Farm Fragmentation

Farm fragmentation is defined as the division of a farmer’s land into a collection of scattered lots. Much of the fragmentation resulted from inheritance — splitting up the farm between family members. Over the years large acreages have become smaller and smaller, and so today’s farmers own or leasing multiple properties that are non-contiguous.  Fragmentation has spread…

GMOs

“To GMO or not GMO?” that is the Question Well actually the first question is “What is a GMO?” GMO stands for “genetically modified organism”.  Scientists have identified individual genes in living organisms (bacterium, plants, viruses, animals, insects, etc.) and are currently experimenting by splicing genes to cultivate preferred traits in the subject. For instance…

Pesticides & Herbicides

Why Do Farmers Use Pesticides? First, let’s define “pesticides”: Pesticides are “chemical substances used to prevent, destroy, repel or mitigate any pest ranging from insects (i.e., insecticides), rodents (i.e., rodenticides) and weeds (herbicides) to microorganisms (i.e., algicides, fungicides or bactericides).”  (source) Farmers can combat pests in many ways: staggered harvest schedules with long-short intervals, harvesting…

Farmers Feed Cities

The slogan “Farmers Feed Cities” was created as a placard for a 2005 rally and is now a successful public awareness campaign. The Farmers Feed Cities campaign seeks to make a stronger link between farm and non-farm families by talking about the things we all have in common – the benefits we all enjoy that…

New Technology – Farmland

Feed the People Current projections are that the global population will reach 9-10 billion by 2050. The challenge? The planet must produce “more food in the next four decades than all farmers in history have harvested over the past 8,000 years.”  Ernst van den Ende, managing director of WUR’s Plant Sciences Group (article) We are…

Importance of Water

Why Protect Water? The human body is at least 50%-65% water. We all need to drink. In fact, humans can go several weeks without food, yet can only go a few days without water. Water shortages lead to droughts, poor quality water, hunger (lack of locally farmed food), lower education levels (more time spent searching for…

Climate Change

Climate Change is Happening There is general consensus among scientists, industry and world leaders that climate change is happening. In fact, there is a rush to identify and grab the business opportunities that climate change may generate. For instance, the seven countries bordering the Arctic circle (Russia, Norway, USA, Denmark (Greenland), Canada, Finland, Iceland and…