Posts Tagged ‘food security’

June 24: Turning vacant lots into ‘beautiful, bountiful’ urban CSA

Next in the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series is an Urban CSA Farm Tour on June 24 in Cincinnati. It’s at the Urban Greens CSA farm. Urban Greens, the event description says, “turns vacant properties into beautiful and bountiful gardens” and relies on an “extensive network of like-minded farmers, who provide them with the best variety and quality.” The tour is free and open to the public. There’s an optional farm-to-table dinner that’s $20 and requires registering in advance.

Download the series brochure.

Devising climate-smart agricultural practices for the world’s dry areas

My name is Somanagouda B. Patil, and I’m an Indian citizen currently working at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas in Rabat, Morocco.

Since April, I’ve been a visiting scholar in CFAES’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center through the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program.

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Study: ​Where climate change is most likely to induce food violence

While climate change is expected to lead to more violence related to food scarcity, new research suggests the strength of a country’s government plays a vital role in preventing uprisings. “A capable government is even more important to keeping the peace than good weather,” said study co-author Bear Braumoeller, an associate professor of political science at Ohio State. Read the study in the Journal of Peace Research.

Good pickings

Public “fruit parks” are coming to Columbus’s Weinland Park and South Side neighborhoods, and healthy eating and community bonding soon should be growing there, says an April 17 story in the Columbus Dispatch. CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, is a partner.

Lal, honored by Elsevier, is a ‘rock star in the science community’

Rattan Lal — director of CFAES’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center and a Distinguished University Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources — was honored with the Elsevier Atlas award on March 31 for his journal article “Food Security in a Changing Climate,” which was published in the journal Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology in April 2013. Read More »

Workshop, and a Tanzanian farmer, make seedling health the foundation of IPM

On a normal day, Joseph Mbuji’s business is managing the production, harvest and delivery components of his diversified vegetable farm in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. But recently, he found himself delivering a lecture about his farm to an international audience at a Seedling Health Workshop at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro in his country.

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Building a ‘just and sustainable’ food system for Ohio: OEFFA conference preview

Adult hands holding kid hands with red apple on topYou can help build the Ohio Food Policy Network at this week’s annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

The network is a “group of food policy stakeholders committed to the development of a just and sustainable food system,” according to the conference program. They’re “engaging concerned citizens across the state to map a vision for the future” — and a session at the conference will do just that. Two of the facilitators are from Ohio State“Ohio Food Policy Network: Mapping the Vision for Ohio’s Food System,” Session V, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11. Complete conference schedule.

The challenge? Do both: Waste less food, AND compost what’s wasted

Two key ways to manage food waste — educating people about it and composting it — seem to work at odds, Marion Renault wrote last week in the Columbus Dispatch, reporting on research by CFAES’s Danyi Qi and Brian Roe.

That is, the researchers found, people will waste more food if they know it will be composted — by, say, the restaurant that served it. But they’ll waste less if they know about such issues as filled-up landfills and the harmful methane dumped food waste puts in the air.

The challenge, Qi said in the story, is to get the two methods — education and composting — working not in conflict but in harmony. Read the story.

You gonna eat that? Farmer-friendly ways to fight food waste: OEFFA conference preview

Food waste continues to be in the news, and a panel discussion at the Feb. 9-11 Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association annual conference will feature how farmers are fighting it.

Abbe Turner of Kent’s Lucky Penny Farm will share how she cuts food waste via animal feed and composting.

Max Slater of St. Stephen’s Community House in Columbus will discuss using the operation’s EPA Class II composting facility to process spoiled food.

Sabrina Schirtzinger of OSU Extension, CFAES’s outreach arm, will describe the successful gleaning program she helped start in Knox County.

Go to “Farmer-Friendly Approaches to Combating Food Waste,” Session IV, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11. Complete conference schedule.

Ohio Food Policy Network meetings start Jan. 30

The Ohio Food Policy Network, funded by Ohio State’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), is holding a series of meetings “to connect the visions, values, activities, needs and priorities of Ohio’s key food system members and organizations.” They’re in Columbus Jan. 30, Dayton Feb. 11 (at the OEFFA conference), Akron Feb. 15, Toledo Feb. 22 and Piketon March 1 (at CFAES’s OSU South Centers). Details.

The goal of the network, according to its website, is “mapping the vision for the future of Ohio’s food system.”

InFACT, its website says, seeks “transformational solutions for resilient, sustainable and global food security.” It’s one of Ohio State’s Discovery Themes.