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The Movement Towards Natural & Organic Food and Healthy Lifestyles

Sales of Natural and Organic Products Outpace Conventional Food and Beverage as Consumers Get the Message About the Relationship Between Diet and Health
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by Steven Hoffman, Managing Director, Compass Natural 

Consumer demand for healthier products continues to grow. With concerns ranging from the cost of healthcare to the effects of food and agriculture on climate change, consumers of all ages are opting for natural, organic and functional foods and beverages, nutritional supplements, natural medicines and other eco-friendly products from mission-based companies that share their values and address their concerns.

The Reclamation and Biodiversity Research Center at PT Freeport Indonesia, a Freeport-McMoRan Company, Supports Agricultural Programs in Papua

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December 7, 2018 -The Reclamation and Biodiversity Research Center at PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) was established in 1995 as a way to restore the ecological function of the area near the operations known as the tailings deposition area. Tailings are the finely ground mineral rock that remain from the mining process after the economically valuable minerals have been removed from the ore.

“We Started As a Hungry Nation” but Trees on Farms Are Now Key

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Interview with Secretary Chhabilendra Roul of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the powerhouse which coordinates research and education in 98 national institutes, 14 national research centres, including India’s Central Agroforestry Research Institute, and 73 agricultural universities. In 2018 he visited the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi to review ICAR and ICRAF’s collaboration and spoke to Cathy Watson about trees and the shock he got when he was sent to the Punjab from lush biodiverse Odisha.

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Interview with Secretary Chhabilendra Roul of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the powerhouse which coordinates research and education in 98 national institutes, 14 national research centres, including India’s Central Agroforestry Research Institute, and 73 agricultural universities. In 2018 he visited the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi to review ICAR and ICRAF’s collaboration and spoke to Cathy Watson about trees and the shock he got when he was sent to the Punjab from lush biodiverse Odisha.

The Forest Is an Ally, Not an Enemy: Can Peruvian Farms Support Biodiversity?

A new project in Peru is setting out to overcome barriers to growing more trees on farms, to protect biodiversity and help the country meet its nationally determined contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions
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by Rob Finlayson

Peru has more than 70 million hectares of tropical forests. However, between 2001 and 2016 the country lost more than 1.9 million hectares largely owing to expansion of agriculture, and the trend continues. Deforestation is responsible for 51% of Peru’s emissions of greenhouse gases.

The Next Quarter Century’s Organic Marketplace: Insights from Stonyfield Farm's Gary Hirshberg

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In 1977, during the heyday of the emerging “alternative energy” movement, I attended a solar greenhouse conference where I remember one of our little tribe’s pioneers opined about how much less exciting the solar “revolution” was going to be when it finally went mainstream. “I know what’s going to happen,” architect Steve Baer of Zomeworks pronounced – “solar collectors are going to be advertised in Sears newspaper inserts! I’m going to hate it but I’ll know we have arrived.”

A Guide to Sustainable Farmland Investing

Healing People and the Planet
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by David Miller, co-founder and CEO, Iroquois Valley Farms 

SOIL – Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally

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by Woody Tasch, founder, Slow Money 

I often refer to Slow Money as “the CSA of investing.” As with community-supported agriculture, our efforts revolve around informal, direct relationships and shared risk. Slow Money funding is flowing in a variety of ways in dozens of communities across the United States (and a few in Canada and France) — peer-to-peer lending, investment clubs, angel networks and pitch fests at public events large and small.

The War Between Farm and Forest

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By Sofia Faruqi, manager, New Restoration Economy, World Resources Institute 

Hundreds of people have died in northern Kenya in recent months due to conflict between armed cattle herders and the wildlife conservation community. During my visits to this part of Kenya over the last two years, I was surprised to find livestock in a region renowned for wildlife. The grasslands are home not only to elephants and zebras but also to cows and goats.

Getting Our Hands Dirty: What's Next in Sustainable Agriculture

Why Investing in Sustainable Agriculture is Vital to our Health and our Wealth
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Welcome to the new "Investing in Sustainable Agriculture” issue of the award-winning GreenMoney Journal. The issue feature numerous insightful articles on the current state of and the future of Agriculture. The four top articles are:

• Organic Economics In A World of Industrial Agriculture: Applying the Power of Nature 
by Harn Soper, founder of Sustainable Farm Partners

• Sustainability Through the Kitchen Window of a Coffee Farmer 
by Kenneth Lander, chief sustainability officer and co-founder of Thrive Farmers

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