Sustainability

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera plants are very handy little critters to have around the home, especially if you're trying to cut down on the amount of chemicals and toxins you are exposed to and live more naturally.

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New Farming Methods Will Develop Out of Climate Change

The effects of the drought in the UK have become clearer as harvest time marks the end of the annual farming cycle.

The lack of rain in the early spring has affected the yield and quality of grain crops, but also one farmer has reported that because they were more thinly spread, when the rain did finally arrive the result was a proliferation of fast-growing weeds and wild flowers in between the crop.

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Research into Sustainable Farming to Produce High Quality, Safe Foods

Intensifying crop production to meet a growing global population by using good farming practices which follow ecosystem-based approaches is the Food and Agriculture Organisation's definition of sustainable crop production.

The aim is to meet consumers' demands for products that are of high quality, safe and produced in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Research in the UK and other parts of the world plays an important part in achieving these two goals.

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Innovation is Showing Signs of Developing in UK Organic Agriculture

Anything that helps keep the weekly grocery prices under control as food prices continue to rise while incomes stagnate would be welcome to consumers.

Farmers, also, have come under increasing pressure from volatile prices for their crops, the efforts of suppliers to keep prices low in the shops and the increasingly uncertain global weather.

Read more: Innovation is Showing Signs of Developing in UK Organic Agriculture

   

The Rising Cost of Petroleum Based Food Production

It will take some time before the oil-producing countries across North Africa and the Middle East, currently undergoing the upheaval of movements for democracy, develop the stability to be able to focus on production and supply.

Libya's conflict is still not resolved and now Sudan's split into two adds to the uncertainty about the reliability of future oil supplies.

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Sustainable Farming and Natural Techniques Could be the Answer to Farming in Unpredictable Weather

As UK farmers begin to harvest this year's crops reports coming in suggest that the spring drought has not had quite so serious an effect as was at first feared.

Although some farmers are reporting lower yields of various cereal crops, particularly in the worst hit Eastern Counties, others have harvested more than they expected.

Read more: Sustainable Farming and Natural Techniques Could be the Answer to Farming in Unpredictable Weather

   

The Use of Coffee Beans As a Natural Insecticide

It is very true that you can learn a lot by watching and doing. It really does not have to be more complicated than that.

For example, most of us have heard or seen the effect of caffeine as a natural insecticide or repellent. Coffee farmers, in natural environments, know first hand how caffeinated plants ward off some insects. Combining caffeine with other pesticides increases the pesticide strength almost 10 times, so this is something that should be done carefully to prevent harm to your garden and landscaping.

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Food Prices do Not Reflect the Cost of Farming Production

Consumers want to control the costs of weekly food shopping as they struggle to make ends meet in the aftermath of the global economic crisis.

In the UK, where four big supermarket chains control 80% of the food retail trade competition is fierce and the supermarkets respond to shoppers' need to economise by offering special multiple deals, such as two-for-one offers and discounted prices on some products but the drawbacks are that these can encourage us to buy more than perhaps we can use and therefore some of what we buy is wasted.

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Mending the Global Food Production and Pricing System Will Take Ambitious Action

Ahead of the June G20 Summit, the charity Oxfam launched a campaign, called Grow, and at its US launch Oxfam America President Ray Offenheiser said that the entire food system as we know it is fundamentally broken.

Even if we leave aside the questionable ethics of commodity price speculation on basic foods in a world where people starve in one place while food is thrown away in another, there is something badly out of balance with food production.

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Current Food Security and Scarcity Issues Need Urgent Action From the Approaching G20 Summit

The pressure is on for the approaching G20 summit to completely rethink of the whole global food production and distribution system.

There is a growing feeling that the current crisis about food scarcity has less to do with the quantity of food being produced but is more a political problem and a failure to tackle the issues of uneven distribution and speculation on prices.

Read more: Current Food Security and Scarcity Issues Need Urgent Action From the Approaching G20 Summit

   

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