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Management of food systems and their underlying resources. These stories center on ways of maintaining productive, healthy, and sustainable systems of agriculture, fishing, and forestry. Included also are efforts to establish food security, community food systems, and responsible irrigation.

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Fighting fires with goats

BBC

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In northern Spain the Fire Flocks project uses goats to clear vegetation between grassland, bushes and treetops because this can help stop the spread of future wildfires. This depends on shepherds moving herds to key areas that are vulnerable to fire. It’s a difficult life, so the project support...

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What happens when a food bank is a grocery store?

Curbed Seattle

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The White Center Food Bank has transformed its storage space to mimic a normal grocery store setup, complete with shopping carts, volunteer baggers, and stocked shelves. This has made all the difference for some of the one in five Washington state residents who rely on food banks: with the new mo...

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Whisky and vodka flow as Tasmanian farmers embrace spirit of sustainability

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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In Australia, farmers are looking to diversify their crops in order to gain greater financial returns. For several farmers across different regions, this has resulted in looking to whiskey and vodka production.

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Razorback sucker is the latest rare Colorado River fish to make it back from the brink of extinction

The Colorado Sun

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A rare and endangered fish indigenous to the Colorado River has resurfaced in greater numbers as of late, moving it from the endangered to threatened list. Although not without limitations, the combined actions of "hatcheries, dam operators, landowners, native American tribes and state and federa...

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Kenya’s Government Is Evicting Indigenous People. Tech Helps Them Fight Back.

New York Magazine

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Kenya's indigenous communities are fighting the government's attempts to seize the land they live on using an app called This is My Backyard, or TIMBY. The app helps users to securely encrypt videos and pictures that can then be used for legal and publicity purposes, allowing community members to...

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Women Get a Voice in Conventional Agriculture

Yes! Magazine

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Because women make up a smaller percentage of farmers in America as compared to men in the field, their work and contributions to the industry are often overlooked. HarvestHER, a social media-based platform established by a small-town Montana farmer, aims to alleviate the stress of working in a m...

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Fondriest Environmental, David De Wit / Community Eye Health, Linda Steil / Herald Post, John Amis / UGA College of Ag & Environmental Sciences – OCCS, Andy B, Peter Garnhum, Thomas Hawk, 7ty9, Isriya Paireepairit, David Berger, UnLtd The Foundation For Social Entrepreneurs, Michael Dunne, Burak Kebapci, and Forrest Berkshire / U.S. Army Cadet Command public affairs

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