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In light of this year’s Earth Day we at SBT Seabuckthorn thought it would be a good time to share our beliefs on sustainability, packaging, and giving back to the earth and those on it. Sustainability Not only does the sea buckthorn plant offer many benefits to the human body, but it also helps out […]

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Welcome to SBT Seabuckthorn Blog Q&A, where we answer questions you’ve asked about seabuckthorn! An internet reader wondered about the particulars of growing seabuckthorn, and here’s the answer. Seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.) is a deciduous tree-like shrub that grows to 2-4 metres in height, and has a productive maximum age of approximately 30 years. It […]

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“The conditions under which migrant and immigrant farmworkers live and work in B.C. are as bad as in any Third World country, activists said at the release yesterday of a study called Cultivating Farmworker Rights.”  The study, by Arlene McLaren, economist David Fairey of the Trade Union Research Bureau and Mark Thompson of SFU’s Sauder […]

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In November of 2006, the World Trade Organisation ruled in favour of Canada, the United States and Argentina that the European Union was unreasonably delaying approving the sale of genetically modified organisms to the European market. As Canadian author and activist Murray Dobbin says in recent Tyee article Food Fight: Canada vs. Europe, the EU […]

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As touched on in my recent post, Seabuckthorn holds back the desert on the windy plains of Asia, desertification is a grave problem throughout the world, from traditionally arid, low-production areas to lush, productive greenbelts. Human activities (including redirection of surface water, siphoning of groundwater, intensive farming practices, clearcutting and many other factors) are implicated […]

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Food security. Defined narrowly as access to adequate supplies of safe, healthy food, and more broadly as the societal and organisational responsibility to plan and provide for long-term food supplies that are not only adequate, safe and healthy, but also ethical and sustainable, it is a topic that few Westerners think about. Whether your concern […]

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Urban farming update

Our recent post Urban farming and other news is one of the most popular on the site, and it touches on an important topic, food security. We’ve just updated the urban farming post with a new link, to the Urban Agriculture section of FoodSecurity.org, a wonderful web resource for information, research and activism on food- […]

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In Zhangjiakou, Hebei, China, 200km northwest of Beijing, the desert has been encroaching for dozens of years. Up to 20% of China’s territory is being threatened by desertification, particularly in the areas around windswept Inner Mongolia. However, since the year 2000, teams of foresters with the Chinese government have been working to beat back the […]

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Economy of scale is one of the main principles behind the overwhelming post-war economic growth of the West, but this model, the poster child of modern business development, is proving problematic in many aspects of food production. Factory farming has critics on many fronts, from issues of animal welfare to watershed contamination to pharmaceutical overuse […]

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