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Drought, and the resulting shortage of melting snow, is driving the historic water shortages across much of the American West. By Dennis Dimick, National Geographic  PUBLISHED APRIL 06, 2015 Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown announced his state’s first-ever mandatory water restricti...
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About 60 percent of California is experiencing "exceptional drought," the U.S. Drought Monitor's most dire classification. The agency issued the same warning to Texas and the southeastern United States in 2012. California's last two winters have been among the driest since records began in 1879. Wit...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
Article by: Helena Paul   The US looks set to approve GM crops that resist the ‘Agent Orange’ pesticide 2,4-D as well as glyphosate, writes Helena Paul. If it does, the toxic chemical – created in WW2 to destroy enemy food supplies – will soon end up in animal feeds, and the food we eat. W...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
Unbridled industrialization with almost no environmental regulation has resulted in the toxic contamination of one-fifth of China's farmland, the Communist Party has acknowledged for the first time. The report, issued by the ministries of Environmental Protection and Land and Resources, says 16.1 p...
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Posted by on in Food
About 80% of antibiotics produced in the U.S. are given to farm animals. This practice is: Bad for Human Health This overuse of antibiotics encourages the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains by giving bacteria resistant to the antibiotics a better chance of survival. Because the an...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
Breakthrough Technology Enables Crops To Take Nitrogen From The Air — Effective Means To Replace Nitrogen Fertilizers Developed A potentially “world-changing” technology has been developed by researchers at the University of Nottingham — a means of enabling any type of crop to take nitrogen from th...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
SPICEWOOD, Texas — In this browning patch of land in central Texas, C.J. Teare could be fined for using fresh water to keep her decades-old oak trees alive so she relies on soapy water left over from washing clothes. "I've never seen it like this before," says Teare, a grandmother who has lived in ...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
by Kristina Smith Horn When Jerry Whipple was a boy, his grandfather and father impressed upon him the value of the land they farmed and their responsibility to it. "They were very passionate about the soil," said Whipple, a third-generation farmer. "They said, 'Son, they don't make any more soil....
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from mongabay.com Greenpeace highlights community model for palm oil production. Palm oil production need not come at the expense of the environment, says Greenpeace in a new campaign that highlights a smallholder approach used by a community in Riau Province on the island of Sumatra. The campaign...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
An alliance of data fanatics, geek farmers and high-priests of advanced computing are attempting to crack the code on the business of bad weather. Originally established by a group of Google veterans as WeatherBill, the effort is now known the Climate Corporation and is growing by leaps and bo...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
Support for Conservation Programs in the Western U.S. and Canada The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: Environmental Program The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation works to resolve social and environmental problems in the U.S. and around the world. One of the focus areas of the Foundation’s En...
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Posted by on in Food
I eat a lot of organic food. In fact, about 80% of the food that goes into my body is organic. I cannot tell you how many times I get teased about eating “dirt” from many of my friends, and even my family.  A friend recently quizzed me about my reasons for eating organic. I claimed that one ...
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