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Sustainable Development Committee (北京国际交流协会可持续发展专业委员会 Beijing International Association of Sustainable Development Professional Committee)
About:
"The SDC committee is committed to the research and practice of sustainable development; to provide a broadened global vision of ecological environment, financial order and moral culture; and through international exchanges as well as collaborations in eco-community, healthcare and epidemic prevention, energy technology and cultural & creativity, we actively promote sustainable development of eco-civilization reflected by harmonious co-existence between men as well as human and nature.

The Committee positioned itself as a platform for Chinese and international think tanks to build connections with one another, and it is also a cultivation centre for identified talented doers."

Registered 2005 in Beijing, yet with many of its members based in Chengdu / Sichuan and tightly related with Huadao Eco-Village that is localised there.

One of the founding organizers of Hanwang Forum, an annual conference similar to WEF Davos with ~2,000 participants consisting of government leaders, royalties, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, entrepreneurs, experts and academics from United Nations, European Union, over 40 countries and regions across Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The respective fields of “Hanwang 7+1” are namely Government Policies, Civil Society, Agriculture and Food, Healthcare, New Energy (Energy Conservation), Information Technology, Eco-community as well as Cultural Heritage and Innovation.

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Agrachina  Sustainability  community  NGO_NPO  Sichuan  Chengdu  sustainable  development  Policy  civilsociety  Agricultural_Development  Platform  Conference  Beijing  China  Organic_Agriculture  health  Energy-saving  Information_Society  Information_Technology  Ecology  Culture  History  Innovation  Environment  Collaboration  Creative 
march 2019 by eocas
one earth
About:
"One Earth (OE) sees a not-so-distant future when humanity and the natural world coexist in harmony. Instead of pockets of nature in a human-controlled world, we envision a thriving wilderness dotted by green cities of the future. By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, creating an unprecedented opportunity to protect our natural resources, while providing access to clean air and water, healthy food, and sustainable livelihoods for all people.
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OE Campaign plan that tackles three of the world’s greatest problems — climate change, biodiversity loss, and food and water security. It seeks to ensure the resilience of our biosphere through a three-pillar strategy: 100% clean, renewable energy; conservation of 50% of our lands and oceans; and a shift to regenerative, carbon-negative agriculture globally by 2050.
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The OE Climate Model is the first to show the enormous social, environmental, and economic benefits of a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy combined with a portfolio of Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) that achieve an estimated 500 billion tonnes of negative emissions, enough to bring our climate back into balance.
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Geospatial computations conducted in the environmental sector, incorporating a wide range of data sets to create a global map called the OE Safety Net, which shows how we can secure the integrity of our biosphere. The map is organized by 190 bioregions: groupings of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecoregions that allow for an analysis of the interdependencies between energy production, environmental conservation, and food and water access in each region."

Powered by Sustainable Markets Foundation and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

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Agrachina  Sustainability  foundation  Environment  environmentalism  climatechange  Green-New-Wave  Air  water  foodsystems  Social  Biodiversity  Food_Security  Renewable_Energy  Organic_Agriculture  bigdata  Energiemix  Energy-saving  Energy_Production  USA  Fundraising 
march 2019 by eocas
Fermes d'avenir
Intro by organic-market.info:

"Maxime de Rostolan founded the organisation Fermes d'avenir five years ago. In France, this organisation supports agro-ecological smallholder initiatives through appropriate training formats, advisory services, model farms as well as lobbying and public relations work."

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Agrachina  farming  France  farm-to-table  farmers_livelihod  Farmer_Community  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  Marketing  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Specialist  Permaculture  ecological  Ecology  Sustainability  sustainable  Agroecology  PR  agency  workshop  Education  Training  Platform  NGO_NPO  LocaVore  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  Rural_Employment  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Education  Organic_Farming  Consultancy 
january 2019 by eocas
Ridgedale | permaculture farm
Intro by organic-market.info:

"Richard Perkins of the Swedish Ridgedale Farm presented techniques and approaches that make it possible to make small farms ecologically valuable and economically viable. "It is our responsibility to regenerate our landscape through small profitable farms that bring people back into farming," said Perkins."

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Agrachina  farming  Sweden  farm  farm-to-table  farmers_livelihod  Farmer_Community  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  Vegetables  Marketing  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Specialist  Permaculture  ecological  Ecology  Sustainability  sustainable  gardening  Agroecology  LocaVore  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  Rural_Employment  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Education  Organic_Farm  Organic_Farming 
january 2019 by eocas
Les jardins de la grelinette | Bio-intensive farm
Intro by organic-market.info:
"A small organic farm in St-Armand, QC, Canada. There, Maude-Hélène and Jean-Martin Fortier have been cultivating one hectare of land for a good ten years, growing 40 varieties of vegetables that they market directly - and live well with. "The key to success is to move away from a tractor-oriented approach to a people-oriented approach," said the Fortiers at a conference.

Their microfarm is one of the best-known examples of new agricultural concepts, “which have impressive effects due to their systemic approach. They are very productive on small areas and are called bio-intensive agriculture, market gardening or micro-farms,” writes the Stiftung Ökologie&Landbau (SÖL) for explanation. “Inspired by agricultural ecology and permaculture, they are economically profitable, ecologically valuable and socially respectful. Their low investment costs make these concepts particularly interesting for young people wishing to enter the agricultural sector.”

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Agrachina  farming  Canada  farm  farm-to-table  farmers_livelihod  Farmer_Community  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  Vegetables  Marketing  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Specialist  Permaculture  ecological  Ecology  Sustainability  sustainable  gardening  Agroecology  LocaVore  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  Rural_Employment  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Education  Organic_Farm  Organic_Farming 
january 2019 by eocas
Smart Cloud Farming – Organic goes simple
About:
"Increasing crop yield in organic farming with an A.I. decision support system. SmartCloudFarming increases the conversion and the efficiency of organic farming by offering sustainable agricultural practices that are beneficial for the farmer, the climate, and the environment and finally enhances the farming crop yield. This aim is achieved through enhancement of soil fertility (in terms of microflora soil activity and nutrient availability), the decrease of disease, weed and pest pressure, and the increase of resilience towards climate change."

From Berlin / Germany.

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Agrachina  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  IoT  Smart  farming  AI  Soil 
december 2018 by eocas
SMART (by Sustainable Food Systems GmbH)
About (from FIBL):
"The term "sustainability" is used inflationary and inconsistently. Hundreds of sustainability frameworks have been developed and more and more companies have "sustainable" products on offer. For consumers and buyers it is very difficult to tell whether a farm or a company are actually operating sustainably or not. In addition, farmers and companies in the agricultural and food sector face the question how to assess their sustainability performance in a comparable way and to communicate it in a credible way, without pursuing green-washing.

Therefore the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL has chosen to develop SMART – Sustainability Monitoring and Assessment RouTine – a method that allows farms and companies in the food sector to assess their sustainability in a credible, transparent and comparable manner. SMART is the world’s first tool, which is fully consistent with the SAFA-Guidelines (UN FAO Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture systems) and provides an efficient manner to apply them in practice.

However, SMART is not a new standard, certification system or label but solely an analysis and assessment instrument. It therefore does not compete with existing standards and certificates, but is a useful supplement.

In order to provide SMART sustainability assessment services FiBL founded the spin-off Sustainable Food Systems GmbH (SFS) which now is the owner of the lincense rights and rights of use of SMART. The SFS is owned by FiBL Switzerland, Germany and Austria."

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Agrachina  Standardization  Sustainability  semanticweb  Framework  Declaration  Comparison  Research  sustainablecompany  NGO_NPO  certification  Switzerland  Germany  austria  Organic  Organic_Certification  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Education  Transparency  Label 
october 2018 by eocas
RELACS
About:
"EU-project which will be run by FiBL Switzerland as well as IFOAM EU aims at fostering the development and facilitating the adoption of cost-efficient and environmentally safe tools and technologies, to phase out the dependency on and use of inputs considered contentious in organic farming systems. In addition to that, organic farming targets to manage ecological processes whilst lowering dependence on off-farm inputs.
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Specifically:
- Reduce the use of copper and mineral oil in plant protection
- Identify sustainable sources for plant nutrition
- Provide solutions to support livestock health and welfare
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Involving actors from research, farming, advisory services and industry from the very start hence implementing a truly multi-actor approach."

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Agrachina  European_Union  europe  Research  Switzerland  Technology  Sustainability  Plant_Protection  Fertilizer  Livestock  farming  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Education  Education  advocacy 
august 2018 by eocas
Back to the Land: Why young Hongkongers are trading office life for the farm
Excerpt:
"he doesn’t believe new developments have to come at the expense of farmland.

“Instead of paving farmland, starting from scratch and building a commercial business district and housing, we can have an innovative design to integrate towns and farmland,” said Cheong, who is the son of farmers himself.
He said he once suggested the idea to his fellow town planning board members, but they ignored it.

All this, combined with competition from cheaper, conventionally grown produce and the difficulty of achieving a successful harvest, makes Cheong think that young farmers will have a tough time if they hope to earn a living solely from selling produce.
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He said he’d like to open a cafe on the premises, and serve people locally grown, organic food."

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Agrachina  Rural_Development  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Green-New-Wave  Urbanism  Urbanization  HongKong  Report  Financial  Economy 
july 2018 by eocas
Permaculture Project LLC
About:
"The Permaculture Project LLC is a permaculture design and education services company founded by Wayne Weiseman in 2001 and based in southern Illinois in the USA. The Permaculture Project LLC provides education, design and consulting services worldwide, that focus on implementing land and structure designs based on the principles of permaculture. Wayne is passionate about helping students and clients learn to read the landscape to find the “spirit of place” and to see how each one’s soul and spirit is connected to and impacted by the spirit of the land they inhabit. We use appropriate tools and technologies that create positive and ethical lifestyle changes, sustain rather than diminish resources, harmonize relations between ecological and human systems, and stabilize these systems for future generations.
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Through curriculum development and education, consultation, research, design and implementation
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Using the design science of permaculture we seek to achieve balance and health in the local environment by synthesizing applied biology, small scale technology, and integrative architecture with renewable energies and biological-earth systems."

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Agrachina  Permaculture  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Education  USA  Sustainability  sustainablefashion  Consultancy  UrB  design  LocaVore  Architecture  Renewable_Energy  Soil 
july 2018 by eocas
Sustainable Foods Summit
About:
"Since 2009, the Sustainable Foods Summit has been covering major developments in the food industry concerning sustainability and and eco-labels, such as organic, fairtrade, RSPO, etc. What are some of the common ways food and ingredient firms are reducing their environmental impacts? Is the way forward for sustainable sourcing with third party standards or in-house schemes? How are sustainability metrics used by the food industry? How can sustainable agriculture help improve food security and communities? Such questions are regularly addressed at this international series of summits."

Annually a European edition, an Asia-Pacific edition, a Latin American edition and a North American edition.

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Agrachina  food  packaging  Conference  exhibition  Green-New-Wave  Eco  Sustainability  Industry  certification  Organic_Certification  Organic_Agriculture  Standardization 
july 2018 by eocas
OrganicExportInfo
About:
"OrganicExportInfo informs on legal requirements and certification schemes relevant for exporting organic products into different target countries.For each country, you find information on:

1) mandatory organic standards and labels,
2) important voluntary organic standards and labels,
3) approved certification bodies/control bodies,
4) import requirements

Each chapter covers a short summary as well as a commented list of links on relevant websites where you can receive further information.

This export information service by FiBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture - Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau) is part of the project “Consolidation of the Local Organic Certification Bodies” (ConsCert), funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), which aims at facilitating access to international markets."

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Agrachina  Organic  Business_Advisory_relevant  certification  Switzerland  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Certification  export  Trade  regulation  Policy  Sustainability  Platform 
february 2018 by eocas
Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA)
About:
"Focuses on creating a prosperous organic cotton sector that benefits everyone—from farmer to consumer.
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At OCA, we take a unique approach to our work that focuses upon farmer-level impact. We do not just seek to increase the organic cotton supply, but to grow demand for organic cotton that has been produced in a way that strengthens the business case for farmers. By rewarding the right practices on the ground, our work catalyses a wider chain reaction that goes beyond positive change at farm-level and creates opportunities for all in organic cotton.
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As an accelerator, we unite those who are committed to being part of the change in organic cotton. Together with our market-driven interventions that are designed to be self-sustaining and scalable in the long-run, we build on existing initiatives, mobilize others into action and create shared opportunities across the supply chain."

Also seed breeding programs and providing platforms to share knowledge, best practices and lessons learned in the sector.

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Agrachina  NGO_NPO  Netherlands  Organic  Cotton  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Certification  Organic_Education  Sustainability  Investor_Relations  Fundraising  Training  Seeds  india  SupplyChain  Marketing  Knowledge  farmers_livelihod  Ecosystem 
january 2018 by eocas
Designing Regenerative Cultures - book by Daniel Christian Wahl
Foreword:
"This is a ‘Whole Earth Catalog’ for the 21st century: an impressive and wide-ranging analysis of what’s wrong with our societies, organizations, ideologies, worldviews and cultures – and how to put them right. The book covers the finance system, agriculture, design, ecology, economy, sustainability, organizations and society at large.

In this remarkable book, Daniel Wahl explores ways in which we can reframe and understand the crises that we currently face and explores how we can live our way into the future. Moving from patterns of thinking and believing to our practice of education, design and community living, he systematically shows how we can stop chasing the mirage of certainty and control in a complex and unpredictable world.

The book asks how can we collaborate in the creation of diverse regenerative cultures adapted to the unique biocultural conditions of place? How can we create conditions conducive to life?"

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Agrachina  book  Sustainability  design  Culture  Cultivation  Eco  Ecobalance  Ecology  Environment  environmentalism  Research  material  climatechange  Permaculture  Organic_Agriculture  Education  Organic_Education 
december 2017 by eocas
Meet the woman leading China's new organic farming army
Comprehensive article about China's CSA landscape, some of their pioneers (ShiYan from LittleDongkey / SharedHarvest and Tianle from BJ FarmersMarket), the underlying reasons (pollution) and the required mindset shift (by consumers and farmers). It also refers to the Chinese term "Xin Nongren 新农人 New Farmers", a term fondly applied young Chinese who have quit jobs in the cities or elsewhere to devote themselves to sustainable farming.

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Agrachina  Beijing  China  Organic  CSA_Community_Supported_Agriculture  Quality_Control  community  farm  farming  Agriculture  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Certification  Organic_Farm  Food_Safety  Report  Sustainability  sustainable 
december 2017 by eocas
Global Policy Toolkit on Public Support to Organic Agriculture
Complete global overview of policies supporting organic agriculture has been compiled in September 2017 (first time ever!). It includes tools for advocates and policy-makers and is called ‘Global Policy
Toolkit on Public Support to Organic Agriculture’.

About:
"these guidelines make the cornerstone of the toolkit and present the fullest possible compilation of facts, arguments and tips of the full panel of policy measures that can be conceived to support organic agriculture. Most of the sections of this main report are also broken down into separate documents, for easier download and use. The report is targeted to policy makers and policy advocates. IFOAM-Organics International also developed a special Sub-Saharan African version of the main report, which focuses on the information most relevant in the context of Sub-Sarahan African countries."


Main report (247 pages):
http://www.ifoam.bio/sites/default/files/policy_toolkit_main_report.pdf

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Agrachina  Legal  Policy  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Certification  Africa  Sustainability  Report  Research  Research_Analytics_Organic 
september 2017 by eocas
Why Cotton Inc. is supporting GMO cotton
Excerpt:
"test organic vs. conventional agriculture. The organic systems in the USDA test revealed that organic:

Has more-fertile soil.
Uses less fertilizer and much less herbicide.
Uses less energy.
Locks away more carbon in the soil.
Are more profitable for farmers.

In addition, organic farms preserve natural resources and biodiversity

The conventional systems:

Have higher yields.
Are best at reducing erosion (when a no-till system is used).

What about the promise of reduced chemical dependence on pesticides and herbicides?

It was always thought that pests would eventually evolve and develop a resistance to Bt. It wasn’t a question of whether resistance would happen, but how quickly it would evolve."

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Organic_Agriculture  GMO  Cotton  Organic  farming  Research 
august 2017 by eocas
What does organic wool mean?
Excerpts:
"[grazing sheep] help to improve the soil’s ability to absorb water, maintain its original nutrient balance and therefore increase the organic matter in the soil, making the soil an effective carbon bank.
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Standards for organic livestock production:
- Feed and forage used for the sheep from the last third of gestation must be certified organic
- Synthetic hormones and genetic engineering are prohibited
- Use of synthetic pesticides on pastureland is prohibited
- Sheep cannot be treated with parasiticides
- Good cultural and management practices of livestock
- No mulesing (folds of skin around the sheep’s anus are cut off. Common in Australia)
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Important: USDA and OTA organic wool designations: the organic certification extends only to livestock – it doesn’t cover the further processing of the raw wool.
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Scouring, the process of washing the wool uses lots of water, energy and causes contaminated waste water.
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(No) conventional detergents used in wool scouring include alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEOs) or fatty alcohol ethoxylates (more benign); sodium carbonate (soda ash), sodium chloride and sodium sulphate. APEOs are known to be toxic for aquatic life – e.g. causing feminization of male fish.
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Wool in conventional weaving, dying and finishing often treated for moth and beetle protection, which can cause neutrotoxic effects in humans.
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International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO) has adopted a new organic wool standard (closely aligned with GOTS).
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“Eco wool” must meet the standards set by the EU Eco-label."

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Animal_Welfare  Organic  Australia  textile  Ecology  Water_Pollution  water  Soil  Soil_Conditions  Livestock  certification  Certified_Emission_Reductions  Carbon_Trade  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Farming  Organic_Fertilizer  Organic_Products  Organic_Textile  organic_education  organic_info  Sustainability  Standardization  Label  European_Food_and_Safety_Authority  environment  import_agrachina  Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  climatechange  usa 
august 2016 by eocas
The Organic Farmer (TOF) - Magazine / Information service / News for sustainable agriculture in Kenya
About:
"The Organic Farmer (TOF) is an information service for farmers in Kenya and the wider East African region, with a focus on providing practical advice through print (a monthly farmers’ magazine) and broadcast (radio programs). These channels of communication provide farmers with information on environmentally friendly farming methods and advice on how to increase yields using simple, sustainable methods.
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Feedback loops from farmers and other stakeholders in the agriculture industry.
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Through this platform, TOF aims to facilitate the sharing of information, knowledge and experiences from farmer-to-farmer, experts/scientists/researchers to farmers and vice versa."

Started 2005 by Swiss journalist Peter Baumgartner in Nairobi.

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Africa  farming  Farmer_Community  Kenya  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Farming  education  Sustainability  Agricultural_Publication  agriculture  Agricultural_Organic_Guide  Agricultural_Development  environment  environmentalism  Best_practice  platform  Switzerland  import_agrachina  Information_Platform  Agrachina 
july 2016 by eocas
Farming Systems Comparison in the Tropics
About:
"Project implemented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), aims to establish a scientific basis for discussions on the performance and potential of conventional and organic agricultural production systems in the tropics. It has been running since 2007. In Kenya, India and Bolivia long-term farming systems comparison field trials have been established in concert with participatory on-farm research on technology development, focusing on a different cropping system in each country."

Media release from 201607:
"Organic agriculture improves profitability and soil fertility in Kenya - First results from a long-term study in Kenya show the potential of organic farming to improve the soil fertility and economic profitability compared to the conventional approach.

The positive impacts of organic agriculture on productivity and profitability, soil fertility, plant health, biodiversity, resource use efficiency and climate change mitigation have already been established under temperate environments (e.g. DOK-trial ). Though, these facts are yet to be proven under tropical conditions and SysCom project aims to fill this knowledge gap by evaluating the performance of different farming systems over long-term. The first results after 6 years of cultivation in Kenya show the strong potential of organic and emphasize the need to continue observing the performance in mid and long-term."

More: www.systems-comparison.fibl.org/fileadmin/images/subdomains/syscom/News/SysCom_Kenya_Info.pdf

Funded by: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (DEZA), Liechtenstein Development Service, Coop Sustainability Fund, Biovision Foundation.

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research  Africa  Kenya  Bolivia  india  Research_Analytics_Organic  Research_Institutes  Switzerland  Sustainability  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Farming  Organic_Food_Project  Organic_food  organic_education  farming  farmers_livelihod  technology  Soil  Soil_Conditions  Plant_Protection  biodiversity  climatechange  Cultivation  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
july 2016 by eocas
Können Kleinstbauern eine Milliarde Menschen ernähren? (Can smallholder farmers feed a billion people?)
Excerpts:
"Examplary farm: 0,7 hectares, 200 chicken, some goats, Arabicum flowers, tea and tamarillos (tree tomate - Baumtomate. Supported by Swiss foundation BioVision.
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Another: Corn, beans, peas, avocados, pumpkin, oranges, bananas - mixed cultivation / intercropping. Composting with worms that are sponsored by International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE).
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Syngenta doesn't sell GMO seeds in Africa in order for them to increase their options, lessening dependencies.
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Swiss organic farming research institute FIBL (supported by DEZA Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Coop) performed a 2007-2016 research in Kenya which compared intensive (chemical ferfilizer and pesticide) with organic. They found that intensive was more economic during the first five years and organic more after the sixth year, because lower costs and increased soil fertility. A similar study in India and Bolivia with cotton and coffee showed similar results."

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Smallholder  Africa  Kenya  Farmer_Community  farmers_livelihod  farming  Sustainability  government  education  fruits  Fruit_Vegetable_Trade  Switzerland  foundation  Pesticide  compost  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Farming  organic_education  urban  gardening  farm-to-table  NGO_NPO  GMO  Seeds  research  Soil  Soil_Conditions  import_agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Orcharding  Agrachina 
july 2016 by eocas
Organic Consumers Association (OCA)
About:
"Online US grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers."

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community  NGO_NPO  Consumer_Rights  consumer  consumption  Health  Legal  Sustainability  food  Food_Trade  Food_Trade_Association  food_safety  food_standards  Declaration  Transparency  GMO  agriculture  Corporate_Farming  environment  environmentalism  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Certification  Consumer_Behavior  Organic_Food_Labeling  Organic_Market  Organic_Movement_Organisation  Organic_food  organic_education  policy  politics  import_agrachina  Fair_Trade  Agrachina  usa 
july 2016 by eocas
Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming
Excerpts:
“ Rodale Institute announced the launch of a global campaign to generate public awareness of soil's ability to reverse climate change, but only when the health of the soil is maintained through organic regenerative agriculture. The campaign will call for the restructuring of our global food system with the goal of reversing climate change through photosynthesis and biology.
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The white paper states that "We could sequester more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions with a switch to widely available and inexpensive organic management practices, which we term "regenerative organic agriculture.""
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cover crops, residue mulching, composting and crop rotation. Conservation tillage, while not yet widely used in organic systems, is a regenerative organic practice integral to soil-carbon sequestration. Other biological farming systems that use some of these techniques include ecological, progressive, natural, pro-soil, and carbon farming.
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encourage new research, new policy and the rapid expansion of regenerative agricultural methods “

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Research_Institutes  Report  research  environment  climatechange  farming  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Farming  Sustainability  Soil  agriculture  Carbon_Trade  Ecology  Ecobalance  import_agrachina  Agrachina  usa 
june 2016 by eocas
From Uniformity to Diversity: A paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems
Abstract:
"Report by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), launched on 2 June 2016 at the Trondheim Biodiversity Conference (Norway) calls for a radical change in our food production systems.

Many of the problems in food systems are linked specifically to the uniformity at the heart of industrial agriculture, and its reliance on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Simply tweaking industrial agriculture will not provide long-term solutions to the multiple problems it generates.
It is not a lack of evidence holding back the agroecological alternative. It is the mismatch between its huge potential to improve outcomes across food systems, and its much smaller potential to generate profits for agribusiness firms."

Critical response of a farmer who argues generalizations on the farm-side issues of farm justice:
https://familyfarmjustice.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/expert-agroecology-report-a-farm-justice-critique

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Research_Agriculture_Investments  Research_Institutes  Research_Analytics_Organic  research  datasource  Report  Sustainability  Food_Trade  food  food_safety  foodsystems  Ecobalance  Ecology  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Publication  farming  biodiversity  Fertilizer  Pesticide  Agroecology  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Food_Regulations  Organic_Food_Trade  Organic_food  organic_education  Organic_Movement_Organisation  Organic_Marketing  Organic_Farming  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
Soil carbon and organic farming - A review of the evidence of agriculture’s potential to combat climate change - Soil Association
Note: This is "only" the summary of the full report whose download link is broken. Worthwhile reading still.

Conclusion:

"On the basis of these important benefits for GHG mitigation and climate adaptation, soil carbon sequestration should be maximised by agricultural and climate policies in four main ways:

Soil carbon impacts should be fully accounted for and considered in climate policy and agricultural GHG accounting systems, in line with IPCC recommendations and including overseas impacts.

National and global strategies for large-scale soil carbon sequestration should be adopted based on a major expansion and development of organic farming, with a parallel approach to improve non-organic farming.

Work to define a sustainable diet (as is being championed by the Council of Food Policy Advisors and the Sustainable Development Commission) should take account of the importance of grass-fed livestock in conserving existing soil carbon stocks in permanent grasslands and sequestering carbon in cultivated land via temporary grass leys on mixed farms.

The major national and global carbon source ‘hot-spots’ should be also directly addressed. For the UK, this means drastically reducing imports of beef, soya and palm oil, reversing peatland drainage, and returning the cultivated fenlands (lowland peat soils) to rotational arable/grass ley farming."

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Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Farming  Research  Research_Analytics_Organic  Research_Institutes  Report  Soil  Soil_Conditions  policy  politics  import_agrachina  Agrachina  climatechange  UK 
may 2016 by eocas
Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change - A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming ("Rodale Institute White Paper")
Synopsis:

"We are at the most critical moment in the history of our species, as man-made changes to the climate threaten humanity's security on Earth. But there is a technology for massive planetary geo-engineering that is tried and tested and available for widespread dissemination right now. It costs little and is adaptable to local contexts the world over. It can be rolled out tomorrow providing multiple benefits beyond climate stabilization.

The solution is farming.

Simply put, we could sequester more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions with a switch to widely available and inexpensive organic management practices, which we term regenerative organic agriculture."

Full PDF: www.rodaleinstitute.org/assets/WhitePaper.pdf

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Research  Organic_Agriculture  Organic  farming  policy  politics  food  security  Organic_Farming  agriculture  Research_Analytics_Organic  Research_Institutes  import_agrachina  Agrachina  climatechange 
may 2016 by eocas
Cross Slot
Ultra-low disturbance (ULD) no-tillage system that claims superior compared with tillage (plow or cultivator) and minimum-tillage, naming these benefits:
- Increased yields
- Reduced inputs (fuel, labour, maintenance costs, erosion, ...)
- Stones are not brought to the surface they are progressively buried
- Reduces soil moisture loss - each tillage operation can loose 12-25 mm of water
- Builds soil organic matter

No-till claims to better retains the carbon of residues (e.g. straw) as it decomposes on the ground surface, becoming incorporated into the soil by the earthworms and soil microbes.

Their position to organic farming:
"They do not allow the use of synthesised herbicides to kill weeds [...] annual crops depends on tillage for weed control it is certainly not a sustainable or environmentally responsible practice at the farm level. On the other hand, where weeds can be controlled by non-herbicide methods (other than tillage) organic farming is every bit as environmentally sustainable and responsible as
true no-tillage."

Got promoted by United Nation's FAO.

HAG
farming  Organic_Agriculture  Pesticide  erosion  Fertilizer  Soil  Soil_Conditions  Water_Resources  Microbial_Inoculants  Microbial_Fertilizer  Organic_Farming  sustainability  Best_practice  import_agrachina  Agrachina  usa 
may 2016 by eocas
Schweisfurth Foundation
About: "Healthy soil – Happy animals – Better food : We support small-scale agriculture that is both animal-friendly and organic. Established in 1985, the Foundation is one of the early pioneers of the Green Movement. [...] We are committed to an ethical framework for sustainable agriculture. Foundation projects, publications and lectures inform, motivate and mobilize consumers as well as farmers and processors." Executive Director is Prof. Dr. Franz-Theo Gottwald who taught at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences the courses „Stakeholder Management and Business Governance“ and „Sustainability Value Management“. HAG
foundation  NGO_NPO  Animal_Welfare  Soil  Organic_food  food_safety  organic_farming  organic_agriculture  Consumer_Behavior  Food_Processing  sustainability  environmentalism  Germany  China  Shanghai  organic_education  education  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
february 2016 by eocas
Join the Organic 3.0 Discussion!
Affiliates and Stakeholder Consultation 2015/2016 by IFOAM regarding the new Organic 3.0 food and farming systems mantra: Ecologically sound, Economically viable, Socially just, Culturally diverse, Transparently accountable. The strategy for Organic 3.0 includes six main features, recognizing there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach: 1. A culture of innovation; 2. Continuous improvement toward best practice; 3. Diverse ways to ensure transparent integrity; 4. Inclusiveness of wider sustainability interests; 5. Holistic empowerment from the farm to the final product; and 6. True value and fair pricing. HAG
Organic_Food_Trade  Organic_food  Food_Trade  Trade  Trade_Policy  Organic_Certification  certification  sustainability  Innovation  Transparency  Stakeholder_Management  organic_farming  organic_agriculture  Organic_Market  Organic_Food_Regulations  Organic_Market_News  Organic_Movement_Organisation  Organic_Marketing  Organic  import_agrachina  Fair_Trade  Agrachina 
february 2016 by eocas
Can Fairtrade milk help British dairy farmers?
Abstract by organic-market.info: "... campaign for fairer prices by UK dairy farmers has brought the attention to producers, who are struggling in a deteriorating market. The Fairtrade Foundation (FT) responded to calls to put the fair trade mark on milk – saying it supports the general concept. Nevertheless FT claims that they are not necessarily the right organisation for this job, since the work would also need to take in account sustainable agricultural practices and high animal welfare standards. British farmers face similar challenges to farmers from developing countries but UK’s agronomist have more options to act, according to the director of policy and public affairs for FT. FT added that UK dairy farmers were able to take their protests into supermarkets, lobby their MP’s directly or have their voice heard through farmers’ unions. Without more transparency in supply chains, it is difficult to say where the real problems in delivering fair prices to farmers really lie." HAG
Animal_Welfare  environment  organic_agriculture  Agricultural_Development  Dairy_Farming  farmers_livelihod  import_agrachina  Fair_Trade  Agrachina  UK 
september 2015 by eocas
Bio darf nicht nur Impulsgeber sein
FIBL Switzerland director Urs Niggli thinks loudly about future reforms of organic standard(s). This could even include a split to a premium gold standard and a medium normal standard. He sees the demand for more research. HAG
Organic_food  organic_farming  politics  policy  Organic_Certification  organic_agriculture  Organic_Market  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
july 2015 by eocas
Agroecology can help fix our broken food system
Their definition of agroecology: "Approach that embraces complexity and change. It involves developing the capacity to listen, to grow new connections, and to build solidarity among animals, plants and people. It’s called agroecology. As the name suggests, agroecology is based in ecology, a science grounded in the interactions among organisms and their environments. [...] “Agroecology applies the principles of ecology to the design and management of sustainable food systems.” What that means in practice is that farmers and researchers work together to develop farming practices that enhance soil fertility, recycle nutrients, optimize the use of energy and water, and, perhaps most importantly, increase the beneficial interactions of organisms with and within their ecosystems. A key ingredient in agroecology is agricultural biodiversity — aka agrobiodiversity." HAG
Agroecology  sustainability  Agricultural_Development  Organic_food  organic_agriculture  Biodiversity  food_safety  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2015 by eocas
Seed availability for non-GM cotton production – an explorative study
Summary: "This explorative study is an inventory: A first assessment of the problems of accessing organic seed and the contamination of organic cotton seed with genetic modification (GM) in the field. Outcomes of the inventory lead to hypotheses to be tested in further regional workshops. This inventory is an initial step in developing a master plan for safeguarding the availability of organic cotton seed. Approximately 81% of respondents overall, including 90% of organic farmers who responded, are of the opinion that organic cotton seed is difficult to access. In countries where GM cotton is predominant (the USA, India, China and Burkina Faso) close to 90% of respondents feel it is “difficult” to “impossible” to access organic cotton seed. Accessing organic cotton seed is considered problematic even in countries where GM cotton is not grown." HAG
Cotton  GMO  Seeds  Market_Report  Biodiversity  Smallholder  organic_agriculture  Organic  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2015 by eocas
From antibiotics to fossil fuels: the inconvenient truth about sustainability
Article that elaborates why big business often still is refuting necessary changes of our economies (towards more sustainable). HAG
sustainability  Fossil_Fuels  organic_agriculture  Ecology  Ecobalance  Innovation  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2015 by eocas
Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?
Intro: "A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. The study, conducted by UC Berkeley researchers, also found that certain practices could further shrink the productivity gap between organic crops and conventional farming." HAG
Organic_food  Research_Institutes  Research_Report_Database  Research_Analytics_Organic  Research  food_security  covercrops  sustainability  organic_farming  organic_agriculture  organic_education  Organic_farm  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2015 by eocas
Grow Heirloom Seeds
On the differences between heirloom, hybrid and GMO seeds.
Seeds  Biodiversity  Ecology  organic_farming  organic_agriculture  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2015 by eocas
Farmers’ Understandings of Weeds and Herbicide Usage as Environmental Influences on Agricultural Sustainability
Abstract: "This paper proposes that “organic’ farmers”, already attuned to environmental ideas, may be more likely to have favourable understandings and behaviours towards agricultural weeds as an integral part of environmentally sustainable agricultural farming systems than “conventional” farmers. Using a behavioural approach, the ways in which farmers’ (situated in central-southern England) understandings influence their environmental behaviours were examined. Most “conventional” farmers’ fields were kept relatively weed-free through herbicide usage. This contrasted with “organic” farmers having less concern about removal of weeds (with their associated invertebrates and seeds) which they understood contributes significantly towards biodiversity and agricultural sustainability." HAG
Pesticide  Biopesticide  Herbicide  organic_farming  organic_agriculture  sustainability  Research  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
january 2015 by eocas
Claims For Organic Agriculture Need More Sunlight, Less Shade
One-sided propaganda article obviously paid by chemical industry of the sorts of Monsanto, Syngenta or Dupont. It's interesting how it masks the powerful holistic advantages of organic agriculture while throwing around statistics that are often taken out of context. Furthermore in the comments section there seem to be paid trolls agitating. It's so obviously not to be taken serious as it is sad that it gets a mighty platform with FORBES. The writer, Henry I. Miller, a biotechnology researcher at Stanford University. Formerly, during the 1980/90s, working at the FDA, he was instrumental in the rapid licensing of genetically engineered human insulin and human growth hormone. HAG
organic_farming  organic_agriculture  GMO  Market_Report  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
january 2015 by eocas
How to Make Farm-to-Table A Truly Sustainable Movement by Diane Toomey: Yale Environment 360
About a farm-to-table chef. Excerpt: "… the wheat crop, which is actually, from a soil fertility perspective, a very expensive crop. It takes quite a bit of energy and fertility from the soil, and so you need all these other crops to give you the right kind of soil health. I wanted to create a dish that celebrated those rotations and didn’t celebrate the wheat. And so Rotation Risotto was an attempt to celebrate all these uncoveted crops — buckwheat, millet, ryes, and cover crops, too, which you can eat. You know, cover crops and these lowly grains, and to a certain extent leguminous crops, they’re all there in the rotations to give that soil health, but he loses money or breaks even or just makes a little bit of money on them because there’s no market for them. And he’s considering it a sunk cost, the costs of doing business in an organic system. But what if we — eaters, chefs — started to support those crops? That’s a true support of a farm-to-table system." HAG
farm-to-table  Plant_Protection  Organic_Food_Trade  organic_agriculture  Organic_Restaurant_Trend  Organic_Movement_Organisation  LocaVore  CSA_Community_Supported_Agriculture  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
january 2015 by eocas
An unanimous NO to the full revision of the EU-Regulation on Organic Production
After 2007 EU overhaul of organic regulation (The Council’s Regulation (EG) No. 834/2007 of 28 June 2007) there is now an even bigger workover planned which nearly all German organic advocates oppose. HAG
Organic_Food_Trade  organic_agriculture  organic_farming  Organic_Certification  Organic_Food_Regulations  Organic_Movement_Organisation  Organic_Guideline  policy  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
july 2014 by eocas
ORGANIC RISING - Crowd-funding campaign for this film
Indiegogo-crowdfunding campaign for this documentary film about the organic market, its ideology and the increasing involvement of corporates. Also a good example how to structure such a campaign. Main homepage at: www.organicrisingfilm.com HAG
Organic_Market  organic_agriculture  Investor_relations  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2014 by eocas
Wendell Berry: A Strong Voice For Local Farming and the Land
Writer of: "The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture" Quote, referring to a to to be welcomed 50-Year Farm Bill in the US: "Unlike the typical U.S. farm bill, the 50-Year Farm Bill attempts to address the real and ongoing problems of agriculture: erosion, toxicity, loss of genetic and species diversity, and the destruction of rural communities, or the destruction, where it still survives, of the culture of husbandry. [...] 80 percent of the land is planted annually in annual crops such as corn and beans, and 20 percent in perennials. It proposes a 50-year program for the gradual inversion of that ratio to 80 percent perennial cover and 20 percent annuals. It’s pretty clear that annual plants are nature’s emergency service. They’re the plants that come in after, say, a landslide, after the land has been exposed, and they give it a temporary cover while the perennials are getting started. So our predominantly annual agriculture keeps the land in a state of emergency." HAG
organic_agriculture  Agricultural_Development  sustainability  Permaculture  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2014 by eocas
Organic certification officials regularly accept "gifts" from food companies in China
IFOAM Asia president Zhou Zejiang feels comparatively with conventional production has organic become over-regulated.

Excerpts:

"17-digit tracking number on the packaging of all organic products, and that has to link to full information – size and weight, source, the producer."

"You can’t just rely on tough [top-down] supervision, you need joint oversight by consumers and society."

"But once food safety emerged as an area of concern, “organic” came to be seen as some sort of savior. I don’t think it’s right for organic agriculture to be the focus of the food safety agenda."

"And as organic food is pricier than other products, consumers are more concerned – so organic food has actually become the focus of regulation."

"And besides certification, I’d like to see a system for building trust between responsible consumers and honest producers, encouraging local sourcing and consumption, reducing food miles, protecting the environment and saving resources."

HAG
ecoScan  food_safety  Organic_Market  Organic_Food_Regulations  Organic_Food_Labeling  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Certification  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
november 2012 by eocas
Organic Agriculture and Organic Certification: Not So Ying and Yang
Throwing a light on challenges in certification in the animal livestock field.

This article is a part of a series of background articles on organic agriculture.

HAG
Livestock  Organic_Certification  Organic_Agriculture  certification  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
october 2012 by eocas
USDA releases first-ever report on organic agriculture and our food choices
Excerpt:

"And while these farmers make up less than a half of one percent of all U.S. farmers, they already sell more than $3.5 billion worth of agricultural products.

...

Many of these growers are taking the time and effort to bring their products directly to U.S. consumers. While 81 percent of their sales come from products that go to wholesale markets and become available to shoppers through their local supermarkets, almost a third of all USDA-certified growers sell their products directly to consumers. [For example, at farmers’ markets.]"

HAG
Statistics  Organic_Market  Organic_Food_Trade  Organic_Agriculture  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
october 2012 by eocas
AGRICULTURE AND ORGANIC FARMING IN CHINA
Statistical information about production quantity, regional varieties and specific market examples that went around in the media.

HAG
Organic_Market  Organic_Agriculture  Report  Statistics  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2012 by eocas
We’re all farmers now
Good overview over China's community-supported agriculture scene. The motivators are mainly direct relationship with the consumer which often happens on a trust-based, not-certified logic. Since Chinese organic production often happens in industrialized manner, it has lost a bit of its allure, some farmers even call their goods [that they produce according to organic standars] "natural agriculture" and not organic anymore.

HAG
Organic_food  Organic_Food_Labeling  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Certification  CSA_Community_Supported_Agriculture  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2012 by eocas
The Future of Agriculture: Triple-Bottom-Line Beauty
About the yearly three-day general meeting of the farmer-ownded cooperative Organic Valley with more than 600 organic farmers. The writer praises the economical, environmental and social success of this model. He calls it a triple-bottom-line business: profit-driven, people-focused, and environmentally responsible.

HAG
sustainability  farmers_livelihod  Farmer_Community  CSA_Community_Supported_Agriculture  Trade_Association  organic_farm  Organic_Agriculture  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2012 by eocas
6 Reasons Organics Can Feed the World
Article about the total-input/output of conventional vs organic farming systems and their sustainability.

HAG
Organic_Agriculture  food_security  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2012 by eocas
China’s tycoons go farming: Chinese big business invests in organic agriculture, creating risks for small farmers | chinadialogue
It seems to be getting en vogue to invest in agriculture or even organic agriculture. And this not only out of altruistic reasons, which is a good sign, things start to change and mainstream will follow.

HAG
CSA_Community_Supported_Agriculture  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Food_Trade  investor_relations  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
november 2011 by eocas
Organic farming not beneficial for wildlife
Excerpts:

"Farming systems such as organic that seek to share land between crops and wildlife do more harm to biodiversity than conventional approaches that maximize crop yields, a major study has revealed. ...

Such "land-sharing" methods typically deliver lower yields than intensive farming and require much more land to produce the same amount of food, scientists at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds found. ...

The research, conducted in Ghana and India, found that most species of birds and trees, common or rare, would have higher populations if farms were kept as small as possible and managed to produce maximum yields."

20110904/HAG
Organic_Agriculture  environment  Biodiversity  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
september 2011 by eocas
The vexed issue of GM food
GMO-icon Elisabeth Finkel held at the university of Melbourne this speech. Her conclusion:

"It’s truly alarming that at a time when we all need to be thinking sustainably, the public is championing the least sustainable agricultural method on the planet – organic farming – and demonizing the most sustainable methods; which involve as one their key tools, GM crops. (Organic farming might feed at most four billion people and would need to grow all the fertiliser that’s currently being made chemically. Where will all that extra land come from to grow manure? Most of the land available for farming is already under cultivation.)"

The presentation can be found at:
http://www.landfood.unimelb.edu.au/info/media/FinkelGM.pdf

20110418/HAG
organic_agriculture  GMO  Education  filetype:pdf  media:document  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2011 by eocas
Voting with your trolley - Can you really change the world just by buying certain foods?
Final conclusion:

"Food is central to the debates on the environment, development, trade and globalisation—but the potential for food choices to change the world should not be overestimated. The idea of saving the world by shopping is appealing; but tackling climate change, boosting development and reforming the global trade system will require difficult political choices. “We have to vote with our votes as well as our food dollars,” says Mr Pollan. Conventional political activity may not be as enjoyable as shopping, but it is far more likely to make a difference."

20110418/HAG
GMO  politics  organic_agriculture  Consumer_Behavior  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2011 by eocas
Organic food exposed
The highly controversial writer Elisabeth Finkel put in this essay reasons together why organic production is not sustainable and cannot feed the world. This essay made her an icon of the pro-GM lobby and as she has a doctor title her quotes are often used as "scientifc proof" against organic agriculture.
20110418/HAG
GMO  organic_agriculture  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2011 by eocas
Mythos "Bio" - Kommentare zum gleichnamigen Artikel von Michael Miersch in der Wochenzeitung „Die Weltwoche“ vom 20. September 2007
Scientifically substantiated answers to critical questions regarding organic agriculture; e.g regarding food safety, nutritionally enhanced quality of products, environmental balance and their productivity.

The questions are raised in German but are mainly based on the following sources:
- „Organic Food Exposed“ from Elisabeth Finkel at Cosmos Magazine
- "Voting with your trolley. Can you really change the world just by buying certain foods?“ from/at The Economist

20110418/HAG
organic_agriculture  Sustainability  Media  Education  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2011 by eocas
Critical Zones & Soils Science | Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)
“We know quite a lot about soil erosion,” said Steve Banwart, Professor of Environmental Engineering Science at the University of Sheffield. “But we need to better understand soil formation if we want to find ways to manage or accelerate the process and even reverse some of the loss by reclaiming barren or contaminated land or improving agricultural productivity.”
It would be interesting to know whether these soil research institutes have projects and experiences in China and what they think about the organic agriculture in China. 20110111/HAG
Soil_Conditions  environment  Education  Organic_Agriculture  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
january 2011 by eocas
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
CAAS is headquartered in Beijing but has branches in most provinces of China. Different from provincial agricultural research institutes, is CAAS directly affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture. It would be interesting to learn about their opinion on organic agriculture. 20101230/HAG
Education  organic_agriculture  China_Agricultural_Universites  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
december 2010 by eocas
Organic Agriculture and Poverty Reduction in Asia: China and India focus
The primary goal of this evaluation is to enable a better understanding of organic agriculture in Asia, where two-thirds of the world's poor live (IFAD 2002 p.3). In particular this evaluation aims to understand the potential value of organics to farmers — especially small or poor ones — and the role of organics as an option in development programs.

It is organized into six chapters:
1. Introduction to the characteristics of the farmers, products, and situations studied
2. Key market-related issues with the regional and international situation of organic agriculture and its trade statistics
3. Evaluates the key characteristics of organic production and marketing
4. Reviews the key impacts — both positive and negative — that are associated with the adoption of organic methods
5. Public sector roles and how these are affecting organic agriculture
6. Lessons case studies and factors to facilitate the adoption of organic agriculture

20101201/HAG
organic_agriculture  filetype:pdf  media:document  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
november 2010 by eocas
Charles's fantasy farming won't feed Africa's poor
Paul Collier directs the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University and is the author of The Bottom Billion concludes: "A return to organic peasantry will feed only affluent angst. To take on global hunger, genetic modification is crucial."

Paul Collier is certainly a bright man but I don't believe his conclusions. There is lot's of evidence that Africa can not only feed themselves with organic production methods, but that it has very positive effects on the continents economical and social development. 20100727/HAG
GMO  Organic_Agriculture  organic_food  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
july 2010 by eocas
Agricultural Technologies for Developing Countries
Paper from the European parliament. Abstract:
"The study investigates the contribution of selected important agricultural production systems and technologies (incl. rainwater harvesting, conservation agriculture, rice intensification system, organic farming, agroforestry systems and transgenic plants) to higher food production and food security with focus on small-scale farmers in developing countries. It then suggests options for action within European development policies and development cooperation."
Agricultural_Development  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Farming_feed_China  filetype:pdf  media:document  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
july 2010 by eocas
Argumente für den Biolandbau - Good cases for organic agriculture
Reasons collected by organic institute FIBL why organic farming makes sense. 20100726/HAG
Organic_Farming  Organic_Agriculture  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
july 2010 by eocas
EU-China Trade Project - Report: Organic Agriculture in China - Current Situation and Challenges, May 2008
We can find some good organic information about China on this website. This is a partnership between the EU and China. 20100420/GDL
Organic_Agriculture  EU-China_Trade  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2010 by eocas
Healthy Outlook for Organic Food in Asia (Complete) | Video Library | Asia Society
This gives us great knowledge about the organic industry. Video is always better to understand than writing. THe speaker walks us through a very detailed powerpoint and we can all learn a lot about the production and consumption of organic products in China 20100328/GDL
Organic_Agriculture  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2010 by eocas
FAO - COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE
THis report gives us a lot of information on the world organic agriculture industry. It even mentions market opportunties as well. We can learn some good backgroudn on the industry from this. Eric, maybe you should read this to get more market knowledge. 20100208/GDL
Organic_Agriculture  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
february 2010 by eocas

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