This Tiny Country Feeds the World – National Geographic

The Netherlands has become an agricultural giant by showing what the future of farming could look like.

The great indoors provides optimal growing conditions for lettuce and other leafy greens at Siberia B.V. Each acre in the greenhouse yields as much lettuce as 10 outdoor acres and cuts the need for chemicals by 97 percent.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/09/holland-agriculture-sustainable-farming/

Edible schoolyards sprout across war-torn Syria

As Syria’s civil war continues into its sixth year, millions remain in the divided, war-torn country. To meet basic needs and provide young people with a healthy place to play and learn, schoolyards across the country are being reborn as vegetable gardens. At these edible playgrounds, children learn how to grow tasty, nutritious treats, like peppers, eggplants, and cabbages. Then, when the time is right, they are able to harvest and eat what they have grown. This transformative experience offers students and their families an empowering experience of caring for one’s self and others.

Edible schoolyards sprout across war-torn Syria

The Problem With Organic Hydroponics – Mercola

Story at-a-glance

  • Organic regulations require that your crop rotation plan maintains or improves soil organic matter. Since hydroponics grow plants in a liquid medium, they do not qualify for organic certification
  • The Organic Trade Association and the hydroponic lobby, led by the Coalition for Sustainable Organics, are seeking to rewrite organic rules to include hydroponics
  • The Coalition for Sustainable Organics worked against the organic industry by supporting the DARK Act to pre-empt states’ rights to label GMOs

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/08/23/can-hydroponics-be-organic.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20170823Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM155517&et_rid=25359599