Copy
4 February, 2022
Image: The Guardian
Quote of the Week:
 
"Arizona Muse is a model, sustainability consultant and climate change activist. Her new charity, DIRT, aims to regenerate soil globally in the face of climate change, with a special focus on biodynamic farming. This holistic approach focuses on nourishing the soil with compost and crop rotations, meaning it retains more carbon, helping to offset the effects of climate change.  

Six years ago, Arizona decided to learn more about the clothes she was modeling. Her journey has turned into a knowledge-sharing mission to foster change along supply chains and DIRT is her mouthpiece to spread awareness on sustainable fashion.

While encouraging the fashion industry to invest in soil regeneration, DIRT also challenges consumer attitudes, using short and fun videos that encourage people to buy second-hand clothes or sustainable brands. Arizona believes it’s easy to be sustainably stylish and DIRT will work with brands to support the adoption of biodynamic clothing materials."

News

Resources

Opportunities

 

...and finally, some food for thought

 
“Puerto Rico was once a thriving agricultural hub thanks to its tropical climate, rich biodiversity, and sustainable farming traditions.

Today, less than 2% of the workforce is employed in agriculture and tens of thousands of acres of arable land sit idle. Meanwhile, 85% of the food eaten in Puerto Rico is imported, grocery prices are among the highest in the US and last year two in five people experienced food insecurity. “Unemployment is brutal, prices are brutal, migration from the island is brutal,” said Denise Santos, who runs Puerto Rico’s food bank.

In the face of so many challenges, a new wave of interest in food and farming among younger Puerto Ricans is flourishing, as part of a wider movement demanding political, environmental and social justice. Small scale sustainable farming known as agroecology is driving a resurgence in locally grown produce that chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs and researchers argue can help revitalize the local economy, improve food sovereignty and both mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis."

– Nina Lakhani, The Guardian

About AWARE

Advancing Women in Agriculture through Research and Education (AWARE) is an initiative by the Department of Global Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University to engage a community focused on empowering women in agriculture. AWARE believes that empowering women as an underserved group holds the greatest potential to make significant impacts in agricultural development.

Do you have news, resources or opportunities to contribute to the newsletter? Please send them to aware@cornell.eduGetting this email from a friend or colleague? Subscribe to the weekly AWARE newsletter yourself, and stay up to date on what's happening in the world of gender and agriculture! You can also view previous newsletters, or see the entire library of resources collected from AWARE newsletters at the AWARE Resource Database – 1,000+ resources and growing! Inclusion of any material in the AWARE newsletter does not convey an endorsement from AWARE or Cornell University, and while we do our best to share a diverse set of news, resources, opportunities and opinions, we're always open to suggestions for content, or ways to improve, and love to hear from readers.

Visit us online at cals.cornell.edu/aware
Follow us on Twitter!
Copyright © 2022 Advancing Women in Agriculture through Research and Education (AWARE), All rights reserved.


Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp