The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) and Farm Hack aim to promote farmers as innovators and makers through a new project called Growing Innovation. The two organizations have launched a collaborative Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of an open source online library of agricultural innovations and a new book documenting sustainable models developed by farmers.
It's clear that the craze for the urban farm is no answer to feeding our teeming cities. Its value lies instead in how it can change us.
At the former Wired editor's start-up, 3D Robotics, open-source robots take to the skies
Insight and advice from an expert in creative ways of making smart, sustainable farmers solvent, too.
And as a result, we're losing valuable topsoil 16 times faster than nature can replace it.
Farming has been "a rip-off system ever since day one," says California's Tom Willey -- and if we're going to improve that system, we'd better understand what makes it tick.
Learn about Colony Collapse Disorder and the Open Source Beehives Project.
As a crop, corn is highly productive, flexible and successful. As a system, the same is not true.
I was going to write a post about just how hard Don Draper's young life was. Life on a farm is really hard, and I wanted to emphasize that, and thought our empathy for Don Draper would make it easy
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Protein is a shrinking part of the diets of humans and animals. The deficiency is spreading rapidly across the world, but is particularly pronounced in Africa, even though many sources of protein can be
A report from the CDC reveals the grave dangers of antibiotic resistance and says factory-farmed animals are a big contributor. What would our healthcare system look like if we couldn't perform surgeries, administer chemotherapy, replace joints, treat diabetes? It would be the end of modern medicine as we know it. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control warns we could be headed toward that very future.
In my Google Earth-enabled virtual travels around Saudi Arabia looking for oil wells and such, I have come upon many strange sights. Some of these are of natural origin yet can only be appreciated from a satellite's perspective, as is the case for this tidal pool located near a gas oil separation plant for the Safaniya oil field:
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Field of screamsIn a glowing Atlantic profile back in 1997, Greg Easterbrook declared Norman Borlaug the "Forgotten Benefactor of Humanity." Borlaug is the intellectual father of what b
George Monbiot: As the British government cut benefits for the poor at home, in Europe it fought to keep millions in subsidies for wealthy farmers
Japanese PM Shinz197141 Abe has a problem, and he might end up killing an awful lot of frogs to solve it. Shares are up in Japan, but everything else has flatlined: kick-starting the stubbornly moribund economy
Future homes and workplaces are set to be transformed into complex food production systems becoming self-sufficient in meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, according to research due to go on public display in Britain for the first time next month.
Most of us consume milk. We put it on cereal and add it to coffee. We give it to our children by the glassful to build up their bones. Women are encouraged to drink it throughout adulthood to