Food Insecurity & Sustainable Agriculture

Food security goes beyond just access to food. The idea of food security also needs to take into account the availability of adequate and nutritious food. It is crucial to ensure that current and future generations not only have enough food, but enough healthy food. Sustainable agriculture can play a key role in solving some issues associated with food insecurity. There is a complex relationship between agricultural practices and human health.  Food insecurity can arise

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Plant-Based Diets Throughout Time

Vegetarianism is defined as “the theory or practice of living solely upon vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, and nuts—with or without the addition of milk products and eggs” as well as the barring of meat and often seafood in one’s diet, says the Encyclopedia Britannica. Veganism is similar but a more strict version of vegetarianism: one is not allowed to eat, or sometimes even buy, any product that comes from an animal. Vegetarianism and veganism, or

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Community Member Spotlight: Sheeba Valady

Like many women in Wayanad, Sheeba Valady seems like a person who can truly do it all.  Her seemingly endless capacity to be a skilled farmer, a strong leader, and exemplary mother is awe-inspiring. A visit to Sheeba Valady’s house allows any visitor to instantly witness her compelling personality and range of talents.  With a wide smile, she greets visitors with a bright enthusiasm.  In a swift manner, like that of a magician, Sheeba’s signature

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Functional Farming: Integrated Agricultural Systems

Integrated Agricultural Systems are a sustainable practice that has economic, environmental, and social benefits. This farming technique is a “whole system” approach that utilizes existing biological relationships (Agriculture Sustainability Institute). It builds upon the concept of agroecology, which is the application of ecological principles to agricultural systems and practices.” (Oxford Dictionary) The goal of integrated agricultural systems is to minimize the amount of impact the agricultural process has on the environment while maximizing production yield.

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The Dual Season – Understanding Monsoons

The monsoon season is a dynamic phenomenon that impacts life in many areas of the world. A monsoon is a seasonal change in wind patterns, resulting in extreme wet and dry seasons throughout the course of the year. Though they do exist in parts of North America, they are most commonly associated with nations along the Indian Ocean. It is no surprise then that those in Wayanad, near the Southwestern coast of India, are greatly

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