Tag Archives: agriculture

Vertical Garden Exhibit at Chicago MSI

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Green roof design is becoming popular all over the world, but this vertical garden conceptual model – part of the Fast Forward exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) – takes the concepts of aquaponics, locally-grown produce, and urban farming to new heights by stuffing all those things into a single, “green” skyscraper. […]

Gulf Coast Deadzones: Environmentalists Sue the Toothless EPA

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Oceanic dead zones are in the news again this week, and the lifeless sea regions seem to be spreading. Several environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the EPA because of their stance on waterway contamination and their enforcement (or lack thereof) on pollution limits. Pollution is the major cause of oceanic dead zones, which are characterized by hypoxic (oxygen deficient) waterways that are uninhabitable to most living organisms.

Ten Reasons Why the USDA Needs New Leadership

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Considering the growing list of problems erupting from destructive modern agriculture practices, it is clear that new leadership is desperately needed at our Department of Agriculture (USDA). Many of these problems have been issues for decades, and only superficial responses have been made by the USDA.

Food Stamp Usage Soars to Historic Record High

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More people in the United States are using food stamps now than ever before in the history of our nation — 41.8 million Americans are currently getting food aid. The Department of Agriculture just released updated national participation numbers for food assistance programs, which show that the amount of food stamp recipients has jumped 18% from last year, and has increased 1.4% just since June. Although this ignoble new record is not really so very surprising; our nation’s dire economic situation has caused the number of families in need of food assistance to set new records for each of the last 20 months straight.

Humane Society U Grad Addresses Policy Toward Animals

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Due to persistent work by numerous animal protection organizations like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and many others, America may be close to a tipping point in reforming policies that promote excruciatingly inhumane treatment of chickens, pigs and other creatures in the nation’s animal agriculture industry, says the first graduate of the Humane […]

Yemen’s Capital Out of Water by 2025?

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I think the biggest topic of the following century might just be water. From the effect global weirding is having on water to our unsustainable pumping of groundwater to water pollution from agriculture, factories, and transportation, water is a growing concern. Recent news that Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, might be out of water by 2025 is […]

Vandana Shiva Accuses World Bank of Creating Global Food Crisis

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Economist Dr. Vandana Shiva explains how the World Bank and the IMF are complicit in the food crises across the globe. Through the structure of their debt relief, these organizations pushed developing countries to stop growing staple foods, and to instead grow cash crops and commodities, like flowers and lettuce, for export to unstable international markets.

Permaculture 101

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Permaculture expert Penny Livingston-Stark explains how natural systems can teach us how to make more informed decisions about how we live, what we eat, and the manner in which we interact with the world. By observing basic permaculture concepts, we can create a more sustainable existence. Ms. Livingston-Stark is also one of the co-founders of […]

Antibiotic Resistant Genes Increasing in Soil Microbes

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Chemical structure of the antibiotic tetracycline–one of the four classes of antibiotics that sampled soil microbes showed increased resistance to in the 2009 Study. The prevalence of antibiotic resistant genes (ARG) in soil bacteria has been increasing steadily over the past seven decades, despite tighter controls on the use of antibiotics for agricultural purposes (in […]