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Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa

Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Danielle Nierenberg and Daniel Bornstein say conservation is the way to get through the drought, and the state needs to be open to lessons.
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"Farmers in Mali, for example, convened a "citizens' jury" with the help of the International Institute for the Environment and Development, and proposed that crop researchers hone in on traditional seed varieties. These crops are typically better at withstanding drought--and can offer more resilience for farmers' livelihoods than so-called high-yielding varieties that often get touted as the solution for African food insecurity."

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Pesticides more toxic for soil organisms in dry soil, at enhanced temperatures

Pesticides more toxic for soil organisms in dry soil, at enhanced temperatures | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Soil organisms react more sensitive to marketable pesticides when exposed in dry soil and at enhanced temperatures. Both conditions may occur more often in the future due to climate change. Singularly and combined these factors lower the toxicity threshold of fungicides for springtails.
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Another important signal that using compost on soil in dry areas (prone to drought) provides greater benefits and less risk to soil (and therefore plant life).


Compost and mulching are both essential for dryer climates. Why not take a listen to agronomists Bob Shaffer and Stephen Andrews as they take us through the best practices for using mulch and composted mulch on your dry soils?

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Call for Food Revolution Based on Soil Health

Call for Food Revolution Based on Soil Health | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"Australia needs a nationwide effort to raise soil fertility, guarantee food security and a healthy diet – and lock up carbon.


The call comes from the Australian Soil Consortium (ASC), a group of leading farmers, agribusiness companies and scientists who are concerned for the future of one of the nation’s most valuable assets."

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Good stats here: “Improving our soil productivity could increase farm yields by 10-15%, adding around $5 billion a year to the nation’s bottom line,” says South Australian wheat farmer and ASC chair, David Shannon."


Check out our interview with Australian Advocate for Soil Health Major General Jeffery and composter Rhonda Daly for more on the topic of food and soil health in Australia.

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Cut and Dry: Stop Wasting Water

Cut and Dry: Stop Wasting Water | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"A poll released earlier this month by the Los Angeles Times showed that while nearly 90% of the over 1,500 registered voters who were surveyed agreed that water shortage was a “Crisis/major problem”, 82% felt it had a minor or no impact on their daily lives."

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This article provides some insight into human behaviour and shows clearly that changing habits and mindsets requires much more work than simply raising awareness of an issue. It remains clear that public outreach and education is crucial in order to make a real impact:


“We think that everything that we and other water utilities in California should be focusing on at this point is public education to change human behavior; to educate the public on how serious of a crisis this could be.”


We at Compostory agree. For more insights, check out our interview with Robert Reed of Recology talking about building compost & water saving awareness campaigns in Californian cities.

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Soaking Up Soil Conservation: Saving Water In The Face Of Drought

Soaking Up Soil Conservation: Saving Water In The Face Of Drought | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Water availability with the continuing drought has become a global issue. Soil conservation through composting helps the environment and land retain water.
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Great to see more articles on the importance of compost for tackling drought.


For more on this topic, be sure to tune into our 3 episode Drought Special on the Organic Stream podcast show, where we cover education and outreach (Episode 1), how to use compost and mulch on dry soils for maximum effect (Episode 2), and how the public sector can support compost and soil health to tackle drought (Episode 3).

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Applying Compost To Soil Can Help Cut Carbon Pollution

Applying Compost To Soil Can Help Cut Carbon Pollution | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
According to research, if compost were applied to 5 percent of California’s land used for livestock grazing, it could result in a year’s worth of emissions from farm and forestry industries being captured.
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Another article describing the great properties of compost.


Not only can compost cut carbon pollution, but it can help store water and protect against drought. For more, listen to our podcast episode on how compost can help Californian cities fight drought, and how we can best communicate this message.

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Your bottled water comes from the most drought-ridden places in the country

Your bottled water comes from the most drought-ridden places in the country | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Popular brands like Aquafina and Dasani source mainly from catastrophically dry parts of the West.
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Another reason to go for tap water instead.

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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?
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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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