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72 #worldorganicnews 2017 07 10





Climate change to disproportionately affect the poor — Iowa Environmental Focus

Constructing an Alley Cropping Food Forest — Permie Flix

SALT in the Philippines

Atmospheric Water Harvesting, Peru — Permie Flix


This is the World Organic News for the week ending 10th of July 2017.

Jon Moore reporting!

We begin this week with a post from Iowa Environmental Focus: Climate change to disproportionately affect the poor. I’m pretty sure we can all agree that the lower down the socioeconomic scale one resides the worse off one is in the material life and to continue this trend, Climate Change looks likely to hit the poorest, the hardest.


Researchers figured the economic costs of climate-related impacts like rising sea levels, more extreme weather and higher temperatures. They ran many simulations which calculated the potential costs and benefits of each phenomenon for a variety of industries and business sectors. They figured that on average, the U.S. will lose roughly 0.7 percent gross domestic product (GDP) per 1 degree Fahrenheit increase in global temperatures. This economic burden, however, will not be shared equally by all parts of the country.

The poorest counties in the U.S., which are mostly in the South and southern Midwest, are likely to suffer the most intense economic downturn, with some counties expected to lose more than 20 percent of their gross county product.

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And the article goes on to suggest that not only will these areas suffer, wealth, such as it is in poorer counties will redistribute to wealthier areas in the North West and New England.

And these figures are just for the US. I would guess low lying areas of Bangladesh will not be making increases in GDP when they flood. These changes have been predicted and mapped for decades so it’s surprising such things still need to be explained. Any major changes, economic, climatic and most social changes do not bode well for the bottom half of society and haven’t for much of history. This why the post second world war economic situation, coming out of the great Depression was set up to ensure a greater level of equality across the classes, at least in the dominant parts of each culture. The irony is, in the US and here in Australia, the poorest have been sold a pup when they are told global warming is a political scam by the left. As the figures show from the post quoted, it is the very people who will suffer the most who have been sold the greatest lie.

On an up note a post Constructing an Alley Cropping Food Forest from Permie Flix provides a carbon neutral or even carbon positive solution for agriculture. And it is the agricultural sector outside the developed world which is among the poorest in the world. Alley cropping is a system of perennial plantings in an alley pattern which anchors soil, provides a permanent return while still allowing for the possibility of cash crops.

I first came across this in a Permaculture manual and an organisation called SALT, sloping agricultural land technology. The link in the show notes points you to an FAO program in the Philippines. The philosophy behind alley cropping as applied in the Philippines example is to anchor the soil. This is critical and think I’ve made this point before, everything starts with the soil. It is possible to choose perennials which can be cut and dropped to improved soil structure, nitrogen availability, animal feed and food.

The video post mentioned above works along these lines to build a permaculture food forest. The system is extremely flexible. I’ve seen it applied using saltbush in western Australia to provide drought forage for sheep while wheat is grown in the alleys. The wheat stubble or the whole plant in a drought year become available feed for the sheep. The sheep droppings fuel the soil which in turn feed the cereal crops. Everything feeds everything else in the system and the greatest outcome is growing depth of soil, soil activity and water holding ability of that soil.

By integrating the alley species into the whole system, they act as a framework onto which a sustainable food production system can grow. Depending upon the climate the water is pushed sideways, allowing it to penetrate to the subsoil. And so on year after year until irrigation becomes a thing of the past. I’d recommend you watch the video in the post as it goes into the site specific challenges they are meeting. After all not everyone listening to this show will need to protect food from bears but wild herbivores are endemic in most locales. The principles discussed are, therefore, applicable just about anywhere.

And finally this week, another post from Permie Flix entitled: Atmospheric Water Harvesting, Peru. Given the changes in rainfall distribution across the globe as climatic changes influence weather patterns this video post shows one solution to water harvesting. In this case the community had never had access to potable water close by their locale. Eleven hour round trips to the bottom of the valley to collect water was a problem screaming out for a solution. That solution, in this case, was extremely low tech. Shade cloth structures which trap the moisture in the air and funnel to storage containers. The video is only two minutes long and I would highly recommend you give it a watch. The technology is site specific and would be of little use in the desert regions of the world yet where it works, it is brilliant.

And on that happy note we will end this week’s episode.

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Climate change to disproportionately affect the poor — Iowa Environmental Focus

Constructing an Alley Cropping Food Forest — Permie Flix

SALT in the Philippines

Atmospheric Water Harvesting, Peru — Permie Flix

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