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Sustainable Agriculture Degrees

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Touch the Soil News #688 (feature photo – Ohio State University – CC SA 3.0) A transformation is taking place in higher education in that sustainable agriculture is becoming more mainstream. According to Seedstock (http://seedstock.com/ ) there are now over 394 sustainable agriculture degrees and certificate programs in the U.S. Seedstock put together a list of what they deem the top 10 sustainable agriculture degrees worth investigating. So, if you want to pursue improving the food system through non-profit or for profit enterprises, here are some places to develop your skills:   Cornell University. The world’s leader in sustainability research and education. https://www.atkinson.cornell.edu/education/undergrad.php   University of Florida. Specializing in horticulture,…

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Far Reaching Concepts

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Touch the Soil News #670 (photos courtesy of Sasaki) International architecture firm Sasaki, with offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Shanghai, China is looking to re-invent food and cities in a big way. The firm just unveiled plans for a 250 acre urban farm to be integrated into the city of Shanghai, China. Shanghai is the world’s largest metropolitan area of over 35 million people. This urban farm is intended to integrate the latest vertical and urban farming technologies. There will be algae farms, floating greenhouses, vertical walls and seed libraries. Farming models will include hydroponics and aquaponics (includes fish). The project, when completed, is intended to produce enough food for…

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What Does This Report Say About America?

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Touch the Soil News #561 The Economist Intelligence Group from London just published a ranking of the world’s 25 most populous nations according to their food sustainability. Called the 2016 Food Sustainability Index, nations were graded according to: 1) Food Loss and Waste  2) Sustainable Agriculture  3) Food Nutrition So, how did the United States fare? Out of a possible score of 100, the U.S. got a score of 71.97 on food loss and waste, a score of 50.73 on sustainable agriculture and a score of 60.44 on nutrition. Overall, out of the 25 nations scored, the U.S. ranked #11, behind the nations of: France Japan Canada Germany United Kingdom…

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