sustainable agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture in the Willamette Valley

Author: Dan Armstrong

The world currently faces unprecedented challenges due to long-term resource mismanagement and environmental degradation. This is particularly true in the realm of agriculture, where monoculture and industrial farming techniques have proven to be unsustainable. Topsoil loss, water shortages, and petrochemical dependency are stressing global grain production. Food security has progressed from a Third World concern to the forefront of First World issues. Agriculture in Oregon’s Willamette Valley provides a useful case study for both illustrating the existing problem and applying PROUT strategies as a possible solution.

By | 2016-01-19T04:08:34+0000 November 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Envisioning A Cascadian Ethnobotany

Transition to a sustainable economy in the Cascadia bioregion will benefit from re-envisioning the region’s ethnobotany. This would entail reassessing the potential uses of plants and conceptualizing the research, infrastructure development, and marketing initiatives required for these potential uses to be economically viable. This paper proposes a pilot study to initiate discussion of a new silviculture and agro-industry base in Cascadia and to identify promising new plants, products, processes, and markets that could emerge based on a new ethnobotany.

By | 2016-01-19T04:31:55+0000 November 11th, 2015|0 Comments