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Forest Crops Can Fight Malnutrition
Nutrient-rich forest foods could play an important role in efforts to provide healthy diets for people around the world if they are identified in national nutrition strategies and made more readily accessible, according to new scientific research.
The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) monitors and certifies gold mining operations via vis their use of cyanide.
From the Web site:
"The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) was established for the purpose of administering the "International Cyanide Management Code For The Manufacture, Transport and Use of Cyanide in the Production of Gold", and to develop and provide information on responsible cyanide management practices and other factors related to cyanide use in the gold mining industry.
ICMI's primary responsibilities are to administer the International Cyanide Management Code for gold mining, promote the Cyanide Code's adoption and implementation, evaluate its implementation, manage the certification process and to make information on the safe management practices for cyanide widely available."
Infographic of Food Waste, by type of food and phase of supply chain
This database shows how food types, such as grains, fruits & vegetables and oils, go to waste before reaching human consumers.
For instance, fruits & vegetables are most likely to go to waste (44% is lost), but most of the lost occurs after the foodstuff leaves the field. But much is lost during the growing phase, unlike fishing or oil and bean production, where very little is lost during growing, or grains where lesser amounts are lost during growing. The information comes from a 2011 United Nations study.
Global Map and Infographic of Water Conflict Hotspots
Derived from the Transboundary Water Dispute Database of the University of Oregon.
The Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database (TFDD)
"A database intended for use in aiding the process of water conflict prevention and resolution. We have developed this database, a project of the Oregon State University Department of Geosciences, in collaboration with the Northwest Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering."
Climate Change and Conflict in West African Cities: Early Warning Signs in Lagos and Accra
AbundanceStudios.org - permaculture communities
A meeting place for people or groups who want to engage in the sustainable agriculture in community or as collectives or cooperatives.
Permaculture Voices Podcasts
An audio description of the design certification course. It has a written introduction that gives the history of PDC, starting with Bill Mollison in Australian. In the hour-long audio the narrator discusses how the practice and the training helps reframe their approach to horticulture and food. The podcast interviews eight well-respected instructors on basic concepts of PDC courses. It discusses how a PDC goes beyond gardening technique, although it does study natural principles at work in a broad range of activity of which horticulture is very important. This page is part one of two parts discussing the courses.
The page of this Illinois-based institution describes the course work and the topics covered in their permaculture design certification (PDC) course. Among those topic are designing for climatic zones, guilds and polycultures, eco-building, and homesteading, among others.
The page also recites the 12 principles of permaculture ethics: 1 Observe and interact; 2 Catch and store energy; 3 Obtain a yield; 4 Apply self-regulation and accept feedback; 5 Use & value renewable resources and services; 6 Produce no waste; 7 Design from patterns to details; 8 Integrate rather than segregate; 9 Use small and slow solutions; 10 Use and value diversity; 11 Use edges and value the marginal; 12 Creatively use and respond to change.
InaSAFE is free software that produces realistic natural hazard impact scenarios for better planning, preparedness and response activities. It provides a simple but rigorous way to combine data from scientists, local governments and communities to provide insights into the likely impacts of future disaster events.