail greatly expanding the numbers of small, ecological farmers, based on the wisdom of those who already produce in this way  “Scholars interested in advancing agroecology must turn to their own institutions, see how we do and don’t work with and for …

Study Uncovers Surprising New Reason to Go Local: it’s better for land and people on both ends

Eco-Watch, May 2018 There are lots of ecological reasons to buy local food, from reducing the carbon footprint of the meals you eat to preventing agribusiness‘ destruction of unique ecosystems like the Amazon rainforest. But research published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday uncovered another surprising benefit to local agriculture: it is also better for the environment of countries that currently import lots of food.This is …

Exporting water quality problems

Mar 22, 2018, by Kate Ravilious, contributing editor to environmentalresearchweb. A new study has shown that some rivers are far more capable of mopping up livestock-related pollution than others. For countries, like the UK, with rivers that are already overloaded, imported meat helps to keep rivers clean at home, but often results in extra river pollution elsewhere. Intensive livestock farming is a major source of …

Glyphosate clouds contaminating even more distant fields now, and all popular beer and wine brands tested

By Zen Honeycutt, March 2018 The past few years have revealed some disturbing news for the alcohol industry. In 2015, CBS news broke the announcement of a lawsuit against 31 brands of wines for high levels of inorganic arsenic. In 2016, beer testing in Germany also revealed residues of glyphosate in every single sample tested, even independent beers. Moms Across America released test …

There are low cost ways to reduce carbon through ag, land and forest restoration, but attention is needed now to reach the contributions possible

By TNC, Proceedings of the National Academies of Science “New research by TNC and 15 other institutions . . . demonstrates that nature-based solutions provide up to 37 percent of the emissions reductions needed be 2030 to keep global temperature increases under 2 degrees Celsius—30 percent more than previously estimated.” Globally, forest pathways offer about half of the lowest-cost climate opportunities, …

Free access to locally grown food for everyone – movement has turned all the public spaces, from the front yard of a police station to railway stations, into farms filled with edible herbs and vegetables for all

By Khushboo Balwani February 6, 2018 on Shareable Here’s the problem: The rapid expansion of cities is breaking the relationship that people have with the food ecosystem. Although the problem is receiving attention by some city officials, and they are adopting new sustainability programs and policies, it is a time-consuming, top-down process with an uncertain impact. What if with a bottom-up approach of …

Sat 27 Jan 2018 The Guardian   London’s cycle superhighway squeezes cars on Victoria Embankment. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian Imagine a healthy future. That we need to change radically was shown by a mass study of the health of 300,000 people that was at once entirely shocking and wholly predictable. Newcastle University found obesity and the lack of exercise (the two go …

A Jeff Bezos-backed warehouse farm startup is building 300 indoor farms across China. Plus evolution away from less humane factory farming in the US.

Business Insider, by Leanna Garfield, 23 Jan 2018 Inside Plenty’s first farm in South San Francisco, California. Plenty The vertical farming startup Plenty just announced that it plans to build 300 organic, indoor farms in or near Chinese cities. In late 2017, the company scored $200 million in the largest-ever ag-tech deal. The funding round was led by Softbank Ventures and included DCM Ventures …

When It Comes to Your Health, Your Local Economy Matters. Quality of housing and employment also influence wellness.

In Yes! Magazine, Jan 30, 2018 by Jessica Young Research shows community traits such as quality of housing and employment also influence wellness. Public health experts often talk about the “ social determinants of health”: community traits such as housing quality, access to nutritious and fresh food, water and air quality, education quality and employment opportunities. These factors are thought to be among …

Apps to share or avoid wasting food

Spoiler alert: As much as 40 percent of the food produced in America ends up at the dump, off-gassing methaneand contributing to climate change. And we consumers bear a great deal of the blame. Become part of the solution with these free apps. Three of the four require a critical mass of users to create a sharing economy, so even if an …