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The Problem of Agriculture

That phrase—the problem of agriculture, instead of problems in agriculture—is taken from Wes Jackson, who points out that our species’ fundamental break with nature came roughly 10,000 years ago when we started farming.

U.S. Farms Becoming Less Diverse Over Time

If you’ve ever driven through the middle of the country, where single crops dominate the landscape for miles, you may think that the bulk of our farms grow just a few foods: corn, soybeans, wheat, and rice.

A Season of Salvage

How did that unstoppable summer deluge become a trickle and then a drought?

Native Shrubs: a Simple Fix for Drought-Stricken Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa

The use of native shrubs can help feed water to neighboring crops. This article is a good reminder that strategic crop placement is important.

Growing Soil

When talking about Growing Soil in the British Isles, we have long depended on the cow and its dung, whether dropped in the field or made into manure through composting with straw in the barn.

The Most Sustainable Bread in the World

Artisan and home-baked bread is very much back in vogue.

Tales of Pollen and Empowerment in Chicago

In Chicago, Sweet Beginnings helps people returning from prison learn how to make a living with bees – changing ideas about ecology and imprisonment along the way.

Checking All the Boxes at Singing Frogs Farm

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”

What Should We Eat Now?

What we eat is in constant flux, changing from decade to decade and century to century.

Resilience in the face of Climate Change   

Resilience is a common principal of permaculture, says Dave Boehnlein, co-author of the book Practical Permaculture.

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