Conventional vs Sustainable Agriculture: Can Sustainable Agriculture Feed the World?


Agriculture has experienced a great transformation over the last three centuries. Agriculture has been flourishing. Yields have been increasing, populations growing, and more lands have been converted into agricultural fields. Continuous expansion of agriculture is not possible. One third of the planet’s soils are degraded due to inconsiderate methods used in modern agriculture. What is the difference between conventional and sustainable agriculture?

Sustainable Agriculture and Industrial Ecology

The Green Changemakers

Sustainable Farming Agro-Eco-Industrial Park from Handbook | Agro-EIP in China | Manure into Gold How will we feed growing populations while reducing the environmental impacts of farming? What industrial sectors have strong self-interest in furthering the transition to sustainable agriculture? How can owners of farm land best preserve the long-term value of their assets? How will we preserve and restore the viability of rural communities and family farming?

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Global Warming Threatens Wild Grains – And Our Daily Bread

Green Prophet

Israel’s territory contains a multitude of ecosystems, but many have shrunk away because of too-few nature reserves, and those too small to preserve ecosystems in their entirety. Climate global warming sustainable agricultureSturdy wild wheat and barley are essential for humanity’s survival. Are hotter summers wiping them out? Israel’s wild wheat and barley are known to be the ancestors of our modern grains.

From Davos: Water Is a Valuable Asset – Let’s Treat It like One

Conservancy Talk

The trust, in partnership with local conservation organizations, then uses some of that saved water to restore degraded freshwater ecosystems. Not only will this wetland restoration benefit farmers and wildlife—such as frogs, fish, turtles and waterfowl—but it also will help preserve Aboriginal cultural and spiritual sites, many of which are located in the wetland areas. Mark R. Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune.

Cities Take Action on Climate and Nature

Conservancy Talk

Six of the top ten actions being taken by C40 Cities involve natural infrastructure, including reducing flood risks (311 actions), climate adaptation planning and preparation (297 actions), reducing vulnerability to heat stress (214 action), preserving and improving bio-diversity and natural assets (208 actions), stormwater management (198 actions), and encouraging sustainable agriculture (176 actions). . Photo: © Erika Nortemann/TNC.

Why Is It Important to Conserve Biodiversity?


Preserving crop variety. Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth at all its levels, from genes to ecosystems. It not only encompasses the ecological processes as we can see them, but also holds the key to the evolutionary processes that sustain life and the cultural relationships that nurture the spirit. . Ecosystem diversity. Ecosystems are all of the animals, plants, and micro-organisms as well as physical aspects of the area. .

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Top 10 Eco-Friendly (Green) Jobs

Green Furniture Home Design

Sustainable agriculture means no gas guzzling tractors and farm equipment; no petroleum based fertilizers; no genetically altered tomatoes that’ll end up bigger than my noggin. Stone Barns Center For Food & Agriculture. Evergreen State College : degree in Sustainable Agriculture. Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture : University of Oklahoma. Center for Sustainable Agriculture : University of Vermont.

Nature Doesn’t Hurt Farmers, It Helps

Nature Conservancy - Science

To answer those questions, scientists wanted know if: (1) preserving non-crop vegetation (habitat) around farm fields provides a pest-control or yield benefit to growers, and (2) properly treated manure-based compost hurts or helps farmers and food safety. Scientists found that fields surrounded by habitat had more diverse insect populations, including greater numbers of the beneficial insects – like syrphid flies – that prey on agricultural pests.

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NatureNet Fellows 2016: Climate-Smart Ag, Recycling Rare Earth Metals & More

Nature Conservancy - Science

Each Fellow’s project is focused on a specific aspect related to mitigating or adapting to climate change, from clean energy technologies, to developing new science for carbon storage and climate-smart agriculture. To increase the resilience of farmers and food production to climate change, Davis is developing a crop redistribution framework that optimizes agriculture based on the dual criteria of maximizing production (tons, calories or protein) while minimizing irrigation water use.

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SNAPP: Incorporating New Types of Knowledge for Conservation Solutions

Nature Conservancy - Science

Well-preserved rainforest rose like an island amid agricultural desertification because the hilltop was littered with landmines. Each of these site-specific contrasts sit at the nexus of human well-being, sustainable economic development, and nature conservation. Wouldn’t it be better if we figured how to make the bulk of emergency food supplies environmentally sustainable, or create global and regional emergency maps that protect both people and ecologically sensitive areas?

How to Feed the World Without Killing the Planet?

Nature Conservancy - Science

As it is practiced today, agriculture is one of the biggest environmental offenders – yet it is necessary for our survival. Agriculture contributes one-third of greenhouse gas emissions, uses 70% of freshwater resources, and harms wildlife through conversion and fragmentation of biodiversity-rich habitats, water diversions, pesticide poisoning and creation of oceanic dead zones. 4 How can we balance demand for agricultural products with biodiversity protection?

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Introduction to Permaculture by Steve Diver

The Green Changemakers

It is a contraction of "permanent agriculture" or "permanent culture." From Lee Barnes (editor of Katuah Journal And Permaculture Connections), Waynesville, North Carolina: Permaculture (Permanent Agriculture Or Permanent Culture) is a sustainable design system stressing the harmonious interrelationship of humans, plants, animals and the Earth. Permaculture can be applied in any ecosystem no matter how degraded. Introduction to permaculture 2. Permaculture defined 3.

Industrial Ecology

The Green Changemakers

China's Circular Economy Planning | Transportation Sustainable Agriculture | other IE pages | Home Industrial ecology is an interdisciplinary framework for designing and operating industrial systems as living systems interdependent with natural systems. Some of its developers have called it "the science of sustainability". Indigo has created a development concept for agro-eco-industrial parks as a way of supporting the evolution of sustainable farming.

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The Local Food and Farming Revolution

The Green Changemakers

by Michael Brownlee ShareThis [Note: This presentation was developed for the Colorado Agriculture "Big and Small" Conference in Brighton, Colorado, on Feb. I watched the landscape and the town change with deep changes in agriculture. Then I’ll talk about the involvement of the Transition movement in food and agriculture, along with some of the things we’re working on in Boulder County. We must all support the revitalization of local agriculture.

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10 Big, Really Hard Things We Can Do to Save the Planet

The Green Changemakers

The EDN calls for action and civic engagement toward renewable energy, sustainable consumption and green jobs … and nods to the approaching COP15. But no matter which nation or alliance takes the helm, reducing the threat of weapons of mass destruction is a critical part of sustainability. And we have the means to do it in this century, through advances in community empowerment, sustainable development and microlending programs.

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10 reasons why organic can feed the world

The Green Changemakers

6 The techniques used in organic agriculture to enhance soil fertility in turn encourage crops to develop deeper roots, which increase the amount of organic matter in the soil, locking up carbon underground and keeping it out of the atmosphere. Water use Agriculture is officially the most thirsty industry on the planet, consuming a staggering 72 per cent of all global freshwater at a time when the UN says 80 per cent of our water supplies are being overexploited.

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Developing Agricultural Eco-Industrial Parks in China

The Green Changemakers

The purpose of this eco-park will be to provide a base for companies and service organizations to support the rural population in achieving a transition to fully sustainable and organic farming and to develop revenues above the poverty level. It would be home to food processing and distribution companies, equipment manufacturers, energy generators and manufacturers using rural and urban biomass discards, an organic agriculture training and research center, and a demonstration farm.

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Creating the future we want

The Green Changemakers

Numerous government policies are now promoting sustainable management practices, while many people in the business and financial communities view sustainability as a means to reduce long-term risk, enhance competitiveness, and promote social well-being. Advances in science and technology are creating new economic opportunities and producing sustainable solutions, while expanded public access to global data and information is helping to shape business and government policies.