Reinventing Rice

The biggest issue on the physical side of sustainability isn’t power – which is where virtually all the responses go when you Google “Sustainability.” We can just add PV panels until we’re Net Zero.  The problem is food.  And climate change makes feeding our world population more difficult.  Here’s an interesting report about efforts to address how we’ll feed the world.

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Reinventing Rice for a World

Transformed by Climate Change

 

UC Davis plant geneticist Pamela Ronald wants to

create rice varieties that can survive in harsher

conditions, including more frequent droughts.

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Food Innovation

When you Google “sustainability” or even “Net Zero Sustainability,” all the sites point to energy. Yet, from experience in developing a sustainable community, energy is the easiest to address; just keep adding PV panels until you’re at 100%. The real issue is food. Throughout history, civilizations collapse when they can’t feed their populations.

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Switzerland tops world innovation index;

India and other emerging markets

on the rise – UN agency

Switzerland tops world innovation index;

India and other emerging markets on the rise – UN agency

Innovation is a key development tool that could boost economies and provide a way out of the growing squeeze on the world’s food resources – one of the major challenges of the 21st century – according to a new United Nations report.… Keep reading

Healthy Soil

While mainstream media focuses on energy, the biggest issue in sustainability, unquestionably, is food. Here are some excellent findings about what’s really needed to feed our world.  While the article and research look at farms run by full-time farmers, you can scale the information down to your own home garden, as well.

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Healthy soil is the real key

to feeding the world

 

April 3, 2017

The Conversation

David R. Montgomery

 

One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable.… Keep reading

Soil ‘booster shots’

Here’s a remarkable finding about ways to turn not-so-fertile soil into rich, productive soil. On a mega-scale, this could truly help ease the food-related sustainability crisis.  On a personal scale, if you’ve had difficulty growing foods you want in your garden, this could be a simple, inexpensive solution.

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Soil ‘booster shots’ could

turn barren lands green

 

Elizabeth Pennisi

Jul. 11, 2016

 

Want to make your barren yard lush again?

Just add a bit of soil from your local meadow.… Keep reading

Quinoa

Here’s a potential solution to the biggest sustainability problem we face: food!  The media focus on energy.  If you Google “Net Zero Sustainability,” everything links to energy.  But starvation (and unrest) is spreading, globally.  Even in the western hemisphere, Caracas, Venezuela, has reports of a “Mad Max” environment;  they’re out of food.  And in North America, our southwest is drying up.  Here’s a report on a really hardy and nutrition-rich grain that does well with a fraction of the water.

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Scientists go against the grain to make Dubai an unlikely quinoa hotspot

With groundwater stores drying up in the Middle East

and staple crops under pressure, quinoa is the focus

of a bold experiment to improve food security.Keep reading