mindblowingscience · a day ago
In the face of climate change, breadfruit soon might come to a dinner plate near you.
While researchers predict that climate change will have an adverse effect on most staple crops, including rice, corn and soybeans, a new Northwestern University study finds that breadfruit—a starchy tree fruit native to the Pacific islands—will be relatively unaffected.
Because breadfruit is resilient to predicted climate change and particularly well-suited to growing in areas that experience high levels of food insecurity, the Northwestern team believes breadfruit could be part of the solution to the worsening global hunger crisis.
Despite having "fruit" in its name, breadfruit is starchy and seedless, playing a culinary role more like a potato. Closely related to jackfruit, the nutrient-rich food is high in fiber, vitamins and minerals. In tropical parts of the world, people have been eating breadfruit for thousands of years—whether steamed, roasted, fried or fermented. Breadfruit also can be turned into flour, in order to lengthen its shelf life and be exported.
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kalifissure · 6 months ago
The world's most unwanted plants help trees make more fruit
What this post has shown me is that we, the people are hungry for the coming transformation. Victory garden permaculture planet.
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politijohn · 3 months ago
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lilu-the-almighty · 7 months ago
Hot take!!!
Basic husbandry and animal care needs to be taught in school. Holy shit. The amount of times I’ve had to explain to people that, no you can’t feed your cat on vegetables alone, there is a lot of blood involved when animals give birth she’s not being abused, the baby rabbit doesn’t care of your dog is being “friendly” it’s terrified and likely to die of shock, no the baby deer wasn’t abandoned it’s waiting for it’s mother to come back do not pick it up holy shit stop taking perfectly healthy baby animals out of their environments your literally dooming them
animal care is fucking important. We share this earth with animals, they are a part of out daily lives. It’s not just people going into animal care that need to know this shit, it’s terrifying how much people don’t realize
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typhlonectes · 4 months ago
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dairymoos · a year ago
Don’t forget to workout your calves
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picard-schreckensberger · a month ago
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Museo Ettore Guatelli
Ozzano Taro, Italy
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solarpunks · 3 months ago
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Innovative Project Is Growing Crops Beneath Solar Panels in Kenya
The project, officially called “Harvesting the sun twice,” is designed to assess whether or not agrivoltaic systems could be successfully used in rural East Africa. 
By combining the land dedicated to solar panels with the land dedicated to agriculture, it is possible to avoid some of these pitfalls. Growing plants beneath elevated solar panels protects them from the sun in hot, dry places and helps the soil retain moisture, the University of Sheffield explained. The strategy has worked successfully in Global North countries like France, Germany and the U.S., but has not been tested in the Global South, according to SEI and The Guardian.So far, the results have been promising,  The Guardian reported. 
In Kajiado, cabbages cultivated under 180, 345-watt solar panels were a third larger and healthier than the control group. Eggplants, lettuce and corn also fared better in the panels’ shade.  
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chismosite · a year ago
slavery exists today in commercial agriculture, with several cases just in Florida affecting 1200 people in the past 15 years
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it’s important to acknowledge the domestic enslavement living through prisons and the police, but this system absolutely includes the borders and immigration laws, which exist to produce a slave class of workers who are quite literally non-citizens with no rights so that capitalists can exploit them and retaliate with deportation, often to homelands torn by war or poverty because of the U.S./the West.
there’s a book here, Fields of Resistance, that’s really informative. I’m in the middle of it but it’s been great so far
tldr: borders exist to enslave people
Abolish borders, abolish prisons, abolish ICE, abolish the police. They’re different machines of the same system
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vintagepromotions · 2 months ago
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IBUSZ Hungarian Tourist Information Office travel poster for Hungary intended for the French-speaking market (c. 1950). Artwork by Gonczi.
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mindblowingscience · a month ago
Researchers have discovered that southeastern pocket gophers tend to fields of subterranean roots they harvest for food.
The discovery makes the rodents the only mammal—other than humans—known to farm for a living.
Although you’ll probably never see them, you can spot pocket gophers by the tell-tale mounds of sandy soil dotting a field. Beneath your feet, the rodents continuously create and remold a labyrinth of winding tunnels hundreds of feet long.
And, perhaps, tend the world’s most recently discovered farms. Root farms, that is.
“They’re providing this perfect environment for roots to grow and fertilizing them with their waste,” says Veronica Selden, who recently graduated from the University of Florida and is first author of the paper in Current Biology.
The gophers’ daily harvest of their root crops accounts for an average of 20% and as much as 60% of their energy needs, which helps make up for the intense energy cost of burrowing in dense soil.
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madeleinejubileesaito · 5 months ago
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New comic up on the nib!
co-created by me (Madeleine Jubilee Saito) and amazing climate journalist / soil nerd Whitney Bauck 🤎
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pioneeringsolarpunk · 4 months ago
Getting to Know Agropunk and the Rise of Decolonized Agriculture
The past few days have given rise to an amazing spark in creativity. The discovering of new subgenres within Solarpunk, such as tidalppunk and lunarpunk have brought about an interesting question in the subdivisions of roles within the Solarpunk community.
Now, I was initially taken aback by the new genres as Solarpunk is still within its conception phase as an overall movement. In a literary sense, it is building a large community focused on creative efforts and verging on the realm of possibility. Artistic green technology has been the main focus - apart from defining the aesthetics of the community as a whole.
And not to be too rational; however I have seen quite a debate over the conceptual designs of a flag more than the actual cultural and societal changes that would need to occur on a personal level. https://www.reddit.com/r/solarpunk/ check out the link to see what I’m talking about.
--- Now, to address the title of this post.
Agropunk: am i simply adding another sub genre that is practically inherit within the ethics and accountability of solarpunkists? Well. . . that could be a yes and a no - depending on your focus. I’m realizing that with the rise of these new subgenre we are directly creating spaces for people to express their innate concerns, interests, and skill sets that would be requested in the latter part of our journey. A opposed to creating division in the creation of a more unified and liberated world.
Agropunk, personally is the expression of stewardship and renewed agriculture care. It is also the decolonization of present agriculture techniques and in favor of more historical indigenous and holistic based practices. For example, the history of particular crops within the South of a rich lore steeped within West African and African American history. Yet, that history is all but present in our understanding of where it came from, how it’s grown, the stories and trials written within its pods, and why it’s a staple in many of the Southern dishes. Crops such as hibiscus, marshmallow, okra, fish pepper, grains of rice and wheat, sugar and sugarcane, and many other rooted crops are given little to no geography on our plate. Grains and legumes that are indigenous to the West (specifically on Turtle Island) are re-gaining acknowledgement and their place in the land while building protection from possible extinction. It’s a good effort but more can be done.
I do have an idea of potential aesthetics for this particular sub genre because everyone loves a good aesthetic and that’s how most movement these days are given a focus. However the purpose of Agropunk is to focus not only a green agriculture and renewable farming practices but to hold and give space back to the tenders of the land who have known what to do for centuries. The storytellers of lands far away and of clans within reach. For the homesteaders who provided for their community without a second a thought and left a space at the table in case someone wandered by.
The message within Agropunk is to not forget what was already given and to carry on the stories within food and land husbandry. In another word, Sankofa which means to reach back into the past and bring it into the future. It may be redundant for this genre to exist but the names of the plant, animals, and places that exist on this Earth had names before colonization and were teachers before we had classrooms, zoom sessions, and masterclasses.
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We shouldn't forget their names nor the history that enriched the lives of countless tribes and communities. One of the most delicate topics in Solarpunk is racial and social equality. Everyone having an equal say and given a fair chance on the same solid ground.
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queerbrownvegan · 5 months ago
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I talk about industrial agriculture a lot. This is why. Industrial agriculture pollutes environments, harms people, fails to provide healthy food equitably, and rewards harmful practices. With ecosia. For a long time, big agribusiness has dominated our food system, focusing on economic growth and corporate gains while ignoring its long-term environmental impact. Big agribusiness was introduced during the 1950s and 1960s in the United States, seeking to expand food production from small-scale local farmers to large corporate businesses. Since then, this form of corporate agriculture has contributed to displacing Black and Indigenous farmers and destroying natural ecosystems. The term Agribusiness was coined in 1957 by scholars John H. Davis and Ray A Goldberg — they argued that privatizing the agriculture industry would create positive change, as opposed to allowing the government to control the sector. Agribusiness is defined as the production of economic growth through the development of farm crops, including the production, processing, distribution, and transportation of food (aka, food as a business). While small-scale farmers provide 70% of the world's food, food production in the US is dominated by agribusiness. Modern commercialized forms of agriculture heavily rely on monocultures, the cultivation of a single crop on a large tract of land. Monocultures initially increase yields but subsequently rely more on pesticides and insecticides, and have higher rates of soil degradation. Unfortunately, the same pesticides and insecticides that were needed to sustain monocultures, end up destroying beneficial insects and bacteria that have promoted plant productivity and leads plants to be more vulnerable to catching diseases and experience sudden crop failures. On top of that, monocultures require high-intensity water usage for irrigation. Agribusinesses use extractive methods such as collecting water from nearby lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, thereby harming these ecosystems. With the rapid development of agribusinesses across the globe, forests are also being cleared to make room for large monocultures, which alter ecosystems by reducing species diversity. Our food production system is designed for rapid growth and corporate profits while ignoring environmental impact, thus creating not only an injustice but also a long-term problem for the planet. This practice and relationship with the land is not something that can be sustained. -queer brown vegan
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taurtirith · a month ago
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itscolossal · 4 months ago
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Aerial Photos Document the Expansive Greenhouses Covering Spain’s Almería Peninsula
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kalifissure · 4 months ago
New study suggests wildlife may be answer to phosphorus crisis
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