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Buying a CSA vs. Organic Food: Which One Is Better?

March 20, 2020
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You don’t have a lot of information about most of the food you buy at the grocery store — how the farmers grew it, what sorts of pesticides and herbicides they used and so on. As a result, many are turning to organic foods and farmers’ markets to have a better idea of what they’re eating, and to avoid chemicals and environmentally unfriendly farming practices. 

However, you have more options than just organic food. You may have heard of community-supported agriculture (or CSA) programs, which can provide you with weekly deliveries of fresh produce from local farmers.

Below, we’ll break down which choice is better — buying from a CSA vs. organic food.

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What Is Agricultural Runoff, and How Is It Harming Our Waters?

March 18, 2020
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Water is a resource that gets a lot of coverage, probably because living things need it to survive. You may not think much about your water sources, especially if getting hydrated is as easy as turning on the tap and filling up a cup. But clean, easily accessible water is by no means available to everyone, and a problem called agricultural runoff exacerbates matters.

What Is Agricultural Runoff?

Runoff happens when the water from rain, melted snow or irrigation doesn’t sink into the soil for proper absorption. Instead, it moves over the ground, picking up natural and artificial pollutants along the way. Eventually, those contaminants get deposited into coastal waterways, lakes, rivers and even underground sources of drinking water.

What is agricultural runoff, then? It’s the kind of water pollution described above, but it’s originated on farms. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says this runoff is the leading source of impairments to surveyed rivers and lakes. Complicating matters is the fact that there’s no single source of this kind of runoff — farmers can’t just make one change to solve the problem.

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Farm Bankruptcies on the Rise: What Can We Do About It?

March 16, 2020
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As extreme weather disrupts planting and trade wars shrink the market available to farmers, American agriculture is starting to struggle. One recent report from the American Farm Bureau Federation found that farm bankruptcies were up 24% from last year — one of the steepest rises in modern history. At the same time, farm debt is reaching levels close to those seen during the 1980s farming crisis.

All of this change means one thing — American farms are facing pressure that makes them more likely to declare bankruptcy than ever before. Here’s what’s driving the trend, how it’s affecting farmers and what we can do to turn the rise of farm bankruptcy around.

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The Status of Corporate Renewable Energy Goals In 2020

March 6, 2020
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Driven by a need for low-cost and minimally invasive energy solutions, renewable energy saw a considerable resurgence throughout 2019. According to the National Energy Regulatory Commission, it surpassed traditional coal, generating most of the electric power in the U.S. More specifically, wind and solar combined were responsible for 50% of the total renewable energy generated in the States.

The question is, how long will this continue? What are we looking at in terms of future growth for renewable energy?

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What Are the Most Sustainable Foods for Those Looking to Eat Sustainably?

March 4, 2020
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Sustainability has become a buzzword in recent years as the movement has transformed from a niche interest to a major revolution. This concept recognizes that everything is connected, and we must be willing to consider and respect those connections. Those wishing to eat sustainably realize that this concept also applies to food on a profound level. Adopting a sustainable diet, a diet filled with the most sustainable foods, reduces human impact on the earth while maintaining — and even improving — an individual’s health. 

There are no hard-and-fast rules that define a sustainable diet. However, some foods may be more sustainable than others. Before considering which foods are best, you must first understand the connection between where food comes from and how eating it affects both the environment and future generations. 

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What Poor Air Quality at Work Can Mean for Today’s Workforce

March 2, 2020
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Do your lungs almost hurt the minute you walk into your business? Poor air quality at work impacts productivity and workers’ health. Things such as carpeting, building materials and poor ventilation influence indoor air quality (IAQ). OSHA reports that IAQ not up to par can result in fatigue, headaches and irritation of the nose, eyes, throat and lungs. 

It seems as though everywhere you turn, people are talking about going green and improving sustainability. Today’s workforce is more environmentally conscious than ever before. They may even choose a company to work at based on how well the organization embraces eco-friendly practices. Improving poor air quality at work and green business go together like solar panels and sunshine. 

There are some simple things brands can do to better IAQ. Even small changes have a big impact on the health and well-being of workers.

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How to Develop Climate-Smart Agriculture

February 26, 2020
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Climate change has become a worldwide topic of discussion lately, and for good reason. Scientists warn that we need to act fast and collaborate to mitigate the effects of climate change and start doing things differently to halt the speed of global warming. One of the broad ways to do that is called climate-smart agriculture (CSA).

What Is Climate-Smart Agriculture? 

Climate-smart agriculture uses a variety of techniques to increase the productivity levels of farmland while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and facilitating other positive changes to help the planet. For example, some ongoing projects falling under this umbrella focus on conserving water, reducing pesticides and promoting soil health and practicing agroforestry. 

 

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What Are the Objectives of Agricultural Policy and Why Do They Matter?

February 24, 2020
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Each year sees a new round of farm-based policies. Some laws are more effective than others, and not all meet expectations — however, the core objectives of agricultural policy matter. People are ultimately seeking better ways to run their farms and do business, and creating new rules can help.

Policies exist for everything from water management to native seed harvesting. Regulation is necessary for ensuring worker and animal wellness, proper cropping methods and much more. In an ideal world, a practical set of agricultural guidelines would keep operations running smoothly while putting all living beings as the top priorities. Until we reach that point, people will continue voicing their opinions about much-needed changes.

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10 Best Beginner Plants to Grow Indoors

February 21, 2020
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Do you want to improve the air quality of your home while beautifying it? Do you want to benefit more from nature’s gifts? If so, you should enjoy the art of raising houseplants! 

It doesn’t matter if you don’t think you have a green thumb. The plants on this list are easy to care for and maintain. You’ll benefit from the joy of growing things, and your health will thank you, too. 

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What Is Green Landscaping? Eco-Friendly Landscaping Techniques

February 14, 2020
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The world is going green. From reusable shopping bags to biking to work, people everywhere are looking for more sustainable ways to live and reduce their impact on the environment. 

However, one area that’s often overlooked in terms of green living is your yard. There are so many ways to make your lawn, gardens and flowerbeds more eco-friendly and beautiful. By implementing green landscaping techniques, you can ensure an outdoor space that’s self-sustaining, chemical-free and natural. 

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