In the last 50 years, a staggering 140 million hectares - the size of almost all the farmland in India - has been taken over by four industrial crops: soya bean, oil palm, rapeseed and sugar cane. And this trend is accelerating.
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Want to Double the World’s Food Production? Return the Land to Small Farmers!

"Of all the myriad species of plants or animals whose products are useful to people, agriculture directly uses only a few hundred. Some twelve plant species provide approximately 75% of our total food supply, and only fifteen mammal and bird species make up more than 90% of global domestic livestock production."

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-Harvard School of Public Health

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California: Paradise Burning

I went on a solo cinema venture this evening to watch Interstellar. Thoroughly enjoyed it, perhaps too much crammed into one movie. I think it could have benefited from being split into two films or even a strong science-fiction television series in an attempt to delve deeper into the story/science.

Since reading The Grapes of Wrath and learning more about the 1930s U.S. Depression era I was very interested to see the references to these events and how they can be broadened and entwined with the fate of all humanity…

and with that, this 7 minute vimeo documentary explores the current droughts affecting the Californian Central Valley which is putting the livelihood’s of the region’s farmers in extreme jeopardy. Australia has also been seeing an identical problem, particularly in Western Australia.

Drastic action needs to be taken.
People need to wake up.

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Coca-Cola is bleeding Indian towns dry — and now the farmers are fighting back

They’ve launched a successful mission to Mars, but India’s government still has a lot of work to do on a major domestic concern: managing the country’s dwindling groundwater resources. And there’ one clear party to blame.

In the state of Uttar Pradesh, in northern Indian, farmers are decidedly unhappy with the neighboring Coca-Cola plant that’s been rapidly depleting the decade-old area wells. It’s been happening for years, but the impact on local resources is finally coming to a tipping point, and the farmers living in remote villages have decided to take action against the corporate giant.

Bottle protest in the streets of Mumbai and New Dehli | Follow micdotcom 

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Farmer Plays Lorde’s ‘Royals’ Till the Cows Come Home

This farmer has udderly moo-ving musical talents.

Farmer Derek Klingenberg serenades his cattle by playing the pop hit “Royals” by Lorde on his trombone. The dulcet tones of his brassy instrument call his cows from clear across the horizon for an all-bovine concert.”

(via mashable)

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"Frankly, I don’t know what one makes from cocoa beans. I’m just trying to earn a living."

Cocoa growers in the Ivory Coast taste chocolate for the first time.

World's Oldest Masks Modeled on Early Farmers' Ancestors

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A dozen of the world’s earliest known masks have been brought together for the first time for an exhibition at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The rare stone artifacts were sculpted by early farmers whose immediate ancestors had given up hunting and gathering and settled in the Judean Hills, the location of the modern city of Jerusalem, and in the fringes of the nearby Judean Desert.

That momentous change in lifestyle, along with the first stirrings of organized religion, may have prompted the farmers to create the stark stone images for their cult rituals.

Debby Hershman, curator of the museum’s Prehistoric Cultures Department, has spent the last decade conducting the first comprehensive study of the 15 known stone masks from the Neolithic era—those on exhibit plus three others. “Many of them look like dead people,” she says. “In fact, I think they’re portraits of specific people—probably important ancestors.” Read more.

The first farmers of France

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French archaeologists conducted an extensive excavation on the site of Kervouric in Brittany (northwest France), prior to the commercial development of the land. Examination of an area measuring around ​​one hectare found that the first construction in the area dated back to around 4800 BCE.

This important period represents the so-called ‘Neolithic Revolution’ when hunter-gatherers were embracing a lifestyle based on agriculture and animal husbandry. This new style of living produced a sedentary population with the associated construction of longhouses, sometimes grouped in a hamlet or village.

The excavated remains revealed the footprint of three large parallel houses, located on a hill terrace overlooking the valley. Read more.