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WORLD ORGANIC NEWS


Jun 12, 2017

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CONTACT:  podcast@worldorganicnews.com

Can “Regenerative Farming” Save Us From Global Catastrophe — GarryRogers Nature Conservation

http://wp.me/p5Cqpo-frv

Advantages Of Organic Farming — Organic Farms

http://wp.me/p5Cqpo-frf

5 reasons why Sustainable Agriculture is good for the environment and you! — Crop Connect Chronicles

http://wp.me/p5Cqpo-fqB

Clean energy too big to be shut down by Trump – San Francisco Chronicle — Economics Outside the Cube

http://wp.me/p5Cqpo-fsr

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This is the World Organic News for the week ending 12th of June 2017.

Jon Moore reporting!

This week we begin with a post from the blog: GarryRogers Nature Conservation entitled: Can “Regenerative Farming” Save Us From Global Catastrophe?

Garry is not completely sure but he provides the article for our consideration. To give you some idea:

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“A growing corps of organic, climate, environmental, social justice and peace activists are promoting a new world-changing paradigm that can potentially save us from global catastrophe. The name of this new paradigm and movement is regenerative agriculture, or more precisely regenerative food, farming and land use.

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This is a subtle shift in thinking but it is critical. Thinking of food, farming and land use as separate and interconnected rather than just “agriculture” forces us to consider how each component can be regenerative. Regenerating the sector and those which support it. Regenerative land use is supported by composted food wastes from urban settings which in turn supports the farmer and then the food consumer, or as I like to think of them, people.

The article though has a different spin on this interconnectedness of the parts and I quote:

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“The basic menu for a regeneration revolution is to unite the world’s 3 billion rural farmers, ranchers and herders with several billion health, environmental and justice-minded consumers to overturn “business as usual” and embark on a global campaign of cooperation, solidarity and regeneration.

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Clearly I too was discussing the end of “business as usual” and have been since the first of February 2016, but I think the quote pretty much nails both the problem and the solution in one go. Not a lot of room there for Roundup, monocultures and seed monopolies. A vision worth pursuing, I would suggest.

And while I could, no where, find it stated, my understanding of regenerative agriculture is that it must be, by its very nature: Organic.

As I say this we can segway nicely into our next post from the Blog Organic Farms with their post: Advantages Of Organic Farming.

This is a lovely piece of confirmation bias. The piece offer five areas of advantage:

1 Tastier and healthier food

2 Lower use of pesticides

3 Soil management

4 Cost-effectiveness

And of course,

5 Environmental friendliness.

I will just add that is post was not written by someone who has English as their first language but it is worth a read. As ever, all posts and references have links in the show notes.

I will focus my attention on benefit number 4. Cost effectiveness. This is something I’ve wondered about for a long time. Especially on a mixed farm where manures are available as part of the processes of farming, the costs of organic farming should, nay must, be lower than that of chemical based farming. Clearly the organic system will not compete against CAFOs, that is confined animal feeding operations or feedlots as they are also know. But I’m not sure that is either a fair comparison or that CAFOs represent anything akin to farming in any way. They are modelled on the ideas of Henry Ford’s factories not on regenerative, life affirming interconnectedness of existence. I’m pretty sure I’ve ranted elsewhere on these systems and will let it go through to the keeper on this occasion.

The post though does provide some thoughts on the cost effectiveness of organic farms:

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As compared to conventional farming, biological production stays more cost-effective. The main reason behind this fact is that organic production does not use artificial fertilizers that affect the overall production cost. Additionally, when fertilizers are used, the crop will require an excess amount of water that also increase its cost.

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Extra water as a consequence of chemical fertiliser use was not something that I’d read nor considered before. If any listener has thoughts on this I’d love to hear them. email me at podcast@worldorganicnews.com. I’d love to hear from you on this or anything else on your mind.

And on the same theme, from the blog Crop Connect Chronicles we have the post: 5 reasons why Sustainable Agriculture is good for the environment and you!

As you would expect there’s some overlap with the previous piece but sufficient variation to give this piece a deeper look:

Their five reasons are:

1 Environmental Conservation

2 Reduction in Pollution

3 Healthy food for you

4 Social and environmental impact

and

5 Biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.

Click through the link, you’ll find the full article interesting.

And now to our final piece for the week from Economics Outside the Cube: Clean energy too big to be shut down by Trump – San Francisco Chronicle. Again this is a piece in support of my argument last week. Both that we need to end the use of fossil fuels and that the renewable sector is now too large to be stopped by centralised paid for governments. Certainly a punitive tax could placed on all solar panels and wind turbines to subsidise, I don’t know, say coal mining, but I suspect the political backlash would be unbearable for any incumbent government.

A shortish quote form the piece:

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Trump’s move on Thursday sent a “shock wave” through the renewable energy sector, Mark Bauhaus, a partner at Just Business, a San Francisco tech incubator. But the business opportunity in the so-called decarbonization of the economy is “bigger than the Internet,” he said.

“We have to remake the economy for low-carbon, clean energy, efficient everything: transportation, agriculture, appliances, houses, generation, all the grids,” Bauhous said. “The fact that the federal government is going backwards doesn’t change that inexorable momentum.”

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And on that happy note we will end this week’s episode.

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Links

CONTACT:  podcast@worldorganicnews.com

Can “Regenerative Farming” Save Us From Global Catastrophe — GarryRogers Nature Conservation

http://wp.me/p5Cqpo-frv

Advantages Of Organic Farming — Organic Farms

http://wp.me/p5Cqpo-frf

5 reasons why Sustainable Agriculture is good for the environment and you! — Crop Connect Chronicles

http://wp.me/p5Cqpo-fqB

Clean energy too big to be shut down by Trump – San Francisco Chronicle — Economics Outside the Cube

http://wp.me/p5Cqpo-fsr