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soil atlas 2015

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The Soil Atlas 2015 is a sixty-three page resource guide to all topics soil. There are many articles of extreme interest about land access, ownership, biodiversity and climate change, organic stewardship, how gender discrimination affects future of farmland ownership, to name a few.

The global significance of soils demands global responses. 2015 is the International Year of Soils. In this year, the United Nations wants to further the goal of soil protection. This Soil Atlas shows what can succeed and why the soil should concern us all.

Best of all, this is a free resource. FREE! Download the PDF here or have a copy sent in the mail.


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noche de rábanos

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Noche de Rábanos, or NIGHT OF THE RADISHES, is an annual event in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico dedicated to the carving of oversized radishes to create scenes that compete for prizes in various categories. The event has its origins in the colonial period when radishes were introduced by the Spanish. Oaxaca has a long wood carving traditions and farmers began carving radishes into figures as a way to attract customers’ attention during the Christmas market which was held in the main square on December 23. In 1897, the city created the formal competition. As the city has grown, the city has had to dedicate land to the growing of the radishes used for the event, supervising their growth and distribution to competitors. The event has become very popular, attracting over 100 contestants and thousands of visitors. However, since the radishes wilt soon after cutting the works can only be displayed for a number of hours, which has led to very long lines for those wishing to see the works.

Could we do the same with the turnips of Maine?


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rural christian youth movement

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The Rural Movement of Christian Youth (MRJC) is a youth movement managed and run by young people aged sixteen to thirty. Heir to the Catholic Agricultural Youth and Catholic Agricultural Youth Women, before becoming MRJC, he says is animated, among others, by the ideals of social justice and equality. The movement of the work revolve mainly around issues of education, agriculture, rural life, environment, employment, and faith but also globalization of politics or of economics .

Founded in 1929 in Lorraine, the Catholic Agricultural Youth contributed, throughout its existence, to modernize agriculture and to train many cadres and community leaders, professionals and policy. In the 1960s, seeing the rural world and society change, Jacistes understand soon enough that farmers are not the only actors in this world and that we must open up to a wider audience. The JAC becomes in 1963 MRJC Rural Christian Youth Movement. Besides the agricultural age MRJC now takes into account the other layers of the countryside: young employees, but also early school education. MRJC belongs to the movement of popular education . It is one of the only fully managed youth organizations and run by and for young people.

Read the full wikipedia article here or learn about the movement on the MRJC website (French)


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successful strike in mexico!

After two months of striking, marching and blocking roads, farmworkers in Baja California, Mexico have finally reached an agreement with the Mexican government that may end their current struggle for better wages and working conditions.

Mexican government officials and farmworker leaders held an 18-hour meeting in Ensenada, Mexico starting on May 13 that ended the next day with the government agreeing to meet several demands of the striking workers. Among the demands being met by the government are requirements that companies get certification ensuring that they’re not using child labor, social security benefits for retired farmworkers, equal rights and pay for women, housing built for laborers, recognition of the farmworkers’ union, and healthcare for workers. Read the full article here.

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