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Local Food Sales on the Rise With More People Going Green

February 12, 2020
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In light of the global warming crisis, genetically modified produce and inhumanely sourced meats, more consumers are choosing to buy local. The green revolution is in full swing, and people want to know where their food comes from. They want to know with confidence they are making the best, most sustainable choice. 

When consumers decide to buy locally sourced produce, they’re doing just that. Farmers’ markets, farm-to-table restaurants and you-pick produce all benefit the community, environment and consumers in several ways. Here are some of the benefits of buying your food locally.

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10 Benefits of Hydroponics vs. Traditional Farming

February 10, 2020
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When was the last time you heard the phrase “hydroponics?” Maybe it was in the third season of the science fiction show “The Expanse,” which introduced a space botanist tasked with taking care of the hydroponic gardens Ganymede in orbit around Jupiter. While hydroponics might be integral to space travel, it’s quickly becoming important in modern agriculture as well. Here are 10 benefits of hydroponics over traditional farming. 

1. Water Use Is More Efficient

With hydroponics, you’re growing your plants in a water-based nutrient solution, but these systems use water more efficiently than any type of traditional farming and irrigation. They use up to 10 times less water than traditional agriculture because the majority of the water is captured and recycled, rather than being allowed to drain into the soil like you would with a regular farm plot or garden. 

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5 Ways You Can Start a Sustainable Community Garden

February 5, 2020
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Do you want to save money and the planet? What if you could do so while forming a closer bond with your neighbors and teaching your children a crucial ecological lesson? You can accomplish all this and more by starting a sustainable community garden! 

Community gardens save you money at the grocery store because you produce the majority of the fruits and veggies you use. Also, since you don’t have to drive to the store as often, you can decrease your carbon footprint. You can even reduce your household waste. Here’s how.

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How You Can Help Build a Sustainable Community

February 3, 2020
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It’s nearly impossible to avoid hearing about how the world is changing because of human pollution. You might watch the news in the morning and hear about the rising temperature of the earth or watch a documentary about ice caps melting. It may encourage you to take steps to live a greener life, but you can become discouraged if you feel like you’re on your own.

If that’s the case for you, you’re not alone. It’s great to help the earth by going green, but you’ll make more of a difference if you get others to join you. Many people feel this way, which is why communities are pulling together to become more eco-friendly.

Read on to learn how you can help build sustainable communities if you want to try, but can’t figure out where to begin. You don’t need to become famous to make a difference in the world. Try these easy tips with the people around you to make the planet a better place to live.

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The Rise of Women in Agriculture

January 27, 2020
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The history of women in agriculture is one that not many people discuss. Research shows that since about 10,000 B.C., women have played a part in how we source and harvest our food. Unfortunately, there isn’t too much data on them – in some ways, they’re silent contributors. The number of female farmers surged during the 1940s, as men went off to fight in World War II. As of 2019, more than 1.2 million female producers were working on farms across America. 

Modern History

Women have helped maintain fields and crops since the turn of the 19th century. By the end of the Second World War, more than six million vacant farm jobs had been filled by young people and women alike. This happened across all industries in the United States. Almost every daughter, wife and friend jumped in where needed – some became engineers to work on radio transmission, while others found themselves in factories. Many of the women in agriculture during this time were apart of the Women’s Land Army of America, a program that provided training and uniforms. 

When men came back from overseas, they reclaimed their previous positions. This meant that most women returned to childcare, education or administrative support duties. That said, by the late 1990s, the number of female farmers began to grow drastically — and it still continues to do so even despite the upswing in autonomous technology on farms. This is due to both changes in the U.S. Census and the destigmatization of what employment means. Women in modern times are more likely to call themselves “farmers” than in years past for these reasons.

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The Top Alternative Agriculture Methods You Should Be Aware Of

January 24, 2020
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Agriculture or farming is something that might sound like it can only be accomplished on a massive industrial scale, but everyone can enjoy the benefits of growing their own food or raising their own livestock. However, for small-scale efforts, especially those that are concerned about the impact their farms will have on the environment, traditional agricultural methods aren’t going to be the best option. With that in mind, here are the top alternative agriculture methods you should be aware of. 

1. Organic Farming

The organic farming movement helps to prevent water pollution and other environmental damage while increasing yields. Some studies have shown that corn plants, grown organically, can produce up to 30% more corn than when grown traditionally. Not only are you getting more from your crop, but you’re accomplishing the same task without jeopardizing your local environment.  

Focus on truly organic farming methods rather than those that claim to be organic but rely on dangerous chemicals.  Many of the organic pesticides, such as pyrethrins, which are derived from dried chrysanthemum flowers, are just as toxic as the non-organic chemicals — and sometimes even more so.  

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10 Water Conservation Techniques in Agriculture

January 22, 2020
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Water is essential for life, but it is also an integral part of modern agriculture. We often plant in areas that don’t receive enough annual rainfall to support the crops we need to grow to feed the country and the world. This is where irrigation techniques come in — but as with most things, they’re not all created equal. As the population grows and water becomes an even more valuable resource, conservation techniques will become a requirement in the agriculture industry. Here are 10 water conservation techniques you can use today, whether you’re seeding a farm or just growing a garden in your backyard. 

1. Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation isn’t a new concept, but as water conservation continues to grow in importance, it will likely gain popularity. Instead of irrigating the entire plant from above, drip irrigation uses pipes to drip water slowly onto the roots of the plants. This conserves between 20-50% of the water you would otherwise use in irrigation while reducing other negatives like runoff, surface evaporation and the potential for overwatering.

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Why Soil Quality and Health Are Key to Agriculture

January 15, 2020
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Every farm needs fertile soil to produce healthy crops. Soil quality and health is an essential factor in growing vegetables, plants, flowers and much more. Industrial and small farms survive off of quality earth, though each sector cultivates it through different methods. Commercial agriculture often consists of farming techniques that deplete the land, which can lead to failed crops. However, small farmers aren’t without their troubles — degraded soil affects them, too.

A better foundation equals increased plant growth. The solution to poor crops often lies with the simplest factor — dirt. Agriculture can improve by leaps and bounds by employing better ideas for soil management.

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Is GMO Crop Production on the Rise

January 10, 2020
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Food scientists engineer genetically modified (GM) crops — often referred to as GMOs, or genetically modified organisms — for a variety of traits, like herbicide tolerance and drought resistance. Over the past few years, these crops have become an increasingly weighty topic as more farmers have begun to plant them — sometimes raising concerns about their long-term impacts on both human health and the environment.

Below, we’ll cover how GMO crop production is changing — whether it’s on the rise, its possible impacts on the environment and what new GM crops researchers are trying to develop right now.

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Sustainable Farming Methods for Crop Care

January 6, 2020
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Sustainable farming is beneficial for both the planet and crop yields. Agriculture is a booming industry, but despite its connection to nature, people don’t always associate it with environmentalism. Large-scale farming has taken sustainability out of agriculture by relying on monocrops, driving deforestation and causing pollution. Commercialized growing techniques produce full harvests in less time — but at the cost of local wildlife and natural resources.

Many farmers employ sustainable farming methods to combat the effects of industrial agriculture. Plenty of alternatives exist for managing a successful farm without harming the Earth that sustains it. Learning about these approaches is only part of the solution — the other half involves putting them to action.

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