NEW! Soil Microbiome Is More Heterogeneous in Organic Than in Conventional Farming System Manoeli Lupatini et al, Frontiers in Microbiology -- 04 Jan 2017 "The environmental problems associated with the intensification of agriculture have initiated research efforts for conservation strategies. Converting conventional farms to organic farming systems seems to be a potential solution to diminish the loss of biodiversity and increase sustainable food production."
NEW! Amazon Deforestation, Once Tamed, Comes Roaring Back Hiroko Tabuchi & Jeremy White, New York Times -- 24 Feb 2017 A decade after the “Save the Rainforest” movement captured the world’s imagination, Cargill and other food giants are pushing deeper into the wilderness.
NEW! Agroecology: The Bold Future of Farming in Africa Michael Farrelly, G. Clare Westwood, Stephen Boustred, Ed., Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) and Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM) -- Launched 16 Feb 2017 "Agroecology applies ecological principles to the design and management of agroecosystems. Its practices diversify farms and farming landscapes, increase biodiversity, nurture soil health, and stimulate interactions between different species, such that the farm provides for its own soil organic matter, pest regulation and weed control, without resort to external chemical inputs."