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Miracle Farm Blueprint

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Sustainable Agriculture with Ozark Permaculture

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International Connections

I became a Rockefeller Foundation grantee in 1955 to work on virus diseases of corn with Mexican agricultural scientists. In 1964, the Romanian Academy of Sciences invited me as guest lecturer for 4 weeks to Bucharest. This was followed by the USSR Academy of Medicine, then by the Indian Academy of Sciences, and the Polish Academy. In addition to virology, my special interest became the promoting of international scientific cooperation. As a consultant of the United Nations Development Program, I worked with Indian plant virologists and entomologists at the University of Agricultural Sciences at Hebbal-Bangalore, India in 1978-79, studying virus and phytoplasma diseases of food and fiber plants.

We Need Them but They Have Become Part of the Problem

The Food and Drug Administration had its origins in tainted food and agricultural products, contaminated antisera and bogus medicines sold to the public and to the US armed forces in the nineteenth century. The Bureau of Chemistry in the Department of Agriculture hired a chemist, Harvey Washington Wiley, in 1883. He worked to bring adulterated food products to public attention and then to study the effects of the adulterants in human subjects using his poison squad of volunteers. These revelations led in large part to the passage of the Food and Drugs act of 1906 -it was called the Wiley Act at the time. The law was mainly directed at appropriate labeling and making sure that additives and compounds were adequately pure and well described. The Bureau of Chemistry was charged with its enforcement.

Managing Nutrients in Manure General Principles and Applications to Dairy Manure in New York

The farming system, climate, soil, animal type, rations fed, management of manure from the time it is excreted until the nutrients are either lost or taken up by plants, and other factors influence the effect of manure on crop production and environmental quality. Because of these factors, manure management must be characterized on a local scale.

Grain Treatments To Reduce Aflatoxin Levels

The most practical and economical action to reduce aflatoxin levels is to prevent A. flavus colonization and aflatoxin production in the field however, when the grains have been contaminated, several approaches might reduce aflatoxin levels in corn. A government program implemented by the national agricultural research institute (INIFAP) to reduce mycotoxin levels in corn-based feeds tested Mexican alumino-silicates characterized as Atapulgita and Fuller earth. The protective effect was evaluated by mixing the aluminosilicates at 0.05 and 1 with chicken feed that contained over 100 lg kg aflatoxin during a 3-week feeding assay. The performance of these materials was comparable to that of novasil, a commercial aluminosilicate, based on the chickens' weight gain and feed efficiency.47 When higher doses of aflatoxins occur in feeds, the protective effect of aluminosilicates is not as notable. Lara et al.48 tested organoaluminosilicates (0.3 ) in a long-term feeding study of hens fed a...

Cattle Feedlot Manure and Wastewater Management Practices

Regulatory requirements, research, and waste-management system operating practices have been developed in the United States over the last 25 years to address environmental concerns regarding cattle feedlots. To prevent potential pollution problems to both water and air, feedlot operators must be proactive to establish technically sound programs and systems to control rainfall runoff, manage solid manure, maintain the feedlot surface, operate wastewater handling facilities, and utilize manure and wastewater on agricultural land at beneficial rates.

Benot Morel R Scott Farrow Felicia Wu and Elizabeth A Casman

Regarding irreversibility, once commercial plantings of Bt corn are allowed, in the short term it may be difficult to reverse either the impacts or the decision to replace traditional agriculture.1 In the medium to longer term, there may be regulatory irreversibilities, human health impacts, other biological irreversibilities that in the extreme could include extinction, and economic irreversibilities if some inputs used for organic farming become ineffective. Alternative framings of what is irreversible may exist, such as environmental impacts (Farrow and Morel 2001).

Impacts of Animal Manure Management on Ground and Surface Water Quality

In Nordic countries (Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden) the main reason for significant loss of P from agricultural land is considered to be the high net input of P to soil (calculated as 20 kg ha-1 yr1 in recent decades) (Svendsen and Kronvang, 1991). Iserman (1990) reported P surpluses of between 55, 71 and 88 kg ha1 yr1 for West Germany, East Germany and The Netherlands, respectively. For agricultural soils in The Netherlands, Breeuwsma and Silva (1992) estimated that in 1990 about 43 of those in grass and 82 of those in maize were P-satu-rated. Dutch soils are considered saturated when more than 25 of its P sorption capacity is used (Breeuwsma and Silva, 1992). The potential for P loss from these P saturated soils is exacerbated by high water tables, tile drainage, and drainage channels. In the sand districts of central and southern Netherlands, leaching can contribute more to the transport of P to surface waters than runoff. For a watershed area with over 80 of P saturated...

Mycotoxin Production by Species in Section Flavi

Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus are the most important toxin-producing species in the A. flavus group. While both of these species can accumulate myc-otoxins in food products, the types of toxins they produce are somewhat different. The majority of A. flavus isolates produce aflatoxins B1 and B2 and cyclopiazonic acid (CPA), although some strains have been identified that will also produce G1 and G2 aflatoxins.2627 In contrast, A. parasiticus produces all four of the above aflatoxins, but does not make CPA. All of these mycotoxins are potentially dangerous if consumed by humans. Aflatoxins B1 and B2 have been described as carcinogenic, teratogenic, and immunosuppressive and have been linked to cirrhosis and acute liver damage. The aflatoxins G1 and G2 have similar effects, and the toxicity of aflatoxin G1 is ranked just under that of B1.28 Dairy products from animals fed aflatoxin-contaminated feed may contain the M1 and M2 forms of aflatoxin. CPA also has been detected in...

Precision Technologies

Loosely defined, precision technologies monitor the state of relevant variables over space and time, be it pest population, temperature, or soil condition. They also contain a decisionmaking element that determines an appropriate response and an application component to implement it. To a certain extent, IPM can be viewed as a precision technology, as can modern irrigation technology combined with an irrigation scheduling system. The term precision technology, for most commercial agriculture, is a more narrowly defined set of technologies that takes advantage of developments in remote sensing, communication, and computers. These tools have the potential to play important roles in alerting farmers, who may not enter a field for months at a time, to important changes in pest populations.

The Value of Maintaining Pest Control Alternatives

One obvious example is the use of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) in organic farming. In this case, the set of natural pest controls is small, and losing any crucial element may be very costly. Even with chemical pesticides, many pesticides have survived despite regulatory pressure and expensive attempts to

Mycorrhization and the Advantages of Piriformospora indica an Emerging Growth Booster

All these impressive traits make P. indica very valuable, both for basic research, as an excellent model organism for the study and understanding of the beneficial plant-microbe interactions and for applied research, as a powerful new candidate tool for improving plant production systems in agroforestry and flori-horticulture applications for sustainable agriculture.

Antimicrobial Use in the Food Industry and Adverse Effects on Human Health

Tremendous amounts of antimicrobials are used annually in food production (e.g. chicken, cattle, pigs) unfortunately, no unbiased estimates of their use are available and the published data differ markedly and unlike the case of drug promotion for human medicines, there appear to be only limited discussions in the veterinary and agricultural sciences literature of the impact of drug promotion on veterinary prescribing practices and farmer utilization. The WHO has estimated that half of the worldwide use of antibiotics can be associated with agricultural and fish farming methods (WHO 1998). A direct link between agricultural use of antibiotics and the appearance of resistant pathogens in humans has been proposed, but not yet demonstrated conclusively (Rollin 2001). So while experts recognize that the most serious problems of antimicrobial resistance in people are due to the widespread use of antimicrobials in human medicine, the effect of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria of animal...

Chemical Companies Choices and Resistance

Consider a case in which the pest population is renewed every season, and resistance is the only dynamic variable that changes over time. We also assume that the farming industry consists of many small farms so that resistance control does not affect farmer behavior. The inverse demand function for pesticides increases in the price of output and decreases with aggregate pesticide use and resistance. Our analysis ignores issues of product marketing and introduction to various user groups. As the survey article by Sunding and Zilberman (2001) suggests, it may take several years before agricultural products reach a full range of users. Adoption processes are long and require significant investment for chemical companies to generate awareness of the product, demonstrate its potential, and educate individuals about its value and use. This theoretical argument suggests that manufacturers (a) will invest in research about resistance, (b) may help efforts in collective action to contain it,...

Saponins Produced During The Life Cycle Of Mungbeans And Their Role As Allelochemicals

1 Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078, 2Institute of Botany Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, 3Department of Soil Science, and 4Department of Chemistry, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, 5Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center, Tainan, Taiwan

Food Production On Limited Resources

About 70 of the land (23 billion acres) cannot be used for food production. This land is located where it is either too cold, too dry, or too steep, or the soil is too thin (Table 2). About 10 , or 3.2 billion acres, of our best agricultural land is developed for food production. There is another 20 or 6.5 billion acres in pasture and meadow which has the potential for cultivation but at greater costs. You can see that if the 6.5 billion acres in pasture and meadows are put in cultivation, that will bring us up to 9.7 billion acres. This is an important factor if we haven't developed control of the world population by 2025-2050 AD. There are certain restraints to the production of food and other agricultural products. These are the effects of fertilizer, weather, pestilence, water (including irrigation), soil, energy, variety of new crops, and temperature (for example, compare Tibet (cold) and Sahara (hottest and driest, 1800 miles north of the equator), which are at the same latitude...

Interaction with Natural Resources

One firm, ignoring spread effects caused by common access. The effect of a reduced stock of beneficial organisms is an overestimation of the benefit of pesticides because the probability of pest attack and the expected level of infestation are rising. In this context, it is no surprise that, analyzing pesticide trials from agricultural research,2 Oerke and others (1994) found that crop losses for eight major crops have increased in relative terms over time.3

Resistance In Developing Countries

However, responsible use of the available antimicrobial agents is of paramount importance despite the challenges DCs face (Byarugaba et al., 2003). Use of antimicrobial agents in food producing animals should follow prudent principles to minimise the selection and spread of resistant zoonotic bacteria like Salmonella spp and Campylobacter spp. Emphasis should be placed on disease preventive measures such as good farm management and hygiene to reduce bacterial load, rather than use of antimicrobials (WHO, 2000). The goal of any programme to monitor the quantities of antimicrobials used in animals is to generate objective quantitative information to evaluate usage patterns by animal species, antimicrobial class, and type of use. These data are essential for risk analysis and planning and can be helpful in interpreting resistance surveillance data and evaluating the effectiveness of prudent use efforts and mitigation strategies. The total consumption of antimicrobials for human usage,...

The Editor

Abbas, Ph.D., is a lead scientist of the Mycotoxin Project and a Senior Research Plant Pathologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), Crop Genetics and Production Research Unit, Mid-South Area, Stoneville, Mississippi. Dr. Abbas completed his undergraduate and master's education at Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq, in 1977. He then immigrated to the United States, where he completed his doctorate in mycotoxin research at the Department of Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota, in 1987. Dr. Abbas has been involved in mycotoxin research throughout his career, initially working with biological control agents produced by fungi and bacteria. Over the last 3 years, Dr. Abbas has focused on aflatoxin and fumonisin contamination in cereal crops. Dr. Abbas has authored publications, including contributions to over 150 research journals, and is a sought-after speaker at scientific meetings. He has extensive experience with mycotoxins...

Reality

Because of these concerns, some farmers have begun to adopt sustainable farming practices with the goals of reducing input costs, preserving the resource base, and protecting human health. These changes are occurring all over the world. The concern of the IAS is that the allelopathy component be recognized and made an integral part of the program of each country. We recognize that it is a problem, but the time is now to realize the importance of allelopathy in the world's agricultural and forestry supplies. Many components of sustainable agriculture are derived from conventional agronomic practices however, they do not include allelopathy for the most part. The hallmark of a sustainable farming approach is not the conventional practices it rejects but the innovative practices it includes. In contrast to conventional farming, however, sustainable systems more deliberately integrate and take advantage of naturally occurring beneficial interactions between organisms, which means they...

Irrigation

Very little is as yet known as to the potential impacts of using contaminated well waters in India, Bangladesh and elsewhere for the irrigation of food crops (W.R. Chappell, personal commun., 2000). It has been noted that within one area of 200 km2 in the Ganges Basin, irrigation water from 3200 tube wells has deposited over 6 tonnes of arsenic on agricultural land. This gives some indication of the massive scale of the situation in West Bengal, India and Bangladesh (D. Chakraborti, personal commun., 1999). There are two possible impacts. Firstly, the effect on food quality in which arsenic from water is accumulated in the food crop and provides an additional source of human exposure. The rice plant in particular has been shown to take up much larger amounts of arsenic than other food crops, perhaps due to the density of the soils in which rice is grown. It has been suggested that flooded paddy soils produce an anaerobic environment that mobilises arsenic, promoting greater uptake by...

Background

Stories of genetic resistance fill the popular press, recanting the familiar story a farmer uses a new weapon against crop-damaging pests, and sooner or later the pests adapt a resistance to the weapon. The superpests then continue to plague farms. Many times this process is likened to an arms race against nature in which science's best technology is ultimately countered by natural adaptive forces, leaving society back where it started or worse. In agriculture, this race against nature's adaptation is being run on numerous fronts and has been run for ages. Perhaps today the only difference is that we can run faster. Numerous farming techniques, from breeding selectively to spraying insecticides to bioengineering crops, capitalize on nature's vulnerabilities to increase production. The effectiveness of these innovations, whether they are stronger plants or more lethal pesticides, is often observed to decline rapidly, becoming useless within a few years. The required dosages for...

And MA Casterad

The original use of crop models was to calculate crop growth and development for a single field with supposedly homogeneous soil, climate, initial conditions and management practices. This is indeed still a basic use of crop models. However, there is also increasing interest in studies that concern multiple fields (see Hartkamp et al., 1999 Hansen and Jones, 2000 Russell and Van Gardingen, 1997 Leenhardt et al., 2004a,b). In some cases each field can be treated independently, but it is the combined result from all fields that is of interest. Examples include the calculation of crop yields or forage yields on a regional or national basis (e.g. Lal et al., 1993 Rosenthal et al., 1998 Chipanshi et al., 1999 Donet, 1999 Faivre et al., 2000 Yun, 2002), the calculation of water requirements for agriculture within the area served by a water provider (e.g. Sousa and Santos Pereira, 1999 Heinemann et al., 2002 Leenhardt et al., 2004a) or total emission of nitrogen oxides from agricultural land...

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