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Could adorable tiny tech backpacks save the honeybees?

The Christian Science Monitor

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Concerned with colony collapse syndrome in honey bees worldwide, scientists, farmers and tech companies teamed up in Australia to create a micro-sensor that collects data on the bee's environment.

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How Female Farmers Can Help End Hunger and Malnutrition

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By supporting small-scale female farmers, Groundswell International, an NGO, is diversifying diets and combating food insecurity in countries in West Africa.

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Why Are Only 1 Percent of Farms Using This Eco-Friendly Practice?

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture assists farms which follow the sustainable farming style, Silvopasture, but few farmers take advantage of the program. ForeverView Farms in Vermont is advising policy groups about ways they can boost this type of farming.

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In India, Profitable Farming With Fewer Chemicals

The New York Times

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In India, many farmers, especially women farmers, have transitioned to organic farming. While it requires a serious set of skills and knowledge, organic farming increases yields and decreases costs by eliminating the need to buy pesticides. The move is both ecological and economical, and the Indi...

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For U.S. Tribes, a Movement to Revive Native Foods and Lands

Yale E360

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Property rights, circumscribed jurisdictions, and conflicts with neighbors exacerbate Native American efforts to restore tribal land and resources. Some tribes have found success by tapping into a trend of support from the government and conservationists.

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Four Ways Mexico's Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future

Yes! Magazine

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With a global food crisis, farmers look for how to get long-term high yields out of difficult farmland. In Oaxaca, Mexico, farmers farm like a forest, eat low on the food chain, restore damaged land, and have reverence for the planet.

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From the roof to the living room, startups tackle urban farming

Public Radio International (PRI)

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Farmland is expensive and scarce in urban areas. In Boston Higher Ground Farm uses green roofs to grow its produce and Grove Lab has designed a cabinet for people to grow their vegetables indoors.

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India's rice revolution

The Guardian

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The System of Root Intensification resulted in dramatically high yields from one Indian village. The system centers on a "less is more" approach and results in higher yields—without the use of GMOs. The idea has faced barriers in spreading, as scientists are wary of it, even as villagers embrace ...

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It's the seed that has the money

The Swazi Nation

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Seed farming—growing seeds, rather than crops, to sell—is on the rise in Africa, as climate change and tough droughts are leading farmers to seek drought-resistant seeds. Several international organizations are targeting women to grow seeds for resale, which has also improved the lives of women i...

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Quenching Our Future, Part 2: 'Big Dry' Lessons: Southwest can learn from Australia's drought

El Paso Times

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In Australia, the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council was formed after a severe drought to bring together federal, state and regional governments and bridge parochial concerns. It was meant to manage the basin as a whole and end overuse and salinization of farm land, leveraging new technolog...

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