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Basudev Mahapatra

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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...

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Monica Humphries

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31 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Cultivating a more diverse generation of farmers requires training and mentorship. In New York, GrowNYC’s FARMroots program trains new farmers of diverse backgrounds. The FARMroots Beginning Farmer Program offers cour...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Claire Caulfield

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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...

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Sena Christian

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17 December 2019

Guinda, California, United States

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Drastic solutions to climate change tend not to pan out (like trying to get everyone to stop eating meat), but careful adaptation is making real progress. In California, many smaller-scale farms are trying out new met...

The Colorado Sun

Nancy Lofholm

28 November 2019

Colorado, United States

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The Four Corners region in southwest Colorado has become home to nearly 500 varietals of apples, revitalizing the industry as a whole, thanks to the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project. The practice of researching a...

Ensia

Jennifer Hattam

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22 November 2019

Mardin, Turkey

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The Turkish organization, Living Soil, Local Seed, is working with Turkish women and Syrian refugees to help rebuild and diversify the local agricultural system that was once thriving. Using local knowledge and survey...

PBS NewsHour

Megan Thompson

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Melanie Saltzman

16 November 2019

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Planting perennial grains for human consumption retains more nutrients in the soil, prevents soil erosion, and traps carbon. Farmers and researchers have been working to develop a commercially viable perennial grain, ...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

7 November 2019

Bennett, Colorado, United States

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Emerald Garden farm in Colorado is a microgreens hydroponic farming operation that is using a comprehensive approach toward conducting business. From experimenting with new practices to reduce food waste to diversifyi...

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...

WGLT

Ryan Denham

Sean Newgent

3 October 2019

Illinois, United States

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A gene editing practice called CRISPR is transforming a penny-shaped weed known as pennycress into a cover crop. This practice offers farmers a source of revenue in their off season and provides habitats for insects, ...

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...

BBC

Daniel Gordon

20 May 2019

Bogotá, Colombia

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Growing flowers and plants in fields where cows graze leads to a healthier diet, larger cows, more enriched soil, and less methane emitted into the atmosphere. About 4,000 farmers have received funding to transform th...

Harvest Public Media

Madelyn Beck

20 May 2019

Illinois, United States

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From small farms to the larger, agriculture industry, changes are being made to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas being emitted into the air. With methane emissions considered one of the top worst greenhouse gasses ...

Berkeley Science Review

Casey Smith

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11 May 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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The Urban Bee Lab at UC Berkeley has spent over a decade collecting data about native Californian bees who regularly interact with humans so that they can share their findings to help farmers improve production. The l...

NPR

Lauren Sommer

2 May 2019

Modesto, California, United States

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California’s Healthy Soils Initiative is providing funding for farmers across the state to grow cover crops that will help move carbon from the air to the soil. Doing so not only cleans the air, but helps the soil and...

The Guardian

Matthew Taylor

24 April 2019

United Kingdom

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Governments, UN officials, and climate experts alike are ringing the alarm bells of growing soil degradation around the world. But a new agricultural movement is tackling this challenge head on. Instead of the centuri...

KQED

Lauren Sommer

22 April 2019

California, United States

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Richer soil not only retains more water and minerals, it also trap carbon from the atmosphere absorbed by plants. As California works to meet its carbon neutral goal, the state is enlisting farmers in its climate chan...

NPR

Dan Charles

13 April 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Human beings' reliance on crops like wheat and rice has a detrimental environmental effect: because these annual crops need replanting every year, farmers are required to destroy any existing vegetation in order to ge...

Earth Journalism Network

Amrita Gupta

2 March 2019

Uttarakhand, India

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Mountains are particularly vulnerable to climate change, and a mountain city in India is finding sustainable solutions in traditional agriculture. Women overwhelmingly make up the farming workforce in Uttarakhand and ...

Mongabay

Daniyar Serikov

2 January 2019

Isfara, Tajikistan

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Many farmers in Tajikistan are transitioning from Soviet-era monoculture to agroforestry, a method that more closely mimics natural ecosystems. While the farms are small, many payoffs--good income, diverse crops, robu...

The Christian Science Monitor

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Laurent Belsie

28 December 2018

Iowa, United States

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After decades of planting almost solely corn and soybeans, across the Midwest and Plains, farmers are trying new methods to restore nutrients and replenish their soils. Methods like no-till farming, growing diverse co...

Mongabay

Deusdedit Ruhangariyo

11 December 2018

Butanda, Uganda

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Communities across Uganda have been realizing the benefits of agroforestry, an old farming system that mimics natural ecosystems. Apart from creating a diverse, stable local food supply, the practice promotes soil hea...

Mongabay

Tesfa-Alem Tekle

4 December 2018

Bule, Ethiopia

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Farmers in Bule, Ethiopia, are practicing agroforestry, a diverse cropping method that mimics natural ecosystems. A survey found a stunning average of 16 crop species, including 21 species of tree, on farms. The benef...

Mongabay

Sonali Prasad

30 November 2018

Rayagada, India

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The women of India's Dongria Kondhs, with some assistance from grassroots organizations, are leading an effort to move away from monoculture and back to lost seed varieties. A community can grow as many as 50 plant va...

Mongabay

Camilo Mejia Giraldo

26 November 2018

Papua New Guinea

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In Papua New Guinea, agroforestry--an old method of farming that more closely mimics natural ecosystems--has provided the Gildipasi community with diverse crops and greater food security. And in a boom for wildlife, t...

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