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Posts tagged with ‘agriculture’ (30)

By the numbers: Water in Canada

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Nature on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

World Water Day fact: Canada is home to seven per cent of the world's renewable freshwater. (Photo: Tomislav Stefanac/CanGeo Photo Club

March 22nd is World Water Day, a United Nations-led initiative to provoke conversation and action on water issues around the globe.

The theme for 2016 is "Water and Jobs." In a video statement officially recognizing the day, Guy Rider, chair of UN-Water, said most people are aware that access to clean water underpins all efforts to achieve sustainable development. What is not so clear, Rider said, is that water is also fundamental to the creation of quality jobs.

"Today, almost half of the ...

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Mapping the future of sustainable agriculture

Posted by Keegan Smith in Mapping on Monday, February 23, 2015 displays hundreds of stories on ecological farming issues from around the world.

The face of farming is changing. Decades ago, industrial economies promised to feed the world with new mechanized and chemical farming methods. In the years since, however, many farmers have come to realize that increased yields come with hidden social, economic, and ecological price tags. In response, a counterculture of sustainable farming, focused on preserving biodiversity, has been growing. As “agroecology” gains popularity with both growers and consumers, the challenge has become the large-scale ...

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10 popular blogs of 2013: Researcher revolutionizing apple agriculture

Posted by Siobhan McClelland on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

They come in different varieties, from Golden Delicious to Macintosh. And they keep the doctor away! Find out more about apples in Canada and how a Nova Scotia researcher is revolutionizing traditional apple breeding.

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Nova Scotia genetics researcher revolutionizing apple agriculture

Posted by Marika McKenzie in Science & Technology on Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sean Myles, an apple DNA researcher, is surprisingly in a bit of a pickle.

His research team, based out of an orchard in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley with one of the largest apple collections in the world, has the know-how and the tools to revolutionize the way apple agriculture — maybe even all agriculture — works.

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Video of the Week: The life of a wheat field

Posted by Heather Yundt in Nature on Friday, August 9, 2013

The Life of a Wheat Field from Two Brothers Films on Vimeo.

In this Video of the Week, watch as wheat seedlings emerge from the ground, turning from grass green to golden brown as they grow.

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