LED light bulbs, heat-pumps, and electric cars all have something in common each represent an efficiency improvement of 300% or greater over their predecessors. Drastically improving land and food efficiency is also needed.

Drastically improving the efficiency of how much land is used to produce our protein and calories by switching to plant-based or more land-efficient animal sources, will also make it much easier to sustainably produce enough food to feed the world’s growing population. Excerpt from Clean Technica, Carbon Farming Can Deliver, July 2019 LED light bulbs, heat-pumps, and electric cars all …

A UN report shows an estimated 2 billion people now face moderate or severe food insecurity as the planet heats

By Georgina Gustin, July 15, 2019, Inside Climate News The combined forces of climate change, conflict and economic stagnation are driving more people around the world into hunger, reversing earlier progress, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported on Monday. Although the numbers fluctuate as economies rise and fall, conflicts come and go, and climate emergencies intensify and recede, …

Healing the soil Healing the soul

Spring Newsletter Regenerative Farming and Soil Life 2019 – Indigenous Farming and Ranching, bBy James Skeet Since we have started our journey to farm and ranch on our ancient lands, we have been challenged to create a perspective that describes and articulates our relationship to the land. As a result, we have come across some very creative and wonderful ways …

Driving family farmers off the land and killing regenerative farming

By Elizabeth Henderson, Truthout.orgJuly 2, 2019 | CREATE! Above Photo: Dominik Bartsch/Flickr In February, a dairy farmer friend sent me a note confiding that a few farmers she knows are living on cereal until their milk checks arrive. Yet, the recently released census of agriculture shows that the number of young farmers is growing even as the average age of farmers also increases, and there are uplifting articles …

Shift from ‘comparative advantage’ to first principle that ‘Natural resources, including land and water, must first feed our own population’

This must be addressed through a radical agrarian reform that sets minimum and maximum thresholds for agricultural property regulates the land, agriculture, and food markets uses tax policies to prohibit speculative investments in food and agriculture shifts agricultural production to local and national markets at the expense of export to international markets. Excerpt June 2019, A French version of this …

Everyone Knows the Benefits of Meal-Sharing. Here’s How to Actually Do It. “While the food is just what brings the family to the table,what keeps them there is a warm, inviting, welcoming environment at the table.”

This organization offers a free toolkit for anyone wanting to host a family or community dinner. Yasmeen Wafai posted Jun 06, 2019 Busy schedules, rifts in the family, and long commutes can all be factors that prevent families from sharing a meal together. But research shows a shared meal can be beneficial in many ways to both mental and physical health. …

Agriculture takes up more than a third of the world’s land surface, uses nearly 75 percent of freshwater resources and contributes up to 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions

Jennifer Molidor, Center for Biological Diversity. Agriculture takes up more than a third of the world’s land surface, uses nearly 75 percent of freshwater resources and contributes up to 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. In the agricultural industry, beef production takes the biggest bite out of …

Micro-farm model being tested for food deserts and two-thirds of urban farmers who are failing to make a living, with sales under $10,000 per year

During a recent project training session, growers gathered around their trial run beds of radishes and baby lettuce. [ideastream / Lecia Bushak] Featured Audio Lecia Bushak May 20, 2019, New ‘Micro Farm’ Model Tested At OSU Mansfield Urban Agriculture Project During a recent training session, a group of urban farmers in Mansfield, Ohio, huddled around a small raised bed of radishes, examining the crop’s …

How A.I. Engineered the Most Delicious, Efficient Basil Ever

Caleb Harper and Risto Miikkulainen were on a mission to grow basil: lots of it, fast, in an industrial environment—and without compromising the herb’s sweet-but-savory flavor. So they did. The two scientists—Harper is a research scientist at MIT’s Media Lab, Miikkulainen is a professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Austin—and their team hauled a bunch of …