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It might feel counterintuitive, but the more varieties of vegetables, plants, and insects that are included in a garden, the less vulnerable any single crop becomes. Mans Lanting of ETC Foundation India wrote in LEISA Magazine in 2007 that the best method of approaching pest control is to learn to live in harmony with pests instead of trying to fight them. By harnessing the natural state of vegetation and pests, a farmer can create "a system in which no component can easily dominate" and in which soil and crop quality is greatly improved.

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They are found on nearly every street corner in Western Africa—freshly roasted groundnuts are sold in small plastic bags or by the handful as a quick, protein-rich snack.

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Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 07:42 AM PDT

Makutano Junction Soap Opera

by BorderJumpers

Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.

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This is the first post in a regular series about African indigenous crops that can improve food security and protect the environment.

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By Ronit Ridberg

This is the first of three parts of an interview with Baldemar Velasquez, President and Founder of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. In Part One, Mr. Velasquez describes the biggest challenges and abuses farm workers face in the U.S., and what it was like for his family to work in America’s agricultural sector. Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.

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In this regular series we profile advisors of the Nourishing the Planet project. This week, we feature Chuck Benbrook, Chief Scientist at the Organic Center.

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Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.

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In this regular series we profile advisors of the Nourishing the Planet project. This week, we feature Cary Fowler,  Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust.

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Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet and written by Christi Zaleski.

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This interview with Raj Patel, award-winning writer, activist and academic, was originally featured as a two part series on Nourishing the Planet.

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Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet blog.

Every year, 5 million children worldwide die from malnutrition-related causes, including immune-system deficiency, increased risk of infection, decreased bone density, and starvation. But a variety of local efforts are hoping to turn things around.

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Fri Jul 02, 2010 at 09:42 AM PDT

Depending on A Global Workforce

by BorderJumpers

This is the second and third parts in a series of blogs Nourishing the Planet will be writing about workers in the food system. Nourishing the Planet research intern Ronit Ridberg recently spoke with Erik Nicholson, National VP of the United Farm Workers of America. In the first part of this two-part interview, Erik talks about the global agricultural system and the role American consumers play in it. Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.

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