Emergent Futures Tumblelog

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Eugene Takle, speaking on the world’s emergency food supply in case of sudden collapse. Takle is Professor of Agricultural Meteorology and Director of the Climate Science Program at Iowa State University. (via climateadaptation)

Posted at 4:43pm and tagged with: climate change, agriculture, crops, drought, food, food security, security, national security, regional planning, usda, fda, government, farming, farms, Iowa,.

We don’t have a long-term reserve. We have a global food supply of about 2 or 3 weeks,
Paul Higgins: I am travelling in Cambodia and Vietnam at the moment and will not eat the prawns or shrimp for two reasons - the farming methods and the fact that they are filter feeders and therefore collect al sorts of stuff in their system

climateadaptation:

I don’t eat shrimp. Ever. Here’s why:

2 student teams, 2 innovative video reports on shrimp farming — Pace U. on best practices and a prospect for shrimp farmed with the planet in mind and Univ. of British Columbia on pollution, land and water problems in Thai shrimp industry.

(Source: revkin)

Posted at 8:42am and tagged with: revkin, farming, agriculture, aquaculture, environment, thailand, shrimp, food, pollution, crops, antibiotics, land use, economic development, EU, GMO, asia,.

Organic Agriculture: A Solution to Global Warming?

Paul Higgins: An interesting Freakonomics NYT piece which looks at the issue from all sides

Posted at 6:52pm and tagged with: climate change, farming, organic,.

Organic Agriculture: A Solution to Global  Warming?

Paul Higgins: An interesting Freakonomics NYT piece which looks at the issue from all sides

Downtown Detroit looks to ‘factory’ farming

IT is an unlikely place for a farm, particularly a large-scale, commercial, for-profit farm operation, but downtown Detroit, Mich., may soon be home to just that.

John Hantz, chief executive officer of Hantz Farms, has his sights set on building a green economy in Detroit that he hopes will become a global example of urban farming.

Posted at 2:22pm and tagged with: food, farming, urban,.

Downtown Detroit looks to ‘factory’ farming
IT is an unlikely place for a farm, particularly a large-scale,  commercial, for-profit farm operation, but downtown Detroit, Mich., may  soon be home to just that.
John Hantz, chief executive officer  of Hantz Farms, has his sights set on building a green economy in  Detroit that he hopes will become a global example of urban farming.

Self-Steered Tractors and UAVs: Future Farming Is (Finally) Now

It was 1903 when Robert Blair’s great-grandfather began farming the dry ridge overlooking the Clearwater River near Lewiston, Idaho. In 2001, when Blair took the reins, the farm’s books were still kept by hand. Now, he has deployed a set of Darpa-like technologies, including unmanned aerial vehicles and self-steering tractors.

Posted at 9:11pm and tagged with: robots, farming, agriculture,.

Self-Steered Tractors and UAVs: Future Farming Is (Finally) Now

It was 1903 when Robert Blair’s great-grandfather began farming the dry ridge overlooking the Clearwater River near Lewiston, Idaho. In 2001, when Blair took the reins, the farm’s books were still kept by hand. Now, he has deployed a set of Darpa-like technologies, including unmanned aerial vehicles and self-steering tractors.

Organic Dairies Watch the Good Times Turn Bad


For those farmers, the promises of going organic — a steady paycheck and salvation for small family farms — have collapsed in the last six months. As the trend toward organic food consumption slows after years of explosive growth, no sector is in direr shape than the $1.3 billion organic milk industry. Farmers nationwide have been told to cut milk production by as much as 20 percent, and many are talking of shutting down.

Posted at 6:46pm and tagged with: Dairy, Organic, Farming, Agriculture,.

Organic Dairies Watch the Good Times Turn Bad

For those farmers, the promises of going organic — a steady paycheck and salvation for small family farms — have collapsed in the last six months. As the trend toward organic food consumption slows after years of explosive growth, no sector is in direr shape than the $1.3 billion organic milk industry. Farmers nationwide have been told to cut milk production by as much as 20 percent, and many are talking of shutting down.