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‘He’s Got His Own Style.’ Handsome Goat Is One of the Most Stylish Guys to Grace Your Eyeballs Lately

Agriculture TIME

Take a lesson in posing for the camera from this farm animal/model
'One animal at this Malaysian farm has risen above the rest to become the notable handsome goat on the internet . Harini Ramos, the 11-month-old goat, has garnered all kinds of acclaim and attention for his looks since his owners shared photos of him on their Facebook page . With luscious white locks, Harini has impressed everyone at Muhammad Livestock Farm in Perak, Malaysia. That’s why t, one of the farmers, keeps taking pictures of him. Fadzir tells TIME that he bought Harini, who is of the Saanen breed, from a different farm in March. Saanen goats originated in the Saanen Valley in Switzerland, according to ROYSFARM , an organization that advocates for modern farming methods. Courtesy of Muhammad Livestock Farm People are going crazy for the aesthetically pleasing animal. According to Fadzir, it’s really the hair on top of his head that makes him special. “He has his own style,” Fadzir told TIME. Some on Twitter and Facebook are even comparing his looks to K-pop stars . Meet Ramos the handsome goat that looks like a Korean pop star pic.twitter.com/43Py5fgTVQ — ENIGMA 🤔 (@Isa_fargo) July 16, 2019 We can all take a lesson or two from this handsome goat who clearly knows his angles and has now joined the ranks of the shapely starfish and the selfie-ready gorillas .'

How farming can change to feed us all while saving the planet — and no, you absolutely won't have to become vegan

Agriculture Country Life

Organic farmer Patrick Holden is an early adopter of mixed farming systems, where livestock and crops work together hand-in-hand. He explains how and why it can provide a sustainable future for all of us. Organic farmer Patrick Holden is an
'Organic farmer Patrick Holden is an early adopter of mixed farming systems, where livestock and crops work together hand-in-hand. He explains how and why it can provide a sustainable future for all of us. Sir David Attenborough and most of the elite of the scientific community are now telling us that we only have 10 years to act if we are to avoid irreversible climate change. They’re also saying that farming must play a leading role in helping us achieve net zero emissions. It’s not surprising that most farmers and landowners are asking how they should respond. Most experts agree that the only way we can actually take CO2 out of the atmosphere is to rebuild the soil carbon that 50-plus years of continuous arable farming has removed. To do that, we need to switch to mixed farming systems that include a crop rotation with pastures grazed by cows or sheep. The key question is how could such a switch be profitable, especially in a country whose younger generation — including our own children — is reducing its intake of red meat, believing it’s the right thing to do, both for their health and the health of the planet, in some cases going vegetarian and vegan? I don’t claim for a moment that it will be easy to address these challenges, but I’m certain that, with a combination of policy and market incentives, it would be possible to make money from sustainable farming. And, believe me, as an early adopter of this approach, I know full well that this hasn’t been the case in the past. “Will Michael Gove — or his successors at Defra — do this? They must. If they don’t, our children will inherit a planet that is uninhabitable” Unlike most farmers, who understandably have to follow the best business case in their farming, I’ve had a day job that has enabled me to put my principles into practice without jeopardising my farm’s economic viability. I’ve also been able to sell carrots and cheese into premium organic markets, an opportunity only available to a minority of farmers and consumers. Could sustainable farming become both mainstream and sustainably profitable? First of all, future Government interventions should take the form of incentive payments for sustainable farming practices that build soil organic matter, ideally by redirecting the single farm payments. That’s the carrot bit. The stick part would be the introduction of the ‘polluter pays’ principle, taxing practices and inputs that cause damage. Will Michael Gove — or his successors in the post of Defra Secretary — do this? They must. If they don’t, our children will inherit a planet that is uninhabitable, due to irreversible climate change and biodiversity loss. That’s the top-down bit, but we must also harness the power of the market. We need well-informed consumers, who understand that purchasing grass-fed lamb and beef, as opposed to cheap industrial chicken, will not only help farmers rebuild depleted soil carbon, but also improve their health, because grass-fed meats are healthier and more sustainable in their impact on the planet than industrial palm oil and genetically modified soy. “Can we do this and effectively counter the angry rhetoric of the George Monbiots of this world? Yes, we can” To get these messages across, the farming community must unite in an educational campaign in defence of grass-fed — or mainly grass-fed — cattle and sheep, which alone can convert the grasslands that constitute two-thirds of the UK agricultural land area into food that we can eat. In doing so, we need to explain that the methane emitted by ruminants contains recycled carbon, not new carbon, and is partially offset by the resulting carbon sequestration in the soil. In addition, counter to the current orthodoxy of the nutrition community, animal fats — especially from grass-fed animals — are actually healthier than palm oil, genetically modified soya, oil-seed rape and all the other plant-based fats that have replaced the animal fats we used to rely on a century ago. Can we do this and effectively counter the angry rhetoric of the George Monbiots of this world? Yes, we can. Organic dairy farmer Patrick Holden worked for the Soil Association for nearly 20 years before becoming the founding director and chief executive of the Sustainable Food Trust — www.sustainablefoodtrust.org \t \t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\tHighland Cattle In The Nocky Mountains Of Carinthia\t\t\tCredit: Alamy Stock Photo\t\t \t Country Life Today: The surprising truth about cows breaking wind This morning we look at why studying animals' noxious emissions can help us make the world a better place, celebrate \t \t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\tYou'd have guessed it anyway, but now it's been proven: Britain's green and pleasant land is the best place to source your green and pleasant food.\t\t\tCredit: Getty Images\t\t \t Country Life Today: The incredible difference buying British can make, a heroic rescue and the raccoon dogs invading England Today we find out just how much better buying British can be; witness the heroics of the painter and decorator'

City Growers Gives Kids An Opportunity To Explore Sustainable Agriculture

Agriculture Giving Compass

'Giving Compass’ Take: · A new initiative based out of Brooklyn, New York called City Growers is giving young students the opportunity to explore sustainable agriculture in the big city. · Why is it important to expose young students to sustainable agriculture?How does this unique learning experience give youths a new perspective on their city environment?  · Check out this article about urban agriculture and food security in the US . Based out of Brooklyn, New York, City Growers has a vision for the future, and it is green.They envision more green roofs, community gardens, urban farms, equal access to healthy food, cleaner air, and innovative urban spaces.To turn their vision into a reality, City Growers empowers young people through experiential learning, offering programs that provide kids with a new perspective on their urban environment, allowing them to recognize the potential of their city and themselves as future leaders.Emma Taliaferro, a Program Associate with City Growers, tells Food Tank the two reasons that separate City Growers from other experiential food education and environmental programs. “The first is the farm.The Brooklyn Grange is the biggest soil-based rooftop farm in the world, and the experience that we offer is completely unique.The second is access.We are conscious of the fact that many resources, including healthy food, are not allocated equally.We offer tiered-pricing and even completely free workshops, to increase that access for everyone regardless of their socioeconomic background.” While many students, parents, and teachers directly seek out City Growers, Taliaferro explains to Food Tank how important face-to-face engagement is in order to spark interest in everyone, even the students who may not gravitate towards an opportunity like this.Taliaferro emphasizes the power of building relationships with schools so that teachers are aware of the variety of educational programs and internship opportunities and can pass along experiences through word of mouth.Read the full article about exploring sustainable agriculture by Caroline Fox at Food Tank. . The post City Growers Gives Kids An Opportunity To Explore Sustainable Agriculture appeared first on Giving Compass .'

Country Life Today: We have 18 months to save the planet, says Prince Charles, and it's time to lead by example

Agriculture Country Life

The Price of Wales issues a warning about our future; an Oxford don suggests that farming holds the key; and how Henry VIII's final wife is unfairly written off as little more than a nursemaid. Prince Charles visiting the Millennium Seed Bank.
'The Price of Wales issues a warning about our future; an Oxford don suggests that farming holds the key; and how Henry VIII's final wife is unfairly written off as little more than a nursemaid. Prince Charles visiting the Millennium Seed Bank. ‘The next 18 months will decide our ability to keep climate change to survivable levels’ HRH The Prince of Wales gave a speech at Clarence House to Commonwealth foreign ministers on Thursday in which he warned that the next year and a half will be crucial in deciding the future of the planet: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I am firmly of the view that the next 18 months will decide our ability to keep climate change to survivable levels and to restore nature to the equilibrium we need for our survival… ‘Next year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, therefore, could not be more important and I can only say how much I look forward, I hope, to seeing you and your leaders in Kigali so that we will succeed in raising our level of ambition, while matching it with the practical action that is required. ‘I truly believe that the Commonwealth is uniquely positioned to join forces and lead the world by example.’  Read full speech (Daily Telegraph) The only thing better than grabbing a picture of a kingfisher… …is grabbing one of two kingfishers at once. Astonishing photo of the moment TWO kingfishers perched on an angler's rods https://t.co/F0kW5IhQrg — Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) July 11, 2019 Full story (Daily Mail) Just a 20% drop in methane ‘would reverse global warming and cause cooling’ says Oxford scientist Could the answer to climate change really be as simple as reducing the farming industry’s methane output? It’s certainly an attractive idea and seems to make sense, given that methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. An Oxford don named Myles Allen believes this could be just what we need, and said as much at a conference last week: ‘Allen, a professor from the University of Oxford, who has served on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, claimed this kind of gentle reduction in methane emissions would be enough to fully compensate for the warming impact of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide from agriculture… ‘”Say we reduce UK agricultural methane emissions by 20 per cent, instead of 100 per cent, between now and 2050, what does that do to global temperatures?” [asked Prof Allen]. ‘”That gentle decline in methane would be enough to fully compensate for the ongoing warming impact of CO2 and nitrous oxide emissions from UK agriculture over the next 30 years.'” Full story (Farmers Guardian) Stat of the Day 2,239 square miles The size of A68, the world’s biggest iceberg, which is on the move after two years being stuck in currents. The ice sheet is 100 miles long, but just 600ft thick – a similar length-to-thickness ratio of a credit card. Read more (BBC) Fracking to start up again in Lancashire A ‘No Fracking’ sign put up by villagers in Lancashire Fracking – drilling for gas in shale deposits – has been largely put on hold across Britain in the face of widespread opposition. But one of the major companies looking into tapping this energy resource, Cuadrilla, is resuming operations in Lancashire, according to The Guardian : ‘Francis Egan, the company’s chief executive, plans to use the data to convince the government and regulators to loosen the safety rules that have slowed the progress of the UK shale industry.’ Read more (Guardian) On This Day in 1543: Henry VIII marries for the sixth time Henry VIII and Catherine Parr as depicted in an 18th century image. The definition of insanity, so the saying goes, is repeating the same action but expecting a different result. Yet for Henry VIII, a different result was indeed what he got at the sixth time of asking. Catherine Parr is often described more as a nursemaid than wife, as the woodcut above shows, but that’s a little unfair. She survived plots against her, skilfully managed the relationships between the king and his daughters (Mary in particular was close to Catherine) and earned a position of respect which saw her awarded a pension on Henry’s death. Read more (Britannica) And finally: Something to cheer about for cricket fans… and sports fans in general OTD 2⃣0⃣1⃣8⃣: England beaten by Croatia in the World Cup semi-final 2⃣0⃣1⃣9⃣: #WeAreEngland beat Australia in the #CWC19 to reach the final #Believe — Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 11, 2019 England have lost semi-finals of both the men’s and women’s football World Cups in the last year, but on Thursday the cricket team made it through with a thumping display against four-times champions Australia. The final is on Sunday. Cricket's coming home! #WeAreEngland beat #CmonAussie by eight wickets in the semi-final and will play #BackTheBlackCaps in the #CWC19 final at Lord's on Sunday! Watch reaction live on Sky Sports Cricket World Cup: https://t.co/FZLD45h10b #Believe pic.twitter.com/SPCVKBS8Ua — Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) July 11, 2019'

15 Organizations Creating Edible Landscapes

Agriculture Giving Compass

'Giving Compass’ Take: •  Food Tank explains the benefits of edible landscapes which are created when designers start to incorporate food-producing plants into green spaces to promote more healthy food systems. •  How will more edible landscapes help urban areas specifically?  •  Read about the importance of maintaining green spaces in communities.The turfgrass found in lawns, parks, and schoolyards represents the single largest irrigated crop in the United States.Across the country, turf guzzles up 34 billion liters (nine billion gallons) of water per day, demanding 31 million kilograms (70 million pounds) of pesticides and 757 million liters (200 gallons) of gasoline annually.Edible landscaping represents a different take on how to design and interact with yards and urban green spaces.With an emphasis on native perennials and food-producing plants, edible landscapes can be a great way to create green space and provide healthy, fresh food.Replacing just a fraction of traditional lawn with edible landscapes designed around locally appropriate plants would have numerous benefits.Edible landscapes often require little or no additional irrigation or fertilizer, can increase food production potential in cities, and can be a boon to pollinators and ecological diversity.To celebrate and explore these benefits, Food Tank is featuring 15 organizations from around the world working to create edible landscapes: Backyard Abundance Ecologia Design Edible Estates Edible Landscapes London Edible Landscape Project Foodswell Home Harvest LLC.Incredible Edible Network Maya Mountain Research Farm Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden Philadelphia Orchard Project Sadhana Forest Sustainable Landscaping Initiative Vancouver Trees That Feed Foundation Wayward Read the full article on these edible organizations by Danielle Nierenberg at Food Tank. . The post 15 Organizations Creating Edible Landscapes appeared first on Giving Compass .'