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In Brazil’s Drought-ravaged Caatinga Ecosystem, Small Farmers Know Best 21.6.2018 WRI Stories
In Brazil’s Drought-ravaged Caatinga Ecosystem, Small Farmers Know Best Comments|Add Comment|PrintThe landscape of Caatinga, the semi-arid but extraordinarily biodiverse region of Brazil. Photo by Luiz Fernando Ricci/WRI Brasi Northeastern Brazil’s Caatinga semi-arid region is a living laboratory for the impacts of climate change on a vulnerable, distinctive ecosystem. The Caatinga – “white woods” in the local Tupi language – is a very dry region that is nevertheless extraordinarily biodiverse,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Two important stories about seed and Monsanto 20.6.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Food & Health For decades, pockets of resistance around the world have been tracking and educating general publics about farmers' right to seed and the importance of not allowing corporations to patent seed or to manipulate genetic material for pure speculation and gain. Behind most of these stories of resistance has been the far-reaching control exercised by corporate giant Monsanto, particularly when it comes to demanding royalties on seed (harken back to Percy Schmeiser ) and modifying seed to be resistant to glysophate, a chemical pesticide it produces and sells under the brand of Roundup. Yes, we have all heard it said: Roundup Ready! Catchy and scary at the same time. This week two stories once again are showing how carelessness in food production and a lax regulatory framework, as well as popular pressure and resistance on food issues, can have dramatic results. These stories run deep. Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) has been monitoring the regulatory climate around genetically ...
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How Cargill and peers collaborate for ocean sustainability 15.6.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
It's a novel industry collaboration.
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For children’s food, heavy metals require more attention and better standards 12.6.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner is Chemicals Policy Director and Michelle Harvey and Maricel Maffini are consultants In June 2017, EDF released Lead in Food: A Hidden Health Threat. The report examined a decade’s worth of data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and found lead detected in 20% of baby food samples compared to 14% for […]
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Peach, plum & pear in NDMC’s plantation drive, but some say the trees won’t survive 6.6.2018 Delhi – The Indian Express
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Where are they now? A status report on previous 30 Under 30s 4.6.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Now in its third year, our roundup of 30 inspiring young sustainability leaders wouldn't be complete without a look at what their earlier cohorts are doing today.
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EPA sets interim limits on hypochlorite bleach to reduce degradation to perchlorate 1.6.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., is Chemicals Policy Director and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Consultant On May 1, 2018, Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) made an interim pesticide registration decision[1] for hypochlorite bleach used to disinfect drinking water. The office decided to require the “Precautionary Statements” section of the bleach’s pesticide label to include advisory […]
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Effects of E.coli Outbreak in Lettuce Ripple Through Food-Supply Chain 30.5.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The outbreak of E.coli traced to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Ariz., is expected to deal a multimillion-dollar blow to the food industry.
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The plight of farm workers in Canada 23.5.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Labour Farm work is hard work! The days are long, and the physical work can be heavy and exhausting. Often, particularly on smaller family farms, the monetary rewards are nowhere near what a regular urban salary provides. There are lots of reasons why the family farm has been disappearing over the past several decades. (Check out some of my previous columns for details about the issue of land concentration.) Suffice to say, that for many reasons, among them the loss of family farmers and the ever-increasing numbers of factory farms, Canadian agricultural production just wouldn't happen without farm workers. And while the majority of those farm workers are domestic, there are ever-increasing numbers of foreign migrant workers. Many come to work on labour intensive agricultural operations that produce fruit and vegetables in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia. In fact, 33 per cent of vegetable and fruit farm workers are foreign workers. Others come to work on cattle operations and in large ...
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The truth about organic produce and pesticides 21.5.2018 Washington Post
The truth about organic produce and pesticides
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If House Republicans Get Their Way, Rural Americans Are Screwed 16.5.2018 Mother Jones
Back in 2016, the Republican Party won the presidency and both chambers of Congress with strong support in rural areas, particularly among farmers. But since that triumph, the Grand Old Party hasn’t exactly been a champion of rural interests. As I’ve written in recent months, President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration is essentially an attack […]
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Midwestern voters gave Trump a chance. Now, they’re the key to his political future. 11.5.2018 Washington Post
Over the first 15 months of the Trump presidency, The Post visited the Midwest for extended and sometimes repeated interviews with residents. What emerged is a story of how attitudes toward the president have changed, told through the voices of people in a unique part of Trump Nation.
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Why data is an essential nutrient for Aerofarms crops 10.5.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Now on its ninth facility, the world's biggest vertical farming operation is a big proponent of automation.
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How the gig economy influences — and is influenced by — agro-preneurs 9.5.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
One word: drones.
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Trends in agriculture show organics on top 30.4.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
'Organic doesn't mean what it used to — it's not just an "alternative" system to conventional agriculture anymore.
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EU to 'completely ban' outdoor use of pesticides blamed for devastating bees 27.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Citing concerns for food production, the environment and biodiversity, the European Union moves to protect bees from a popular insecticide.
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It's time to get smarter about sourcing our food 27.4.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Grocers are on the frontlines of climate change as threat multipliers threaten supply chains.
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Environmental innovation is thriving in corporate America, despite the leadership vacuum in DC 25.4.2018 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Environmental innovation is thriving in corporate America, despite the leadership vacuum in DC
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The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for the Planet 20.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Two new studies from Europe  have found that the number of farm birds in France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population  mirrors the discovery last October  that over three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just three decades. Insects are the staple food source of birds, the pollinators of fruits, and the aerators of the soil. The chief suspect in this mass extinction is the aggressive use of neonicotinoid pesticides,  particularly imidacloprid and clothianidin, both made by German-based chemical giant Bayer . These pesticides,  along with toxic glyphosate herbicides (Roundup) , have delivered a one-two punch against Monarch butterflies, honeybees and birds. But rather than banning these toxic chemicals, on March 21st  the EU approved  the $66 billion merger of Bayer and Monsanto, the US agribusiness giant producing Roundup and the genetically modified (GMO) seeds that have reduced seed diversity ...
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Intensification by Smallholder Farmers Is Key To Achieving Indonesia’s Palm Oil Targets 17.4.2018 WRI Stories
Intensification by Smallholder Farmers Is Key To Achieving Indonesia’s Palm Oil Targets Comments|Add Comment|PrintPalm oil fruit is loaded in Indonesia. Photo by Rainforest Action Network/Flickr Versatile, inexpensive and extremely efficient to produce, palm oil is in demand across the planet. This high-yielding vegetable oil is used in thousands of everyday products, from processed food to cosmetics, as well as for biofuel. By 2045, Indonesia aspires to produce an estimated 60 million tonnes... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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