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The Secret Rhythm of Trees

Have you ever wondered if it is possible for a tree to have a heartbeat? A tree may not have a heart, but the concept of it having its own beat and rhythm is not as far-fetched as you may think. According to new study, trees have a special type of beat in their bodies similar to that of heartbeat.

Organic Heirloom Rice Cultivation

Ms. Rowena Gonnay, 41 years old, graduated with BS Agribusiness and Management degree at Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, is a farmer-leader of the Kalinga Rice Terraces Farmers’ Cooperative (KRFTC) and an active member of Unoy-Pasil Terraces Association (UPTA). Being a practicing farmer genuinely concerned with conserving heirloom rice farming, she conscientiously performs her work as Farm Superintendent II in her hometown of Pasil. Ms. Gonnay as an organic farmer since 1990 became a National and Regional Awardee as the Best Organic Rice Producer in Kalinga and the 2014 National Organic Agriculture Achievers Award – (NOAAA) Agricultural Extension Worker awardee.

Zero-waste Organic Store

Food served at Sierreza, a small but vibrant store and café in Los Banos, Laguna, comes with an added ingredient — the opportunity to help indigenous people and the environment. An organic food hub that aims to teach its customers the value of zero waste.

Waste to Help Trim Your Waist

At the Food and Feed Laboratory of the UPLB National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH), researchers Tess Ramirez and Arcie Sapin have found a viable dietary fiber source in the husk that’s discarded after the precious cacao beans have been harvested from the pod to make chocolate. They processed the husk, treated it with enzymes, and developed a powder as food supplement for human consumption.

JEFSPA Sustainable Technologies

The time has come to recognize the false promise of the green revolution or the “Masagana 99” and for the government to support the real revolution in farming that meets the needs of the local communities and the environment, restores the land and enable the poor to combat hunger, displacement and depletion of our resources and culture. There is a little way that exists that shares sustainable production and consumption, the JEFSPA way!

Bio-Intensive Gardening

Bio-intensive gardening is a modern form of organic gardening that focuses on rebuilding and maintaining soil fertility through nutrient cycling. It is a usable technique, which aims at diversified cropping and bed preparation on small plots of land with maximum yield. It involves harvesting a diverse range of crop varieties that are less susceptible to pest outbreaks. This process has financial gains, preserves indigenous seed varieties and has a good crop sales value.

Beneficial Insects 101

Beneficial insects are any of a number of species of insects that perform valued services like pollination and pest control. The concept of beneficial is subjective and only arises in light of desired outcomes from a human perspective. In farming and agriculture, where the goal is to raise selected crops, insects that hinder the production process are classified as pests, while insects that assist production are considered beneficial. In horticulture and gardening; pest control, habitat integration, and ‘natural vitality’ aesthetics are the desired outcome with beneficial insects.

Mr. Benito and His Venture in Organic Agriculture

Mr. Benito Santos started as a conventional farmer in 1995. But after attending seminars and symposia on organic agriculture, he decided to apply the cultural practices he learned from CLORFA and MASIPAG. In 2007, he gradually converted his farm to organic agriculture from 30:70 (30% organic: 70% conventional); 40:60; 50:50; 75:25 until he reached 100% full organic conversion in 2013. His motivation in shifting to organic agriculture is to provide safe and healthy food for his family. He believes that synthetic chemical farming is harmful to the environment.

Rice-Duck Farming

To create a robust agricultural industry that will sustain plentiful, nutritious and affordable food for the next generations to come, one of the local solutions are ducks. The integrated rice-duck farming system (IRDFS) is about growing rice and ducks together in an irrigated paddy field. The paddling movement of the ducks stimulates the rice plants to produce more grains, while the duck manure fertilizes the soil and eventually eliminates the need for any form of fertilizer.The ducks also eat harmful insects and weeds, including the dreaded golden apple snail (kuhol), which is their favorite snack.

Organic Agriculture: Consumer and Family Welfare First Before Profit

Nong Olong was an on and off family driver and a rice mill worker/operator before he became a full time farmer in 2008. His primary reason in adopting organic agriculture is to provide safe food for his family and for other people. He decided to go into organic agriculture after attending training on organic vegetable production at their Municipal Agriculture Office. Armed with the new learnings he had acquired, he utilized his tenanted 0.5 hectare land into an integrated and diversified farm which used to be a conventional farm using agrochemicals that was supplied by the landowner. In the initial stage of the conversion process, Nong Olong experienced financial losses due to the significant decrease in yield. But that experience did not deter him to continue organic farming because he believes that in the long run the soil will be in good condition again.

Stop Soil Pollution !

Be the Solution to Soil pollution was the central call for this year’s commemoration of World Soil Day headed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to raise awareness and encourage people to take action over the threatening reality of soil pollution. The global community recognizes soil pollution as a hidden danger to people’s health and food security.