ICRPS 2013: Food, food, and more food!

by James D. Rossi, 21/06/2013 on day 4 of the 2013 Summer Insitute Today’s ICRPS focused on field visits which included stops at producers of EU Demonination of Origin products (DOP), representatives of the Local Action Group (LAG) L’Altra Romagna, and an agritourism hotel/restaurant.  DOP limits both the geographical region in which a good can Read More …

Recently Read: David-and-Goliath – Indiana Farmer Against Monsanto in US Supreme Court

by the editors 19/02/2013 Mining in the north of Canada is expected to nearly double by 2020. However, substantial impediments for sustainable growth exist (Thanks for the tip, John D!) NYT: In India, food perishes in the heat because of lack of cooling. Maybe a SolerCool can help? NPR: Rice shortage  – The story of a shortage Read More …

Recently Read: Naming Streets in Rural America

by the editors 15/01/2013 Articles on food waste has been recurring in our Recently Read column. Latest news on this front is a new report that states that 2 billion tons of  all food – 50 % of all food produced – ends up as waste. What challenges is agriculture facing? Five scenarios for 2050. Read More …

ICRPS Collaboration: Comparative Research in Agriculture

by Doug Ramsey, 08/01/2013 One of my hopes with ICRPS was the development of research collaborations. For the past few years I have been developing research projects with Vicky Soldevila (ICRPS alum year 1 and 2) and Lourdes Viladomiu (ICRPS faculty member). The research area is the hog sectors of Manitoba, Canada and Catalonia, Spain.

Discussion: Is Agriculture a Special Case?

by Eric Marr, 26/11/12 I expect few would doubt that the agriculture sector is treated as a special case by governments. There are examples of exemptions from environmental regulations, labour laws, and even market forces. However this raises the question, should agriculture be treated as a special case? I have been hearing it argued more Read More …

Recently Read: Economic Development with Ethical Consumption?

by the editors 20/11/2012   The Problem Is Clear: The Water Is Filthy. Rural communities in California struggles to find solutions to their problems with dirty drinking water according to The New York Times (Thanks for the tip, John Devlin!) Canada’s Corn Belt Attracts the Hot Money Fostering Community Economic Development with Ethical Consumption: An Read More …

Recently Read: Do We Eat More Than We Produce?

by the editors 16/10/2012 A geography professor at the University of Guelph says to the BBC that we are currently eating more food than we are producing. In Africa, the well known migration pattern from the rural to the urban seems to be slowing down, according to researchers. Superweeds, superpests: The Legacy of Pesticides Recently Read is a Read More …

Recently read: The Future of Farming

by the editors, 2/10/2012 The articles this week have one thing in common – they contemplate the future of farming, in one way or the other. Could water shortage force us all into vegetarianism sometime in the future? A FAO publication says targeted policies and capacity building is crucial for livestock sector developement and poverty Read More …

Recently Read: On “Monoculture” and Drought

Recently Read is a weekly column where we share some of the links we have come across  that are related to rural development in one way or the other, and that we think Summer Institute alumni will find interesting “The problem is not so much the drought but our over-reliance on this single crop. As Read More …