Climate Change: A Threat to Food Security and National Stability

Lightning over field

Climate change is all over the planet. We are witnessing what the world has never witnessed. Changes in the climatic environment and related factors are making farming unpredictable. Numerous reports have indicated the impacts of climate change on agriculture. Agriculture is highly dependent on the weather and thus makes it very vulnerable. At the same time, the ecosystem and the human race is highly at risk if this phenomena is […]

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Soil

green soil

What is soil? There is more than one definition for soil the most common is that soil is a natural medium on which plants grow. A more broader definition is one by Gerard (2001) “ soil is a natural body composed of minerals, organic compounds, living organisms, air and water in interactive combinations produced by physical, chemical and biological processes” The soil around us can be so easily overlooked and […]

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Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 1, The Present State in Historical Context

NYC Urban Farm

This is part one of a series of articles Angelo is writing, for part two please visit: http://permaculturenews.org/2016/10/12/understanding-urban-agriculture-part-2-productivity-potential-possibilities/ You have to know the past to understand the present. Carl Sagan Urban agriculture is a growing phenomenon worldwide. and this movement has been driven by individuals and local communities interested in access to fresh, cheap healthy, more nutritious and better tasting food, increased self-reliance, local food security and sustainable food production […]

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Should We Debate The Future of Our Cities

Overview of the city of Milan

The earliest human habitations were caves, on mountaintops, or inside hastily thrown-up fortifications on open plains. After the Neolithic Revolution caused a shift from hunting/gathering to agriculture/settlement these early habitations grew into walled cities for the rich, with peasants and agriculture outside the gates. A lot of water went down the drain since then. Modern cities are praise songs to conspicuous consumption. It is if cities do not care about […]

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Karuna Insight Design: Permaculture in Practice in the United Kingdom

Karuna Insight Design: Permaculture in Practice in the United Kingdom

This family-owned and operated permaculture operation in the United Kingdom is an amazingly unique and inspirational example of what can be accomplished over only a short amount of time, with even just a small team. In just 10 years, Janta Wheelhouse, who calls himself, rather appropriately, a diversity specialist, and his family are making great strides to rehabilitate their land in Shropshire, despite a mountain of obstacles on every side. […]

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Comparative look at Organic and Conventional Farming

Comparative look at Organic and Conventional Farming

Organic farming has in the recent past gained popularity. Farmers are willing to take up the risks associated with this venture and commit themselves to stringent measures required to attain organic farming certification. Consequently, with the growing interest in this form of organic, there is a rise in criticism of the same measure by those who have kept on opposing organic farming. Conventional farming standards, that are heavily seen to […]

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BeeConnected: Linking Farmers and Beekeepers to Save Bees in the UK

Bee´s in front of a stock

In the UK, bees contribute largely to food production as they pollinate major commercial crops and trees as well as produce honey; a staple for breakfast in many homes. According to a study by researchers at the University of Reading, Bees contribute £651 million annually to the UK economy. However, the bee population is declining at an alarming rate; they are reports of some species already becoming extinct. The reason […]

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The Future of Food Production – Short Documentary by Bayley Pilling

The Future of Food Production – Short Documentary by Bayley Pilling

The Future of Food Production is a short documentary by Bayley Pilling, a 15-year-old who has captured the urgency and importance of growing your own food.

In this 28-minute video, this young student addresses the current failings of a conventional agricultural system and interviews individuals in his local area who are striving to make a difference; those with solutions who are living the change and growing their own food.

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Deface the Currency: The Lost Dialogues of Diogenes

Deface the Currency: The Lost Dialogues of Diogenes

I’m happy to announce the publication of my new book – or, rather, my new ‘philosophical play’ in six acts – called Deface the Currency: The Lost Dialogues of Diogenes. Here is the advance praise the book received from Dr William Desmond, author of The Greek Praise of Poverty. “This is a creative re-enactment of the life, death and ideas of the most influential Cynic of antiquity, Diogenes of Sinope. […]

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The Monsanto – Bayer Merger

Rail

Monsanto has announced that it has accepted a merger deal with Bayer AG for a $66 Billion dollar buyout with an acquisition proposal of $128 per share in cash. Money is the center focus of this merger, and leaves the question of what the future of agriculture will hold. According to Hugh Grant, CEO of Monsanto, it means “… an innovation engine for the next generation of farming.” To observe […]

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Dig the Fig – The Essential Guide to All You Need to Know About Figs

Fig-Fruit

Man and fig have come a long way since then but have remained very much good friends, travelling and setting up home together all over the world where summers are warm and dry and winters are cool.

During this article, we’ll be focusing on the common fig – Ficus carica. We’ll look at fig types, hardy figs, fig cultivation, fig reproduction, fig propagation, good companions plants for figs, and growing figs commercially.

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