Food and Agriculture

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Agrivoltaics Is a Win-Win for Clean Energy and Sustainable Agriculture
Jack's Solar Garden

October 14, 2021 – By Eduardo Garcia – Treehugger

Welcome to Jack’s Solar Garden, a Colorado farm pioneering agrivoltaics—a system that involves growing food crops under solar panels.

Over the past year, this 24-acre family farm in Boulder County has been producing clean energy through 3,276 solar panels that generate enough electricity to power around 300 homes, all while growing sustainable crops.


Bracebridge Public Library has launched its Seed Library! 

What is a Seed Library? A seed library is a collection of seeds that people can take for free with the understanding that they will attempt to harvest and return seeds at the end of the growing season.  This allows for the collection to continue and potentially allows for rare, heirloom, and native varieties of plants to prosper.

Who can use the Bracebridge Public Library’s Seed Library? Anyone with a Bracebridge Public Library card can borrow up to 5 seed packets a season.  Library cards are free for any permanent or seasonal residents of Muskoka.  Proof of address and identification will be required to obtain a free library card.  Cards can be obtained by calling 705-645-4171. 

What seeds are available? The Seed Library has flowers, vegetables, and more!  A list of seeds can be found online here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uDfa8t_wg0AVC6Z6SjL7Gk67m9p2rt1mYKomgGidV2M/edit#gid=0

Where can I find out more? More information can be found by contacting Sarah.MacNeal@BracebridgeLibrary.ca or 705-645-4171.  You can also watch the video we made here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0AE7UAZ880


Unearthing the Work of Indigenous Master Horticulturalists

28 Apr 2021 | by Crawford Kilian –  TheTyee.ca

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The SFU team found ecological diversity was richer on the lands of ancient Indigenous villages than in neighbouring forests.

A historical ecologist and her team at Simon Fraser University have made a crucial discovery about B.C.’s ancient forest ecosystems — one that could strengthen the systems of today and tomorrow and equip us to understand our own environment even as it changes with the climate.

These forest gardeners got sustainable returns for centuries. Dr. Chelsey Geralda Armstrong is now studying their work.



Plant-based diets crucial to saving global wildlife, says report |

February 12, 2021 – Food | The Guardian

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More than 80% of global farmland is used to raise animals, which provide only 18% of calories eaten. Photograph: Alamy

The global food system is the biggest driver of destruction of the natural world, and a shift to predominantly plant-based diets is crucial in halting the damage, according to a report.

Agriculture is the main threat to 86% of the 28,000 species known to be at risk of extinction, the report by the Chatham House thinktank said. Without change, the loss of biodiversity will continue to accelerate and threaten the world’s ability to sustain humanity, it said.


New from Project Drawdown

DECEMBER 2020

Our latest publication “Farming Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis” details and quantifies the planet-healing potential of land use, agricultural practices, and food systems. Learn more in Project Drawdown’s brand new, comprehensive review of this complex sector, available for free online. Our team of researchers have poured through the most up-to-date science and tactics—learn more about the planet-healing potential of smarter agricultural practices, food systems, and more. Read the report



At Rodale Institute, 

we have proven that organic agriculture and,
specifically, regenerative organic agriculture can sequester carbon
from the atmosphere and reverse climate change.

Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change
A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming – down load the PDF.

Regenerative Agriculture 

is a system of farming principles and practices that seeks to rehabilitate and enhance the entire ecosystem of the farm by placing a heavy premium on soil health with attention also paid to water management, fertilizer use, and more. The agriculture sector is one of the biggest emitters of CO2, the greenhouse gas (GHG) most responsible for the changes we are seeing in our climate today.

JULY 02, 2019 | The Climate Reality Project

WHAT IS REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE? In addition to a long list of incredible benefits for farmers and their crops, regenerative agriculture practices help us fight the climate crisis by pulling carbon from the atmosphere and sequestering it in the ground.

Farmers for Climate Solutions 
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is a farmer-led campaign to make agriculture part of the solution to climate change.

Second Harvest 

is Canada’s largest food rescue charity with a dual mission of environmental protection and hunger relief.
We redistribute nutritious, unsold food from across Canada to charities, non-profits and indigenous communities in every province and territory.

The Environmental Impact of Food Packaging

Modern food packaging provides a way to make food safe, reliable, shelf-stable and clean. Unfortunately, most food packaging is designed to be single use and is not recycled.  While packaging can be essential for certain functions, the industry has evolved with little concern for the environment or for human health. To minimise the negative effects of packaging on the environment, we need to reduce packaging waste. Recycling should be our last resort.

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Volunteers with Greenpeace Philippines clean up a heavily polluted beach in Manila

Because so much food packaging (especially plastic) has ended up in waterways, the United Nations has declared the plastic pollution of oceans “a planetary crisis.”

According to the CBC Documentary  Plastic Wars the problem is only going to get worse. By 2050, it’s estimated the global production of plastic will triple. As the oil and gas industry — which provides the source materials for plastics —  faces a future of declining demand for fuel, it has turned to other markets. 

The stakes are high, says Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace USA. “This is their lifeline,” she says. “They are going to double down on single-use plastic like we have never seen. So we’re heading towards a real battle…. This is the big war.”