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World Population Day: Sustainable Agriculture for a Planet of 7 Billion

As the world population increases, so do the number of mouths to feed. The good news is that in addition to providing food, innovations in sustainable agriculture can provide a solution to many of the challenges that a growing population presents. Agriculture is emerging as a solution to mitigating climate change, reducing public health problems […]

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Answer for Invasive Species: Eat Them!

With its dark red and black stripes, spotted fins and long venomous black spikes, the lionfish seems better suited for horror films than consumption. But lionfish fritters and filets may be on American tables soon. An invasive species, the lionfish is devastating reef fish populations along the Florida coast and into the Caribbean. Now, an […]

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Why You Should Support Farmers’ Markets

By visiting your local farmers markets, you: Create relationships. Farmers markets offer a safe, outdoor space to meet and mingle with neighbors and food producers. More than just a place to shop, the farmers market is a place to build community around food. Enjoy food at its freshest and most flavorful. Food that is grown, […]

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Green Your Eating Habits

Celebrity chef Jodi-Ann Pearton shares her thoughts on greening your kitchen and eating green. There are many basic food items which each and every one of us use and purchase frequently – commodities such as bread, milk, eggs, just to name a few. A lot of money is spent every month and in general not […]

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Do the fish in our oceans matter?

It’s hard to imagine the world beneath the surface of the oceans, those vast areas of water like the Pacific, Atlantic and Antarctic, where old maps proclaimed: ‘Here be dragons’. From land, the flat, blue-grey sea seems of minimal significance to our daily lives. But it is we who stand on the planet’s lesser part. […]

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Beating Famine (Will Anybody Listen?)

The world has forgotten that farmers are the most important human beings alive.  Not only do they grow food, they also manage half the world’s land, three-quarters of its fresh water and a third of the atmosphere. The challenge facing the next farming generation is to double the global food supply, using half the water, […]

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Taking Green Living To The Limit: Eating Road-Kill

Living green is fundamentally based on the idea that natural resources should be used as efficiently as possible and not be wasted. This conservationist philosophy applies to energy, water, food, manufactured goods—most everything you use. Take meat, for example. Eating less meat and looking for beef and pork raised without hormones and antibiotics is a […]

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Organic and Conventional Farming Methods Compete to Eliminate Weed Seeds in Soil

Weeds are hard to kill; they seem to come back no matter what steps people take to eradicate them. One reason is because of the persistence of weed seeds in the soil. Organic farming and conventional farming systems both have their methods of taking on weed seeds, but does one show better results than the […]

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The Water in Our Food

By Arjen Y. Hoekstra, University of Twente, the Netherlands One single component in the total water footprint of humanity stands out: the water footprint related to food. About 85% of humanity’s water footprint is related to the consumption of agricultural products; 10% relates to industrial products and only 5% to domestic water consumption. Within the […]

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