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Can 'Climate-Smart' Agriculture Help Both Africa and the Planet?

Environment  (tags: climate, climate-change, agriculture, land use, pollution, humans, nature, habitat, habitatdestruction, world, wildlife, ecosystems, environment, globalwarming )

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One idea promoted at the Durban talks was "climate-smart agriculture," which could make crops less vulnerable to heat and drought and turn depleted soils into carbon sinks.

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Gary C (5)
Friday December 16, 2011, 5:15 pm
Noted Thankyou....

Susanne R (235)
Friday December 16, 2011, 11:32 pm
The article made "climate-smart agriculture" sound very promising --with benefits to the farmers and the environment-- until the ever-present subject of GREED reared its ugly head. The article went on to state, “Soil carbon offsets will promote a spate of African land grabs and put farmers under the control of fickle carbon markets,” said Teresa Anderson of the UK-based Gaia Foundation, an NGO that promotes indigenous farming, speaking in Durban. “The [World] Bank’s agenda is more money for the bank and for carbon project developers, not development,” said Doreen Stabinsky of the Minneapolis-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy."

Every time a cloud with a silver lining makes its way to the poor, big business will always find a way to extract the silver from it.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 5:49 am
Sad how human greed can threaten to spoil even such a good thing.

Lindsay Kemp (6)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 8:36 am
This does sound as though it's an idea worth looking into and trying - but we have to watch out for those people who would exploit those who are vulnerable, or threaten their lifestyles of livelihood out of greedy motives - peaple have to realise the value of doing something simply because it is going to help not just those who are poor or vulnerable, but will help everyone.

Brenda Towers (0)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 8:38 am

William K (308)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 10:45 am
We need "climate smart" everything, since it seems that the approach the governments of the world are taking is simply to not do anything and simply adapt to the changes, rather than invest in trying to reduce emissions (slow the change) or reverse the change.

Seda A (4)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 11:16 am
noted. thank you.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 11:45 am
This could be a good thing for the world. Unfortunately as with all things big business will always squash out the littler businesses. The farmers should be able to get more profit from increased production, but they will probably not benefit from the carbon sequestering market. And probably they will be driven out of business if there isn't any control put in place. The big corporations just have too much power period. And it has corrupted them all into greedy selfish people. That's life these days.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 1:29 pm
We must continue to email and call our senators and congressmen until they have NO DOUBT that we DEMAND GREEN PLANET. Vegetarian diet which we as individuals can so easily choose will do more to help life and all that sustains life here in this world than all other pollution reductions combined! CHOOSE VEG, SAVE OUR EARTH. GREAT KARMA FOR ALL. Why harm and cause filth and suffering when we have millions of plant-based foods here for us to eat?

Hartson Doak (39)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 1:38 pm
Duh! Get away from the oil based food sourcing.Go back to the way God intended.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 1:46 pm
This is something that should of been done decades ago and saved millions of dollars feeding them. But this to be Climate Smart want change anything unless their willing to make a change for their own people and get out of the rut of accient age and be if the 21ft century reality.

David C (129)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 2:15 pm
noted...anything that can help....

Lin Penrose (92)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 4:08 pm
Noted & thanks Cal. Every bit that can help the earth helps humans too. Slowing human reproduction would & could be most beneficial.

Shan D (49)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 7:09 pm
The solution does seem simple at first - plants that can adapt and survive the new conditions - but of course Big Business and the Almighty Corporations will stomp all over everything, and will the people be any better off than they are now?

Colin Hope (243)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 10:49 pm
Noted and signed!!

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 4:45 am
thanks noted

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 6:59 am

Renuka K. (0)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 8:53 pm

reft h (66)
Monday December 19, 2011, 10:19 pm
"climate smart" farming, isn't that what people did before multi national corporations took over our food supply from family farms?

Victoria B (21)
Saturday December 24, 2011, 4:40 pm
This sounds like a legitimate solution, and it really should be practiced everywhere, not just the places that have the worst farming practices.

Sonny Honrado (5)
Monday January 9, 2012, 6:26 pm
I hope so.

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Thursday February 2, 2012, 4:20 am
African agriculture must be adapted to climate. To adapt closely, use heirloom seeds. So, GM crops out.

Suzanne L (99)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 9:55 am
This article does not note that already there are groups who are helping African farmers learn how to create soil on their own that has these characteristics. It is a very old technique used by indigenous, pre-Columbia, South America farmers. The soil is called terra preta. It does not involve big companies. Each farmer can produce richer soil on his own. I've created small batches of terra preta for my own garden.

Elsa O (1)
Sunday February 19, 2012, 1:05 am
quite interesting. hnks

Susan T (20)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 12:22 pm
This is a disaster for small farmers and ultimately for the ecosystem. Large scale operations will do mono culture farming - which is the worst for the land - to maximize the profits from the carbon trading. Since "bio fuels" are a higher "cash" crop for the carbon market, I also assume that the world Bank will be pushing African countries to accept GMO corn from Monsanto - which is now being proven to have many disastrous environmental effects. Small organic farms are the best way to go according to the recent U.N study.
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