Synonyms for biointensive or Related words with biointensive
Examples of "biointensive"
method typically concentrates on the vegan diet. This does not mean that
farming must exclude the raising of animals. Animals, while not considered by
practitioners to be sustainable, can be incorporated into
systems, although they increase the amount of land and labor required considerably. The following is excerpted from an article on the topic of integrating animals into a
system from the “Frequently Asked Questions” page on Ecology Action’s website:
According to Jeavons and other proponents, when properly implemented, farmers using
techniques have the potential to:
Independent research has corroborated Ecology Action’s claims that the
system they developed can be sustainable and prolific.
In addition to Ecology Action, which provides public outreach in the form of workshops, internship and apprenticeship programs, and public tours of their
research mini-farm in Willits, CA, examples of groups and organizations around the world that use and teach
The method was further developed by John Jeavons and Ecology Action into a sustainable 8-step food-raising method officially known as "GROW
® Sustainable Mini-Farming". The method now enjoys widespread practice and further development, and according to Ecology Action, has been used in over 140 countries around the world, in almost every climate and soil where food is grown. Components important to the
Livestock can fit into a [
] system, but it usually takes a larger area [than growing a vegan diet]. Normally it takes about 40,000 sq ft of grazing land for 1 cow/steer (for milk/meat) or 2 goats (for milk/meat/wool), or 2 sheep (for milk/meat/wool). [In contrast] With [
farming] and maximizing the edible calorie output in your vegan diet design, one person’s complete balanced diet can be grown on about 4,000 sq ft—a much smaller area.
Ecology Action’s research (Jeavons, J.C., 2001. "
Mini-Farming" Journal of Sustainable Agriculture (Vol. 19 (2), 2001, p. 81‐83) shows that
methods can enable small‐scale farms and farmers to significantly increase food production and income, utilize predominantly local, renewable resources and decrease expense and energy inputs while building fertile topsoil at a rate 60 times faster than in nature ("Worldwide Loss of Soil – and a Possible Solution" Ecology Action, 1996).
- Seed workshops in Mexico and Guatemala starting in January 2004, presentation in a conference in Costa Rica on
gardening in October 2004, and more seed workshops in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Guatemala in November 2004.
agriculture focuses on maximizing efficiency such as per unit area, energy input and water input. Agroforestry combines agriculture and orchard/forestry technologies to create more integrated, diverse, productive, profitable, healthy and sustainable land-use systems.
John Jeavons, the inspiration and architect of a sustainable 8-step food production method officially known as Grow
, which combines elements of French intensive and biodynamics techniques. The Grow
approach is promoted by Ecology Action, a non-profit that operates a research mini-farm in Willits, CA and a retail store called Bountiful Gardens. Both projects promote the Grow
method teaching people in more than a hundred countries. Ecology Action's research and publications have several goals: (1) enabling small‐scale farms and farmers worldwide to significantly increase food production and income by (2) utilizing predominantly local, renewable resources to decrease expenses and energy inputs (labor, land, water) and (3) building fertile topsoil at a rate 60 times faster than in nature.
The Fulɓe practice a form of natural farming that can be recognized today as
agriculture. The region's main cash crops are bananas and other fruits. The main field crop is fonio, although rice is grown in richer soils. Most soils degrade quickly and are highly acidic with aluminum toxicity, which limits the kind of crops that can be grown without significant soil management.
method provides many benefits as compared with conventional farming and gardening methods, and is an inexpensive, easily implemented sustainable production method that can be used by people who lack the resources (or desire) to implement commercial chemical and fossil-fuel-based forms of agriculture.
The following outline of the methods approximates the descriptions found in the popular
handbook, "How to Grow More Vegetables (and fruits, nuts, berries, grains and other crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine", by John Jeavons, now in its eighth edition, and in seven languages, including braille.
In order to achieve these benefits, the
method uses an eight-part integrated system of deep soil cultivation (“double-digging”) to create raised, aerated beds; intensive planting; companion planting; composting; the use of open-pollinated seeds; and a carefully balanced planting ratio of 60% Carbon-Rich Crops (for compost production) 30% Calorie-Rich Crops (for food) and an optional 10% planted in Income Crops (for sale).
Healthy Grown was branded in 2001 by the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) after collaborations lead to the development of an eco-label for
IPM (bioIPM) grown potatoes set in 2000. The eco-standard for potatoes is divided into three parts: 1) a bioIPM section, 2) a toxicity score, and 3) a natural community standard. In 2001, over 4000 acres became certified for the program, and about 5000 acres meet the certification standard and are labeled as Healthy Grown.
agriculture is an organic agricultural system that focuses on achieving maximum yields from a minimum area of land, while simultaneously increasing biodiversity and sustaining the fertility of the soil. The goal of the method is long term sustainability on a closed system basis. It is particularly effective for backyard gardeners and smallholder farmers in developing countries, and also has been used successfully on small-scale commercial farms.
Many of the techniques that contribute to the
method were present in the agriculture of the ancient Chinese, Greeks, Mayans, and of the Early Modern period in Europe, as well as in West Africa (Tapades of Fouta Djallon) from at least the late 18th century. Alan Chadwick brought together the biodynamic and French intensive gardening methods, as well as his own unique approach, to form what he called the Biodynamic-French Intensive method.
Halweil graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BS in earth systems and biology, and also completed coursework in agriculture and soil science at University of California, Davis. In college, he worked with California farmers interested in reducing their pesticide use, and set up a 2-acre student-run organic farm on the campus of Stanford University. He conducted undergraduate research in Mexico and Cuba, and completed his honors thesis on
farming in those regions.
The living fences that surround each suntuure are not just a barrier to keep out people, wild animals, and domestic livestock. In the permaculture vocabulary, the fence is a vegetative berm, and is instrumental in the process of nutrient cycling and nutrient retention within the suntuure. In other words, the cuntuuje represent a sustainable
polyculture farm system and landscape architecture, housing one or more microclimate ecosystems and are examples of what we know today to be a permaculture design. The graphic in this section is a mind map of the internal zones and sectors found typically in a suntuure environment.
There are several organic farming systems. Biodynamic farming is a comprehensive approach, with its own international governing body. The Do Nothing Farming method focuses on a minimum of mechanical cultivation and labor for grain crops. French intensive and
, methods are well-suited to organic principles. Other techniques arepermaculture and no-till farming. Finally, newcomers as the Agro-ecologic system focus on a blend of a more large-scale approach with imbedded natural/organic farming techniques. A farm may choose to adopt a particular method, or a mix of techniques.
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