A shortage of beer and fries? Climate change hits Europe where it hurts

Europe may have a shortage of beer and fries due to climate change.

Why data is an essential nutrient for AeroFarms crops

Now on its ninth facility, the world’s biggest vertical farming operation is a big proponent of automation.

The future of upland farming in the UK: what farmers are facing

This post is by Chris Clark of Nethergill Farm. It is the first in a short series about the options for the future of upland hill farming in the UK. With the increased uncertainty regarding the viability of hill farms, the time is now ripe for farmers to think radically about hill farm management and consider new alternatives in a

Underground Farm Pays Rent in Heat it Supplies to Building Above

Vertical farms have been touted as a way to feed a rapidly urbanizing world population (I’ve waxed poetic about them myself.) Critics of the trending technology, however, contend that these energy-intensive hubs are too costly and perhaps impractical to maintain. Sure, the naysayers have a point, but what if vertical farms did more than just feed mouths? In Stockholm, Sweden, the Plantagon CityFarm located in the basement of the iconic DN-Skrapan building in the Kungsholmen district has a whole other purpose besides nourishing the office workers on site—the farm also

How Carbon Farming Can Help Solve Climate Change

By David Burton Under the 2015 Paris agreement , nations pledged to keep the average global temperature rise to below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to take efforts to narrow that increase to 1.5C. To meet those goals we must not only stop the increase in our greenhouse gas emissions, we must also draw large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. The simplest, most cost effective and environmentally beneficial way to do this is right under our feet. We can farm carbon by storing it in our agricultural soils. Soils are traditionally rich in carbon. They can contain as much as five percent carbon by weight, in the form of soil organic matter—plant and animal

Why we need to talk about GM again

Between 1990 and 2005 I was heavily embedded in the genetic modification (GM) debate, as a member of one of the key regulatory committees for ten years, and then as deputy chair of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission (AEBC).  AEBC recommended a public debate on GM crops, which reached 37,000 people through a variety of routes and excited a

Turning Appalachia’s Mountaintop Coal Mines Into Farms

By Catherine V. Moore On a surface-mine-turned-farm in Mingo County, West Virginia, former coal miner Wilburn Jude plunks down three objects on the bed of his work truck: a piece of coal, a sponge and a peach. He’s been tasked with bringing in items that represent his life’s past, present and future. “This is my heritage right here,” he said, picking up the coal . Since the time of his Irish immigrant great-grandfathers, all the males in his family have been miners. “Right now I’m a sponge,” he said, pointing to the next object, “learning up here on this job, in school, everywhere, and doing the

How to Compost at Home

Waste is a human invention. We are the only creatures on Earth that don’t live a zero waste existence. The result? More than 60 billion pounds of mineral-rich food materials unnecessarily go to landfills each year in the U.S. alone. Become a composting household and divert your family’s food waste from a landfill into compost; which will not only supercharge your garden, it can help reverse climate change. Need more convincing? Check out The Compost Story .

6 Innovative Farmers That Will Change Your Perception of What It Means to Grow Food

Ouroboros Farms Half Moon Bay, California When the recent six-year drought hit California, most farmers were screaming for water. Here’s one who wasn’t: Ken Armstrong, owner of Ouroboros Farms in the Bay Area. And that is more than a little strange—because for Armstrong, water is actually a growing medium. He specializes in aquaponics, a system of raising fish and vegetables in tandem. Armstrong founded the farm in 2012 after watching a YouTube video about Will Allen, a MacArthur Grant-winning urban farmer in Milwaukee. Inspired, he gathered some potential partners and attended a four-day workshop in Florida, then went home and

Beyond Organic: How Regenerative Farming Can Save Us From Global Catastrophe

A growing corps of organic, climate, environmental, social justice and peace activists are promoting a new world-changing paradigm that can potentially save us from global catastrophe . The name of this new paradigm and movement is regenerative agriculture , or more precisely regenerative food, farming and land use . Regenerative agriculture and land use incorporates the traditional and indigenous best practices of organic farming, animal husbandry and environmental conservation. Regeneration puts a central focus on improving soil health and fertility (recarbonizing the soil), increasing biodiversity, and qualitatively enhancing forest health, animal welfare, food nutrition and rural (especially small farmer) prosperity. The basic menu for a regeneration revolution is to unite the world’s 3 billion rural farmers, ranchers and herders

And the Winners of the Most Prestigious Environmental Award Are …

The Goldman Environmental Foundation announced today the six recipients of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s largest award for grassroots environmental activists. Awarded annually to environmental heroes from each of the world’s six inhabited continental regions, the Goldman Prize recognizes grassroots activists for significant achievement to protect the environment and their communities. The winners will be

Brexit creates an opportunity to support UK food production and restore nature

This post is by the Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP, second church estates commissioner and former secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs. The UK agriculture sector has always sought to provide good quality food at a reasonable price, which is the very purpose of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). However, we cannot ignore that it

Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres

Across North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. A growing number of market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. But most of the available resources on food production are aimed at the backyard or hobby gardener who wants to supplement their family’s diet with a few homegrown fruits and vegetables. […]

The government’s 25 year plan should mobilise private funding for environmental restoration

Since the EU referendum, there has been growing pressure for clarity over two things. First, how an independent UK will protect its natural environment, and, second, how we will pay for it, as most of the legislation that currently directs these areas comes from the EU. Very soon, the government will be laying down the first major marker for its

What’s the post Brexit future for farming in the UK?

This post is by Green Alliance’s chair, Dame Fiona Reynolds. For the many people who care about the beauty of our countryside and the natural environment, this is the big question of our time. We know the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has been a net negative for the environment, yet we also know that the majority of the UK’s rural