There is a flood of news coverage of the war in Gaza and Israel, but one thing you probably haven't heard is that farmers in much of Israel were evacuated from their farms to escape the ongoing rocket barrage of Israeli civilian areas. Israeli farms will not get through this crisis without help. Donate to save a farm.
#Israel #IsraelUnderAttack #SaveAFarm #Farms #Farm #Tzedakah #Mazeldon @mazeldon
Black Energy Policy and Sustainability Scholars: To apply to the UBC Forestry and Land and Food Systems Black Cohort position in Food, Forests and BioFuels – Policy:
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Calling all Black ecologists/energy policy researchers:
UBC Forestry & UBC Land and Food Systems are hiring 2 scholars engaged in research related to Food, Forests, and BioFuels as part of a Black Faculty Cluster Hire Initiative. More details included below. Please share and apply, apply, apply!
' Critics say the crop insurance program is now actually deterring climate adaptation by minimizing the true costs of growing in places that have become unsuitable. In some cases, federal crop insurance is also actually making climate impacts worse: As groundwater declines across the Midwest, for example, farmers may risk losing coverage if they take steps to conserve water, since irrigated crops receive higher payouts.... '
“the #startup will lead efforts to convert #coffee #farms from monocrop (single-crop) #landuse systems to more diverse agricultural systems through technical, operational and financing assistance”
“GrowGrounds work with #coffee #farmers all over the world to convert their production to #agroforestry to ensure better conditions for both the soil, the #coffee plants and nature in general” https://dailycoffeenews.com/2023/11/21/with-lofbergs-backing-danish-startup-growgrounds-seeks-environmental-change-in-coffee/
By John Sleigh
9th September 2022
"A North East mining company is searching for cobalt, nickel and copper under Aberdeenshire farmland.
“Starting this weekend, Aberdeen Minerals will be flying a helicopter in the area between Maud in the north down to Belhelvie in the south and from the coast to Insch in the west. Using a machine which produces an electronic pulse, the helicopter will produce data to map the geology of the area with the daily flights taking a month to complete the 3700km survey. The aircraft will travel in strips at 200metre intervals at a height of 100m off the ground, moving at the relatively slow speed of 50mph in a bid to discover the precious minerals.
“The project is being led by a group of #investors who set up a company in 2018 after working in mineral exploration across the globe. They picked Aberdeenshire as previous surveys have suggested that there are deposits of #cobalt, #nickel and #copper. The minerals are in high demand for making #LithiumBatteries which are increasingly important as the economy phases out #FossilFuels. The nickel price is currently sitting at around $21,000 per ton which has nearly doubled since March 2020.
“The focus on the search is around the #Arthath area which is 6km north of Ellon. Currently the company has agreements with around 20 farms for access and exploration. Most of the farms own their mineral rights – however in some cases the original owning estates have retained the rights [through #ManorialRights ], which has resulted in a three-party split on the agreement.
“CEO of Aberdeen Minerals, Fraser Gardiner, said: 'We are looking at where the demand will be in five to ten years and all the indications are that cobalt, nickel and copper will be needed and we don’t produce any in the UK. There was a lot of work done in the area in the 1970s and again in 2006 which all indicates there is deposits under the ground in Aberdeenshire. At the time when the original research was conducted the price environment was different and the technology was not as advanced so little was done to bring it to extraction.
“'But the mineral potential is there, it is even recognised by the local authority planning authority,' noted Mr Gardiner. 'The historic data and the research we have done since has been sufficient encouragement for our investors to progress with an aerial survey.'
“The particular type of rock which the company is searching for is gabbro – coarse-grained igneous rock, similar to granite. The rock type is common across the North East of Scotland but rare in the rest of the country and can hold copper, cobalt and nickel.
“Mr Gardiner explained: 'The rock often holds small but rich enough deposits of the precious minerals to make extraction financially viable. We are at a very early stage, as we don’t know where the deposits are and if they even exist.'
“Typically in other areas with similar geology, these types of deposits are 300 to 400 meters below the surface and in concentrations which suit underground mining. Some of the initial public reaction has been mixed to the prospect of mining, with many locals nervous about the enterprise. However, Mr Gardner is keen to stress that they are staying away entirely from an open cast mining system.
“If the helicopter survey indicates that cobalt, nickel and copper are in the ground then further agreements will be needed with some land owners for investigations to take place.
“Mr Fraser explained: 'If the helicopter survey shows further investigation is worthy then it would be between three and five years of work to get to a position where we needed to decide if a mine is to be developed. To put this into context, prospects like here have a one in 100 chance of coming to fruition. There are so many technical, economic and environmental factors at play. But having said that, all the indications so far make it worthy of further investigation.
“Currently all three minerals which are being searched for are imported to the #UK. However the UK Government publish a #Mineral Strategy which is encouraging more domestic production. At the moment the nearest copper mines to the UK are in #Spain, #Poland and #Scandinavia. Nickel and cobalt are also mined in Scandinavia. But globally the biggest producers of coppers are in #SouthAmerica, #cobalt from the #Congo and Nickel from #Russia and #Indonesia."
#Advocacy group #AnimalJustice is calling for #legislation requiring #cameras inside #farms and #slaughterhouses to improve #transparency, #accountability and the #humaneTreatment of #animals in the #AgriculturalUndustry.
The group released #SecretlyRecorded video #exposing what it describes as a shocking #failure of the #LegalSystem to #ProtectAnimals on farms at #ExcelsiorHogFarm, a #FactoryFarm in #Abbotsford, #BritishColumbia.
The competition for water between #cities and #farms is intensifying everywhere, as urban areas grow and weather patterns shift on the warming planet. The conflict is particularly stark in developing nations that are resource-rich, cash-poor, weak in governance and vulnerable to exploitation."
Worker advocates say the federal agency’s patchwork of enforcement across the country is fundamentally unfair.
Water of the #Colorado River is diverted for #irrigation in the California #Desert; most is used by #farms of 20 families. Only few grow food that people eat; most use the #water to grow hay for #livestock. 400,000 #cows are raised in the desert: https://projects.propublica.org/california-farmers-colorado-river/ (1/2)
Dane County lawmakers cited ProPublica reporting for the moves to improve the lives of dairy workers in southern #Wisconsin.
Smart Irrigation Technology Covers "More Crop Per Drop"
https://news.mit.edu/2023/gear-lab-creates-affordable-user-driven-smart-irrigation-controller-1025 <-- shared technical article
“Placing solutions in the cloud but learning with boots on the ground, GEAR Lab researchers build low-cost, solar-powered irrigation tools to make precision agriculture more accessible..."
#water #waterresources #hydrology #irrigation #smartirrigation #GEAR #MIT #agriculture #farming #global #watermanagement #watersecurity #solarpowered #precisionagriculture #subsistencefarmers #crops #foodproduction #waterscarcity #soilquality #smallholder #farms #farmers #waterstress #sustainableagriculture #dripirrigation #MoreCropPerDrop #appliedscience #appliedtechnology
“the initiative is designed to arm #Fairtrade-certified #coffee and #cocoa cooperatives with #data on the #farms that supply them, in order for them to share #data with commercial partners to identify #deforestation risks”
“goal is that #farmers have the #data they need to move forward in a changing regulatory environment, which ultimately contributes to their #sustainability as businesses and communities” https://dailycoffeenews.com/2023/11/07/fairtrade-and-satelligence-launch-deforestation-monitoring-initiative/ #EU #Europe #regulation
@LauraRBelin i know i am a rando but i was thinking about something that sounds like a great way to make a change at the governor's mansion, but i don't know if it's actually interesting and if there's anything actionable there?
i don't think it's a waste of time even if it's a bad idea, and ordinarily imposter syndrome makes that impossible to say, so i'm going with it.
"kim who?" a daydream of family #farms and scientific boomtowns
#Israel’s #HiddenVictims, #Arab #Bedouins, Were Attacked by #Hamas Too. At least 17 died in the Hamas attacks, and many more in the #impoverished community have since lost their livelihoods in #Jewish #farms that were #ransacked. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/29/world/middleeast/israel-hamas-arab-bedouins.html
Lost Forest Gardens of Europe
"In the hills above the Po river in N Italy, there are a handful of #farms that look almost the same today as they would have 3000 years ago.
There are rows of short pruned trees, with fruit-laden grape vines festooned between them. The trees are common natives that produce #fruit, firewood, #basketmaking materials, & #fodder for farm animals. The grapes are ancient cultivars that have been grown for millennia. Between rows of grapes & trees are diverse plots of cereals, hayfields, vegetables, & herbs. In a single field, one can find all of the staples needed to live & support the farmstead. This is a resilient system modeled on a #forest. Unlike monocultures of grapes or grain, diversity is the strength here. Disease outbreaks & unseasonable weather have a limited impact. If one crop has a bad year, there are a dozen others to pick up the slack. Designed to last millennia & that is what they have done." https://www.shelterwoodforestfarm.com/blog/the-lost-forest-gardens-of-europe#The-Continent-Wide-Orchard #permaculture #agroforestry
‘All that is missing is a whip’: How Home Office ignored migrant worker abuses on farms | The Independent
Unsurprising #PostBrexit rapid reduction in #food standards. The #UK is going backwards.
Buy #local if you can. Find #farms you can buy from or #neighbours selling back_garden or #allotment #produce or an #egg or two. Reducing #carbonFootprint whilst having knowledge of your #sources
#Hens shouldn't be #caged. Now we're more aware of what's happening we can act on it for the sake of the animals and our own #health.
#eggs #Animal #AnimalWelfare #FoodSafety
Two Japanese sisters in India have become engaged in the delivery and sale of straight-from-the-farm organic vegetables. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2023/10/24/japan/society/india-vegetables-sisters/?utm_content=buffer1ed97&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #japan #society #india #organicfood #farms
U.S. Forest Service & Northwest Climate Hub #Fellowship USFS Fellowship for #Carbon Management on Working Lands This fellow will engage with USDA Climate Hub staff to focus on a national priority of the Forest Service, improving the condition of forests and grasslands. To address this priority, the fellow will collaborate with USDA Climate Hub staff to develop information on carbon management on working lands (#forests, #rangelands, and #farms) https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/USDA-USFS-2023-0290
As chronic wasting #disease (#CWD ) ravaged #deer populations across the country in recent years, studies have primarily focused on how CWD can jump from #farmed #herds to wild deer, with little attention given to how transmission may occur from wild deer to those living on #farms.
On our yearly October trip to the Smoky Mountains, we always paid a visit to this old barn located high on a mountaintop in North Carolina. Except for a little more weathering every year, it mostly looked the same on each visit. Miss seeing that old barn.
This Old Barn is available here with #FreeShipping https://www.pictorem.com/819995/This%20Old%20Barn%20.html
"At The Edge Of Antietam" … a wonderful old #barn located at the edge of the #Antietam Battlefield in #Sharpsburg MD. I digitally #hand-painted this in #CorelPainter using the lines of one of my own photos as a starting point.
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Indonesia drought: Thousands face food shortages
"New California rules would crush rooftop solar for renters"
"The policy changes set forth in this month’s proposed decision from the #California Public Utilities Commission would essentially eliminate financial incentives for property owners to install #RooftopSolar in shared settings, such as #schools, #farms or #multifamily dwellings."
If you know anyone raising ruminants on #Maui who have been impacted by the #fires and need feed for their #livestock, send them my way. There is a barge of grass hay and alfalfa pellets on the way and coordination efforts are being made with #farms in need. We need to know where the animals are, how many animals and what species. This includes any help needed for evacuated animals and their caretakers. #aide #goats #sheep #agriculture #mutualaide #rescue #animalrescue #lahaina
“We have to come up with a solution.”
NGL I bought myself a half pound treat of that #organic SL28 #coffee light/medium roast, with the tasting notes of plum, nougat, stone fruits, bergamot (that's what sold me) and green tea. I can't say that it tastes like any of those things, bc everybody knows I'm a peasant, but it's really really good and I haven't had REALLY good #coffee in literally years.
#treatYoself #drinkLocal if you can grow it or afford it. Also, there are 800 coffee #farms on big island, many have fantastic coffee, this one is merely one of them/not an advertisement.
by Tom Perkins, Thu 12 May 2022 11.00 EDT
"Maine last month became the first state to ban the practice of spreading PFAS-contaminated sewage sludge as fertilizer.
"But it’s largely on its own in the US, despite a recent report estimating about 20m acres of cropland across the country may be contaminated.
"Most states are only beginning to look at the problem and some are increasing the amount of sludge they spread on farm fields despite the substance being universally contaminated with PFAS and destroying livelihoods in Maine.
"'Maine is at the forefront of this because we’ve seen first-hand the damage that sludge causes to farms,' said Patrick MacRoy, deputy director of the non-profit Defend Our Health Maine. The new law also prohibits sludge from being composted with other organic material.
"PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a class of chemicals used across dozens of industries to make products resistant to water, stains and heat. Though the compounds are highly effective, they are also linked to #cancer, #KidneyDisease, #BirthDefects, decreased #immunity, #liver problems and a range of other serious diseases.
"Sewage sludge is a semi-solid mix of human excrement and industrial #waste that water treatment plants pull from the nation’s sewer system. It’s expensive to dispose of, and about 60% of it is now lightly treated and sold or given away as 'biosolid' fertilizer because it is high in plant nutrients.
"Maine and #Michigan are the only two states that are routinely checking sludge and farms for PFAS, and both are finding contamination on farms to be widespread.
"Maine’s legislature banned the practice of spreading sludge as fertilizer in April  after environmental officials discovered astronomical levels of PFAS in water, crops, cattle and soil on farms where sludge had been spread, and high PFAS levels have been detected in farmers’ blood.
"#Contamination from PFAS-tainted sludge has already poisoned well water on around a dozen farms, and has forced several Maine farms to shutter. The state is investigating about 700 more fields where PFAS-contaminated sludge was spread in recent years. Farmers have told the Guardian that many of their peers with contaminated land won’t alert the state because they fear financial ruin.
"Maine also approved the creation of a $60m fund that will be used to help farmers cover medical monitoring, for buyouts and for other forms of financial assistance.
"'Folks have been left out to dry without any real help so we’re grateful to see that,' MacRoy said. The sludge legislation comes after Maine last year enacted the nation’s first ban on non-essential uses of PFAS in products. It goes into effect in 2030.
"In Michigan, environmental officials have downplayed the detection of PFAS in sludge and on farms, and although the state prohibits highly contaminated sludge from being spread, it allows higher levels of the chemicals in sludge than Maine. State regulators have also identified PFAS polluters and required them to stop discharging the chemicals into the sewers.
"Questions remain about whether that’s enough to keep PFAS out of Michigan’s food supply. Instead of implementing a wide-scale program to test livestock, crops and dairy, the state identified 13 farms it considered most at risk and has claimed contamination on other farms isn’t a risk.
"Michigan is ahead of most other states. In #Virginia, environmental regulators are considering permitting an additional 6,000 acres worth of sludge to be spread and have so far resisted public health advocates’ calls to test for PFAS and reject new sludge permits.
"In #Alabama, the state’s department of environmental management said in 2019 that 'the best use of biosolids is as a [fertilizer].'
"Even as the crisis unfolds in Maine, officials in Alabama are increasing the amount of out-of-state sludge that’s imported and spread on fields or landfilled, and the state in 2020 updated its biosolids rule to 'encourage' the use of #biosolids as fertilizer. Alabama does not test sludge for PFAS."
“It’s a Catch-22 for a lot of folks,” advocates say.
Story by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes, July 27, 2023
"A wildfire that started in #Klickitat County, Washington, on Friday afternoon destroyed more than 30,000 acres in less than a day and continues to grow as it feeds on brush, grass and forest vegetation.
"Fire crews are working to extinguish the #NewellRoadWildfire near #Bickleton, which has resulted in the evacuation of residents in the rural area, and is threatening #farms, #livestock, #homes and #wind and #SolarFarms, reported KOMO News.
"'It's very difficult terrain to fight fire,' said Allen Lebovitz, a spokesperson for the state's Department of Natural Resources, as Reuters reported. 'We are under a red flag warning. That's a #firefighter's worst nightmare because the #humidity is dropping precipitously. The winds are picking up. And so the fire carries extremely fast.'
"Lebovitz said the fire was heading in the direction of the #Yakama Indian Reservation."
My first #research paper published as a doctoral supervisor 😁 #antibiotics use and #antimicrobialresistance on dairy #farms 🐄 in #Austria 🇦🇹 Young calves were much more likely to be harbouring resistant E.coli than older calves and adult cows, common finding globally, but reasons still not completely clear and no direct link to antibiotics used on these farms. #antibioticresistance remains very complex!
#veterinarymedicine #academicmastodon #AntibiotikaResistenzen
It is ludicrous that we’ve managed to screw things up to the point where putting manure on fields is a problem. In a fully-functioning system, this is how it would work: cycling of nutrients, with the “waste” fertilising the next cycle. We’ve added a huge amount of extra fertiliser to the system just to keep the food system going, and now it’s all in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“Loophole lets farmers pollute England’s rivers with excess manure”
Solar sprawl is tearing up the Mojave Desert. Is there a better way?
There’s not nearly enough space on rooftops to supply all U.S. electricity — especially as more people drive electric cars.
Even an analysis funded by rooftop solar advocates and installers found that the most cost-effective route to phasing out fossil fuels involves **six times more power** from #big #solar and #wind #farms than from smaller local solar systems.
The so-called Oracle of Omaha owns NV Energy, the monopoly utility that supplies electricity to most Nevadans. NV Energy and its investor-owned utility brethren across the country earn huge amounts of money #paving over #public #lands with solar and wind farms and building #long-#distance #transmission #lines to cities.
People often describe weeding as "meditative," but you never hear about anyone going off on a six day silent weeding retreat...
#StevenDonziger: The man who stood up to an oil giant, and paid the price
26 February 2020
"The link between #ecological protection and #HumanRights is evident in #Ecuador’s #Amazon basin, where massive #OilPollution has destroyed #forests and #farms and left some of the world’s poorest people with #BirthDefects and a #cancer epidemic. In 1993, Ecuador’s Frente de Defensa de la Amazonía (FDA), representing 30,000 victims of #Chevron’s toxic oil waste, asked Donziger to help them win compensation for what is likely the largest oil-related human disaster in history."
#PeopleNotProfits #Pollution #ToxicWaste #EnvironmentalPollution #EnvironmentalRacism
Following the Death of an 8-Year-Old on a Wisconsin Dairy Farm, Officials Look to Bridge Law Enforcement Language Gap
Now, officials hope to improve how #LawEnforcement interacts with non-English speakers.
Meanwhile, the boy’s family has settled a suit against the farm.
I found this scene rather interesting as the tumbleweeds were slowly taking over. I showed this photo to my step-father (it’s his family’s farm) and he found it funny that I was so interested in a manure spreader! :)
#Photography #Photo #TravelPhotography #Photographer #Art #ArtBooster #Prints #MastoArt #FediArt #AYearForArt #Canon #CanonDSLR #Photos #Photograph #PhotoArt #PhotographyLovers #Landscape #Nature #BlackAndWhitePhoto #BlackAndWhitePhotography #Monochrome #BlackAndWhite #Farm #Farms
How We Reached Workers While Reporting on Dairy Farm Conditions
As we reported on dairy farms in #Wisconsin, we knew we’d have to get creative in how we got our articles to the affected workers.
Here’s how ProPublica reporters Melissa Sanchez & Maryam Jameel went beyond a simple translation to reach dairy farm workers.
Even MORE about HPAI (Highly Pathogenetic Avian Influenza):
6. The signs of HPAI in poultry:
-coughing, discharge from the beak or mouth
-swelling and discoloration of the eyelids, hocks, comb, wattle
-decreased egg production/misshapen eggs
7. If you suspect your birds have HPAI then you MUST (in NYS anyway) report it to local authorities. The following applies to NYS only but other states have local equivalents.
If it's a wild bird or animal, report it to the Department of Environmental Conservation. They have local and regional offices.
If it's a domestic and/or commercial flock, report it to Cornell Cooperative Extension.
For all the USA: there are Soil and Water Conservation Districts for every county. They will know who to contact to report suspected HPAI cases.
That's all! Spread the word!
It's been 60 years since the Equal Pay Act was passed, and...we still don't have #equalpay. Here's what lawmakers are trying to do about it, and some things you can do to make what you're worth.
As someone who (for my sins!) used to be part of the #FishFarming #industry in #Scotland I believe that nothing about the current #corporate #multinational business model is #sustainable, or #fish #welfare friendly.