The first comprehensive scientific analysis of how agrobiodiversity can make our vulnerable food system more resilient, sustainable and nutritious has been carried out by leading agrobiodiversity research centre Bioversity International. Released today, the 200-page guide provides solid evidence that investments in agrobiodiversity also play a critical yet overlooked role in tackling wider global targets such as reducing poverty and malnutrition, reversing environmental degradation and combatting climate change.

I’m delighted to announce that FACT is now accepting applications for our next round of Fund-a-Farmer Grants! This year we will award up to $2,500 for two types of grants: 1.) Pasture Improvement Grants for projects designed to help you transition to a pasture-based system and/or improve your animals’ access to well-managed pasture; and 2.) Certification Grants for projects designed to help you meet a specific certification standard and achieve certification from one of six certifications: American Grassfed Association “Certified Grassfed”, Animal Welfare Approved*, Certified Humane*, Certified, Naturally Grown, Global Animal Partnership (Levels 4-5)*, and USDA Organic.

Filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, LOOK & SEE blends observational scenes of farming life, interviews with farmers and community members with evocative, carefully framed shots of the surrounding landscape.  Thus, in the spirit of Berry’s agrarian philosophy, Henry County itself will emerge as a character in the film – a place and a landscape that is deeply interdependent with the people that inhabit it.

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The new Regenerative Organic Certification is a cooperative effort among a coalition of farmers, ranchers, nonprofits, scientists, and brands, led by Rodale Institute, to establish a new, high-bar standard for regenerative organic agriculture. Owned by this coalition, the standard will be administered by NSF International and is open to many certification partners.