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4 May 2021

Alan Wilcox, a senior manager for the Kaipara Moana Remediation interim management unit, said planting the trees was the foundation of a new intergenerational approach.
First plantings are planned this month. They will be the start of New Zealand’s biggest harbour restoration programme — across 6000 square kilometres of land with more than 8000km of waterways.

Tame Te Rangi, chairman of the governing body Kaipara Moana Remediation joint committee, said it was positive to see the community working towards improving the health of the harbour.

He said two groups had already applied to be involved in harbour improvement through riparian planting and other efforts — the Wairua River group catchment group in Northland and the Hoteo River catchment group in Auckland.

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Susan Botting

25 April 2021

Even 150 Years Later, Lush Forest Gardens Showcase The Value of Native Stewardship

In forests touched by recent human activity, researchers found a wood dominated by conifers and hemlocks. Whereas in the forest gardens of the Ts'msyen and Coast Salish peoples, the team found a diversity of native fruit and nut trees, including crabapple, hazelnut, cranberry, wild plum, and wild cherries. 

In the gardens' undergrowth, they also noticed a spread of wild ginger and wild rice root.

"These plants never grow together in the wild. It seemed obvious that people put them there to grow all in one spot—like a garden," says ethnobiologist Chelsey Geralda Armstrong from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. 

"Elders and knowledge holders talk about perennial management all the time. It's no surprise these forest gardens continue to grow at archeological village sites that haven't yet been too severely disrupted by settler-colonial land-use."

It's generally accepted that agricultural practices in North America's Pacific Northwest arrived with the dawn of colonization, but that's simply not true. 

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Carly Cassalla 

20 April 2021

Kaitiakitanga & food forests: 'We can't just take annual harvests'

Lorinda Pereira of Te Rarawa is among the growing number of whānau moving back to their whenua to raise their tamariki.

Now the mum of six is teaching her children all they need to know to survive by growing their own mahinga kai.

She fuses the teachings of her ancestors with a relatively new phenomenon of ‘food forests’ to sustain her family and community.

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Boat on a Lake

Maori Television

5 April 2021

New Residency Aims To Connect Artists And Scientists On Path To Climate Solutions

Light pollution may not be the most pressing environmental issue at the moment, but it is one that comes with serious health, ecological and economic consequences. That’s according to Daniel Mendoza, a researcher and professor who runs the University of Utah’s Dark Skies minor.

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Grid and Leaves

Jon Reed

30 March 2021

Rivers can be climate change solutions, too (commentary)

As these milestones reinvigorate a call to action for our politicians and business leaders to act on climate and “ramp up climate ambition,” all eyes inevitably turn to the usual avenues for addressing and adapting to climate change: forests, clean energy and waving goodbye to our toxic relationship with fossil fuels. And while mitigation efforts continue to dominate the conversation, adaptation is ever-increasing in importance in global discussions as extreme weather and its impacts worsen around the world and countries work to build stronger national commitments

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Nature Artwork

26 March 2021

New Food Sovereignty Lab will promote research, indigenous representation, tribal collaboration

The lab will operate as a commercial kitchen, with a plant drying station and salmon pit for working with and preparing food, baskets and regalia. It will serve as a study and research space and will host university and community events. When complete, HSU will become the first university in California with a space dedicated to uplifting tribal sovereignty through the research, practice and preservation of food sovereignty

Read full story here

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Del North Triplecate

Del North Triplecate

9 March 2021

How Soul Fire Farm Is Supporting Black Farmers On The Land And On The Hill

One of the people working behind the scenes on Booker’s Justice for Black Farmers Act was Leah Penniman, cofounder and farm manager of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a nonprofit that is “dedicated to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system.”

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Eve Turrow-Paul

8 March 2021

In Japan, scientists look to the past to save the future of grasslands

On the wide-open plains of the Sugadaira and Minenohara highlands, red-budded great burnets dot the landscape amid lavender hues of Japanese lady bell flowers, relics of the last Ice Age that persist on the rolling hills of modern-day Japan.

A century ago, rich grasslands accounted for about 13% of the country’s land area, but that number dwindled to just 1% by the early 2000s. A recent study conducted on Japan’s main island of Honshu suggests the key to conserving these vulnerable ecosystems may lie in their past.

By comparing Japan’s old and new grasslands, the study published in Ecological Research finds it may be worth prioritizing the conservation of older grasslands because they have more biodiversity. In the study, scientists define new grasslands as less than 70 years old while the old grasslands can be anywhere from 160 to thousands of years old.

Read here

Feather

Marlowe Starling

Mongabay

4 March 2021

Building Indigenous Power in Philanthropy

"We’ve seen the research. The fraction of philanthropic support that reaches Indian Country and Indigenous-led organizations has remained largely unchanged for decades, while institutional philanthropy has come to rely heavily on non-Indigenous-led organizations or intermediaries to carry out their priorities and strategies. But when priorities and strategies don’t emerge from the community and are implanted from the outside, we can find that philanthropic institutions are advancing their own interests while remaining comfortably distant from (and only loosely accountable to) Indigenous Peoples and communities, forgoing any deeper understanding of or respect for tribal sovereignty. Indeed, many philanthropists consider the matter “too complex,” an inadequate and unserious approach, especially when compared to the multitude of federal and philanthropic regulations that must be navigated by Indigenous Peoples and tribes working to develop their communities. "

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Bird

Gaby Strong

2 March 2021

SCIENCE MATTERS Faulty economic thinking makes destroying nature profitable

Everything we need to survive—food, water, air, shelter—comes from nature, of which we are a part. Fuelled by the sun’s energy, this planet is amazing in its ability to replenish and recycle the basic elements of life.  

Now people are outpacing Earth’s ability to maintain these essential services. Our economic systems not only ignore this unsustainable plunder, they encourage it. That’s led to a 70-per-cent decline in mammal, bird, fish, reptile and amphibian populations over the past 50 years. One million plant and animal species—one-quarter of the global total—now face extinction.

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David Suzuki

Pique News Magazine

25 February 2021

Saving Earth’s biodiversity through a story revolution

For decades, the environmental conservation sector has prioritised technical and scientifically oriented knowledge and programs, operating as if the challenges we confront – the twin climate and extinction emergencies, fraying wildlands that increase the likelihood of new pandemics, and the staggering loss of biodiversity that destabilises entire economies – are of an ecological nature. And yet, the environment is not the cause of its own destruction. Society, our laws and economic habits, is at the root of what we call the “environmental problem.” Meaning that it is not so much ecology that we must come to terms with, but ourselves.

See the full article here

Pair of Acorns

Vance Martin & Amy Lewis

25 February 2021

Colonialism ‘an invasive species’: Grants aim to replenish threatened Indigenous food systems

Kati George-Jim carries teachings about the relational cycles of ecosystems, passed on to her by the many women in her families.

The T’suk woman speaks of how salmon are nurtured by natural water systems — when fish bones are left on the side of the beach, animals are able to feed off that same nutrition.

Bears and other animals then expel that waste, which nurtures other relatives on the floor of the forest, and helps plants grow which are then harvested from the land.

It’s one of many teachings that are key to understanding Indigenous food systems in the territories they serve, Jim says.

“Those teachings, that language and the relationship to nutrition all comes back to food,” she says. “Whether it’s feeding us or feeding ecosystems, it’s important to understand that relationship.”

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Katłįà (Catherine) Lafferty

The Discourse

15 February 2021

Researcher pilots drones to aid conservation efforts

Ms Tasya is two months away from completing her PhD with the university's applied ecology and conservation group. She is currently a visiting researcher at the Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Her ambition is to protect South-east Asia's forests and explore different technologies for mapping areas for conservation.

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Shaban Begum

Straits Times

12 February 2021

Biodiversity protects bee communities from disease, U-M study concludes

A new analysis of thousands of native and nonnative Michigan bees shows that the most diverse bee communities have the lowest levels of three common viral pathogens.

University of Michigan researchers netted and trapped more than 4,000 bees from 60 species. The bees were collected at winter squash farms across Michigan, where both managed honeybee colonies and wild native bees pollinate the squash flowers.

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Jim Erickson

Michigan News

10 February 2021

UN declaration to help First Nations achieve self-determination: Bellegarde

OTTAWA — Passing a new law to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will get First Nations closer to self-determination, National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations said Wednesday.

"The declaration is a tool for building a better relationship with Canada, in which our inherent treaty rights will be affirmed, respected and upheld," Bellegarde said at a virtual forum organized by his advocacy organization to discuss the issue.

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Winter

The Canadian Press

7 February 2021

Achieving human potential is true prosperity

Last week, I suggested that true prosperity is doughnut-shaped, but I did not define what I mean by true prosperity, nor what Doughnut Economics means for this region. I will explore the first of these topics this week and the second next week.

 

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Illustrated Mountains

Trevor Hancock

Times Colonist

1 February 2021

Celebrating Black History Month with 10 Groundbreaking Food Activists

In celebration of Black History Month we are highlighting ten black individuals from across the country who are crafting powerful narratives around food and sustainability and fighting for community-based approaches to food policy that connect race and culture to our food system. Although communities of color have long played a critical role in shaping the American foodscape, their contributions have historically gone unrecognized in mainstream food culture and policy. These black chefs, farmers, educators, and community activists offer an array of books, documentaries, resources, and organizations to engage with and learn from during Black History Month and in the months to come.

 

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Women

Bryant Terry

Food Policy Centre NY

21 Jan 2021

How regenerative crops and Afro-Indigenous farming techniques are putting carbon back in the ground

How To Save A Planet, focuses on two very different farmers who take unique approaches to the same carbon-reduction practice: regenerative agriculture, which is all about enriching the soil by putting more carbon in than your crops take out

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Under the Sea

Thom Dunn

Bong Bong Net

20 Jan 2021

Climate change, agrobiodiversity and indigenous people

For centuries, indigenous people have been cultivating traditional crops which are not only rich with multi-nutrients but also resilient towards coping with the changing climatic conditions. However, over the years, promotion of modern hybrid crops and chemical agro-inputs has substantially reduced crop yield, degraded land and jeopardised food sovereignty of indigenous communities worldwide

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Abhijit Mohanty

The Times of India

17th Jan 2021

Israeli startup Albo takes on carbon monitoring with AI, satellite imaging

A team of Israeli entrepreneurs and scientists says their mix of AI, remote sensing, and image processing offers a hardware-free way to monitor the carbon dioxide removed by plants and soil.

Read full story here

Tropical Plants

Nocamels

krAsia

13th Jan 2021

The Kinship of Plants and People 

Eighty humble plants and the wisdom of North American indigenous people add up to simple yet magnificent insights in Enrique Salmón's new book, Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions and Science

Read full story here

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Lou Fancher

East Bay Express

6th Jan 2021

Moñeka De Oro and Her Recipes of Resistance

Unlike many of her peers, De Oro grew up in a CHamoru-speaking household. Her dad, an avid gardener, taught her to care for the land, while her grandmother taught her traditional CHamoru medicine. As a young adult, she apprenticed with local healers, spending her days foraging for herbs and studying the health benefits of coconuts

Read full story here

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Madeleine Gregory

Sierra Magazine

2021

UN International Year of Fruit & Vegetables, IFOAM Organic International.

The IYFV 2021 is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the important role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security, and health and as well in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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IFOAM

Organics International

2020

‘Nutri-scapes’ a recipe for better nutrition.

Scientists embrace benefits of trees in landscapes for livelihoods and nutrition.

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Pair of Acorns

Daniella Silva

Forest News

December 29, 2020

Improving sustainability through innovation

This project aims to:

  • share existing nature friendly farming practice across a range of farm and croft types across four regions in Scotland.

  • create regionally context specific communities to develop nature friendly farming networks and create a supportive community to guide, advise and share practices to bring back biodiversity to farmed landscapes.

  • create a legacy resource in the form of a film to highlight existing practice and share potential actions to enable the restoring, preserving and enhancing of biodiversity.

  • establish a network who will benefit from future activity to develop biodiversity identification skills.

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Scottish Government News

Scottish Gov.

November 30, 2020

Organic farming in India 3 women agripeneurs who are making a change.

Globally, there is empirical evidence that women have a decisive role in ensuring food security and preserving local agro-biodiversity. The reason being that rural women are responsible for the integrated management and use of diverse natural resources to meet the daily household needs.

- read more here

Tropical Flower

Steena Joy

Lifestyle

2020

There is a field: Reimaging Biodiversity in Aotearoa.

"These massive challenges can, however, be reframed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to fundamentally change how humanity relates to nature and to each other."

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Tree Leaves

Joseph Cederwall

The Dig

26 April 2021

A Wenatchi Designer's Plan to Buy Back Native Lands

Mary Big Bull-Lewis sees the way forward for Native people in Washington: ownership of the land and the stories attached to it.

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Leaf

23 April 2021

Filipinos, mapmakers work together to map community pantries in PH

Complementing this rise of bayanihan, several mapmakers and mapping advocates spearheaded their own initiatives to collate these community pantries and make the information easily accessible to Filipinos who are willing to help.

Taking off from their efforts to map available food deliveries during the quarantine period, members of crowdsourcing initiative “Saan Yan PH” created a platform that allows people to plot locations of community pantries that they’ve spotted in one platform, with the help of geospatial workers from the Ministry of Mapping.

See full story here

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EALA JULIENNE P. NOLASCO

23 April 2021

Reclaiming Djarrbarrgalli: the spaces of anti-colonial resistance

The reclamation of physical space is a fundamental requirement in resisting colonisation, and is a necessary precondition in the campaign for Aboriginal sovereignty. Last year marked some of the first protests to occur on the Domain parkland — or Djarrbarrgalli in traditional Gadigal language. Gathering in Djarrbarrgalli was momentous for the Indigenous justice movement as it represented the reclamation of traditional land for its original purpose as a meeting place.

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Lighthouse

Seth Dais

1 April 2021

CBD iwi revives its farming past

Pourewa is a horticulture initiative by Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei, which is growing produce for its people and the wider community of the area.

The ancestral lands of Pourewa were once occupied in pre-European times by the Ngāti Whātua ancestor, Paora Tūhāere.

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Leaf

Ropata Matthews

30 March 2021

Native American and Indigenous Immigrant Groups Unite to Fight Hunger

The program, a display of community solidarity operating from the South Bronx —which comprises the neighborhoods with the lowest median income in the state— has also strengthened a sense of identity among individuals that descend from the nations that once ruled the continent.

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Nature Art

Maurizio Ferrera 

Documented NY

25 March 2021

ONLINE: Post-Contact Indigenous Governance

Native systems of governance have faced intense challenges since European explorers first landed on these shores. While America's founding fathers took inspiration from Indigenous governments, the relationship between First Nations and the U.S. Government has been defined by fundamental conflicts over sovereignty, territory, citizenship, and individual rights. 

Join the Wisconsin Academy via Zoom for a Roots of Democracy Series discussion with a panel of First Nations scholars who will explore how Indigenous governments have responded to these challenges and the obstacles to sovereignty that still remain in place. This online discussion and Q&A is open to the public with advance online registration (Zoom information is provided upon registration)

Read full story here

Illustrated Mountains

Isthmus Online

Isthmus 

8 March 2021

Filmmakers Propose Solutions to the Climate Crisis

The Climate Action Film Festival, a project by the solar energy company SunCommon in partnership with Basilica Hudson and others, is now kicking off its second edition. The 10-day event brands itself as “the first festival of its kind to exclusively feature storytelling around solutions rather than simply the impacts of climate change.”

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Branch

Suncommon

Climate Action Film Festival

8 March 2021

In Japan, scientists look to the past to save the future of grasslands

On the wide-open plains of the Sugadaira and Minenohara highlands, red-budded great burnets dot the landscape amid lavender hues of Japanese lady bell flowers, relics of the last Ice Age that persist on the rolling hills of modern-day Japan.

A century ago, rich grasslands accounted for about 13% of the country’s land area, but that number dwindled to just 1% by the early 2000s. A recent study conducted on Japan’s main island of Honshu suggests the key to conserving these vulnerable ecosystems may lie in their past.

By comparing Japan’s old and new grasslands, the study published in Ecological Research finds it may be worth prioritizing the conservation of older grasslands because they have more biodiversity. In the study, scientists define new grasslands as less than 70 years old while the old grasslands can be anywhere from 160 to thousands of years old.

Read here

Feather

Marlowe Starling

Mongabay

3 March 2021

Camera traps reveal newly discovered biodiversity relationship

In one of the first studies of its kind, an analysis of camera-trap data from 15 wildlife preserves in tropical rainforests revealed a previously unknown relationship between the biodiversity of mammals and the forests in which they live.

Read here

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Rice University

Science Daily

28 February 2021

NZ, this is your Volkswagen moment

The Commission advocates only very modest emission reductions by agriculture over the next 15 years, relying on existing or very near term tweaks to existing technologies. Essentially, it proposes widespread adoption of current best practices. 'Yep, we can probably just about do that but absolutely no more' was the response from the likes of DairyNZ, Beef+Lamb and Federated Farmers.

Meanwhile, many of our competitors abroad are being far more ambitious. For example, the UK and Irish equivalents to Fed Farmers have made big commitments to help their countries tackle the climate crisis

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Rod Oram

21 February 2021

Rod Oram NZ: How nature can save our cities

Aotearoa has two abundant and distinctive climate opportunities: urban form; and agriculture. If we seize both boldly, we will respond effectively to the climate crisis while improving our lives physically, socially, culturally, environmentally and economically.

This column considers the urban opportunity; next week’s the rural one. Our abundance of natural capital is at the heart of both, as last week’s column discussed.

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Coral

Rod Oram

Newsroom

18 February 2021

More than half of Earth's rivers strongly impacted by human activity

Few of Earth's freshwater areas remain untouched by humans. More than half of the planet's freshwater river basins have been heavily impacted by human activities, according to a new study, which presents a novel, multi-faceted approach for evaluating biodiversity change at a global scale. Although rivers and lakes cover less than 1% of the planet's surface, they support a substantial component of the planet's biodiversity, including a quarter of Earth's vertebrates. Further, freshwater systems support the functioning and stability of a variety of ecosystems, including those that contribute to human wellbeing. Centuries of human activity - overfishing, non-native species introductions, on-river development, water pollution and climate change - have directly impacted freshwater biodiversity; they all threaten rivers systems and in many of these, they have altered the local species diversity. While evident, little is known about the global scale and magnitude of human impacts on freshwaters.

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Flower Girl

AAAS

15 February 2021

Kaipara Kai Hub Attracts Exciting Array Of Industry Leaders

The Kai Kōrero pop-up event will showcase a range of industry leaders, who will share their aspirations to support kai production in Te Tai Tokerau. The topics will cover water storage, emerging crops, workforce development, regenerative agriculture, and market access.

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Lighthouse

Northland Inc

Scoop Business

11 February 2021

5 cool measurement tools attempting to quantify regenerative agriculture

Many practices are associated with regenerative agriculture — anything from no-till practices to pesticide-free farming. What’s more, the concept means different things for different crops in different regions. What is considered regenerative in one location might not qualify for the same label under other agricultural conditions. 

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Under the Sea

Jesse Klein

Green Biz

7 February 2021

Make your garden support your local ecosystem

“It is tempting to garden only for beauty, without regard to the many ecological roles our landscapes must perform. All too often, such narrow gardening goals result in a landscape so low in ecological function that it drains the vitality from the surrounding ecosystem.”

— Douglas Tallamy, “Nature’s Best Hope,” 2019

 

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Rhonda Nowak

Mail Tribune

5 February 2021

Matike Mai Constitutional Convention Leading National Discussion For Change

Dr Moana Jackson’s keynote for Matike Mai Constitutional Convention, 3rd February 2021 stated that “this was a hui that is part of a long history of constitutionalism and for Māori living in a colonised state to continue to reclaim mana motuhake and rangatiratanga.”

 

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Hands Pattern

22 Jan 2021

Amsterdam Is Embracing a Radical New Economic Theory to Help Save the Environment. Could It Also Replace Capitalism?

In April 2020, during the first wave of COVID-19, Amsterdam’s city government announced it would recover from the crisis, and avoid future ones, by embracing the theory of “doughnut economics.” Laid out by British economist Kate Raworth in a 2017 book, the theory argues that 20th century economic thinking is not equipped to deal with the 21st century reality of a planet teetering on the edge of climate breakdown. Instead of equating a growing GDP with a successful society, our goal should be to fit all of human life into what Raworth calls the “sweet spot” between the “social foundation,” where everyone has what they need to live a good life, and the “environmental ceiling.”

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Pink Flowers

Ciara Nugent

Time 

21 Jan 2021

Andhra Pradesh Community Managed Natural Farming

Join Biodiversity for a Livable Climate to learn about a movement that grew from over 40,000 farmers in 2016 to almost 800,000 farmers in 2020 in one of the driest states in India. This work has been successful in part because of a community supported approach where women-run self help groups are in charge of operations

Read full story here

Illustrated Tiger

T Vijay Kumar

Biodiversity for a liveable climate

19 Jan 2021

CIBO and Peoples Company Join Forces to Generate Carbon Credits for Regenerative Practices on More Than 20,000 Acres of Managed Land

CIBO, the technology company that delivers decision-ready insights on all U.S. cropland, and Peoples Company, the nationally-recognized land transaction and advisory firm, today announced they will join forces to offer carbon credits on more than 20,000 acres of managed land. The partnership makes Peoples the first land management company to offer carbon credits

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SOURCE CIBO Technologies

Cison PR Newswire

15th Jan 2021

Commission lists agroecology and animal welfare as core environmental practices

Eco-schemes are at the core of the green architecture of the Commission’s CAP proposal and are designed to reward farmers for certain agricultural practice considered important in delivering environmental goals.

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Beetle

Gerado Fortuna

Euractiv

13th Jan 2021

Network Connects Indigenous Knowledges in the Arctic and U.S. Southwest

Indigenous Peoples from the Arctic and the U.S. Southwest have joined together to tackle issues of food sovereignty in two environmental extremes

Read full story here

Boat on a Lake

Jenessa Duncombe

Eos Science News

5th Jan 2021

The Chef Preserving Canada's Indigenous Identity

In recent years, First Nation chefs like Marie-Cecile Nottaway have been reclaiming their families’ generations-old recipes to feed new audiences.

Read full story here

Subaquatic Life

Lina Zeldovich

BBC Travel

30 Dec 2020

Agro-ecology: Helping 'subsistence' farmers to reap maximum yields.

However, agriculture experts advocating for more natural ways of farming have emerged globally to halt the negative impacts of modern agriculture. These side effects have led to long-term pollution of soils, groundwater, rivers, and lakes, the elimination of beneficial insects and other animal species, loss of efficiency in pesticides, and pesticide residues in foods.

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Halligan Agade

CGTN Africa

 2020

“Respect, Reciprocity, and Integration:” Elevating Indigenous Leadership in Conservation.

We take care of our environment because the environment takes care of us—this is a common value shared by community members, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, of the 56 Yup’ik villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Read the full story here

Tropical Background

Andrea Akall'eq Sanders

The Nature Conservancy

December 27 2020

How the Winnebago are planting ancient corn to revive their culture

One day in the late summer of 2020, a Winnebago tribal elder was anxious to see her field of dreams — row after row of her beloved Indian corn stretching to the horizon.

See full story here

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Watercolor Leaves

Adrianna Jacobs

Lincoln Journal Star

October 18, 2020

What if we trained Hawaii's youth to become caretakers of their communities?

"Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike illustrates that we already have everything we need for success."

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Tropical Flower

Kirsten Whatley

The Civil Beat

2020

Kaitiakitanga: seeing nature as your elder

Witehira wants to see a collaborative approach between hapū and iwi, government organisations, NGOs and local authorities, led by the people of the land. “The secret to solving this biodiversity crisis is to hand the kaitiaki status back to indigenous people.”

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Oasis

Veronica Meduna

The Dig

25 April 2021

School of Architecture Indigenous Scholars named inaugural residents at Center for Architecture Lab

“Our theme for the Center for Architecture Lab residency is ‘Indigenous Futurism,’” Gallegos said. “We will be exploring narratives of the future for Indigenous communities and architectural sovereignty guided by the lenses of technology, alternative worlds, science fiction and studies of temporality.”

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Nature Artwork

Marisol Carty

22 April 2021

Ancient Indigenous forest gardens promote a healthy ecosystem

A new study by historical ecologists finds that Indigenous-managed forests -- cared for as 'forest gardens' -- contain more biologically and functionally diverse species than surrounding conifer-dominated forests and create important habitat for animals and pollinators.
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Story Book

Simon Fraser University

17 April 2021

How to lead a community pantry in your barangay

Do you want to start a community pantry in your barangay? 

What started out as a lone initiative in Maginhawa created ripples across the country as several barangays put up their own community pantry or “bodegang bayan” to help Filipinos badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  (READ: ‘Pagod na ako sa inaction’: How a community pantry rose to fill gaps in gov’t response)

The woman behind the initiative, Ana Patricia Non, set up a bamboo cart with free grocery goods along the popular Maginhawa Street in UP Village on Wednesday, April 14. 

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Boat on a Lake

Rapper.com

31 March 2021

Game-changing soil research set to drive new era of carbon farming

Currently, the focus is on soil research. Specifically, using regenerative practices to restore degraded soils and increase soil carbon. Examples include various applications of multispecies cover crops, effects of pesticides on soil microbial diversity, integrating biochar into regenerative agriculture practices and building soil carbon through regenerative practices.

“In order to have impact, these projects have been designed as pilots to build capacity in different bioregions across the country. Our multi-species cover cropping will be triangulated across three states of Australia,” said Ms Gordon.

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Education

Education

28 March 2021

Tribal Broadband as a Cyber Superhighway to Sovereignty

“Small planning grants and proof of concept models were able to work and show [tribal networks are] a viable solution that could bring in more money later,” says Hannah Trostle, the author of the ILSR report. “It’s feasible, and it’s possible.” ILSR has counted nearly four dozen tribes in what’s considered the United States with their own internet networks.

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VALERIE VANDE PANNE

Native News Online

10 March 2021

Accelerating the Regenerative Revolution: The Nature Conservancy Invests in Emerging Agri-Tech Firms to Speed Progress Against Ambitious Soil Health Goals

By establishing portfolio of emerging companies targeting improved soil health outcomes, TNC aims to prime the pump for sustainable innovation across investment sectors

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Seashell

The Nature Conservancy

CSRWire

8 March 2021

Empower women – Organic movement opens doors

AS the recovery from COVID-19 in the Pacific gains momentum, agriculture and food systems are central to its success.

The organic movement in Fiji and region-wide has continued to grow, even during this still lingering calamity.

Now is the time to support organics in agriculture, and the movement cannot play a strong role in COVID recovery without recognising one of its central driving forces – women.

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Branch

Jamie Kemsey

Fiji Times

7 March 2021

Giving farmers a bigger say in tackling biodiversity and climate change

Farming for Nature is a national initiative that highlights the positive role that farmers play in looking after nature on their land. It aims to share their practical insights through a range of short films, podcasts, webinars, and farm walks.

 

 

These give them a louder voice in the debate as to how action can be taken at farm level to tackle biodiversity and climate crises in Ireland.

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Leaf

Ray Ryan

Irish Examiner

3 March 2021

5 facts you might not know about why forest biodiversity matters

The Earth’s forests are some of the richest and most biodiverse habitats we have.

Not only do they serve as important carbon sinks, but up to 350 million people living in or near them rely on their ecosystems for a range of basic needs, from food and shelter, to energy and medicine.

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Leaf

Sean Fleming

World Economic Forum

27 February 2021

The Preservation of Culture Begins With a Seed

Mitchell, 28, who was a board member at the Food Project in Boston before going to work at Greensgrow Farm in Philadelphia, told Sierra, “When I started farming, it felt very healing to me. It was a way of doing some ancestral trauma healing work, and it felt very important to me that my agricultural practice was related to this.” 

Eventually, Mitchell searched for ways to deepen her agricultural practice and knowledge. In 2016, she attended the Northeast Organic Farming Association conference, and while there she couldn’t help but notice that she was one of the few people of color. Looking to connect with farmers of color, she struck up a conversation with a Black elder and asked what his needs were. He told her: high-quality seeds that are culturally appropriate and easily accessible to Black farmers and gardeners

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Pair of Acorns

Aaron Mok

25 February 2021

Belowground biodiversity in motion: Global change alters microbial life in soils - and thereby its ecological functions

Soil microorganisms play a critical role in the survival of life-sustaining ecosystems and, consequently, human well-being. Global assessments continue to provide strong evidence that humans are causing unprecedented biodiversity losses. However, existing information is strongly biased towards selected groups of vertebrates and plants, while much less is known about potential shifts in belowground communities.
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Abstract Nature

15 February 2021

Mapping Mycelium: Sowing Stories of Resistance

In nature, everything works together and there is deep collaboration from all beings to survive. Moss, lichen, fungi, trees and roots are all connected to each other and create life and possibility beyond language, time and generation. The roots of the forest floor share knowledge and guidance in the movement for change and liberation.

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Flower Girl

Angel Harris

The Daily Barometer

12 February 2021

Neglected indigenous trees solve malnutrition and land degradation

The benefits are sometimes ignored with tropical tree-sourced foods clustered as “lost, underutilized or neglected” because they are overlooked by governments and development agencies. But hundreds of millions depend upon them, and they have huge potential to contribute significantly to the availability of fruit and vegetables.

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World Agroforestry

World Agroforestry

11 February 2021

New study reveals biodiversity important at regional scales

New research shows that biodiversity is important not just at the traditional scale of short-term plot experiments--in which ecologists monitor the health of a single meadow, forest grove, or pond after manipulating its species counts--but when measured over decades and across regional landscapes as well. The findings can help guide conservation planning and enhance efforts to make human communities more sustainable.

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City in Valley

Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

EurekAlert

7 February 2021

Restoring the balance of nature and reversing food insecurity starts with land reform

The seed for food sovereignty has been firmly planted on South African soil. It is this seed which must now grow into a stronger, bolder, impactful network that can take food sovereignty to the next level.

 

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Tiger

Mazibuko Jara

Maverick Citizen

3 February 2021

Building soil and ecosystem health for food and nutritional security: A worm’s eye view

The world’s food supplies are still very deeply connected with the soil: without healthy, well-functioning soil, we cannot produce nutritious food. It’s as simple as that. 

 

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Hands Pattern

LEIGH ANN WINOWIECKI

Forest News

21 Jan 2021

Hui planned for marae-based project teaching Kaipara residents to grow kai

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A new marae-based project has been launched to help Kaipara residents grow their own food.

The first of four educational hui will be held this month to teach people how to transform their backyards into food bowls."

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Story Book

The Country

20 Jan 2021

Activists Rally At Capitol To Support Local Farmers

Farmers and activists gathered at the Hawaii State Capitol Wednesday to call on lawmakers to provide more land and resources to subsistence farmers

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Seashell

Honolulu Civil Beat

18 Jan 2021

Profiles in Food Justice

In that spirit, a few of Stone Pier Press’s News Fellows sat down with a sampling of the leaders fighting to create a more equitable and just food system. From indigenous activists striving for tribal food sovereignty to an organization returning farmland to the communities where it belongs, these are the people who are rewriting the story of food. These are their stories; we hope they leave you feeling as inspired as they did us.

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Hot Air Balloons

Jared Kent

Stone Pier Press

15th Jan 2021

5 radical visions for a 2050 food system

The winning proposals cover a dizzying range of locations and issues — from food sovereignty on a Native American reservation to plant-based diets in metropolitan Beijing. But as I read them, the commonalities seem as prominent as the differences. Embedded in the ideas is an emerging consensus on the critical ingredients for food system reform, regardless where it takes place

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Big Leaf

Jim Giles

Green Biz

6th Jan 2021

Why one PhD student wants everyone to learn about food systems, equity and justice

Colin Dring’s interest in food security and systems came later in life as he learned about the breadth of hunger in his home city of Richmond, B.C.

Dring landed a job as the executive director for Richmond Food Security Society after graduating from the University of Guelph. He was surprised by the level of food insecurity in his area, and taken aback by how “racialized and class-based some of the responses were to the issue of hunger.”

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Tropical Bird

Chloe Logan

National Observer Canda

3rd Jan 2021

Maree Lowes' docuseries plans to make Australians think about where their food comes from

Maree Lowes practises what she preaches.

After 10 years in the role of dirtgirl in the spectacularly popular and successful dirtgirlworld show that featured on ABC TV, and in 127 other countries around the globe, advocating good environmental practices for children, she's taken her passion for a better world to another level. Lowes and Sue Bradley, a nutritionist consultant, are co-creators of Eat. Dirt, an online docuseries, that aims to change not only the way mainstream Australians think about food, but to trigger them into action, asking serious questions about where their food comes from, and even becoming backyard gardeners, or even apartment verandah gardeners.

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Big Wave

Jim Kellar

New Castle Herald

2020

Through Naturenomics, this organisation has impacted the lives of 163 million people in eastern Himalayas

However, this vast landscape has been under threat for many years now. Deforestation, poaching, and development of hydropower projects are not only leading to the destruction of habitats but are also depriving the indigenous residents of their livelihood.

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Illustrated Jaguar

Roshni Balaji

YS Social Story

 2020

Empowering Tribal Farming Communities through Agroforestry

SAI Sustainable Agro is a social venture working to improve the livelihoods of tribal and marginalized farmers in Odisha, India, using agroforestry to redevelop degraded land.

The goal: to develop a truly inclusive and sustainable business model that uplifts marginalized people and farmers worldwide. 

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Floral Arrangement 2

Jazmine Raine

Cause Artist

December 5 2020

Soil health critical for maintaining human health, biological diversity, researchers say

Healthy soil sustains life on Earth, channeling nutrients through plants, supporting essential water and land-based systems, absorbing carbon dioxide to fight climate change – yet most of us walk all over It without a thought.

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Tree Leaves

Sandra Cordon

Forest News