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Celebrating #WorldWaterDay

Celebrating #WorldWaterDay | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"This World Water Day we honor the projects, people, and programs working tirelessly to achieve more with less water.


Irrigation causes excessive water depletion from aquifers, erosion, and soil degradation, but more sustainable irrigation practices, including center pivot irrigation systems and solar drip irrigation, can help improve crop productivity and yields and reduce water usage. Using rainwater harvesting, zai pits, micro-irrigation, bottle irrigation, gravity drip buckets, rotational grazing systems, and other water-saving practices can all help create diverse landscapes, supporting wildlife and culture."

The Organic Stream's insight:

Water conservation and soil health and intrinsically linked. 2015 has been declared the International Year of Soils, and on World Water Day this year, we should remember that by protected our soils (with practices like incorporating cover crops, planting trees on farms, and intercropping), we can help it to collect and store water.


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Compost For Soils - Application Guide

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Compost for Soils is an excellent (and free!) composting and agriculture resource, featuring easy to digest and comprehensive fact sheets and case studies.


Check out the rest of their composting fact sheets and explore the site.

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Could carbon farming save our soils?

Could carbon farming save our soils? | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"Lal said he believes the world’s soils have declined through centuries of improper land management that has removed and depleted alarming amounts of carbon from soils worldwide. He attributes the loss of soil carbon to ecosystem destruction — cutting down forested, natural ecosystems to create agricultural ecosystems, erosion and desertification — and nonsustainable farming and nutrient techniques such as plowing instead of no-till farming and using chemical fertilizers instead of spreading manure on fields. Significant areas of fertile soil also have disappeared as cities keep growing"

The Organic Stream's insight:

Good article, and great to see more coverage on carbon's importance for our soils.


"With judicious management, productivity and nutritional quality can be improved to feed the current and projected population while improving the environment and restoring ecosystem functions and services.”


Let's come together to make it happen!


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Reducing Postharvest Loss on the Ground: Interview with Noel Valentin Mulinda

Reducing Postharvest Loss on the Ground: Interview with Noel Valentin Mulinda | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
“The most powerful postharvest tool is knowledge,” says Noel Valentin Mulinda, a recent graduate from the Postharvest Education Foundation’s e-learning program.
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A huge percentage (between 30-80%) of food waste around the globe can be attributed to post-harvest loss. Finding solutions will cut down on food waste exponentially, and will benefit farmers.

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Five Recommendations for Sustaining Agricultural Innovation

Five Recommendations for Sustaining  Agricultural Innovation | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Innovation on African smallholder farms is the subject of a new report available through the Global Forum on Agriculture Research.
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Yacouba Sawadogo - The Man Who Stopped the Desert | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities

Yacouba Sawadogo - The Man Who Stopped the Desert | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Yacouba Sawadogo is an innovative African farmer whose techniques have helped inhabitants of the Sahel fight the expanding desert and improve the quality of the soil
The Organic Stream's insight:

Not a very new story, but a very good story. Yacouba Sawadogo's perseverance and faith in the ancient African farming practices (using compost) shows us that we already have working solutions to the soil crisis and desertification. An inspirational man.

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Healthy vineyards grow more than grapes

Healthy vineyards grow more than grapes | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

What helps to absorb greenhouse gases, extend the life of farmland and keep soil moist in times of drought? At one of the Napa Valley’s most famed wineries, growers turn their eyes downward for their answer – toward the humble-looking, easy-to-miss plants between the rows of grapevines.

The Organic Stream's insight:

Cover crops and compost are sure-fire ways to support soils and improve olive growth! (what's not to like about that?).


For a more detailed understanding, listen to viticulturists Bob Schaffer and Bob Cannard explain how cover crops have transformed their vineyards on Episode 16 of our podcast).

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City soil healthier than farm soil, say experts

City soil healthier than farm soil, say experts | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The soil in city allotments is much healthier than that on our farmland, according to scientists who see urban farming as the answer.
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The result of unsustainable and intensive farming across the world has lead to wide-spread depletion of nutrients in our soils and now we're looking to urban areas for our farming future.


How well could this have been avoided had we returned nutrients back to the soils in the form of compost throughout this time? Hopefully this news will accelerate the movement towards separate collection and treatment of organics.


Take our free online course to learn more about setting up a successful organics collection & treatment system in your community!

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NY FarmNet is Helping to Reduce the Epidemic of Farmer Suicide On Their Home Soil

NY FarmNet is Helping to Reduce the Epidemic of Farmer Suicide On Their Home Soil | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Farming has the highest rate of suicide of any job. Food Tank speaks with NY FarmNet, a non-profit organization proactively working to support farmer families.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Farmer suicide is a serious and global matter and an indication that something is very wrong with our current system. How are we failing our farmers? What steps can we take to support them?


In our podcast episode on drought policy in Australia, Advocate for soil health General Michael Jeffery and Rhonda Daly of Ylad Living soils spoke with on the great challenges farmers face, including uncoordinated agricultural policy, land management, and the lack of support from banks, urban dwellers and the public sector, and what steps we can take to start supporting them better.


Listen here.

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Outsmarting the drought - Sustainable Agri-Management Practices

Outsmarting the drought - Sustainable Agri-Management Practices | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Despite no rainfall the first four months of Shahar Caspi’s second season of raising food for his neighbors, water usage dropped 30 percent and yields increased. So, how does he do it?
The Organic Stream's insight:

It is inspiring to see more proof of how using compost, manures, mulches and cover crops can dramatically improve soils and crops, and make them drought-resistant. Shahar Caspi has decreased water usage despite the lack of rainfall, and in this article he emphasises the need to respect and save as much water as we can.


Cover crops especially are becoming more and more popular as we learn about their water saving and soil-improving benefits.  We recently invited two experienced farmers and viticulturalists onto our weekly podcast to tell us all about their successful use of cover crops on their vineyards .  You can listen to the interview here.

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