|Sustainable farming can feed the world?|
The New York Times - 3/8/2011.By Mark Bittman – The oldest and most common dig against organic agriculture is that it cannot feed the world’s citizens; this, however, is a supposition, not a fact. And industrial agriculture isn’t working perfectly, either: the global food price index is at a record high, and our agricultural system is wreaking havoc with the health not only of humans but of the earth. There are around a billion undernourished people; we can also thank the current system for the billion who are overweight or obese.
|Perry winter greenhouse project inspires students|
Bangor Daily News - 3/8/2011.By Sharon Kiley Mack – Perry: When Dan Morang arrived at Perry Elementary School on Friday morning to teach his combination fifth- and sixth-grade class, the temperature outside was 15 degrees below zero. But he wasn’t worried about his students’ unique greenhouse project, the Perry Green Dream, which is located just to the west of the school playground.
|Eco-farming could double food output of poor countries, says UN|
The Guardian [UK] - 3/8/2011.A move by farmers in developing countries to ecological agriculture, away from chemical fertilisers and pesticides, could double food production within a decade, a UN report says. Insect-trapping plants in Kenya and ducks eating weeds in Bangladesh's rice paddies are among examples of recommendations for feeding the world's 7 million people.
|Maine agriculture leaders encouraged by federal products survey|
Bangor Daily News - 3/8/2011.By Sharon Kiley Mack – Augusta: The most recent federal survey of a number of agricultural products – such as milk, eggs, and potatoes – reveals a mixed bag across Maine farmland, both in growth and success. Maine agricultural leaders said Tuesday the survey showed that the state’s farming industry is healthy and sustainable, both in retaining and growing farms.