Agriculture, climate change, conservation of natural resources and biodiversity, and and socio-economic development are all coming together in Nairobi, Kenya as participants from around the globe attend the 2nd World Agroforestry Congress.
Fostering widespread development and adoption of agroforestry and sustainable agricultural methods and practices offers the largest, surest practically and economically effective means of mitigating and adapting to climate change, while also addressing energy, food security, economic development and loss of biodiversity, according to a UNEP-World Agroforestry Centre report.
As international climate change negotiations and debate heats up, the Rodale Institute and the Swiss-German-Austrian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture have come out swinging to promote a global shift to organic agriculture as part of a successor to the Kyoto Protocol.
The Canadian government’s Agri-Opportunities program is getting behind a community-driven project that aims to turn 50 different kinds and 40,000 metric tons of agricultural waste into clean, renewable heat and power, as well as organic fertilizer.
United Nations’ executives and agencies highlight the need for new models, policies, and investments in sustainable agriculture, water resource conservation and management, and ecosystem services if future crises worse than recently experienced are to be averted.
Persistent droughts are increasingly threatening agricultural production, food security and social stability in food exporting and importing nations around the world. World leaders need to act now in order to adapt to and avoid worst case scenarios, according to the UNCCD and WMO.
The Environmental Protection Agency, in an email sent last month, has ordered their employees not to “respond to questions or make any statements” – from anyone. Including congressional investigators, reporters, or even the EPA Office of Inspector General. Whatever is going on in the EPA, it’s none of our damn business (not even the EPA’s oversight office). The emailed gag order…