Soil Degradation and Crop Yields by Thomas W — last modified Nov 11, 2011 11:20 AM
On a recent trip to South Africa, some Nature & More employees had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Prof. Mark Swilling, Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute at the School of Public Leadership of Stellenbosch University.
His talk was focused on the benefits of sustainable practices in the agricultural sector and, more specifically, their relation to soil health and world hunger.
The shift in global diets and agricultural processes over the last 50 years has resulted in 1 billion people that are malnourished and underweight and 1.6 billion overweight adults. This means that there is something fundamentally flawed in the world’s current prevailing farming system.
There are two main factors that are pushing us towards sustainable methods of farming. On one hand are the rising costs of current methods of production related to the rising price of oil and on the other hand are…
Sunshine Farms is a modern mango and avocado export company located in the province of Piura in the northwest of Peru.
A coastal region, Piura’s name comes from the Quechua word pirhua, whose approximate meaning is "supply base", due to the fact that the area was used by the Incas as a stop to get provisions during their conquest of the region’s original inhabitants.
Currently, the Piura region supplies many tropical products to (inter)national markets.
In 1985 we started our exporting ‘adventure’, operating a business unknown to the family and the fruit producers in the country.
Nowadays Sunshine is one of the largest export companies of fresh produce in Peru.
Over 300 mango producers spread throughout the northwest of Peru work with Sunshine. The Piura region has many climate variations due to its geographical location. You have the coast which is divided by the Peruvian subtropical desert of Sechura in the south and bush-like savanna tr…
An impulse for deep social change rooted in the practice of farming. Biodynamics calls for new thinking in every aspect of the food system, from how land is owned to how farms are capitalized to how food is produced, distributed and prepared.
A type of organic farming that incorporates an understanding of “dynamic” forces in nature not yet fully understood by science. By working creatively with these subtle energies, farmers are able to significantly enhance the health of their farms and the quality and flavor of food.
A recognition that the whole earth is a single, self-regulating, multi-dimensional ecosystem. Biodynamic farmers seek to fashion their farms likewise as self-regulating, bio-diverse ecosystems in order to bring health to the land and to theirlocal communities.
Origin of Biodynamics
In the early 1920s, a group of practicing farmers, concerned with the decline in the health of soils, plants and animals, sought the advice of Rudolf Steiner, fo…
Sustainable quality All our fruits and vegetables are grown in compliance with national and international standards for organic agriculture, but often exceed these. As an (pro-)active member of international certifying bodies, we help develop and apply global standards of production and handling, and we have developed our own unique set of protocols on product, ecological and social quality (Nature & More). We are continuously…
Forests are disappearing at an alarming rate in Nigeria, Indonesia, and North Korea, according to a recent report by Maplecroft.
The Deforestation Index map evaluates 180 countries where high rates of deforestation occurred between 2005 and 2010.
According to the report, forest degradation is responsible for about 20% of global greenhouse emissions and considered a key contributor of climate change.
The 9 countries where economic growth, poverty, corruption, and the increasing use of biofuels pose the greatest risk to the world's forests include: Nigeria, Indonesia, North Korea, Bolivia, Papua New Guinea, DR Congo, Nicaragua, and Brazil.
Particularly concerning is Brazil, a country that's home to 60% of the Amazon rainforest and the richest biodiversity on Earth. The country's amount of deforestation was at its lowest level in 12 years at the end of 2010, according to Brazil'…