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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.
The Organic Stream's insight:

"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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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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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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Is soil fingerprinting the future way to track soil health? | Farms.com

Is soil fingerprinting the future way to track soil health? | Farms.com | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
New methodology tracks soil health changes in top soil
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"The framework and its field form are a standalone tool to track changes in the characteristics of individual soil samples. It has not been integrated into precision agricultural methods, although the information from soil fingerprints could provide more information to explain yield differences in a field that may help with the way precision management could be implemented."

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Organic mulch lets insect pollinators do their job

Organic mulch lets insect pollinators do their job | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Researchers compared the effects of nontillage weed control methods, including polyethylene black plastic, woodchips, shredded newspaper, a combination of shredded newspaper plus grass clippings, and bare soil (control) on soil characteristics, squash pollination and fruit production, and squash bee nesting. Shredded newspaper combined with grass clippings was determined to be effective mulch material that improved crop performance with no apparent negative impacts on squash bee nesting or on squash floral resources and pollination.
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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.
The Organic Stream's insight:

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."

The Organic Stream's insight:

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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State of Composting in the US: by ISLR, BioCycle, and Experts ...

State of Composting in the US: by ISLR, BioCycle, and Experts ... | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A project that combines thought leaders Brenda Platt (Institute for Local Self-Reliance), Nora Goldstein (BioCycle), Craig Coker (Coker Composting & Consulting) and Sally Brown (University of Washington), the reports profile ...
The Organic Stream's insight:

Important reads, linking soil health to compost.


Links in the page include sneak peeks to the two new reports:


State of Composting in the US: What, Why, Where & How 

and

Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting 


More coverage on the project here.

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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

The Organic Stream's insight:

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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Land Use Tweaks Can Halve CO2 Emissions Gap

Land Use Tweaks Can Halve CO2 Emissions Gap | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A new report, “Halfway There? What the Land Sector Can Contribute to Closing the Emissions Gap Post-2020,” contributes some very useful measurement schemes that will benefit nations beginning to calculate their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) prior to the critical Paris UN climate change meeting (COP21) this December. These metrics will aid in bridging the gap
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TOS#29: Horticulture Special #1: Compost’s Transformative Effect On Olive Orchard. With Graham Brookman (South Australia). | OrganicStream.org

TOS#29: Horticulture Special #1: Compost’s Transformative Effect On Olive Orchard. With Graham Brookman (South Australia). | OrganicStream.org | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
TOS#29: We discuss with Graham Brookman the unique benefits of compost use on the poor soils and olive orchard on his farm the Food Forest, and explore the challenges he faced, and the factors that lead to such a great success.
The Organic Stream's insight:

The first podcast episode of 2015 is now published!

We’re kicking off the year with a focus on the use of compost in horticulture – how compost use affects soil composition and soil health, and the plants or crops grown in it.

This week: Poor quality soil and delicate crops could have spelled disaster for South Australian organic farmer Graham Brookman, but with a steady use of compost, their property has transformed into a thriving business. We speak with Graham about how compost worked to saved his soils and his olive crops, explore the challenges he faced, and the factors that lead to such a great success.

Topics include: cost factors involved, sourcing compost, how best to apply compost to olive orchards, yield increase, saving water and reducing plant stress in a hot climate, and more.

Thanks to BiobiN® for making this episode possible.

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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.
The Organic Stream's insight:

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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Advances in soil carbon could be the key to improving food security and water quality | Rothamsted Research

Advances in soil carbon could be the key to improving food security and water quality | Rothamsted Research | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"The Global Advances in Soil Carbon Management recommendations, which have been compiled by a team of international scientists, could have a significant impact on land degradation, food security, water quality and greenhouse gas emissions from land."

The Organic Stream's insight:

This is a big step forward in our effort to protect soils. And at The Organic Stream we are happy to see the project place such a strong emphasis on the importance of soil carbon for soil health.


Soil carbon is primarily stored in the soil organic matter (and of course, compost is rich in organic matter!).

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The Secret to a Carbon-Friendly Diet May Surprise You

The Secret to a Carbon-Friendly Diet May Surprise You | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Author Nicolette Hahn Niman discusses soil's important role in sequestering carbon and the unexpected ways that eaters can help mitigate climate change.
The Organic Stream's insight:

It doesn't surprise us at Compostory.


If you're interested in the topic of soil health and its integral role in our survival, why not listen to Robin Murray in our two-part podcast show on this very topic!


Listen to episode one here.

And episode two here!

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NYC: Reaching True Sustainability With Community Composting

NYC: Reaching True Sustainability With Community Composting | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Episode 21: Focusing on community composting in New York City with David Buckel, exploring how it can educate the public about sustainability, how it fits into a larger organics recycling system, and the challenges and opportunities composters face.
The Organic Stream's insight:

The new season of The Organic Stream is out! In this episode, we take a detailed look at the growing community composting movement in New York City with David Buckel of Added Value Red Hook Community Farms in Brooklyn. He tells us about the integral role community composting plays in the city, calling on policy makers to commit to a sustainable vision that includes community composting and ensure against the dangers of friction between community composting and curbside collection schemes.


Thank you to ORBIS for making this episode possible.

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