Lessons from the Indigenous on Promoting Plant Biodiversity


By Jan Salick, Missouri Botanical Garden | Staff, e! Science News. The Yanesha of the upper Peruvian Amazon and Tibetans of the Himalayas are different peoples who live in dissimilar environments, but mountains are considered to be sacred by both cultures, and they excel in promoting plant biodiversity for their shelters, clothing, medicines, and foods. In the case of cassava (Manihot esculenta) alone, for example, the Yanesha grow over 200 varieties.

The World Can’t Afford to Keep Wasting Soil


By Stan Cox, Al Jazeera. One-third of Earth’s soil is degraded because of unsustainable farming methods, which could lead to a major food crisis.

Rwanda Leads in Reforestation


By Gerald Tenywa, New Vision | Photos and video added by Haiti Chery. Rwanda gained 50.9% more forest cover between 1990 and 2005, or around 162,000 hectares [400,000 acres]. This is the fastest growth rate in the world. Almost 20% of the country, or 480,000 hectares [1,186,000 acres], is now covered with forest.

Plant a Tree for Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, Who Died on September 25, 2011

Eric Law, The Independent | PBS Independent Lens | GRITtv. Wangari Maathai died of cancer on Sunday September 25,2011. The organization she founded, the Green Belt Movement, is responsible for planting millions of trees. But Maathai planted more than trees; she planted ideas, specifically the idea that conflict and climate change are linked.

Putting Trees on Farms Fundamental to Future Agricultural Development

By Staff Writers, SPX via Seed Daily. As natural vegetation and forests are cleared for agriculture and other types of development, the benefits that trees provide are best sustained by integrating them into agriculturally productive landscapes.