Soil Food Web

"To win our freedom from toxic chemicals, we must start gardening with nature. The key to gardening with nature—to true organic gardening—is to recognize the power of beneficial microorganisms, elements little known or understood by the general public."
By Dr. Elaine Ingham, Phd. in "Introduction To Gardening With Nature" article.
Also visit her website full of literature, books, courses and general information.

Dr. Elaine Ingham is currently  Founder and   President and Director of Research  for  Soil Foodweb Inc.,  a business that grew out of her  Oregon State University  research program and   her research is on:   --   What organisms are present in the soil and on the foliage of your plants?   --   Which organisms benefit which types of plants?   --   Which organisms harm plants?   --   How can these organisms be managed to grow plants with the least expensive inputs into the system while maintaining soil fertility?

Dr. Elaine Ingham is currently Founder and President and Director of Research for Soil Foodweb Inc., a business that grew out of her Oregon State University research program and her research is on:
-- What organisms are present in the soil and on the foliage of your plants?
-- Which organisms benefit which types of plants?
-- Which organisms harm plants?
-- How can these organisms be managed to grow plants with the least expensive inputs into the system while maintaining soil fertility?

Soil food web - Wikipedia

Food webs describe the transfer of energy between species in an ecosystem. While a food chain examines one, linear, energy pathway through an ecosystem, a food web is more complex and illustrates all of the potential pathways. Much of this transferred energy comes from the sun.

The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

A good example of how local community can generate life and resilience, through FOOD.

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half and food by 80 percent people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The Special Period." The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis the massive reduction of fossil fuels is an example of options and hope. 

Why Organic?

"Consumers Demand More Local Organic Food"
This was the title of the article published in 2013 in "Farming 4 Change" blog, still very actual and relevant.
Source: Click here to read the full article.


By Ernst Götsch (May 28, 2016) 

Quimiosynthesis and photosynthesis, the main tools used by life, are syntropic processes, that is to say processes which result in a positive balance of complexity: dissipated energy in terms of heat being contracted, cooled down, complexified and stored in carbohydrates these then used to create organisms of high complexity, macro-organisms and ecosystems, and on its way of evolution increasing complexity on each step.

Nature, without interference of modern man needs (uses) for its metabolic processes approx. 2 to 5 % of its capital in order to achieve 10 to 15 % of surplus. That is to say its balance in terms of complexification is positive which for its side explains the increase of complexity in places let for recovering by itself which results of the effect well-known as fallow.

In my effort as farmer to produce which we need of the vegetal and animal kingdoms, I am trying to create agroecosystems similar in their dynamics, way of functioning and stratification to the natural and original ecosystems of the places of my interactions.

This results: a) in highly productive plantations, which produces its own fertilizers; b) an increase of black soil; c) availability of nutrients; d) optimization of retention of water and its circulation. Therefore, the main strategies, respective tools, I use to achieve this target are: 1º) by focusing on favoring photosynthesis; 2º) active interventions in the metabolic processes of the macro-organism called plantation by periodic heavy pruning; 3º) optimizing recycling processes and 4º) the use of the dynamics of natural species succession, directing it in a way to come to a positive balance in terms of complexity and quantity and quality of established life. That latter in both sides: on the places of my intervention as well as in relation of the whole macro-organism Planet Earth.

"Vida em Sintropia" é o novo curta do Agenda Gotsch. Uma edição feita especialmente para ser apresentada em eventos na COP21 em Paris, com um compilado de experiências expressivas em Agricultura Sintrópica. Imagens e entrevistas inéditas. "Life in Syntropy" is the new short film by Agenda Gotsch made specially to be presented at COP21 - Paris. This film put together some of the most remarkable experiences in Syntropic Agriculture, with brand new images and interviews.
Source: text and video extracted from Agenda Gotsch website.

Hacking the Supply Chain

"My sense is that the next 10 years are going to be a very very disruptive time for a lot of established institutions and that we as an organisation are in a very interesting position to be able to scale to make quite a large impact in the food space. We want to get the model right so it can scale rapidly." 
Source: Article in Stuff NZ
Pete is Founder and CEO of (Out of Our Back Yards)

Pete Russell is a local food advocate, social entrepreneur and founder of Ooooby. After seeing first hand the destructive nature of globalized food and the accelerating demand for local alternatives during his time at a multi-million dollar food business, Pete became committed to working in the local food space.
Source: Video and Text extracted from TEDx Talks Youtube page.

Fertile Ground: Why Food is the New Internet

"We don't need to feed the world, we need to get smarter about food. The Industrial food system built in the 60s and 70s has left us simultaneously fat and starving and it's time for it to die. There's an opportunity for smart young entrepreneurs to build a new smart food system that supplies the natural, local food people are demanding." Kimball Musk.

Kimbal Musk is an investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a chef. He is on the board for Tesla Motors, SpaceX, The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and Chipotle Mexican Grill. His personal mission is to get communities rapidly thriving by improving every part of the food culture. Kimbal is a co-founder of The Kitchen, a growing family of restaurants that sources directly from local farmers, stimulating the local farm economy to the tune of millions of dollars a year, and creating quality jobs. In 2011, Kimbal co-founded The Kitchen Community, a complementary non-profit organization. The Kitchen Community has already built 225 Learning Gardens reaching over 135,000 students every school day, improving their vegetable intake and academic achievements. Follow Kimbal on Twitter @Kimbal.
Source: Video and Text extracted from TEDx Talks Youtube Profile

Unbroken Ground (Film)

"We believe our food can and should be a part of the solution to the environmental crisis – grown, harvested and produced in ways that restore our land, water and wildlife. The film tells the story of four groups that are pioneers in the fields of regenerative agriculture, regenerative grazing, diversified crop development and restorative fishing."
Patagonia Provisions •

Unbroken Grounds explains the critical role food will play in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis. It explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans. Most of our food is produced using methods that reduce biodiversity, decimate soil and contribute to climate change.
Source: Video and Text extracted from Patagonia Youtube Profile