Farming in the 21st Century

A newly-released e-book explores a farm owned and managed by two engineers who combine traditional low-tech methods of animal husbandry with high-tech, solar-powered solutions. Download your free copy here.
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Agroecology: The New Paradigm

Alteri

Agroecology is the new paradigm to promote a more socially just productive and resilient agriculture. We create a dialog to promote the change of ideas…
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Op-Ed: Urban Ecology and Rural Resources

Now more than ever is the right time to bridge the rural-urban divide. Cities are closing in on rural areas, with distances shrinking both physically through better road networks and also virtually through a better network of mobile phones and Internet connections.
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T-40: Forty Years of Tilth

At this year’s Tilth Producers of Washington conference, now referred to as T-40, a few attendees of the first conference – older, wiser, and grayer – mingled with younger farmers (some not yet born when Berry spoke in 1974 at “T-1″) to share ideas, advice, and plans for the future.
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Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the Intelligence, Passion, Greatness of Girls

Leymah Gbowee is a peace activist in Liberia. She led a women’s movement that was pivotal in ending the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003, and now speaks on behalf of women and girls around the world.
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Vandana Shiva: Right to Seeds and Water

Vandana Shiva

Twenty years of globalization have shown us that a model based on corporate greed cannot sustain society and it cannot sustain the earth. It cannot sustain society even in rich countries.

Dr. Vandana Shiva: Right to Seeds and Water, a talk given on 30/6/14 in Colombo Sri Lanka.

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I Am Because We Are

Women Farmers in Ghana

In Ghana, and across Africa, women farmers are organizing themselves and helping each other by sharing their experiences and by restoring native seeds.
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Ebola Challenges the Success Achieved in Liberia’s Rice Sector

The Ebola outbreak – which has led to rising food prices and potential food shortages – reinforces the need for self-sufficiency and food security in times of crisis. Liberia has just begun to stabilize a network of rice growers and processors; rice grown in Liberia could go long way to support the Liberian population during this crisis.
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The Problem With GMOs

Non-GMO

The fundamental problem with genetically engineered food crops in US soil today: rather than reduce pesticide inputs GMOs are causing them to skyrocket in amount and toxicity.
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Seed is Life. Soil is Life. Water is Life.

The problem is this: seeds need a place to grow; not just a place to grow but also a place that matches the seed. Not a new place, but the pre-existing ecosystem where the seed was produced, or something that closely mimics the original ecology. The challenge then is to rediscover and restore as much of the local resiliency expressed in the natural ecosystems we have left and to replant the seed accordingly. The quality of the soil and water is as important as the seed; that is to say, without it (like we humans), the seed will die.
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