Sustainability in modern farming

Since early Spring, Farmers Weekly has been visiting Adam Henson's Gloucestershire farm, exploring the theme of sustainability in modern farming. The first programme in the series asks "What does sustainable farming actually mean?"

In this series of articles we're trying to explore just what that familiar buzzword means when it gets mud on its boots. So far, we've looked at what true environmental sustainability means, looked critically at many modern arable farming practices, and explored how diversification has made businesses more sustainable, too.


"Food For Thought" - Sustainable Urban Farming

"The intent of the Food For Thought - Sustainable Urban Farming project is to engage students at the Kapuskasing Education Centre and have them reconnect with the natural world. In the technologically dependent society in which we live, people are further disconnected from the natural world and this project is a movement towards having our youth see the benefits of getting outdoors. The project itself is intended on being self-sustaining once it is up and running. The food that is grown at the front of the school will be sold to the cafeteria for use in the meals they serve. One hundred percent of the revenues generated by the sale of this produce will then be put back into the system to pay for seeds, tools, construction materials, soil, and any other things needed to benefit the project. This project also ties in very well with the Ontario Ministry initiative known as the Healthy Schools Initiative. In this initiative, they are encouraging "good food, daily physical activity, and a healthy environment," all of which this project encompasses."

Thank you to the World Wildlife Fund for graciously providing us with the assets to kickstart this project at our school.

-Kapuskasing District High School (KDHS) of Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada.


ADB Supporting Food Sustainability

ADB is helping combat hunger by raising food productivity, while at the same time, supporting initiatives to reduce food waste.


Lexicon of Sustainability | Local | Episode | ITVS

As consumers take increased responsibility for what they eat, many choose to become "locavores", favoring foods grown or produced in their communities. By voting "local" with their pocketbooks when they go to the supermarket, these consumers keep money in local economies while supporting and strengthening local food systems. They also decrease their "food miles" and with it their carbon footprint—of critical importance in confronting the challenge of climate change.

Still, even the most responsible consumers can't find everything locally. Coffee, spices, and most fish often come from halfway around the world. In these cases, consumers can embrace the principle of a "connected market". By applying the same rationale used when buying local products to those that come from great distances, consumers can ensure their purchases support the growth and production of responsible and sustainable food systems.

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Ride the Future Tour

From Live Green Tennessee: Season 6, Episode 1:
Ride the Future Tour is a 3,000 mile tour across America that aims to raise awareness about electric vehicles across the country. The parade of electric cars, motorcycles and bikes started their journey in Charleston, South Carolina and will end it at Google Headquarters in California while breaking numerous Guinness World Records with electric vehicles during their travels. WCTE's Desiree Duncan and WTCI's Shaun Townley teamed up to bring us this story on Ride the Future Tour's Trek through Tennessee.


Green Grapes

A small vineyard on the North Fork of Long Island, NY has decided to apply for an organic certification, something that was deemed impossible in this region. This 30-minute documentary discusses the importance of organic, biodynamic and sustainable farming as well as its hardships.

Produced by Brooklyn College MFA, Drew Santorello.
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Meet your Urban Farmer - EGP (extended version)

Meet Emily and Gavin from the Edible Garden Project/Loutet Farm in this 11th short film in our Meet your Urban Farmer series.

The EGP is a project of the North Shore Neighbourhood House. They work with a wide range of groups on the North Shore from local government and health authorities, to non-profit community groups as well as local social service providers, community members and local businesses.

The Edible Garden Project (EGP) is working to address urban environmental and social issues by creating a network that grows and shares local food and by promoting sustainable regional agriculture. They are working to reduce the reliance on foods imported from afar by empowering residents to grow (and share) their own. The EGP is the result of an extensive community consultation process where food security was identified as a key priority area from both a community and environmental perspective. Adequate access to fresh fruit and vegetables is a cornerstone to good health, but is beyond the reach of many low income community members, and current industrial agricultural practices can be highly detrimental to the environment.

The project aims to bring people together to grow and distribute locally produced food to low-income individuals and families on the North Shore. The EGP is bringing together homeowners with gardens who want to donate a portion of their harvest, people who have under or un-used garden space and would like to cultivate this land for growing food, and volunteers who want to contribute to growing, sharing and learning about locally produced food. They provide information and education in the community to build knowledge and skills around ecological food gardening and urban agriculture.

They also like urban farms...

You can visit EGP and find out more about them here -

If you've never had the opportunity to meet the wonderful array of passionate individuals behind the urban farming movement, and the wonderful food they grow for the community, stay tuned as we meet other urban farmers in the Vancouver Metro area. This will be an opportunity you won't want to miss.

Support your local urban farmers (and local rural farmers of course), and know where your food comes from.

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Sustainable Farmers - Stewards of the Land

Three local sustainable farmers, their thoughts and images from their farms in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Photography by Laurie Schneider


The World is Hungry for Food Sustainability - Saoirse Ronan

Origin Green is a unique programme which will allow Ireland to become a world leader in sustainable high quality food and drink production. The Origin Green programme is built upon the Origin Green Sustainability Charter which will commit participants to engage directly with the challenges of sustainability. This will include reducing energy inputs, minimising overall carbon footprint and lessening impact on the environment in order to increase efficiency and competitiveness. To learn more please visit us at:


Honeybee Extinction = Global Collapse

Corn pesticides are killing off waves of honeybees, and the effects could spell disaster for life on Earth. Will the pollinators of most of our plants get wiped out by mankind and take us with them? We look at it on this clip from Buzzsaw with Tyrel Ventura and Tabetha Wallace.

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Our Food Is Made Of What?? -- [Moment of Clarity Show: Episode 4]

Three out of every four items in the grocery store contain this substance. This is a culinary coup that has taken over America. (Support Moment of Clarity by sharing this video and becoming a member at


A Plea for Bees' Needs: Dr. Elizabeth Elle

" A Plea for the Bees' Needs: Pollinator declines and how to encourage backyard biodiversity" presented by Dr. Elizabeth Elle.

Learn more about why bees are in trouble, the natural history and status of our native bees, and what you can do in your backyard, community garden or even on your balcony to help support pollinators.

This public lecture was recorded on Thursday April 23, 2009. It was organised by Continuing Studies in Science at Simon Fraser University.


How to make more bees!


This is a clip on how to make increases in your stock of bees. It is part of beekeeping for beginners. It is a clip on swarm prevention. Nowadays we really need to prevent our bees from swarming, as the varroa mite has destroyed allot of the natural bee colony's. The bees now rely on us to help them against these little mites, that are the carriers for certain viruses that our bees are not able to defend against. Artificial swarm control / bee hive Swarm of bees / disappearing bees


Vanishing Of The Bees
The documentary film, Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page, takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. Directors George Langworthy and Maryam Henein present not just a story about the mysterious phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder, but a platform of solutions, encouraging audiences to be the change they want to see in the world.


Monsanto Video Revolt Announcement - Dr Edward Group

Dr. Edward Group announces the Monsanto Video Revolt, coming this July 24th, 2013! Upload your videos telling Monsanto why their GMOs have NO place in the food supply! Dr Group is the founder of

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Studies Prove Monsanto's Roundup Is Killing You

Anthony Gucciardi speaks with scientist Sayer Ji of GreenMedInfo on the massive amounts of research that shows Monsanto's #1 selling herbicide Roundup is leading to conditions like lymphoma and DNA damage.

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Just Say No to GMO Music Video by Mike Adams
Read More Below: This has been around awhile and still nothing changes.

Mirrored from: TheHealthRanger on YouTube

Just Say No to GMO music video and song by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, editor of Written and performed by Mike Adams, this song exposes the lies of the GMO biotech industry, specifically mentioning Monsanto and genetically modified corn. It also features rap lined from Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology, author of Seeds of Deception.