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An Apple Shows Just How Broken Our Food System Is

Buying and eating apples seems a pretty healthy thing to do. But a new study has found that every 1 kilo (2.2 pounds) of conventionally grown apples creates health effects costing 21 cents due to the effects of pesticides and fungicides, resulting in sick leave and eventually shorter life expectancies.

Winners of Grow Ahead’s 2018 Scholarship Announced

Portland, Oregon based crowdfunding platform, Grow Ahead, has announced the 2018 winners of their Agroecology and Regenerative Organic Agriculture Scholarship. The Agroecology and Regenerative Organic Agriculture scholarship provides women farmers from Africa, Asia, or Latin America with the opportunity to gain further knowledge and experiences to support their farming communities through climate-resilient agroecology projects.

A Well-Balanced Agro-Ecological System Is Needed

It’s not the cow or the sow, but the how. I hate to break it to all the conscientious consumers who have bought into the idea that completely avoiding meat is the answer to our planet’s environmental woes, but they’ve been misled. Such a message, while well-intentioned, misses the mark. Animals are not the problem; the problem is how they are managed.

Producer Gail Fuller Offers 8 Lessons From His Career in Cover Crops

Instead of maximizing yields, Gail Fuller made the decision to base his profitability and success on the health of his soil. “Soil is life and life is soil,” he said to a crowd at his annual Fuller Field School in Emporia last month. “We have 60 years of topsoil left and that was as of 2012. If we continue this current production model, we might not be able to feed the world by 2050 because we might not have all the soil left to do it.”

Gardening Etcetera: Climate Change and the Backyard Gardener

While some question the efficacy of carbon farming, regenerative agriculture practices overall contribute to healthier ecosystems–and are practices that any backyard gardener can adopt. Regenerative agriculture essentially combines the principles of organic farming with an overarching goal of enhanced carbon drawdown.

Twenty-Six Years Later: How One Kansas Farmer Became a Convert and Saved His Soil

Joe Swanson realized the erosion issues on his Kansas farm would continue if he kept tilling. “I said, that is it. We’ve been no-till ever since.” On a May morning, Swanson stood in that same field that converted him 26 years ago, talking to a group of farmers during a No-Till on the Plains field day. His mission is to eliminate erosion and rebuild soil health. The journey, he said, hasn’t been easy. But Swanson sees changes across his fields. He uses fewer inputs. His soils are healthier.