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Silvopasture Solution

Fun Fact: Pastures strewn or crisscrossed with trees sequester five to ten times as much carbon as those of the same size that are treeless.

Quote: “That is the climatic win-win of this solution: Silvopasture averts and sequesters emissions, while protecting against changes that are now inevitable”.
In this Article, the author discusses how Silvopasture could be a solution to climate change.The article is posted by drawdown.org, an organization planning to “draw down” the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.Silvopasture is an ancient method that mixes trees and pasture into a single environment for raising livestock.Researchers have found that Silvopasture far outpaces any other techniques attempting to reduce methane emissions of livestock and bring carbon back into the soil.Silvopasture also helps boost the health and productivity of both the land and the animals.Silvopasture can help farmers and their livestock adapt to the changing weather of the future, and as the effects of global …

Rice and Climate Change

It looks like the many effects of climate change will have a major impact on rice production in a negative way. The things that could affect rice growers is that with climate change, the temperatures will be hotter, relating to rising sea levels. There will also be extreme climate and weather patterns, making it unpredictable for farmers to know when the right time is to plant crops. According to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) report, Climate Change: Impact on Agriculture and Costs of Adaptation, predicts that by the year 2050, the costs of rice will increase anywhere from 32 to 37 percent, just as a result of climate change. Also yield losses in rice could be as high as 15 percent. It is predicted by scientist experts that due to melting ice caps and glaciers, seawater levels on average may have risen by a meter, by the end of the 21st century. Rice is grown in big low-lying areas in Asia. This means that sea levels rising would put lots of rice production a…

Patterns of the Grass Family - Poaceae

Rice is part of the Poaceae family. Other crops in the family are grass, barley, wheat, corn, and others. As you can see, this is the family of grains. Plants in the Poaceae (also known as the grass family) will tend to have empty and hollow stems, the nodes which are parts of the stem, that connect leaves and branches, but you can find knee shaped looking ones with nothing attached. Plants in the grass family are pollinated by the wind because they do not have petals nor do they have sepals because unlike some other plants, they do not needing to attract bugs and other insects. The plants in the family usually have three stamens, hardly ever two or six, the ovary has a chamber of three united carpels, the ovary matures as a grain in a single seed form almost all of the time. There are almost 10,000 species of grass.
- Prepared by Henry

Cherries and Climate Change

All cherries are part of the Plant Family Rosaceae which is made up of mainly fruits with pits, for example Peaches, Apricots, and Plums. There are several types of cherries, but there are two that are more well known, The Wild Cherry and The Sour Cherry. Cherries like a cold climate to grow in but most sweet varieties prefer hot dry summers and not as cold winters. With the climate getting warmer, it is getting tougher to grow cherries and most cherry farmers can’t grow as much cherries as they used to. 

Prepared by Hudson

Irrigation Benefits

“Today, agriculture consumes 70 percent of the world’s freshwater resources, and irrigation is essential for 40 percent of the world’s food production” -Joe Del Bosque

Fun Fact: Irrigation was traced all the way back to 6000BC
http://www.drawdown.org/solutions/food/farmland-irrigation
Irrigation can be traced all the way back to about 6,000BC, the first irrigation system known currently was the use of the waters of the Nile and Tigris-Euphrates rivers to water the farms. Recently it was found that 70% of the world’s freshwater, 40% of that 70 is used for irrigation. Technologies for irrigation have gotten better over the years and two of the best are drip and sprinkler irrigation. Those two methods of irrigation loose the least amount of water and deliver close to the precise amount of necessary water. Without those two types, irrigation would be one of the biggest sources of carbon emission. Because of drip irrigation crop yields improve, costs go down, and soil erosion decreases. Anoth…

Bring Back the Farm!

Quote: “Restoration can mean the return of native vegetation, the establishment of tree plantations, or the introduction of regenerative farming methods.” Author Unknown.
Fact: Farmers are leaving their land behind and not caring for it. 

Stat: 950 million to 1.1 billion acres around the world could be restored and create a better environment for crops.
http://www.drawdown.org/solutions/food/farmland-restoration
This article started out by explaining that a lot of farmers are turning and leaving their land behind. All over the world, farmers are leaving their land behind and not caring for it. The land needs more care and work to keep the healthy plants and vegetables alive and well. 950 million to 1.1 billion acres around the world could be restored and create a better environment for crops, but farmers do not have enough money or motivations to keep them alive. The author goes on to explain that if more farmers would return and restore their land, the amount of carbon in the atmosphere …

Patterns of the Loosestrife Family - Lythraceae

Pomegranates come from the smaller part of the family Punicaceae, but they are a part of the larger family Lythraceae. The leaves are usually in pairs on opposite sides and the petals usually appear crumpled at the bud and wrinkled at maturity. The Lythraceae family contains 32 genera with about 620 species of herbs, shrubs and trees. Pomegranates grow on a tree that’s about 8ft tall, they grow from a bright vibrant red flower that turns into the outer part of the shell once the stigma gets fertilized. The plant forms hundreds of seeds inside and they get covered in their own little edible shell.
- Prepared by Piper

Patterns of the Laurel Family

Avocados are in the family Lauraceae, a family of flowering plants. A characteristic of family Lauraceae is that they have fruits that have one seed and a thin hard shell on the outside. They are also protogynous which means they change from female to male during their lives.
- Prepared by Josh

Avocados are Going to Cost you

Health enthusiasts are going to be unhappy with their avocado price soon. Climate change is quickly heating up California, temperatures have reached 117 degrees fahrenheit. This heat has burned the avocado trees and the avocados are falling off trees. Dropped fruit is far less valuable to farmers and so they will have to charge more for hand picked avocados. The fallen fruit rot and also are eaten by bugs. Farmers are using the normal tactics to deal with heat, like watering more often.
- Prepared by Josh
<https://thinkprogress.org/california-heat-wave-spells-doom-for-avocados-b4ed25c95088 >

Bae Come Over Meme

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