Environment, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

Is Agroforestry a Path to Help Feed Us and Care for our Planet?

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The modern concept of agroforestry emerged early in the 20th century but planting trees and shrubs amongst fields and furrows is very ancient indeed.

The Romans were the first to write about it. But integrating trees with crops and animals is an ancient practice, likely dating back over 10,000 years ago when our ancestors first became agriculturists.

Agroforestry is based on the concept that the presence of trees in a farming ecosystem makes them more stable and resistant to climatic vagaries than a field without them. Continue reading “Is Agroforestry a Path to Help Feed Us and Care for our Planet?”

Culinary Delights, Social Implications in Agriculture, well-being, What is Organic

3 Reasons Why Everybody Should Practice Mindful Eating

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The term mindfulness was first coined by a Buddhist scholar at the beginning of the 20th Century. He was searching for a word to help us pay attention, slow down and be fully present with the things we are doing. It’s really hard to slow down and notice things in this busy world.

Practicing mindfulness is a little like throwing yeast and flour at a baker—if she doesn’t practice, she’ll never discover the perfection of focaccia.

Being mindful is actually a lot simpler than you think. It means bringing your attention to whatever you are doing at that moment. Instead of stressing about the buns in the oven or worrying about fallen cookies, you focus on whatever you are doing in the now. Now is all we ever have. Continue reading “3 Reasons Why Everybody Should Practice Mindful Eating”

Culinary Delights, Environment, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

Breaking the Mold: Do You Know What Happens to “Ugly” Produce? It’s Getting Prettier

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Did you know that about one-quarter of all the food produced in the world is wasted? That means that one-quarter of the water, land, and inputs are essentially thrown away as well.

Around half of these losses could be prevented with a more efficient food supply chain—and one billion extra people could be fed if food crop losses were halved.

Our penchant for perfect produce has contributed to the massive food waste in our food supply. If you’ve ever been to a produce packing facility, you’d be amazed at the amount of fruit and vegetables that are tossed away.

These “ugly” fruits and vegetables are considered rejects; they are discarded for their perfectly shaped counterparts.

Finally, this ridiculous waste on vanity is being brought to our attention. Throwing away nutritious fresh food is having an impact on our global food security.

As global populations increase, we must begin to reimagine all the ways we can utilize more of the food we grow. Continue reading “Breaking the Mold: Do You Know What Happens to “Ugly” Produce? It’s Getting Prettier”

Environment, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

Where’s the Meat? It’s Hidden in Political Quagmire

 

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If there is one thing this pandemic has shown us is the fragility of our food system. Most of the food we buy in the grocery store has been grown, harvested, processed, and packaged by corporate businesses.     Continue reading “Where’s the Meat? It’s Hidden in Political Quagmire”

Culinary Delights, Environment, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

What Will Be Our New Normal?

 

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Have you seen pictures of Los Angeles since the coronavirus forced us all to stay at home? The air sparkles, mountains rise clearly in the distance.

Even the residents of Northern India are getting their first sight of the Himalayas in over a generation.

The factories are closed, the highways empty, the skies all but free from planes. This virus has made us stop, but has it made us think?

What is normal, and should we try to return to the old ways of doing business? Continue reading “What Will Be Our New Normal?”