In Case You Missed It: This Week in Review

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This week, we examine the many functions and benefits of trees in agricultural systems. Farmers in Costa Rica use trees as living fences to contain livestock and protect their crops; the Tree Bank project in the Dominican Republic helps farmers restore native forests to conserve the local ecosystem; and in his new book, Living with the Trees of Life, Dr. Roger Leakey advocates growing fruit trees for income and environmental sustainability throughout the tropics.

Photo Credit: Bernard Pollack

In our Saturday Series post, we interview Sarah Zoë Patterson, Coordinator and Board Chair of Seacoast Eat Local. The organization promotes the year-round local food movement in New Hampshire; in her interview, Patterson points out that “agriculture can be the root of a lot of environmental, human health, and social justice problems or it can be a powerful part of the solution to many of these same problems.” Read the full interview here.

Our Five Series discusses five cities and the organizations that are making them green. We look at Detroit in the United States, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Cape Town in South Africa, and others. And our Indigenous Vegetable of the Week is the durian fruit. Native to tropical Southeast Asia, durian has been described by some as having an odor and taste ranging from fresh custard to a week-old corpse. Share your thoughts about the notorious fruit here.

Further highlights from the past week:

We received some exciting news coverage this week: our op-ed on innovative school lunch programs to improve child nutrition was published in the Syracuse Post-Standard. Click here to read the full article.

Time is running out to submit your ideas on how to improve global health, nutrition, and food production while protecting the planet. The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition’s new contest, BCFN Young Earth Solutions (BCFN YES), provides “a platform for brilliant young sustainable ideas on food and nutrition.” Click here for more information and to submit your entry!

Now it’s your turn: What were your favorite posts from the week? What do you hope we’ll write about next week? Let us know in the comments!

To purchase State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet please click HERE.

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