Health Department of Jiangsu Province, China issued a circular on Tuesday (April 2), there have been four cases of human infection with the H7N9 avian influenza virus cases confirmed in Jiangsu Province, the H7N9 virus infections in China increased to seven cases.
The notification lists 1 males and 3 females four patients engaged in live poultry slaughter in Jiangning District, a 45-year-old female. Health authorities had said earlier Tuesday that suspected she was infected with the H7N9 virus has now been confirmed.
via BBC Report: 4 New Cases Of H7N9 In China?.
And though Morocco’s Berbers have long cultivated water management practices that sustained their crops, it turns out that direct seeding can substantially improve yields in an uncertain future.
Planting directly in the soil
Direct seeding involves planting seeds directly into the soil instead of nurturing seedlings in water-intensive nurseries beforehand.
“…direct seeded plants are more likely to be able to reach moisture remaining in the soil after the rainy season has ended than those raised in plant nurseries because of their more extensive root system,” according to the Eden Initiative, which began promoting direct seeding in the Sahel in the 1990s.
“They are therefore better able to tolerate drought,” they add.
This is of particular importance to small farmers who have limited access to sophisticated irrigation systems, and where water supplies are intermittent, scarce and shared across various sectors.
“Compared to traditional plowing and sowing, direct seeding (also known as “conservation agriculture” or “no-tillage”) allows for both increasing organic matter in soil and making the most of the limited rainfall,” Gabriella Izzi from the World Bank notes.
via Direct Seeding Helps Moroccan Farmers Adapt to Climate Change | Green Prophet.
Whole Foods Market is proud to announce Gotham Greens as its operating partner of the nation’s first commercial scale greenhouse farm integrated within a retail grocery space. The 20,000-square-foot greenhouse, currently being constructed on the roof of the forthcoming Whole Foods Market store in Gowanus, Brooklyn, is scheduled to open later this fall. Gotham Greens will grow premium quality, pesticide-free produce year round in the greenhouse for Whole Foods Market Gowanus, as well as other Whole Foods Market locations throughout New York City.
via Whole Foods Market® and Gotham Greens to build nation’s first commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse above Brooklyn store – Whole Foods Market Newsroom.