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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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Environment

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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Wildlife

The Importance of Animal Nutrition on the Farm

February 19, 2020
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Running a farm is no easy feat. You might feel like your to-do list gets longer every day, but you’d never give up the joy you get from working your land and raising animals. It comes with a sense of pride that has fueled generations of families, cultivating small farms around the world.

Every farm has a slightly different purpose. You could grow a single crop and keep animals around for private use, like eggs and milk for your family. Animals could also be the sole purpose of your farm since they can make a significant profit if you raise them correctly.

If you have animals on your farm, don’t stop learning what you can do to help them. With the proper approach, you can feed your animals the food they need while maintaining or improving the sustainability of your farm. Here are five reasons why animal nutrition matters. 

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Green Technology

7 Eco-Friendly House Ideas for the Green Remodeler

February 17, 2020
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If you’ve decided it’s time for a little home renovation, you’re already on your way to making greener choices. Remodeling instead of building a new home from scratch reduces your impact on the environment and makes good use of resources you already have in your house. Continuing to make changes with sustainability in mind will allow you to further your green efforts and design a uniquely beautiful interior that matches your personality and passion. 

Here are just a few eco-friendly house ideas to incorporate into your next remodel. 

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Environment

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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Environment

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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Wildlife

Should We Move Toward Biological Pest Control Methods?

February 7, 2020
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If humans lacked effective ways to keep pests at bay, gardens and lawns would be overrun with unwanted visitors that could eat plants and trigger other undesirable effects. One method of interest is biological pest control. It centers on introducing living organisms that display predatory behaviors toward the pests rather than relying on chemicals to do the job.

Research shows there are many downsides to using non-biological pest control measures. For example, the chemicals pose dangers to kids and pets, and there are issues with the chemicals not reaching their intended targets. Additionally, ongoing use can cause resistance, requiring people to use more of a product to get the same results once achievable with a smaller amount. 

When methods of getting rid of nature’s nuisances prove ineffective, agricultural professionals often waste money when, perhaps, they should have investigated different options sooner. A study from the Zoological Society of London recently found that the overuse of an herbicide to control a weed that harms winter-wheat fields takes a £400 million bite out of the United Kingdom’s economy every year. 

Since the conventional ways of pest management have these negatives and others, more people wonder if now is the time to embrace biological pest controls. 

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Environment

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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Green Technology

Does Our Food Supply Chain Need an Overhaul?

January 31, 2020
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The food supply chain and agricultural operations must see a considerable overhaul if we wish to continue thriving long into the future. 

There are several reasons why this is the case. For starters, a growing population means a higher demand for food and fresh goods. Next, the current climate and general development mean fewer available lands for farming and cultivation, so the space we do have must be more efficient than ever. Finally, the current state of the entire food and agricultural industry is contributing significantly to climate breakdown. In other words, it directly influences the depletion of natural resources and puts a strain on the environment in many ways.

If related industries do not see a change soon, we’re inevitably headed for disaster. A recent report by the RSA Food and Farming Countryside Commission in the U.K. explains just how important it is that the entire food industry becomes sustainable. A “catastrophic” climate breakdown is imminent. It’s not some fictional, dystopian future but one that’s playing out right this instant.

What does it all mean? What is the most important thing to take away from all this?

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Environment

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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