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Replanting life in the kampung with organic rice Print
Saturday, 22 February 2014 03:27

by Chen Shaua Fui

Part 2

A NEW generation of young paddy farmers may soon be bringing life back to rural communities if the current trend in growing organic rice gains momentum.

In coming years, this new breed of rice growers will tend to their own small plots in their kampungs, living close to nature and having their feet planted knee-deep in muddy fields. And if they are anything like 20-year-old high school graduate Mohd Rajaie Akmal, they will wear big smiles on their tanned faces.

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Companies that still destroy forests Print
Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Opinion | Wed, May 07 2014, 9:58 AM

Balancing forest protection and economic growth not only requires political leadership but strong leadership from the corporate sector. That is why Greenpeace and hundreds of thousands of people in Indonesia and around the world who support forest protection are pushing companies to clean up their supply chains.

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Disillusioned with authorities’ inaction on polluters, communities turn to “people power” Print
Thursday, 01 May 2014 03:47

VietNamNet Bridge – As local authorities have often been too late or too powerless to deal with environmental pollution, local people have found the need to take matters into their own hands.

On Sunday morning, hundreds of residents of Quang Nam Province gathered at the Bac Chu Lai Industrial Zone with shovels and hoes in hand.

Tens of tons of red soil were carried to the site. The volunteers, residents of Tam Hiep Commune in the district of Nui Thanh, said the soil would be used to plug an outlet through which wastewater was being discharged into the local environment.

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Heat Is On for Southeast Asia to Shift to ‘Green Economy’ Paradigm Print
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

By Peter Holmgren on 02:23 pm Apr 19, 2014

Each month in Southeast Asia, an area three times the size of Jakarta is stripped of its trees.

Across the region, forests are being cleared for their timber or for agriculture, or to make way for infrastructure and settlements. Indeed, the region’s surging economic growth in recent years has come, in large part, at the expense of natural resources, particularly forests.

Will this paradigm continue?

Will Southeast Asia all but run out of forests?

As things stand, the answer to these questions could be a resounding “no.”

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Are GMOs Worth the Trouble? Print
Thursday, 03 April 2014 23:13

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Doug Gurian-Sherman

March 27, 2014

Many are eager to trot out GMOs as the answer to our food problems. But lower-tech alternatives work better.

 

You hear a lot these days about genetically modified organisms, with many people arguing that they’ll be a necessity in the not-so-distant future, as climate change stresses agriculture, and as a growing, and increasingly affluent, population consumes more food, and more inefficient animal-based foods. Others argue that we’ll need GMOs to reduce global warming emissions, harm to biodiversity from pesticides, pollution from fertilizers (such as coastal “dead zones”), and overuse of scarce resources like fresh water by industrial agriculture. You might have seen one such argument a few months ago from David Rotman, the editor of MIT Technology Review, in his feature called “Why We Will Need Genetically Modified Foods.”

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Golden Rice Myths Print
Monday, 31 March 2014 21:01

 

The Permaculture Research Institute, 27 March 2014

Dr Michael Hansen

 

Dr Michael Hansen debunks some of the many myths promoted about Golden Rice.

 

There has been a lot of misinformation and just plain propaganda about Golden Rice (GR) put out recently. It is stunning that so many are talking about this topic without even a basic understanding of the real issues. Bottom line, there are clear unanswered questions on basic efficacy and safety of GR.

 

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Noxious chemical pesticides favored in safe-vegetable growing area Print
Friday, 14 March 2014 01:57

Last update 12:28 | 11/03/2014

VietNamNet Bridge – In Van Noi commune, the biggest vegetable growing area of Hanoi, farmers spray the vegetable fields with toxic chemical pesticides, while selling away the biological pesticides subsidized by the State.

Hanoi’s authorities hope that Van Noi would become a modern vegetable growing area of the city, where biomedicine would totally replace toxic chemical pesticides.

However, in fact, chemical pesticides still have been used in a large scale in the safe-vegetable growing area.

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MONRE: environment sacrificed for economic development Print
Friday, 14 March 2014 01:53

Last update 09:40 | 01/02/2014

VietNamNet Bridge – Plant protection chemicals have been killing the agriculture production, while industrial gains have been paid by the polluted land, water, air and human diseases.

Dr. Hoang Duong Tung, Deputy Director General of the Environment Directorate under the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MONRE), in an interview given to the local press, expressed his worry that local authorities have been sacrificing the environment for economic development.

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NEW REPORT: Food Tank By The Numbers: Family Farming Print
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 01:34

6 MARCH 2014

As the world celebrates the International Year of Family Farming, Food Tank: The Food Think Tank highlights new research showing how family farms, can nourish the world while protecting the environment. The new report, Food Tank by the Numbers: Family Farming, features original research from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and draws on dozens of agriculture and sustainability experts. The report proves that family farms—farms or ranches owned and operated by families—are not only feeding the world, but also nourishing the planet. Family Farms are developing effective ways to address global food security, increase income, protect biodiversity, and conserve the environment for a growing population.

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Home-made plough for terraced fields turns popular Print
Thursday, 06 March 2014 03:36

Last update 09:10 | 05/03/2014

VietNamNet Bridge – A farmer in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai has successfully produced a type of machine dedicated to ploughing terraced fields, reducing the burden of farm work on these inaccessible spots.

For years, farmers in Nam Bung Commune, Van Chan District, have wanted a ploughing machine to help them work. Yet, the equipment for sale on the market is too big and heavy while terraces are narrow, thus they still have to do their farm work manually.

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