Posts Tagged:Agriculture

Austria needs more organic farming!

I was quite surprised when I found out today that the number of subsidized organic farmers in Austria has recently declined despite the apparent boom of organic food. In particular, insufficient subsidies for the transition from conventional to organic farming and missing political support contribute to this negative development. This is even more surprising as…

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Climate Change Adaptation: Austrians are Ready to Act!

Climate change adaptation and mitigation are the two main pillars of effective climate policies. Nevertheless, despite the importance of a comprehensive adaptation strategy for Austria’s tourism and agricultural sectors, large parts of the media and the public ignore this topic. Last year, I participated in a survey on “Climate change adaptation in Austria” conducted by…

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Yummy: Local, Organic & Fresh!

The Austrian Ökoenergie-Blog recently raised the question “Where should your money go?”. I didn’t have to think about a short answer to this question despite the manifaceted energy, sustainability and redistribution questions behind it that would allow for a more thorough response. I got an exciting answer from my weekly visit to the West End…

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The Romance and Reality of Urban Food

Two weeks ago, SFU City Conversations featured an emotional debate on Port Metro Vancouver’s Deltaport expansion plans on farmers’ fields protected by the Agricultural Land Reserve. As in this debate, the aspects of local food production and food security were also central issues in today’s City Conversation on “The Romance and Reality of Urban Food”.…

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Urban farming insights from Vancouver

The EPIC Sustainable Living Expo also featured several interesting talks. For instance, Chris Thoreau, an urban farmer from Vancouver who brings his food as a food pedaler by bike to his customers, talked about the exciting topic “Urban Farming in Vancouver”. In fact, as 80% of the Canadian population is lives in cities, growing food in the cities is an important step…

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A global challenge: Climate change, hunger and migration

Today is Blog Action Day on climate change and tomorrow is World Food Day with this year’s theme “Achieving food security in times of crisis”. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to write about the interesection of climate change, hunger and migration which is one of the most pressing issues in terms of global…

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