Agriculture

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The importance of a regenerative food system

To grow food, we need soil. Even with modern technology enabling systems like hydroponics to grow crops, humanity needs soil to produce enough food for the global population. Unfortunately, many modern farming techniques have destroyed soil or depleted it. One sobering report warns that all topsoil could be gone in the next 60 years if agriculture continues […]

September 23rd

Is food grown hydroponically as healthy as soil-grown crops?

Hydroponically grown lettuce has claimed a spot next to the organic variety in the grocery store, causing consumers to wonder which is healthier. When comparing hydroponic produce to regular soil-grown crops, it depends. Numerous scientific studies have reached varying conclusions, some showing hydroponic tomatoes have more vitamin C and others concluding they are lower in […]

September 20th

Aeroponics vs hydroponics – which one is healthier for the planet?

Hydroponics and aeroponics are both examples of soil-less growing methods and require cultivating crops in a climate-controlled environment. Hydroponics requires a growing medium, such as perlite, coconut husks or gravel, and deliver a nutrient solution to crops through water. Aeroponics, which is sometimes considered a type of hydroponics, cultivates plants without a growing medium. Most […]

September 19th

The importance of a regenerative food system for sustainable agriculture

To grow food, we need soil. Even with modern technology enabling systems like hydroponics to grow crops, humanity needs soil to produce enough food for the global population. Unfortunately, many modern farming techniques have destroyed soil or depleted it. One sobering report warns that all topsoil could be gone in the next 60 years if agriculture continues […]

September 12th

What is aeroponics, and how could it make agriculture more sustainable?

A crop that uses an aeroponic method relies on mist and air to grow rather than soil. It’s an inventive way to avoid aggregates that traditional agriculture methods require. Each plant receives nutrient-rich moisture through a spritz to its roots. This practice allows growers to create a flexible, mobile garden wherever they please. By Emily […]

September 10th

“Touted as ‘essential’… treated as disposable”: Labor Day anger as migrant farm workers toil inside wildfire evacuation zones

This Labor Day, immigrant and worker’s rights advocates are sounding the alarm in response to reports of migrant grape pickers, many of whom are undocumented, being forced to work in fire evacuation zones by California growers in a situation critics say demonstrates how some of those deemed “essential” at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic have […]

September 7th

What’s aquaponics, and how could it help sustainable farming?

Aquaponics is a hydroponics system that utilizes aquaculture to grow plants. Aquaculture, also known as fish farming, allows farmers to breed and harvest both fresh and saltwater species with controlled conditions. In aquaponic systems, fish waste is converted into nutrients for vegetables using bacteria. The entire process is environmentally friendly, saves water and creates no […]

September 5th

How Montana is cleaning up abandoned oil wells

A farmer for most of his life, Sam Stewart bought farmland in Montana about 35 years ago.  Since then, he’s planted and harvested his wheat and other crops around 16 open oil wells on this land, which he estimates were dug in the 1920s. By Ray Levy-Uyeda Yes! magazine Maneuvering around the wells is not […]

September 2nd

Hydroponics part 1: Growing the food we need without dirt

Hydroponics is a type of aquaculture that uses nutrients and water to grow plants without soil. It is an increasingly popular growing method in urban areas and regions with extreme climates. There are many benefits to hydroponics as an alternative form of agriculture, including fewer chemicals, higher yields and greater water efficiency. By Emily Folk […]

August 29th

California tribe sues Feds in effort to block water contracts with Central Valley Big Ag

The Hoopa Valley Tribe (Tribe) has respectfully requested a federal court to block the United States Department of Interior from signing permanent water delivery contracts with agribusiness interests in California’s Central Valley. Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) dams and diverts water out of the Trinity River basin to contractors’ land 400 miles from the Hupa […]

August 13th

The rise of the homesteading philosophy among millennials

A growing number of young people are returning to the land. The appeal of the homesteading lifestyle has attracted millennials to live differently, growing their own food and living a bit lighter on the earth.  Even as a generation raised in a technology-focused time, these young people are seeking out ways to live more connected to […]

August 4th

Governor Newsom releases final water portfolio that includes Delta Tunnel, Sites Reservoir

California Governor Gavin Newsom on July 28 unveiled a final version of his controversial Water Resilience Portfolio, a water plan that that includes the Delta Tunnel, Sites Reservoir and the agribusiness-promoted “voluntary agreements.” While the plan drew praise from agribusiness interests and water agencies — and strong criticism from salmon advocates, Tribal leaders and environmental justice leaders for the damage […]

July 30th