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  • Farmers in the Indian state of Karnataka have promised the Mayor of Bangalore city to buy segregated wet waste generated in the City.

    The farmers told the Mayor that the cost of organic compost manure was quite high and they would prefer buying the wet waste, which they would use as fertiliser by composting it in a traditional manner. In reply, the Mayor assured them that the Palike would bear the cost of transporting the segregated wet waste and sell it at a very nominal rate of Rs 60 per tonne.

    Interesting!

    http://www.deccanherald.com/content/284290/farmers-keen-buying-wet-waste.html

    in Organic Farming

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  • SCARY REASONS!
    Fewer toxins will go straight into their bodies
    Fewer antibiotics will be used
    Fewer toxins will go into the environment surrounding your children
    Your kids will be more likely to grow up healthy and reproduce safely
    Chemical foods lead to reductions in IQ in children

    FUN REASONS!
    Organic farming preserves the childhood ideal of happy farm animals
    Organic makes it safe to garden and teaches kids to love vegetables
    Buying organic foods teaches kids how to read labels and the economic power of shopping
    Eating organic makes kids feel good about their choices
    Organic food tastes better

    in Organic Farming

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  • Spain’s ULMA Agrícola consortium and Tecnalia research center have developed a photovoltaic solar panel for greenhouses that generates electricity without an adverse effect on the crops growing inside.

    Read More: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/01/16/new-pv-panel-shows-promise-for-solar-green-house-in-spain-source/

    in Solar PV Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry

    • Rajeshrajan 5 years ago

      It sure is interesting as this means energy conscious greenhouses and ofcourse self sustaining (hopefully) :)

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  • We are proud to announce that in Clay Lyle Entomology complex at Mississippi State University we have succesful reared 5 generations of H. illucens in captivity

    in Biodiesel Biomass to Liquid Sustainable Fisheries Agri Waste Management Bioremediation

  • I have a design for a self sustaining power plant that good these functions.

    in Algae Fuels Organic Farming

  • Organic agriculture, even when produced on large-scale farms that are not necessarily sustainable, is still ultimately better for the environment than conventional agriculture, according to most experts. But conventional agriculture is not a baseline to be working from. A small car produces fewer emissions than a large SUV, but that doesn't mean everyone should be looking to cars as a sustainable means of transportation.


    http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/organic-agriculture-bad-environment-another-reason-eat-locally.html?campaign=daily_nl

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  • V. Deepan and R. Muthukumar aim to document organic farming through the length and breadth of the country.

    It would be a bike journey across India, inspired by “The Motorcycle Diaries”. Deepan was also fascinated by organic farming, and the lifestyle of tribals and their farming practices, so he worked the journey around this concept. Goan environmentalist Claude Alvares' book that listed India's organic farmers was his guide.

    By the time they set out on July 25, 2011 at 8.30 a.m. from Coimbatore, the project had cost them close to Rs. 8 lakh. They have equipped themselves with a Dell laptop, a Canon 7D, Sony high-definition handycam, a tent, and their companion through the trip — a souped-up 2006 Royal Enfield.

    Deepan and Muthu decided to cover 28 States, spend at least a fortnight in each one, visit organic farmers, and document their way of life. They will cover nearly 40,000 km, across hills and vales, jungles and streams, with 100-kg backpacks in tow.

    Nearly two weeks into their trip, the friends have visited farms in Pollachi, Udumalpet, Mettupalayam, Gobichettipalayam, Sathyamnagalam, Namakkal, Karur and Trichy, documenting unique organic farming practices. Muthu and Deepan, who normally ride from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., don't travel with a fixed plan. During the course of their journey, the duo discovered that organic farmers were not a minority.

    After the trip, the friends want to bring out a reference manual to link all organic farmers, as also a documentary of their life-changing journey.

    Their dream? That they get to set up an organic commune on the lines of the Tibetan settlement near Thimbam Ghats; where life is in consonance with Nature.

    http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/metroplus/article2321934.ece

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  • Srinivasamurthy, a farmer from Siddanahundi in T Narasipur taluk, supplies 200 varieties of indigenous paddy grown in his one acre plot through organic farming. He was inspired to take up farming after he read books on agriculture, and the problems being faced by agrarians due to seasonal vagaries. He says, “Once, I came across a book written by Dr Richarya which stated that India had at one time more than 4 lakh varieties of paddy. This inspired me to search for paddy varieties following which I toured Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Kerala and Orissa.”

    He then started growing the paddy in his land, which he irrigates with water from river Cauvery, and till date has grown more than 200 variants of rice, including Athi Karaya, Sannakki, Ratna Choodi, Ambe Mohara and Navara, which can be harvested between two to four-and-a-half months.
    This farming enthusiast says that his mission earns him a profit of Rs 80-90,000.

    http://ibnlive.in.com/news/this-man-protects-indias-paddy-variants/214669-60-115.html

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  • Rooftop rice: A meal and an eco-solutionParticipants plant rice on the Roppongi Hills' rooftop rice field, in Tokyo, in 2008. Around 130 participated in the rice planting event, held on the top of the building, which was built for environmental education purposes, and also helps to keep down electricity usage as the garden on the roof helps to insulate the structure in summer.

    in Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Green Buildings

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  • Salt-tolerant crops show higher capacity for carbon fixation.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111212124703.htm?utm_source=feedburner

    in Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry CO2 Sequestration

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    • Narsi 5 years ago

      Perhaps I missed it, but can someone tell me what new concept the researchers have discovered? Isn't it obvious that salt tolerant crops will grow well, have better yield in saline conditions and hence fix more carbon (more the yield = more carbon fixed). So, what exactly is new or interesting in what these folks are saying?

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