Teaching Agroecology in the Himalayan Foothills

Navandya encourages a mix of ancestral and modern farming techniques through the practice of agroecology. The teaching is based on simple science and economics—farmers don’t need to bury themselves in debt to tend their crops. Healthy soils and climate-adapted, local seeds can generate adequate yields and well-fed children. Navdanya’s method isn’t anti-modern, but it is based on ancestral wisdom.

Mexico’s Native Crops Hold Key to Food Security – Ecologist

“We don’t need to manipulate hugely the genetic characteristics of these (crops)… because that biodiversity is there – you have to just select and use it with the knowledge of the people who have been doing that for thousands of years,” said Sarukhán, CONABIO’s national coordinator, in a telephone interview.

Putting A Dollar Value On Ecosystems

How do you put a dollar value on something that in some ways is priceless? Like the Mona Lisa? Or biodiversity?Researchers in a new paper try to do just that — with one specific ecosystem service, provided by grasslands: soil carbon storage.