The bright side of the current farm crisis:an opportunity for change

Most are looking for answers. They are looking for ways to survive in a changing agricultural environment—no matter what its cause, wondering what those solutions to the current system might look like. Increased cost of living—up 14% over the last 4 years— has hit farmers hard. Although family farms account for 97 percent of farms in the United States, the …

What U.S. Farming Can Do to Stop Climate Change: livestock and livestock feed portions of our agricultural lands adds up to 781 million acres, 41 percent of all the land in the Lower 48

Montesino cherry tomatoes grow in a greenhouse at Freedom Food Farm in Raynham, Massachusetts on June 13, 2019. Freedom Food Farm uses compost to add carbon to the soil.PHOTO BY LANE TURNER/THE BOSTON GLOBE/GETTY IMAGESEXCERPTThe landscape of farmland, pastures, ranges, and forest could sequester carbon on a massive scale by 2030. Here’s the math. BY RONNIE CUMMINS  Yes Magazine, FEB 20, 2020 The …

The Common land issue (vs rents) links a large number of issues to one another, such as agriculture, housing, energy, mobility, town planning

Dec. 2019, Frederic Sultan et al., Peer to Peer Network The land issue links a large number of issues to one another, such as agriculture, housing, energy, mobility, town planning. In each of these areas, common land policies and practices revisit the notions of access and uses, property, value and transaction, conservation and protection of land. Among the diversity of the …

Tackling the climate crisis and pollution; Creating good, high-paying jobs; and Counteracting racial and economic inequity

By Ben Beachy January 1, 2019, the Sierra Club From kitchen tables to the halls of Congress, talk of a Green New Deal continues to grow. In the past year of writing and speaking about this bold plan to tackle climate change and inequality, we’ve covered Green New Deal goals, local policy wins that offer tangible Green New Deal models, and the recent surge in Green New Deal momentum. …

What the Green New Deal Could Mean for Iowa

Joe Raedle/Getty Images By KATE ARONOFF January 31, 2020 The New Republic Since the idea of a wide-reaching plan to stimulate the economy, combat inequality, and curb climate change entered the national spotlight in 2018, Fox News and the Republican Party have suggested it might be at odds with rural America. Conservative pundits have cited its association with a democratic socialist …

2019 Colorado Hot Issues in Health Conference, Climate Session

Hosted by the nonpartisan Colorado Health Institute, the event has convened the state’s leading thinkers to discuss pressing issues related to health and health care for nearly 20 years. The 2019 Hot Issues in Health Conference will take place on Thursday, December 5, 2019 and Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Hilton Denver Inverness in Englewood, Colorado Moderator: Karam Ahmad, …

Identical proportion of innovators (25%) in cities and in rural areas

Why We Should Stop Conflating Cities With Innovation and Creativity: The language we use to discuss innovation and creativity has such a pro-urban bias that we’ve forgotten these qualities flourish outside of cities, too. DECEMBER 2, 2019, CityLab, by RICHARD SHEARMUR, Director of the School of Urban Planning, McGill University “It can be argued that urban innovation and creativity have …

Spoon Full Farm takes holistic approach to storing carbon in soil

December 5, 2019 CarbonWA.org Spoon Full Farm takes holistic approach to storing carbon in soil Agriculture produces about 9 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. But 80 miles east of Seattle, a small farm along the Yakima River is proving that agriculture can store carbon in the soil, instead — in a big way. Spoon Full Farm is jointly run …

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 …