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Attracting Or Repelling Insects Using Different Scents
2014-04-01 15:48:26

University of Zurich Flowering plants attract pollinating insects with scent from their flowers and bright colors. If they have become infested with herbivores like caterpillars, they attract beneficial insects like parasitic wasps with the help of scent signals from their leaves. The wasps then lay their eggs in the caterpillars and kill the parasites. Floral and foliar scents can, however, mutually reduce their attractiveness. That's why flowering plants face a dilemma: should they use...

2014-03-27 20:20:36

BOSTON, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- American Farmland Trust, Conservation Law Foundation and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group released a report today geared toward generating a serious discussion on building a sustainable, regional food system in six New England states. The report, New England Food Policy: Building A Sustainable Food System, is the result of nearly two years of research and interviews with key players in the food system on how to increase...

2014-03-27 12:30:14

BURNABY, British Columbia, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The processed package food and fruits & vegetables accounted for the highest revenue share in Germany's organic food market Increasing purchasing power and consumer health concerns are significantly contributing towards the robust growth in organic food sales across the globe. In 2013, North America accounted for more than one third of the overall global demand for organic food, followed closely by Europe....

2014-03-25 23:36:14

Colorado-based Omega3Beef has developed a new cattle feed supplement that results in beef with the same heart-healthy omega 3’s in ocean fish. Now it’s using crowdfunding to gain federal regulators’ approval to sell the product to commercial customers in the beef industry. Aspen, CO (PRWEB) March 25, 2014 A former cattleman and energy executive is turning heads in the U.S. cattle industry with a bold venture that could rewrite the book on the nutritional value of that staple of the...

2014-03-25 23:33:58

This landmark COSA report illuminates the salient findings of research from nearly 18,000 comparable surveys in Africa, Asia and Latin America for coffee and cocoa - two important commodities that are the bellwethers for sustainability trends in other crops. Geneva, Switzerland (PRWEB) March 25, 2014 The Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA), joined by the five UN agencies of the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards and leading global firms, recently launched “The...

2014-03-19 23:33:30

Discover the secret to spring gardening success with growing mixes from PRO-MIX. (PRWEB) March 19, 2014 All great gardeners share one secret to success: soil. They know the most important step to a beautiful garden is filling beds and containers with the best soil. They understand that high-quality and nutritious soil doesn’t just happen, but like a great recipe, is created by understanding soil type, structure and drainage. They know rich soil is crafted by mixing beneficial...

2014-03-19 23:26:11

Market Size – USD 78.27 bn in 2013, Market Growth - CAGR of 15.7%, Market Trends – Increasing R&D to develop novel products. View Report http://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/organic-foods-beverages-market. San Francisco, California (PRWEB) March 19, 2014 Global organic food & beverages market is expected to reach USD 211.44 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 15.7% from 2014 to 2020. Growing adoption of organic food & beverages owing to associated health...

2014-03-17 23:01:10

JES Foods has been certified by the Global Organic Alliance to process and blend organic produce according to strict HACCP manufacturing standards. These stringent standards assure their clients of pure and fresh organic ingredients for food products. Celina, Ohio (PRWEB) March 17, 2014 With more consumers today concerned about food quality and how fresh produce is sourced, food industry players are responding by offering organic products. But how can that be accomplished cost-effectively...

2014-03-13 23:22:52

Leading Purveyor of Premium Teas Announces First Biodynamic Certified Teas Novato, CA (PRWEB) March 13, 2014 The Republic of Tea, leading purveyor of premium teas, is excited to announce the launch of its first ever Biodynamic® teas. The new collection of 100-percent Biodynamic teas includes a Biodynamic Organic Heirloom Chamomile Tea and Biodynamic Organic Darjeeling Tea. To receive Biodynamic certification, farms must meet the following standards: agronomic guidelines, greenhouse...

2014-03-13 23:01:55

Long-term gypsum users report more than 5:1 or higher returns for every dollar worth of gypsum applied to alfalfa and 2:1 or higher for corn. Yield, sulfur availability and soil quality improvements were top three reasons cited for gypsum use in study findings. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 13, 2014 A rigorous new study conducted by two highly respected agricultural economists brings to light the top reasons that crop growers apply gypsum to cropland. The study cites increased yields,...


Latest Sustainable agriculture Reference Libraries

Integrated farming
2013-09-20 13:33:38

Integrated farming is the practice of growing crops and raising livestock simultaneously. Integrated farming is diversification at its best. One intense example of integrated farming can be found in China where fish farming has been integrated with raising livestock, along with growing agricultural crops, such as vegetables. Other examples of integrated farming include using pigs to clear fields of rocks and roots prior to planting a crop. Poultry is used to clean up rotten fruit and...

Sheet Mulching
2013-08-05 12:36:35

Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening, is the process of turning barren ground into a more nourishing garden without digging. It is a layered system that can be used for a yard garden or a topical box garden. Starting at the bottom is a weed proof barrier, like newspaper or cardboard. On top of that is a twelve-inch layer of compost or mulch material such as old clothes, yard clippings, and manure, which provides for nutrient rich soil. Weed-free soil is added prior to planting the desired...

Forest Gardening
2013-07-31 15:46:47

Forest gardening is a woodland ecosystem that requires little maintenance. Forest gardening is a form of intercropping that is a seven tier, layering system utilizing the space from the sub-ground up to the canopy in order to provide high yielding food production for human consumption in wooded areas. Layering utilizes the photosynthesis to the maximum benefit for each tier within the forest garden. The canopy level consists of the tallest fruit/nut trees with dwarf trees in the...

Intercropping
2013-07-31 15:20:47

Intercropping is growing crops of multiple products in a specific area. Using the property for more than one crop serves dual purposes such as adding structural support along with providing needed nutrients as well as weed and pest control. Careful consideration and control is required when intercropping. Considerations such as soil content, the amount of water needed for each crop and the amount of sunlight needed for each crop. An example of intercropping are planting tall crops that...

Dryland Farming
2013-03-15 11:32:48

Dryland farming is farming without the aid of irrigation and only with the amount of rain fall given by Mother Nature. Dryland farming is typical in arid regions such as Southwestern United States, Mexico, the Middle East, and other regions that are known for growing grains. Dryland farming is practiced in all parts of Australia with the exception of the Northern Territory. Process Dryland farming involves the constant assessing of the amount of moisture present or lacking for any given...

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Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'