|We Need an Agroecological Revolution—So Why Are Governments Investing in Agribusiness?|
Common Dreams - 10/16/2016. By Kirtana Chandrasekaran - Agroecology – an agenda to focus on ecological farming in the hands of small food producers - is receiving mainstream support. Long practiced by small scale producer movements, agroecology is in the spotlight for its ability to sequester carbon and refocus our food system on feeding people rather than pursue an obscene race for profits. So why are we not in the midst of a major Government funded agroecological revolution?
|Participatory plant breeding for organic staple crops in Illinois|
University of Illinois Extension - 10/15/2016. Corn and bean trials are planted in small blocks or strips on farms across Illinois. Plots are planted with a cone planter and harvested with small plot combines. The goal is to breed resilient varieties that meet the needs of organic farmers for diverse crop rotations, which will lead to more profitable farms.
|Data Show Farmers Must Do More to Protect the Environment, Public Health|
Environmental Working Group - 10/13/2016. By Craig Cox - Conservation programs in the federal farm bill are by far the nation’s biggest investment in voluntary conservation programs, with $29.8 billion sent to farmers in the last 10 years through four major programs. EWG has just released a new Conservation Database, the first tool of its kind, to help make these good programs even better.