In just a week's time the hugely important United Nations conference in Rio, Brazil, (Rio+20) will be taking some big decisions on the future course of farming. These decisions will affect what rights farming families, often living in the poorest areas of the poorest countries of the world, might be able to expect in the years ahead. And at this same Rio meeting, crucial decisions on the future environmental impact of the food we eat and the way chemicals are used to produce it, are expected to be made. So if you care about how your food is produced and you also care about humanity please read on, visit www.globalagriculture.org and sign the 'Time to act' and Nourish9billion-initiative petitions.
14 June 2012 | 0 Comments
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Conversion of all of the world’s agricultural land to organic could reduce carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 49 giga tonnes/year, delaying climate change by 4 to 5 years. The research presented by Urs Niggli at the conference, a professor at one of Europe’s leading research organisations, showed that in a 16 year trial organic farming offered the potential to sequester 2.4 tonnes of CO2e per year more carbon than an equivalent non organic farm. The benefits were most marked in horticultural holdings but were demonstrable in every farm type.
09 February 2011 | 3 Comments
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It was January 1999 when I had my first Soil Association conference experience. It was a little like being initiated in to a strange but compelling cult –‘Golden Promise’ fuelled revelry* shared with a colourful array of characters, bound by a passion for a better way to care for the land and produce our food. Twelve years on, as I contemplate 2 days in Manchester, much has changed.
08 February 2011 | 2 Comments
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