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?

Scaling Sustainable Agriculture

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To be sustainable, we need our farms to survive and keep producing food, while also protecting the environment that we rely on to sustain us all. Ideas Agriculture Food Safety & Security Human Well-Being SustainabilityTo feed the world in 2050, we will need to grow roughly 40% more food.


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Adventures in Sustainable Agriculture–Guatemala | Wend Magazine.

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Submissions Share this: Tweet Share Adventures in Sustainable Agriculture–Guatemala Megan Kimble March 2nd, 2011 Green Living Project Follow me on Twitter @Greenlivingprjt As dusk was falling, we rose up out of the smog and congestion of Guatemala City, and began the long ride up the mountains to Xela, winding along the Pan-American—a curvy beast of a road–confined to one lane in many areas from where mudslides collapsed the hillside during summer rains.

Drip Irrigation’s Compostable Plastic Pipes for Sustainable Agriculture

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But when it does hit the market it has the potential to revolutionize sustainable agriculture. Today, about 40 percent of water used in agricultural irrigation is wasted because of unsustainable practices. Drip irrigation has proven to be among the most feasible, water conserving methods for commercial agriculture. Researchers in Israel have developed a new green plastic for irrigation pipes.

Disrupting Bacterial “Communication”: A New Idea for Sustainable Agriculture

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And new research suggests that we might be able to disrupt that “group communication” in ways that could make agriculture safer without the use of traditional pesticides. While walking through the National Science Foundation lobby in Arlington, Virginia the other day, I happened to notice a poster that described an attempt to do exactly that as a sustainable agriculture strategy. Bacterial lesions on wheat. Photo: Flickr user CIMMYT under a Creative Commons license.

Sustainable Agriculture Curriculum

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Source: [link] Back to Toolbox || Books & Manuals || Activities Learning to Plant SeedsDuring our summer programs , we use a series of workshops to introduce youth participants and their youth leaders to the principles of sustainable agriculture and the food system. Download (PDF) Rural Agriculture Manual (free download) The Food Project manages a over 40 acres of farmland in eastern Massachusetts and distributes over 250,000 pounds of produce annually.

Sustainable Agriculture A-Z

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What is Sustainable Agriculture? In 2005, CUESA broadened its mission; in addition to supporting sustainable agrictulture as our name indicates, we are working to improve the sustainability of the entire food system. A food system is the inter-relationship of agricultural systems, their economic, social, cultural, and technological support systems, and systems of food distribution and consumption. Sustainable agriculture uses these same practices.

Ground Operations: Veterans in Sustainable Agriculture Training


The mission of Ground Operations is to strengthen the growing network of combat veterans transitioning into new careers in sustainable farming and ranching.

Sustainable Agriculture and Industrial Ecology

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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 will investors in agribusiness cover the risks of a transition to new, sustainable farming practices? Why "industrial " ecology for sustainable agriculture?

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Future Policy - Sustainable Agriculture and Food

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[link] In the agriculture and food sector, hunger, climate change and loss of biological diversity are interconnected problems. Policies were nominated that create fair and sustainable food systems, working towards ensuring access to adequate food for all citizens. Policy Future Sustainable-development Food Agriculture

The Al Baydha Project: How Regenerative Agriculture Revived Green Life In A Saudi Arabian Desert

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They initiated a development project with the aim of restoring sustainable agriculture to the area. Agricultural production can return, creating jobs and improving the economy of any region. . Nature Sustainable regenerative agriculture sustainable agriculture

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Summer Course: Sustainable Agriculture and the World Food System Switzerland, 11-25 August 2013

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Sustainable Agriculture and the World Food System Switzerland, 11-25 August 2013 Download program (pdf) Apply Now (online application form) Overview The question of how to feed the world, while considering human health, the environment and social wellbeing is one of the defining challenges of our time. The next generation of decision makers must take the lead in building sustainable food systems. [link] Call for Applications Now Open!

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Hidden Costs of Industrial Agriculture and Sustainable Agriculture -- A New Vision

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[link] Much of the agriculture practiced in the United States today is industrial-style agriculture. This industrial agriculture is sometimes considered a great success. Many of the costs of industrial agriculture have been hidden and ignored in short-term calculations of profit and productivity, as practices have been developed with a narrow focus on increased production. But the environmental costs of agriculture are mounting.

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Sustainable Agriculture is not dependent on chemical pesticides, insecticides, GM, or artificial fertilisers- Prince Charles


Let’s, then, try and look for a moment at what very probably is not a genuinely sustainable form of agriculture – for the long term, and by that I mean generations as yet unborn. This is the second half of the Prince of Wales speech to the Future for Food Conference at Georgetown University. Future King of Britain and a whole pile more, he makes very good sense on the importance of food and all that sits behind it.

Sustainable Agriculture is not dependent on chemical pesticides, insecticides, GM, or artificial fertilisers- Prince Charles


Let’s, then, try and look for a moment at what very probably is not a genuinely sustainable form of agriculture – for the long term, and by that I mean generations as yet unborn. This is the second half of the Prince of Wales speech to the Future for Food Conference at Georgetown University. Future King of Britain and a whole pile more, he makes very good sense on the importance of food and all that sits behind it.

How Thousands of Mexican Workers are Being Employed to Turn Worthless Weeds into Clean Energy.

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Green Spanish Sustainability (Business, Entrepreneurship, Livelihood) Z ADMIN Green Featured Today mexican farmers social entreprneurship sustainable agriculture UNREASONABLE.isThis company produces clean energy to replace diesel fuel, employing farmers who no longer have to risk their lives crossing the.

Wild Pollinator Habitat Benefits Agriculture

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Despite the evidence of wild pollinators being a viable alternative to managed honey bees, they are only just beginning to catch on as a strategy in the agricultural community, primarily due to a lack of understanding of the costs and benefits of investing in them. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) data to calculate the costs of implementing one acre of wild pollinator habitat per 24 acres of crop production.

Rebel With a Cause: Why I’m Still Vegetarian.

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Animal Rights (Vegan, Pets, Wildlife) Food Green Sustainability (Business, Entrepreneurship, Livelihood) caring for the environment green industrial agriculture industrial meat sustainable agriculture vegan vegetarianFrom chickens forced together in quarters narrower than their wingspans to cows standing ankle-deep in their own sh*t, it became evident that animal rights aside, this industry is.

Why Most of Us have Health-damaging Mineral Deficiencies.

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We Can Save Our Planet!

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Champagne Production Threatened In Climate Change

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The French National Institute for Agricultural Research, with the Comité Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne (the government organisation controlling champagne production and trade) are growing experimental hybrid grapes with stronger heat resistance and the sought-after acidity. Food Sustainable agriculture Climate ChangeThe world has been feeling the effects of global warming on food crops for a couple of decades already.

Yemen’s “Manhattan of the Desert” Boasts 400 Habitable Clay Towers

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Already more than 100 homes have been restored, and sustainable agriculture and cottage industries reintroduced. Three new organizations have been registered to keep up the promotion of cultural tourism, skills development, and continued sustainable agriculture. Architecture & Urban clay building green building Shibam sustainable agriculture Sustainable Architecture Sustainable Development UNESCO World Heritage Site vernacular architecture

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Direct Seeding Helps Moroccan Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

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So the World Bank was called in to help implement Plan Maroc Vert – an ambitious initiative designed to boost the country’s cereal production and create a more sustainable agricultural sector by 2020. And though Morocco’s Berbers have long cultivated water management practices that sustained their crops , it turns out that direct seeding can substantially improve yields in an uncertain future.

Date Palms, Palmaculture and Greening the Middle East (INTERVIEW)

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Indeed these man-made ecosystems have been vital centres of agricultural productivity in otherwise hostile and arid environments. It is believed that the first date palms were cultivated in southern Mesopotamia in the 5 th millennium BC and oasis agriculture developed on a wider scale during the Bronze Age. Bryant adds that the palm groves can serve as test sites for sustainable agriculture whilst promoting bio-diversity and conservation of the natural world.

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Wadi Rum Bedouins Defy Nature by Growing Organic Veggies

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The desert regions of Israel and Jordan have for years been the subject of numerous agricultural projects. What this area has not been known for is any kind of serious agriculture, until recently. Now, Bedouins living in the Wadi Rum region have become involved in unique agricultural projects that are beginning to become successful. ” This method of agriculture is said to have been in use in ancient times by such peoples as the ancient Egyptians and Nabateans.

Netafim Drip Irrigation Recognized by Stockholm Industry Water Award

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Drip irrigation technology is a key component of Israel’s agricultural success , and Netafim is one of the industry’s leaders. Netafim in particular has pioneered technology called The Family Drip System that allows small farmers to radically increase their agricultural yields while simultaneously slashing water consumption. Business & Politics Water Middle East Netafim stockholm international water institute sustainable agriculture water scarcity

Kareiva: Vanishing Soils, the World’s Dirty Secret

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It is hard to imagine a better indicator of our failure to achieve sustainability. Unless we fundamentally change our agriculture practice s, current rates of soil loss and erosion will pose severe challenges for agricultural productivity, as well as the need for massive clearing of lands as yet undisturbed. Soil erosion and agricultural sustainability. Idaho farmer Fred Brossy holds the soil that provides his living. Photo by Jennifer Miller.


eZra3 Remote Farming in Egypt is Like FarmVille but Real

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“eZra3 provides you with full information on what types of crops you can grow, when to grow them, prices of fertilizers and various agricultural inputs including labor and all you have to do is make decisions based on the info provided to you and on your personal preferences,” the website notes. More on Sustainable Agriculture in Egypt: Egyptian Organic Farm Declared Sustainability World Leader. Egypt’s Urban Agriculture Movement is Growing.

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Gaza produce on the menu at swanky American event in Jerusalem

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Due to lack of available agricultural space, various methods used to produce food supplies have included planting roof top gardens of herbs and vegetables and small aquacultural projects to grow their own fish. The US believes that Gaza needs help and is promoting agribusiness projects in the territory to enable the population to become more self-sustaining. million worth of agricultural produce outside Gaza annually; most of it to markets in Israel.

It’s Time to Rethink Hemp Production in the US

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Green Lifestyle Civil Eats hemp hempcrete hempseeds organic agriculture sustainable agricultureHemp holds a world of promise as a crop for food, fuel and raw product. It's partly legal to grow, but what is holding the industry back from full growth. The post It’s Time to Rethink Hemp Production in the US appeared first on Green Living Ideas.

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What Became of Hassan Fathy’s New Gourna Model Village?

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Hassan Fathy is the Middle East’s father of sustainable architecture. Fathy also brought a new found respect to age-old (and sustainable) architectural techniques that were still in use by Egypt’s poorest to build homes. Hassan Fathy is the Middle East’s Father of Sustainable Architecture. 13 Principles of Sustainable Architecture.

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A Quick Look at Egypt’s Environmental Agenda Ahead of Elections

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Priorities include: sustainable water management, agriculture and food security, sustainable consumption, waste management, and habitat loss reduction. Priorities include: sustainable agriculture, clean energy, and health. Business & Politics alternative energy clean energy corruption Egypt elections environmental agenda green parties pollution sustainable agriculture water conservation

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Feeding Abu Dhabi With Water From Air

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Among them, how to sustain agriculture in the desert without using a ton of energy and water? In partnership with Anexo Emirates, a Swiss consultancy group, FSC intends to make it easy for farmers to transcend current agricultural restraints. Food & Health desalination desert farming sustainable agriculture water scarcityThe Abu Dhabi Farmers Services Center is promoting technology that can potentially set Abu Dhabi farmers free from water constraints.

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Cellular Phones, WiFi and Bee Collapse? Israeli Bee Boss Not Buying It

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Travel & Nature agriculture animals Israel sustainable agriculture United StatesBee colony collapse disorder is a worldwide phenomenon decimating bee colonies worldwide. Bees, you see, are pretty important. Without them much of our food can’t be pollinated. And the true reason why America lost about one third of its bees last year is largely unknown. Some believe it’s because there is lack of pollen as crops producing nectar decline.

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Global Warming Threatens Wild Grains – And Our Daily Bread

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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. When Man cultivated them, their genetic resistance to drought and disease carried over to cultivated varieties. This aided mankind’s struggle to grow predictable harvests and put fresh bread on the shelf every day.

Egypt To Get 3% Of Africa’s Thousand Slow Food Gardens

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The goal is to create sustainable garden projects in seventeen countries on the African continent, including Egypt. Meanwhile, a handful of communities throughout Egypt have taken up their own agricultural projects. More on Food and Agriculture in the Middle East: American Vertical Farming Concepts Good for the Middle East. Sygenta: Use GMOs to Boost Turkey’s Agricultural Sector.

Zionists Group Seeks Agricultural Homestead Where Jesus Traveled

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Several kibbutzim throughout the country offer a variety of useful workshops in permaculture, off-grid living, sustainable building , and organic farming. Even so, given our collective agricultural brain drain, the small country could definitely benefit from a resurgence in small-scale, cooperative farming. Calling themselves “Israeli idealists,&# the Zionist group seeks to redeem and manage agricultural land in the North West Galilee.

Canada’s Greensoil Invests in Israel Cleantech

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It will uniquely focus on food and agricultural innovation from Israel. Greensoil says it will focus on companies whose technology can help produce unique foodstuffs, additives, seeds, irrigation and agricultural management systems. Business & Politics Cleantech, Science & Technology agriculture Canada clean tech food green investment green tech irrigation Israel sustainable agriculture

Invitation for a Permaculture Tour in Israel

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Permaculture, or the sustainable use of land and agriculture , has thankfully been spreading across the Middle East in recent years. Read more about permaculture in the Middle East:: Marda Permaculture Farm Plants Sustainable Seeds in Palestine. Food & Health agriculture community farming farming organic agriculture organic farming permaculture sustainable agriculture sustainable farming

Weird Nature: Is “Ugly” Produce the Next Big Thing at the Farmers’ Market?

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Saudi Star Among Firms Behind Thousands of Forced Relocations in Ethiopia

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This image taken in the western Gambella region of Ethiopia shows irrigation canals being dug by the agricultural firm owned by Saudi-Ethiopian billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi. The land has been signed over to foreign investors , including Saudi Star Agriculture Development Plc, a company owned by Saudi-Ethiopian billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi. Food & Health humanitarian disaster land grabs Saudi Star sustainable agriculture unsustainable agriculture water scarcity

Qatar To Invest In 1,4000 New Local Farms

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Qatar is hoping to boost its food security by setting up 1,400 agricultural farms covering an area of 45,000 hectares. Following the recent news that the United Arab Emirates is slowly embracing organic farming , are more signs that the Gulf States are slowly recognising the importance of food sustainability. Qatar has announced plans to establish 1,400 farms to improve its food production and also train more people to work in the agricultural sector to improve productivity.

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