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Anne Kirk co-ordinates a participatory plant-breeding project that assists farmers with developing varieties that are best suited to their local environment and individual management practices.

Ecological farming has bright future

Natural systems agriculture offers a practical alternative to ‘command and control’ production models

Industrialized countries use a “command and control” model in agriculture — where we try to control many of the biological processes in farming. But, problems like herbicide and antibiotic resistance, water pollution and loss of wildlife and biodiversity demonstrate that no matter how hard we try, the most diligent “command and control” approach cannot keep

Organic research achieving critical mass in science

The modern organic agriculture movement started 100 years ago. Sir Albert Howard was an English mycologist who served as the imperial economic botanist to the government of India between 1905 and 1924. He was fascinated by the indigenous practices of Indian farmers, whom he called his professors. His 1940 book, An Agricultural Testament, has become