In many developing countries and emerging nations farmers are finding that there’s money to be made from going organic. But the main obstacle they face is securing organic certification, which can prove costly.
Now that Participatory Guarantee Systems are officially recognized as organic certification in over 20 countries worldwide, peer review committees consisting of members from local groups are responsible for monitoring and inspecting the fields of the farmers in the group.
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Vietnam is one of the world’s leading exporters of shrimps. But the industry is exacting a high price. Mangrove forests have been systematically chopped down…
Aquaculture-grown fish and seafood is becoming increasingly common. Worldwide, more fish than cattle are farmed. But the booming fish industry is causing environmental problems. Medications, pesticides and parasites are escaping from open-water farms and contaminating the ecosystem.
Scientists and environmental activists are sounding the alarm for the unique, UNESCO-protected ecosystem of Vancouver Island, which contains one of the world largest concentrations of wild salmon.
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Vietnam is one of the world’s leading exporters of shrimps. But the industry is exacting a high price. Mangrove forests have been systematically chopped down to make way for more shrimp farms, particularly in the Mekong Delta.
The deforestation is destroying the habitat of many animals and affecting the lives of the people. And with coastal areas now free of trees, they are unprotected and at the mercy of the elements. Climate change has brought more powerful storms to the region and the sea level is rising, threatening an increasingly wide area.
As part of the international climate initiative, experts from Germany are working with Vietnamese specialists to set up protection zones and replant the mangrove forests.
Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world – and people here are among those suffering the most from the effects of climate change. Large swathes of land have been ruined through excessive shrimp farming – leaving too much salt in the soil. Women have been hardest hit by the problem.
Sharmind Neelormi and Ahsan Achmed from the Centre for Global Change (CGC) help support a series of village committees in southeastern Bangladesh. The salty soil here is barely arable during the dry season. CGC is supporting efforts to promote sustainable crab farming and to plant salt-resistant varieties of rice. Through these projects, women are helping raise environmental consciousness in a patriarchal society.
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