Global Food Supplies

If we think about the different aspects of sustainability – heating, cooling, air quality, electrical power, waste management, etc. – the most critical one has to be food. In the history of civilizations on our planet, loss of food resources was key to the extinction of those civilizations.  We now have a global civilization, and an increasing amount of starvation and malnutrition is already happening

Those of us in countries that have an ample food supply can’t even imagine walking into a supermarket and seeing empty shelves.… Keep reading

Insect Numbers

Here’s a recent report that’s not one of those immediately apparent events of phenomena, but may have huge consequences for our survival. I personally don’t like to get into the typical “fear mongering” reporting, but this is a major problem and it is solvable … even with things we can do locally.

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Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

 

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves

across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with

serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say.Keep reading

Soil

One of the most critical aspects on the physical side of sustainability is food. And without healthy soil, we’ll not have healthy food … much less sufficient food.  Here’s a report concerning our global soil condition – and … two invitations afterwards for blog readers.

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Third of Earth’s soil is acutely

degraded due to agriculture

Fertile soil is being lost at rate of 24bn tonnes a year through in-

tensive farming as demand for food increases, says UN-backed study

 

Jonathan Watts

12 September 2017

The Guardian

 

A third of the planet’s land is severely degraded and fertile soil is being lost at the rate of 24bn tonnes a year, according to a new United Nations-backed study that calls for a shift away from destructively intensive agriculture.… Keep reading

Cream, anyone?

Here’s a product announcement that’s an excellent example of something we use on a regular basis that can be equal to or better in quality – and – much more Earth friendly, in having zero bi-product waste.

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Scientists just

revolutionized

coffee creamer

 

 Brittany A. Roston

Aug 18, 2017

SOURCE: Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

 

Coffee, America’s favorite beverage, just got a little more convenient thanks to some food scientists with Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU).… Keep reading

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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