Category Archives: Economics and politics

Value-adding, farm tourism and providoring

On-farm-businesses; value-adding. I think everyone at some stage thinks “How can I make more money with the resources I’ve got?”. Retirement and succession issues mean we also sometimes think “How can we best use the farm given my/our changing abilities?”. … Continue reading

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Leasing, agistment, strategies for retirement

I was talking with my old friend who’s now teaching in the farm-and-forest belt down South, and his wife who I’d just met. Her parents recently sold their orchard farm and moved to the same town as their daughter, and … Continue reading

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“For Sale”, “For Sale”, “For Sale” on each corner

We see so many “For Sale” signs as we drive around various parts of farm country. I have to admit that every time I see one I think half seriously about it. I look at the property, think about where … Continue reading

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The beauty of ideas

Over in the UK there’s a design team building something called a Gravity Light. Their challenge was to build some kind of light suitable for underdeveloped countries, and after looking at solar for a while they said “well, anything that … Continue reading

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UNCTAD’s Trade and Environment Review 2013 released

The Trade and Environment Review 2013 by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is subtitled ‘Wake up before it is too late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate’, so as you’d … Continue reading

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How religion can help biodiversity – bringing conservation into the conversation

Religion for many is their moral compass, their ethical guidelines. The environmental-decision-making paper of interest crossing my desk today calls on religious leaders around the world, and particularly Pope Francis, to bring biodiversity and conservation into the conversations and practices … Continue reading

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A little bit about Syria

Syria is one of those countries I forget about sometimes. I can’t always remember where it is on a map, and talk about the civil war had me thinking “Wasn’t that last year?”.  Ah, the joys of living in a … Continue reading

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