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Hothouse Solutions

Jenny Splitter

10 November 2020

Paxton, Illinois, United States

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On his organic farm in Illinois, Will Glazik is experimenting with different types of agricultural methods to increase his crop yield while also avoiding the harmful impacts of industrial farming. He’s part of a growi...

Nigerian Tribune

Justice Nwafor

19 October 2020

Nigeria

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By using an agricultural technique that doesn’t use soil to grow crops, a farmer is upending the traditional farming practices in Nigeria and offering job opportunities to those who might otherwise be unemployed. Hydr...

Euronews

Giulia Bottaro

14 October 2020

Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

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As climate changes causes seawater to flood land and increase the salt content in soil, farms in Scotland and the Netherlands are experimenting with using the saltwater to grow food. Seawater Solutions is growing crop...

Arizona Daily Star

Henry Brean

20 September 2020

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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In an experimental garden in Arizona, scientists are seeing how to produce sustainable and local food in a desert environment. They’re growing plants under a photovoltaic “canopy” of solar panels that provide necessar...

Mongabay

Sandra Weiss

30 July 2020

Gandú, Bahia, Brazil

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Ernst Götsch, an agronomist and cocoa farmer in Brazil, uses a different method of agriculture that could be more beneficial to small farmers. His method, known as syntropic agriculture, is an agroforestry system wher...

BBC

Kwon Moon

24 July 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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There’s a subterranean, organic farm in one of Seoul’s subway stations that could be another way to approach sustainable urban farming. The “vertical” farm, known as Metro Farm, uses a mineral nutrient solution instea...

Civil Eats

Brian Allnutt

16 July 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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A multi-year experiment in Detroit is looking at environmentally sustainable ways to build urban soil. Some urban farmers are concerned about the high alkalinity levels in their soils, which can lead to potentially co...

Mongabay

Stephanie Hanes

8 July 2020

United States

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With the growing trend in regenerative agriculture, Propagate Ventures is working with farmers to transition them from conventional agriculture to agroforestry. This technique focuses on incorporating trees into farml...

Mother Jones

Maddie Oatman

May/June 2020

United States

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Indigo Agriculture, an ag-tech startup, is looking to pay farmers to draw carbon dioxide from the air and store it in the ground, which could help mitigate the effects of climate change and lower greenhouse gas emissi...

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Andy Isaacson

19 March 2020

Madagascar

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In Madagascar, insect researchers, regional conservationists, and humanitarian organizations have teamed up to promote the farming of crickets as a way to help preserve forests, save animals, and fight malnutrition. A...

PBS NewsHour

Mark Bittman

Melanie Saltzman

7 March 2020

Iowa, United States

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A group of women called The Women, Food and Agriculture Network was founded in 1998 in Iowa to educate female landowners about land conservation and implementing sustainable practices on their farms. The group has hel...

The Guardian

Anne Pinto-Rodrigues

25 February 2020

Kohima, Nagaland, India

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By reviving millet farming, farming communities are adapting to climate change. In India, the Millet Farmers Group, organized by a women’s rights nonprofit, the North East Network (NEN), helps farmers cultivate millet...

Mongabay

Basudev Mahapatra

10 February 2020

Odisha, India

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By returning to indigenous varieties of crops, farmers can increase ecological diversity and reliance to climate change. In India, hundreds of farmers in the state of Odisha have been returning to indigenous crops, li...

Equal Times

Laura Villadiego

27 January 2020

Bula, Philippines

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By replacing fishing with seaweed cultivation, coastal communities in the Philippines are adapting to climate change and new market opportunities. In Bula, families are increasingly looking to seaweed as a source of i...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Claire Caulfield

30 December 2019

Hawaii, United States

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As concerns about food security grow in Hawaii amidst a backdrop of climate change, Pacific Islanders are leaning into agroforestry as a means to address the problem. Resilient to extreme weather, agroforests allow fo...

OpenGlobalRights

Wangũi wa Kamonji

5 December 2019

Tharaka, Kenya

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To build resilience against climate change, women in Kenya are spreading the knowledge of traditional farming and grains, offering sustainable alternatives to mass-produced crops like corn and wheat. By reinstating na...

The Guardian

Dan Collyns

29 November 2019

Cusco, Peru

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Climate change is impacting many crops and farmlands, but potato farmers in the Peruvian Andes are experimenting with genetic strains to diversify potatoes to help safeguard the vegetable for further climate changes. ...

Yes! Magazine

Timothy A. Wise

26 October 2019

Cuetzalán, Puebla, Mexico

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A collection of remote villages in Mexico have banded together to create "a union of cooperatives that is achieving food sovereignty through agroecology." Their efforts started in the 1990s, when corporations were loo...

Civil Eats

Nathan Beacom

15 October 2019

Ames, Iowa, United States

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Farmers in Iowa have been experimenting with native prairie crops – using native plant species as buffers on farmlands – in an effort to bring more pollination, soil health, water quality preservation, and carbon sequ...

Desert Sun

Melissa Daniels

10 October 2019

Desert Hot Springs, California, United States

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California-based cannabis company, Canndescent, has taken many steps toward low-carbon sustainability in its operations. The company uses commercial-scale solar energy, reverse-mounted ceiling fans, and microburst irr...

The Slowdown

Randi Eicher

10 October 2019

Nairobi, Kenya

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To combat the rapidly decreasing forest density in Kenya, an organization created "seedballs," or seeds from trees coated in charcoal and other nutrients that help the seeds survive long enough to germinate. The organ...

Bloomberg

Leila Hussain

Menglin Huang

29 July 2019

Holland, Netherlands

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As the world population increases and resources decrease, researchers across many countries are focusing on utilizing technology to make food production more efficient. From optimizing photosynthesis to enhancing plan...

The Colorado Sun

Tamara Chuang

29 July 2019

Palisade, Colorado, United States

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Eradicating invasive species requires enrolling a community effort. Although quarantines and chemical treatments have not proven effective in preventing the spread of Popilia japonica, or the Japanese beetle, to farms...

The New York Times

Michele Bigley

3 July 2019

Sonoma, California, United States

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Through collective action and informed practices, such as promoting grazing in vineyards, residents in fire-ravaged communities build a more resilient future. Across California’s wine region, locals have begun to reor...

Food Tank

Preetha Palasuberniam

18 May 2019

Italy

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In Northwest Italy, Laura Garzoli encourages bats to roost in her rice fields to reduce insects and other pests. Called an Inegrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy, Garzoli is employing fruit bats as a sustainable sol...

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