Adopting Sustainable Farming Can Improve Our Diets and Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases

The targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the UK have been set at 80% by 2050, with a 34% cut by 2030.

One recent illustration of the global effects of climate change already being seen in the news has been that the rising sea water level is now increasing the salt content of the river water in the Mekong Delta and threatening the livelihoods of millions of Vietnam’s poor farmers and fishermen. Already there are three grams of salt per litre of fresh water in the rivers now and at the moment those nearest the sea are the most affected.

According to the UK Soil Association, fundamental changes to the way food is farmed, processed, distributed, prepared and eaten will be needed over the next 20 years to meet the UK targets.

Among the statistics published on the Association’s website is the information that intensive agriculture needs ten calories of energy to produce one calorie of food and that globally the production and use of artificial fertilisers are the largest single source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas it says is 310 times more damaging than carbon dioxide.

It says that to make one tonne of artificial fertiliser takes 108 tonnes of water, emits 7 tonnes of carbon dioxide, and uses one tonne of oil. Agriculture globally is responsible for between 17 – 32% of the total world greenhouse gases.

In the Association’s view organic farming offers the best, currently available, practical model for addressing climate-friendly food production. This is because it sequesters higher levels of carbon in the soil, is less dependent on oil-based fertilisers and pesticides and is more resilient to climatic extremes. Organic farming typically uses 26% less energy to produce the same amount of food as non-organic farming.

But while sustainable and organic farming methods pay attention to environmental impacts farmers are also under pressure to optimise and increase production to meet the rising global population and to do this requires the appliance of science to ecosystem management within farming practices to enhance crop yield.

Biopesticides and other low-chemical agricultural products are one example of a scientific approach to finding more sustainable, environmentally and climate-friendly farming methods, that also produce natural, healthier food free of chemical residues associated with artificial fertilisers.

The shift to more sustainable farming also means changing eating habits and while consumers may be more open to healthier eating – as long as they can afford it – a longer lasting and more fundamental diet change is likely to require education.

Among those best placed to take the lead are chefs in the best restaurants. A conference in Denmark at the end of August 2011, called the Mad symposium (mad is the Danish word for food), will bring together farmers, scholars, foragers and chefs to talk about these issues and educate each other about the way forward is therefore a welcome piece of news.

It seems the messages about taking better care of the environment and about sustainability are beginning to get through.

Top 5 Features And Benefits Of Employee Scheduling Software

Every manager and business leader is constantly challenged by the need to improve their employees efficiency. The key to achieving optimum employee efficiency is effective planning and scheduling so everything is done in time and no deadlines or events are missed. Many organizations either ignore the wonders of planning employees or use less efficient methods which require considerable polishing. While more functional alternatives are available, many organizations still use scheduling tools which include informal hand written planners or Excel sheets.

Some of these latest alternatives include employee scheduling software products which prove to be more efficient when compared with hand written or Excel sheet planners. Scheduling software products generally offer desktop scheduling and Internet/Cloud technology based scheduling. Here are details of features you can expect from these products:

Top 5 Features that Desktop Employee Scheduling Software Products Offer

These software products can offer planning options only to the employees included in the upper hierarchy, for example managers. As the rest of the employees are not involved in the planning process, chances of confusion are considerably lower. Have a look at some top features these software products offer:

  • With a variety of options available for organizing employee schedules, desktop scheduling software products can be easily remodeled according to needs. User interfaces are designed keeping in mind efficient planning options that can be altered if required.
  • Graphical reports and charts can be printed based upon the data and resources available according to the task, activity or event at hand.
  • Inform your employees about any updates or alerts through email or calendars. Users will be directed towards their desktop calendars when a change is made by the manager.
  • With these desktop planners, managers can control the amount of access they hand to an employee. Sometimes, employees other than the managers need to be given permission to modify the details of a task or an event while others are only allowed limited access to the details.
  • Data can be easily imported from and exported to different formats such as PDF, JPG, DOC etc.

Top 5 Features that Cloud Based Employee Scheduling Software Products Offer

These software products come with added benefits and they operate through the internet. Following are the features offered by a Cloud based employee scheduling software:

  • Just like a desktop software, a Cloud based software also come with a user interface that offers many options to cater to particular needs. Events, employees and tasks can be organized in a variety of ways according to their nature.
  • Through mobile phone apps, changes can be made even when an internet connection is not available and can be uploaded when you can access the internet.
  • Files can imported and exported on formats such as CSV, iCalendar etc.
  • Managers can control the amount of access employees are given in planning of a particular project or event.
  • These software products can also be integrated with Google Maps for added features and options.

Nassau Travel and Tourism

No matter who you are, Nassau’s thriving travel and tourism business has many things for you to do when you’re in town. The Caribbean area offers many activities to fill your day on your family vacation. The beautiful sunny weather allows you to experience a variety of attractions with the help of a friendly tour guide or sightseeing charter trip.

Perhaps go to the Bayshore Marina to experience many sports fishing adventures. Fishing charter boats have scheduled trips throughout the day to fit your travel needs. Yacht charters are also available. Whatever your choice is, each guarantee lasting memories from Nassau’s waters.

The beautiful climate allows travelers to enjoy a variety of tours. Whether you want to take in the town’s culture in various shopping districts or want to take a tour of the island’s attraction, Nassau offers great fun. The long list of things to do in Nassau makes it an amazingly beautiful vacation spot.

Various sightseeing tours will take travelers on various experiences. If you’re interested in beaching, the Blue Lagoon Island, offers a great beach experience for every traveler to Nassau. At the beach, you can embark on a scuba diving experience that you will never forget. The crystal blue water houses a large variety of fish that you can only hope to swim next to. Don’t be scared though! Professionals will be right with you to guide you on what not to do while in the water with these creatures.

Perhaps you love dolphins. On a Bahamas sightseeing tour, a tour guide can travel with you to the Grand Bahama Island for “the Dolphin Experience.” It is here where tour guides can help guide you to swim with bottle nose dolphins. Suit up and jump in. These dolphins are waiting to make new friends, are you ready?

For others, some like taking in the scenery and culture of a town. For those individuals, travel to Port Lucaya Marketplace where a variety of shops and local artists perform on the marketplace for your enjoyment. Another friendly district is Bay Street in Nassau. The island’s busiest street houses a variety of interesting shops for visitors to look through. These are just some of the exciting places that a Bahamas sightseeing tour can take you to.