Tag: agriculture

Student Research: Permaculture – Alternative Agriculture, part 1

Last year, students of the RCC Environmental Studies Certificate Program had the opportunity to attend a three-day workshop with Jochen Koller, Diploma Permaculture-Designer and Director of the Forschungsinstitut für Permakultur und Transition (FIPT). Students gained an insight into the ethics and design principles of permaculture,…

Making Tracks: Ernst Langthaler

In the “Making Tracks” series, RCC fellows and alumni present their experiences in environmental humanities, retracing the paths that led them to the Rachel Carson Center. For more information, please click here. By Ernst Langthaler “A Pile of Stones in the Midst of a…

Snapshot: Food Markets, Yunnan, China

Locals in Dali, China, shop for food, carrying goods in baskets on their backs. Locally-grown rice, wheat, vegetables, and tobacco are brought weekly to the Monday market in the village of Shaping. 

Student Project: Krautgarten

by Adrian Franco, LMU and Environmental Studies Certificate Program Student Which spaces at our university provide the right kind of ground for gardening? How does urban farming work, and is it realistically achievable? How can we develop an understanding of the plants we eat by…

Fundraising Appeal: Catastrophic Fires around Lake Baikal, Siberia

by David Moon, Lead Investigator, Leverhulme International Network, Exploring Russia’s Environmental History and Natural Resources The pristine taiga forests surrounding Lake Baikal in Siberia—the world’s largest freshwater lake—have been hit by catastrophic fires during a heatwave this summer. The fires are now getting out of control…

Snapshot: Farmers’ Protest in Munich

By Katharina Müller Around 3,000 despairing farmers rally at Munich’s Odeonsplatz against the milk price drop. A farmer needs at least 40 cents per liter in order to operate sustainably, receiving an average of 26 cents: this threatens the existence of around 80,000 farms in Germany. The German Association of…

Photo of the Week: Val Berros

Photo of the Week: Helmuth Trischler

Honghe Hani Rice Terraces—a famous UNESCO world cultural heritage site in southwest China’s Yunnan province. Hani people have cultivated the land into terraced rice paddies for at least 1,300 years, creating a unique manufactured landscape.

Socio-Politico-Economic Problems in the Hilly Areas of Bangladesh: the Case of the Chittagong Hill Tracts

By Khaled Misbahuzzaman The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs) make up the south-eastern region of Bangladesh. This region shares international boundaries with the Indian states of Tripura to the north and Mizoram to the east, and the Chin and Rakhain states of Myanmar to the…

The Grasslands of Mongolia

The vastness of Mongolia’s sky and grasslands cannot be overstated; they present an expansive landscape of complexity, evolution, and history. During a research trip to Mongolia in the summer of 2013, I traveled from the northern forest steppe to the edge of the desert…