Can big data hold the key to unlocking sustainable smallholder farms?

October 3, 2018 by  
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A cooperative network of data sets could spur innovation and drive resilience in the agricultural sector.

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Trade and food security are linked — and both are in danger

September 27, 2018 by  
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Climate change is disrupting our agricultural production, and we’ll need international agreements to solve the global challenge.

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How this economist-entrepreneur is cultivating a new market for organic products

August 15, 2018 by  
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Disrupting and diversifying the agricultural commodity industry.

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Cultivating a regenerative food system

January 28, 2017 by  
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Four agricultural strategies that could help save Europe’s agriculture and generate 320 billion Euro.

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Are sustainable farming certifications making a difference?

April 28, 2016 by  
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The Rainforest Alliance and SAN look back at the accomplishments and limitations of their agricultural certifications.

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Citrus greening is killing off America’s oranges

January 18, 2016 by  
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If there were an endangered species list for fruit, America’s oranges would be on a fast track to dangerously low numbers. Since 2012, one third of the US’ oranges have died out – one half of the crops in Florida, alone. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service , America’s favorite fruit is facing swift devastation not so much due to widely suspected drought effects, but due to a fatal and incurable disease wiping out groves of our beloved citrus. Read the rest of Citrus greening is killing off America’s oranges

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This Agricultural “Noah’s Ark” has Two of Every Fruit and Nut Crop Ever Grown in California

September 23, 2014 by  
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Imagine a comprehensive sampling of every fruit, nut and other crop that is or has ever been grown in California packed into a concentrated and carefully protected site. This seemingly fictional prospect is actually a reality at the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Tree Fruit, Nut Crops and Grapes – a 70-acre facility in Davis, California that contains two each of hundreds of these species grown in California’s past or present agriculture industry . Read the rest of This Agricultural “Noah’s Ark” has Two of Every Fruit and Nut Crop Ever Grown in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , California , change , climate , cloning , food , fruit , germplasm , global , grape , nut , repositry , security , warming

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Chic and Natural: 13 More Rustic Modern Interiors

August 29, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design & Home & Garden . ] Who says you have to choose between rustic and modern interior design? When blended together, these two seemingly disparate styles provide a beautiful balance of sleek, airy minimalism and weathered natural charm. These 13 ( more! )  renovated barns, mills, lofts and other aged spaces benefit from leaving time-worn surfaces intact. A Modern Home in a Historic Mill (image via: freshome ) First constructed by monks in the 12th century, this structure in Extramadura, Spain then became an oil mill and is today a jaw-dropping home. Architect Ricardo Elizondo added modern touches like large expanses of glass and lofts with steel railings, which contrast with the weathered wood, brick and stone surfaces. Exposed Timber (image via: lonnymag ) Aging wooden walls are stunning, but sometimes a bit busy. White drywall applied to the large surfaces of the interior walls break up the texture, while the exposed timber beams add geometric visual interest. A Study in Textures (image via: 1kinddesign ) A historic barn in Connecticut was renovated and modernized by New York-based architecture firm Russell Groves. The result – leaving most of the original stone and wood of the structure intact while knocking down a few walls and adding plenty of white – is open, airy and richly textured. Residence St. Hubert (image via: mocoloco ) Plasse Rasselet Architects painted the wood in this St. Hubert, Quebec home white to open up the interior.”The materials chosen were left in their natural state, as raw as possible, to create an authentic ambiance,” say the architects. House of Brinson (image via: remodelista ) “Our aesthetic is about contrast,” say homeowners Susan and William Brinson, “Black and white, light and dark, masculine and feminine, old and new, rustic and modern.” Their New York loft pairs weathered vintage furniture with sleek, chic modern materials. Stone Dining Room (image via: colors of life ) Modern furnishings and accessories fit seamlessly into an environment that looks like a castle in this incredible stone dining room. White & Wood Townhouse by TBHC (image via: digsdigs ) Mixing modern and vintage elements, this 4-story townhouse renovation in Park Slope, New York earns extra points for pairing a rustic dining table with ultramodern chairs, not to mention the worn sliding wood door. Beams, Stone & Exposed Chimney (images via: delight by design ) Rough textured wood and stone are perfectly offset by angular modern cabinets and tabletops in this kitchen renovation. The exposed chimney draws the eye upward to take in the height of the ceiling. Built-in Niches in Wood Wall (image via: imgfave ) Asymmetrical built-in niches give this all-wood wall an interesting geometric look. Dramatic Staircase (image via: griege design ) A modern, organically shaped staircase with a solid black balustrade gives this natural, rustic home – complete with exposed tree trunks in the ceiling – even more visual flair. Black and Wood in the Kitchen (image via: style files ) Matte black paint goes beautifully with a concrete floor and unfinished wood in this stylish kitchen in the Netherlands. Renovated Dutch Farmhouse (images via: style files ) This renovated Dutch farmhouse may have been made modern with sleek surfaces and white paint, but rustic touches still come through in the use of knobby wood accents. Rustic Loft Interior Renovation (images via: woovaa ) Peeling paint on the aged bricks of this renovated loft, paired with distressed concrete floors, give the space a sense of history that balances nicely with modern decor. Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: Funny Farms: 12 Cool Agricultural Architecture Conversions Traditional rural architecture like farmhouses, barns and carriage houses are converted into bright, modern, livable homes that retain a sense of history. 1 Comment – Click Here to Read More »» Rustic, Modern, Reclaimed & Free: 13 DIY Pallet Projects With a little imagination, the pallet sitting by the curb behind your local home improvement store could be your new bed platform, coffee table or accent wall. 7 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» Sustainable Style: 12 Contemporary Green Home Designs Sustainability and modern style go hand in hand in these 12 amazing green home designs, from a spinning dome home to a solar prefab home. 7 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» [ By Steph in Art & Design & Home & Garden . ] [ WebEcoist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]

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Natural Dyes For Textiles Made From Agricultural Waste In Argentina

January 4, 2011 by  
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Natural dyes from agricultural waste in dust form. Photo: INTI. Although natural dyes for textiles are widely spread in the green world (with a production house in Chicago and many DIY tutorials around ), the Argentine National Institute for Industrial Technology (INTI) is taking an interesting alternative approach: they’re experimenting with the extraction of pigments ..

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Just What We Needed Dept: Plastic Stamp Cuts Toast Into Tastier Strips

January 4, 2011 by  
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Image via PerpetualKid It’s been awhile since we’ve added to the “Just What We Needed” pile, but this item was too much — it had to be tossed onto the heap. This is one of those pieces of plasticrap that when you see it, all you can do is tilt your head to one side and think, “Yep, it’s because of stuff like this that we’re in this mess.” ..

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