via Inquirer: Urban farming Pushed to help Attain Food Self-Sufficiency

March 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Urban farming pushed to help attain food self-sufficiency By Ronnel W. Domingo Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:39 am | Saturday, March 8th, 2014 Read more: Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook The Department of Agriculture is pushing for proposed laws that mandate urban and vertical farming, which would help attain food self-sufficiency. Edicio dela Torre, a special technical adviser at the DA, suggested the creation of a task force that would lobby for the passage of the bills. At the House of Representatives, Butil party list Rep. Agapito Guanlao has sponsored House Bill No. 720, proposed to be named the Urban Agriculture Act of 2013. The bill institutionalizes city farming in highly urbanized areas to promote the production, processing and marketing of food crops and livestock through intensive production methods, like the use and reuse of [...]

NEWS via Christian Science Monitor: Drug trafficking in Central America Wreaking Havoc on Forests

February 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

  Drug trafficking in Central America wreaking havoc on forests, study finds Drug traffickers are targeting vast stretches of rainforest  for clandestine landing strips and roads to carry on the drug trade, study finds By Sudeshna Chowdhury, Staff writer / January 31, 2014 It is time to rethink the war on drugs from the perspective of “narco-deforestation,” say researchers, who have expressed concern over disappearing Central American rainforest . In a paper published in journal Science, researchers stated that in remote areas of Honduras, Guatemala,Nicaragua, and neighboring countries, drug traffickers are destroying forests, often protected areas, to make way for clandestine landing strips and roads to move drugs and money. Vast stretches of forest are also cleared to set up agribusinesses, primarily-cattle ranching, to launder drug money, Erik Nielsen, assistant professor in the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona [...]
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