Jul 1st
MAES - Mapping and Assessment of the Ecosystems and their Services The European Commission, under the Action 5 of the European Biodiversity Strategy, promoted a high level conference in Brussels about MAES in May 2014. Read More In May 2014 the European Commission, under the Action 5 of the European Biodiversity Strategy, promoted a high level conference about MAES. Deeply connected with human well-being, the ecosystem services are not always adequately considered by Institutions and policy makers. Their mapping is the needed starting point for correct management. "MAES is designed to fill that gap. It should help us make intelligent decisions about actions that affect biodiversity." stated the European Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik. from the web:MAES conference in May 2014

Jul 8th
Platform for agrobiodiversity research The Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research wants to support the development of agrobiodiversity knowledge base, making available tools and good practices. Read More PAR, based in Rome - Italy, supports the development of agrobiodiversity knowledge base through synthesizing and disseminating agrobiodiversity research. The organization aim is to help identifying ways in which agrobiodiversity can contribute to manage some of the global challenges faced today, by delivering the information and options related to agrobiodiversity in these areas, also identifying topics where information is lacking and new research is needed. Their interest is also in facilitating research partnerships involving multidisciplinary and participatory agrobiodiversity research dealing with agro-ecosystem components such as livestock, crops, soils and pollinators. from the web:Agrobiodiversityplatform website

Feb 10th
Changing the way we eat The March 1st, 2014 conference in New York gives a milestone about sustainable food and sustainable farming in developed Countries. Read More On March 1, TEDxManhattan, "Changing the Way We Eat" (www.tedxmanhattan.org) will feature a dynamic group of speakers addressing issues in sustainable food and farming. As in the past 3 years, TEDxManhattan will promote innovative work being done by groups large and small, for-profit and nonprofit, from around the country. Speakers include Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, LAUSD Director David Binkle, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, and many others. The event will be webcast worldwide live from New York City 10:30am-6:30pm EST. Rather than watch the webcast alone at your computer, host a viewing party; invite friends over so you can join the discussion. from the web:The TEDxManhattan website

Jan 10th
What-if you are going to have meatless Mondays? Founded in 2003 the "Meatless Monday" movement is both environmentally sensitive and healthy. Present in 29 Countries, promotes the reduction of meat consumption, sharing infos and toolkits to spread the word. Read More Founded in 2003 the "Meatless Monday" movement is both environmentally sensitive and healthy. It is currently present in 29 national affiliated groups, ranging from U.K. to Korea. Launched in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in the U.S., in 2009 Ghent, in Belgium, became the first non-U.S. city to have meatless Mondays. Shortly thereafter, Paul McCartney introduced the U.K. to Meat-Free Mondays. Every nation can bring its unique culture and cuisine to the table in meat free and vegetarian dishes. Skipping meat one day a week is good for you, great for your nation's health, and fantastic for the planet. from the web:The Meatless Mondays movement website

Jan 4th
How much meat do we eat? If half a kilogram per week is the recommended intake of meat, it is easy to calculate that it would make less than 30kgs per year. What is the average in your Country? Read More Several diseases are related with diets, and a general improvement in life quality and environmental sustainability would come from a change in food habits in populations. An intake of less than 30kgs of meat per year (any kind of raw or processed meat) is the recommended max amount, while most developed Countries are three - four times that. The deriving costs in terms of environmental depletion and healthcare are unaffordable. from the web:The interactive map with meat consumption

Dec 22nd
Reducing water use reducing meat consumption Vegetarian diets help the reduction of freshwater needs in Europe. Keeping a 2200kcal diet, based on vegetables, seeds and cheese, reduces the water needs by one fourth. Read More Vegetarian diets help the reduction of freshwater needs in Europe. The set of 28 nations of Europe are today freshwater importers, needing more than what is available internally. Considering that nearly half of the water (46%) used in the Continent is related to animal production and products, a change in the diet can take the freshwater down to sustainable levels in the future. The August "Science for Environment Policy" article, published by the European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, edited by SCU, The University of the West of England - Bristol, focuses on this topic. from the web:The water footprint of the EU for different diets - the report

Dec 11th
Wasting food and wasting water, altogether now! The fight against food waste can have dramatic positive consequences on water needs in agriculture. Something like one fourth of total water used in the fields can be saved. Read More The fight against food waste can have dramatic positive consequences on water needs in agriculture. Consider that one fourth of the total water used in irrigation is related to products that never reach, directly or indirectly, the stomach of any human being. Consider the costs of this and the enormous inefficiencies related to lost crops. Over that, consider the huge amount of water that can be saved. from the web:The related article on the NPR - National Public Radio website

Dec 3rd
Final report on Greenhouse Production The EU final report, adopted in June 2013, about GREENHOUSE PRODUCTION. This document, edited by the EGTOP - Expert Group for Technical Advice on Organic Production sets the current point for organic production in protected environments. Read More The EU final report, adopted in June 2013, about GREENHOUSE PRODUCTION. This document, edited by the EGTOP - Expert Group for Technical Advice on Organic Production sets the current point for organic production in protected environments. While examining different issues related to orgainc farming in greenhouses, the report tries to give the expert opinion over a range of topics related to intensive organic cultivation. from the web:Final Report on Greenhouse Production (Protected Cropping)

Dec 3rd
Organic Greenhouse Vegetable Production The american NCAT - National Center for Appropriate Technology published, in 2000, this reference guide about organic greenhouse vegetable production. Read More The american NCAT - National Center for Appropriate Technology published, a few years ago, this reference guide about organic greenhouse vegetable production. While considering both the ruling framework (it was edited in the USA) and the evolving methodologies, this publication can help in understanding the issues related to organic farming in greenhouses. from the web:Organic Greenhouse Vegetable Production

Dec 2nd
Greenhouse organic production... growing Over twenty years of uninterrupted increments in the organic food production in Europe. This is the status of a still promising branch of agro-business. Production in greenhouses covers a nominally small percentage but returns high productivity especially in out-of-season crops. Read More Over twenty years of uninterrupted increments in the organic food production in Europe. This is the status of a still promising branch of agro-business. Production in greenhouses covers a nominally small percentage but returns high productivity especially in out-of-season crops. Most Countries have specific rules for production in greenhouses, and the rules can make harder to compete with non-organic production and quality levels. Within the European Cooperation COST Action FA1105, named BioGreenhouse, the actors are called to coordinate their research about organic greenhouses, sharing their experience and their agenda. from the web:BioGreenhouse COST action

Oct 18th
One out of eight One person out of eight, on the planet, has no direct access to clean freshwater. This person has no access to a toilet of any kind and uses hours every day to get the needed water for herself and her family. This is a job mostly carried out by women. What would you think if you were that one? Read More One person out of eight, on the planet, has no direct access to clean freshwater. This person has no access to a toilet of any kind and uses hours every day to get the needed water for herself and her family. This is a job mostly carried out by women. What would you think if you were that one?
from the web:WATER

Oct 21st
Buried sensors measure real data It is the time of buried sensors, able to track and describe the behaviour of elements and humidity in the soil column. Used to validate propagation models, to monitor the real conditions on and under the field and to support decisions, a new generation of low cost sensors have started the age of "precision agriculture". Read More It is the time of buried sensors, able to track and describe the behaviour of elements and humidity in the soil column. Used to validate propagation models, to monitor the real conditions on and under the field and to support decisions, a new generation of low cost sensors have started the age of "precision agriculture".
from the web:Tracking Nitrogen Through the Soil to Reduce Pollution From Agriculture

Oct 24th
Sensors promote precision agriculture Less nutrients, less water, less energy, less impact. Precision agriculture promises a lot and it will be interesting to see if and when it will deliver what promised. When affordable sensors and modeling software will be easily available, farmers will get the best out of their fields. Read More Less nutrients, less water, less energy and less impact. Precision agriculture promises a lot and it will be interesting to see if and when it will deliver what has been promised, over large scale and in developing Countries in particular, because that's where most challenges come from. For sure, when affordable sensors and solid modeling softwares will be widespread and easily available, farmers will have a chance to get the best out of their cultivations.
from the web:Precision agriculture sensors drive agricultural efficiency

Nov 6th
Are you ready to eat from the bin? Author of "Waste: uncovering the Global Food Scandal", Tristram Stuart is a well known activist who founded the worldwide initiative Feeding the 5000, where five thousand people are given a free lunch using only ingredients that otherwise would be wasted. Read More Author of "Waste: uncovering the Global Food Scandal", Tristram Stuart is a well known activist who founded the worldwide initiative Feeding the 5000, where five thousand people are given a free lunch using only ingredients that otherwise would be wasted. from the web:Global food scandal

Oct 15th
An introduction to current wastewater treatment techniques A quick overview of the current methodologies for wastewater treatment. A good starting point for those willing to know today's practices and techs. Read More Edited by the World Bank team, a quick overview of the current methodologies for wastewater treatment. A starting point for those willing to know today's practices and techs.
from the web:Intro to water treatment

Oct 16th
Are you ready to give women equal opportunities? From a list of videos made by EndingHunger.org, an engaging summary of basic concepts to know and keep in mind. Food production is not the problem, while food distribution is part of... Read More From a list of videos made by EndingHunger.org, an engaging summary of basic concepts to know and keep in mind. Food production is not the problem, while food distribution is part of. Work is not the problem, while better works are. Almost half of labour in the fields of developing countries is carried out by women. They must be empowered and trained just like and better than men, so that undernourishment can be pushed down. from the web:What you need to know about EndingHunger.org

Oct 25th
MEDINA project for sustainable food in the Mediterranean The Medina project 'Promotion of sustainable food systems in the Mediterranean', funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR), in the framework of the TRANSMED program (Transdisciplinary studies on the future of the Mediterranean) is now running. Read More The Medina project 'Promotion of sustainable food systems in the Mediterranean', is part of the TRANSMED programs (Transdisciplinary studies on the future of the Mediterranean). Funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR), the project has several french scientific partners including CIHEAM-IAMM, INAT Institute National Agronomique de Tunisie, ITAP Information and Technology for Agricultural processes - SupAgro Montpellier. from the web:MEDINA project presented by the dissemination partner

Oct 14th
Farming as seen at IBM Supercomputers can chew huge amounts of data to produce reliable weather forecasts, helping reducing crop losses related to weather accidents. And this is just a tile of the efficiency that can be reached in the farming industry when data about the coming weather, for example, is delivered locally and precisely. Read More Supercomputers can chew huge amounts of data to produce reliable weather forecasts, helping reducing crop losses related to weather accidents. And this is just a tile of the efficiency that can be reached in the farming industry when data about the coming weather, for example, is delivered locally and precisely. from the web:Farming as seen at IBM

Oct 13th
Water shortages in Nigeria and Ghana. Is water the current resource to compete for? Will freshwater scarcity be at the root of the coming small and medium scale wars, and social conflicts also, in developing countries? This report from the Pulitzer Center tells about the 2012 situation in the two african countries. Read More Is water the current resource to compete for? Will freshwater scarcity be at the root of the coming small and medium scale wars, and social conflicts also, in developing countries? This report from the Pulitzer Center tells about the 2012 situation in the two african countries.
from the web:Water shortages in Nigeria and Ghana

Oct 13th
Case histories about water treatment The Natural Resources Management and Environment Department at FAO describes the wastewater treatment processes, including natural biological systems, in this guide, dated 1992, about wastewater in agriculture. Several examples and case studies are analyzed. Read More The Natural Resources Management and Environment Department at FAO describes the wastewater treatment processes, including natural biological systems, in this guide, dated 1992, about wastewater in agriculture. Several examples and case studies are analyzed. from the web:Wastewater in agriculture according to FAO experience