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Changes in Growing Things

August 24, 2011

Today we have three links to various aspects of growing things, including food, that are change related.

The first link is a viusal map representation of changing “Hardiness Zones” in the US.  A Hardiness zone is a geographically defined area in which a specific category of plant life is capable of growing.  The map shows 1990 vs 2006 zones and you can see the move towards the north of these zones.

Full Article at http://www.arborday.org/media/mapchanges.cfm

The second link is about growing wheat in Vermont and Maine- not a place one thinks of for wheat production.  Maine, Vermont growing wheat again

Full Article at http://www.kjonline.com/news/maine-vermont-wheat-crops-locally-grown-food-grain.html

But small farmers on the nation’s coasts have  begun planting wheat again as more people clamor for locally grown food.  Along with New England, fields have been sprouting in California,  Oregon and Washington in the last five years.

Stephen Jones, a  wheat breeder at Washington State University, described the local grains  movement as “huge.”

The third link is about:  Radical overhaul of farming could be ‘game-changer’ for global food security.

Full Article at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/bc-roo081111.php

The two reports seek a new path toward achieving both food security and environmental health. They focus on radically reorienting practices and policies so that farming occurs in ‘agroecosystems’ that exist as part of the broader landscape, where they help maintain and supplement clean water, clean air and biodiversity.

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