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By producing 57 percent of the world's food, boosting local economies and empowering women, family farmers have emerged as the essential ingredient in alleviating global hunger.
Food Tank's new video, Family Farmers + You = A Well Nourished World, reveals that when farmers have the right tools, they possess virtually limitless potential to produce a range of foods.
The video calls out to eaters, business leaders, policy makers, funders and donors to ensure family farms receive more attention, research and investment.
The United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming to apply focus on the important role family farmers play in feeding the planet.
These farmers—small and large—enhance biodiversity, protect natural resources and improve local economies, and this video highlights how they are utilizing innovative "agroecological" practices to increase yields, improve incomes and foster environmental sustainability.
- The application of ecology to the design and management of sustainable agroecosystems, according to Agroecology.
- A whole-systems approach to agriculture and food systems development based on traditional knowledge, alternative agriculture and local food system experiences.
- Linking ecology, culture, economics and society to sustain agricultural production, healthy environments, and viable food and farming communities.
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Millions of solar panels clustered together to form an island could convert carbon dioxide in seawater into methanol, which can fuel airplanes and trucks, according to new research from Norway and Switzerland and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, PNAS, as NBC News reported. The floating islands could drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels.
More than 40 percent of insects could go extinct globally in the next few decades. So why did the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week ok the 'emergency' use of the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor on 13.9 million acres?
EcoWatch teamed up with Center for Biological Diversity via EcoWatch Live on Facebook to find out why. Environmental Health Director and Senior Attorney Lori Ann Burd explained how there is a loophole in the The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act under section 18, "that allows for entities and states to request emergency exemptions to spraying pesticides where they otherwise wouldn't be allowed to spray."
By Sharon Kelly
On Monday, the Wall Street Journal featured a profile of Scott Sheffield, CEO of Pioneer Natural Resources, whose company is known among investors for its emphasis on drawing oil and gas from the Permian basin in Texas using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
By Craig K. Chandler
The federal government has available to it, should it choose to use them, a wide range of potential climate change management tools, going well beyond the traditional pollution control regulatory options. And, in some cases (not all), without new legislative authorization.
By Dan Gray
Processed foods, in their many delicious forms, are an American favorite.
But new research shows that despite increasing evidence on just how unhealthy processed foods are, Americans have continued to eat the products at the same rate.