6.8 MILLION TEENAGERS ARE FOOD-INSECURE...

Sep 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Young adults are increasingly victims of a failing economy that is leaving them starving. By Michelle Chen    THE NATION.COM Teens from the Food Project’s Summer Program harvest melons on a farm in suburban Lincoln, Massachusetts. (Reuters / Brian Snyder) A teenager’s everyday life should be concerned with first crushes, final exams, and new friends at school, not whether they’ll get to eat today. But for some, their most vital years of youth are a time of gnawing hunger. New research by the Urban Institute reveals hidden starvation nationwide among adolescents. The interview-based study suggests that nutritional deprivation is intensifying and forcing barely mature youth into “expedited adulthood.” This is happening even when they live in otherwise stable families; the pattern suggests a new normal for teen hunger, which is apparently impacting not just socially dislocated teenagers...

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Consumers Urged to Avoid Buying Salmon to Let Depleted Fisheries Recover...

Sep 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Coastal ecosystems and wildlife are impacted by disappearing salmon. By Dr. David Suzuki / AlterNet   Raw salmon fish steak with ingredients like lemon, pepper, sea salt and dill on black board, sketched image with chalk of salmon fish with steak and fishing rod Photo Credit: Martin Gaal/Shutterstock Salmon have been swimming in Pacific Northwest waters for at least seven million years, as indicated by fossils of large saber-tooth salmon found in the area. During that time, they’ve been a key species in intricate, interconnected coastal ecosystems, bringing nitrogen and other nutrients from the ocean and up streams and rivers to spawning grounds, feeding whales, bears and eagles and fertilizing the magnificent coastal rainforests along the way. For as long as people have lived in the area, salmon have been an important food...

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10 Reasons You Should Start Foraging for Your Own Food...

Sep 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Nature is teeming with edibles. You just need to look. By Pascal Baudar / AlterNet Man holding fresh Chestnuts picked from the forest floor Photo Credit: Sam Spicer/Shutterstock In the past few years, foraging—collecting edibles in the wild—has become more popular as people have rediscovered the joy of connecting with nature and enjoying its bounty. Done properly, foraging can be a fun activity, and benefit nature too. I’m not talking about commercial foraging (which can have drawbacks), but a more fun and personal approach to the concept of eating wild food. Personally I actually like to use the term wildcrafting, instead of foraging. The difference is subtle but important: Wildcrafting is not about taking from nature, but working with it and even helping the environment. Wikipedia has an excellent definition for wildcrafting:...

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‘A Five-Alarm Threat to Our Food Supply’: Experts Describe Bayer-Monsanto Merger...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food A scary future for farmers around the world. By Katherine Paul / AlterNet NEW YORK CITY – MAY 23 2015: environmental activists joined a global day out against Monsanto’s GMO programs & demanding that foods be labeled. Photo Credit: a katz / Shutterstock.com It’s been about a week since Monsanto and Bayer confirmed their intention to say “I do”—ample time for media, lawmakers, consumer and farmer advocacy groups, and of course the happy couple themselves, to weigh in on the pros and cons. Reactions poured in from all the usual suspects. Groups like the Farmers Union, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth and others didn’t mince words when it came to condemning the deal. (Organic Consumers Association tagged it a “Marriage Made in Hell” back in May, pre-announcement, when the two mega-corporations were still...

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The Dairy Industry Is Polluting America’s Waterways—and Some Babies May Be Dying Because of It...

Sep 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Cheap dairy has hidden costs most consumers don’t know about—including fatal birth defects. By Ellicott Dandy / AlterNet   Cow milking facility and mechanized milking equipment Photo Credit: Ratthaphong Ekariyasap/Shutterstock Low global milk prices and a historic dairy glut in the United States have recently prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase $20 million worth of cheese and donate it to food banks. This is excellent news for folks who typically can’t afford cheese, but cheap dairy production—paired with lax regulations—has dire consequences for too many Americans. In efforts to cut the cost of milk production, dairy farmers cut corners on pollution prevention measures necessary to protect the quality of a different beverage: water. Large dairy factory farm operations, called concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), store their manure in large lagoons and...

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We May All Have to Cut Carbs Thanks to Climate Change...

Sep 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food Rising global temperatures will harm wheat harvests—and poor countries will be hardest hit. By Jason Best / TakePart   VIA ALTERNET Beautiful woman with fresh fragrant bread. Crispy rolls. Bread Baking. Photo Credit: SvetlanaFedoseyeva/Shutterstock It seems that as the world’s temperature heats up, more of the world may be forced to go gluten-free. Remember when climate change was commonly called “the greenhouse effect,” which seemed to suggest that at the very worst we might all end up living in a kind of perpetual summer surrounded by lush greenery? It would be a little humid, maybe, but might otherwise resemble a verdant, abundant, postindustrial Garden of Eden? Oh, those were the days. On the contrary, climate experts and agricultural scientists have long warned that climate change will likely wreak havoc on the global food...

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TIME TO DRIVE FACTORY-FARMED FOOD OFF THE MARKET...

Sep 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Time to Drive Factory-Farmed Food Off the Market By Martha Rosenberg and Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association | Op-Ed (Photo: Oikeutta eläimille; Edited: LW / TO) After a decade of exposing and demonizing Monsanto and genetically engineered foods, including an intense four-year battle to force mandatory labeling of GMOs (a battle rudely terminated in July when Congress rammed through the outrageous DARK Act), the US food movement stands at the crossroads. Should we keep badgering Monsanto’s minions in Washington for the right to know what’s in our food, a sentiment shared by the overwhelming majority of consumers? Or should we focus more on single-issue reforms, such as banning neonicotinoid bee-killing pesticides, better nutrition in schools, taxes on soda, and an end to the reckless use of antibiotics in animal feed? A growing number...

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USING BIOMIMICRY TO REDESIGN THE FOOD SYSTEM...

Sep 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Using Biomimicry to Redesign the Food System By: Arty Mangan » Bioneers Blog » Eating is our most intimate relationship with nature. Every time we take a bite of food there is an ecological, economic and social consequence. Food and all its associated activities – growing, processing, distributing, retailing, etc. – impact the environment more than any other human endeavor. Bioneers, for 27 years, has been at the forefront of promoting innovative ideas and practices for developing a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. Bioneers can trace its origins to Seeds of Change and the Native Scholars Program, which worked with indigenous farmers to help conserve traditional cultural practices and seed stocks. Later on, we designed a blueprint for a statewide healthy food system with the Dreaming New Mexico project. Today, we are proud to be hosting the Biomimicry Institute’s Global Design Challenge for Food Systems Innovation at this year’s Bioneers conference. Transforming the dominant food system will require...

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HUNGARIANS JUST DESTROYED ALL MONSANTO GMO CORN FIELDS...

Sep 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000’s of acres of corn found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods. “Almost 1000 acres of maize found to have been planted with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary, deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said. The GMO corn has been ploughed under, said Lajos Bognar, but pollen has not spread, he added. Unlike several other EU members, GMO seeds are banned in Hungary....

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10 States Report Crop Damage From Illegal Herbicide Use on Monsanto’s GMO Seeds...

Sep 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food Missouri has suffered the most, with damage to more than 40,000 acres of crops. By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch tractor spraying pesticides on soy bean Photo Credit: Fotokostic/Shutterstock To the horror of farmers across America’s farm belt, hundreds of thousands of crop acres have been adversely impacted by the apparent misuse of the drift-prone herbicide dicamba on Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend soybean and cotton plants. According to a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance advisory, the EPA and state agencies have received an “unusually high” number of reports of crop damage that appear related to the illegal spraying of dicamba. A soybean plant affected by dicamba drift from a nearby field, roadside or other area where the herbicide was applied. Purdue The EPA has collected similar reports of crop damage from 10 states: Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois,...

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The World’s Biggest School Meal Program Is Keeping Local Farmers in Business...

Sep 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food Emphasizing local food under a radical policy of “zero hunger,” Brazil’s school lunch initiative helps small farmers buy the land they’ve been farming for generations. By Chris Arsenault / Yes! Magazine   VIA ALTERNET African girl eating at school Photo Credit: International Center for Tropical Agriculture At an elementary school in Brazil’s capital, students are not too concerned about who has produced their food as they bite into an afternoon snack of pineapple and watermelon. Nevertheless, they are among 45 million students benefiting from the world’s biggest universal school feeding program, whose meals are helping keep Brazil’s small farmers on their land. Family farmers and cooperatives have seen their fortunes rise as a result of the program, which guarantees them a local market and has helped to expand formal land rights nationwide. “Incomes...

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10 States Report Crop Damage From Illegal Dicamba Use on Monsanto’s GMO Seeds...

Sep 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Lorraine Chow   ECOWATCH.COM To the horror of farmers across America’s farm belt, hundreds of thousands of crop acres have been adversely impacted by the apparent misuse of the drift-prone herbicide dicamba on Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend soybean and cotton plants. A soybean plant affected by dicamba drift from a nearby field, roadside or other area where the herbicide was applied. PurdueAccording to a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance advisory, the EPA and state agencies have received an “unusually high” number of reports of crop damage that appear related to the illegal spraying of dicamba. The EPA has collected similar reports of crop damage from 10 states: Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Missouri appears to have suffered the most. According to the Southeast Missourian, the...

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President Obama Signs the Disastrous Federal GMO-Labeling Bill, Putting the Future of Organic in Danger...

Aug 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Max Goldberg (To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to add me on Snapchat: maxorganic) On late Friday afternoon, President Obama signed the sham Stabenow-Roberts GMO-Labeling bill (S. 764) which will allow, among many other things, companies to use QR codes instead of clear GMO labels on a food product’s packaging. This bill is so discriminatory and so poorly written that it potentially violates several amendments of the Constitution. Additionally, it puts the integrity of the organic seal in real jeopardy. What is arguably the most troubling aspect of this bill is that while almost every single organic consumer organization fought this bill, the organic industry’s leading trade organization praised the bill and lobbied for it to pass. Here are the key points to understand, in terms of analyzing the...

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6 Chemical Food Additives That Are Legal in America and Banned Abroad...

Aug 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Thanks to inaction at the FDA, Americans get, among other potential ailments, anal leakage. By Ari LeVaux / AlterNet Unhealthy food: popped wheat seeds with lots of food additive chemicals Photo Credit: Szasz-Fabian Ilka Erika/Shuttetrstock There is a long list of food additives that are legal in the U.S., despite being illegal in other countries. To be fair, just because something is banned in one country doesn’t necessarily mean that the non-banning countries have it wrong. But for the most part, the influence that the food industry exerts on the Food and Drug Administration and a confusing bureaucratic process are at the heart of the problem. The FDA curates a list of food additives that are given the designation of “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS. The GRAS list is supposed to help...

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How One GMO Nearly Took Down the Planet...

Aug 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] New law deals major blow to GMO labeling. By Thom Hartmann / AlterNet   Genetically modified fruit Photo Credit: wellphoto/Shutterstock On July 29, President Obama signed bill S.764 into law, dealing a major blow to the movement to require GMO labeling. The new law, which food safety groups call the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) Act, has at least three key parts that undermine Vermont’s popular GMO labeling bill and make it nearly impossible for Americans to know what’s in their food. The law claims to set a federal labeling standard by requiring food producers to include either a QR barcode that can be scanned with a phone, or a 1-800 number that consumers can call to find out whether a product contains genetically modified ingredients. But according to the Institute for...

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Obama’s New So-Called GMO “Labeling” Law Is a Gift to Industry...

Aug 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH TRUTHOUT On July 29, President Obama signed a bill that is a setback for our right to know about GMOs in food. (Photo: David Goehring) You may have read that President Obama signed a so-called GMO “labeling” law on July 29. Media outlets like ABC News reported that the bill “mandate[es] GMO labeling.” However, the reality of the new legislation is what Rick North, writing on the progressive commentary forum BlueOregon, calls a “sham”: It’s a major victory for Monsanto, the biotech industry and Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, all of whom know labeling could diminish their profits. Most polls found about 90% of respondents wanted on-the-package GMO labeling, an almost-unheard-of support level for any issue. True public advocates, like the Organic Consumers Association, Consumers Union, Center for Food...

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CHILDREN’S DRAWINGS SHOW WHAT HUNGER LOOKS LIKE IN VENEZUELA...

Aug 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The South American country’s failing economy has left schoolkids subsisting on water and corn cakes. A girl eats a tropical fruit called a ‘mamon’ on a street in La Fría, Venezuela, on June 2. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) Jul 31, 2016 Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.   Arepas are a staple food item among Venezuelan families. The flat cornmeal cakes, often stuffed with grilled meat, beans, or eggs, are found at nearly every meal. But for many children in Venezuela subsisting solely on arepas, what was once just part of their cultural identity is now a symbol of growing food shortages in the struggling country. Primary school students in the capital city of Caracas are coming to school hungry, Reuters reports. After several students fainted from hunger, teachers at the...

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The One Thing Hillary Cares About Most—When It Comes to Food...

Jul 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Democratic Party platform doesn’t say much about food or farming, except on one major issue. Tom Philpott  MOTHER JONES Hillary Clinton enjoys some coffee while campaigning in an Iowa diner last year. Barbara Kinney/Hillary for America/Flickr If Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wins in November, what kind of food and farm policy can we expect from her? Like most presidential campaign seasons, the current one has been lighter than a soufflé in terms of debate around food issues. Here’s what we know so far. (1) The 2016 Democratic Party platform is mostly short on food policy details. Farm programs get all of two paragraphs, under the rubric of “Investing in Rural America.” The section nods to “promoting environmentally sustainable agricultural practices” and “expanding local food markets and regional food systems,” a likely reference...

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Healthy eating can include ‘a lot’ of (good) fat, analysis of 56 diet studies concludes...

Jul 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] To Your Health By Ariana Eunjung Cha  WASHINGTON POST (iStock) Hanna Bloomfield’s bosses at the Department of Veterans Affairs had been reading a lot about the plant-based Mediterranean diet. Some highly publicized recent studies had shown that eating lots of fresh vegetables and olive oil along with maybe a splash of red wine could have tremendous health benefits, and they wondered whether it was something the VA, as an organization, should consider recommending to its more than 9 million patients. They tasked Bloomfield with figuring out whether this health effect was real — or simply hype. Bloomfield, associate chief of staff for research for the Minneapolis VA Health Care System and a professor at the University of Minnesota, pulled 56 previously conducted studies on the subject and re-analyzed all the data. Her work...

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THIS GRASSROOTS PROJECT IS OUT TO CUT FOOD WASTE AND FEED THE HUNGRY...

Jul 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food for Thought is redistributing leftover restaurant meals in Pakistan to people in need. (Photo: Courtesy Aatir Sohail) Jul 4, 2016 Jillian Frankel, TakePart Daily   It’s a scenario that takes place in restaurants throughout the world: Diners are served enormous portions but leave part of their meals uneaten while hungry people rummage through Dumpsters out back, scrounging for scraps of trashed food. Solving this problem of food waste and hunger in Pakistan is the goal of Food for Thought, a new project in Karachi that gets leftovers to people in need. Founded in February by Zara Nadeem and Zehra Hasan, 24-year-old friends who were fed up with seeing leftovers being tossed, the effort allows people to donate uneaten portions to those who don’t have enough to eat. Advertisemen “For a poverty-stricken nation...

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COURT RULES ORGANIC FARMERS CAN SUE CONVENTIONAL GMO FARMERS WHOSE PESTICIDES ‘TRESPASS’ AND CONTAMINATE THEIR FIELDS...

Jun 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Court rules organic farmers can sue conventional, GMO farmers whose pesticides ‘trespass’ and contaminate their fields Purveyors of conventional and genetically-modified (GM) crops — and the pesticides and herbicides that accompany them — are finally getting a taste of their own legal medicine. Minnesota’s Star Tribune has reported that the Minnesota Court of Appeals recently ruled that a large organic farm surrounded by chemical-laden conventional farms can seek damages for lost crops, as well as lost profits, caused by the illegal trespassing of pesticides and herbicides on its property. Oluf and Debra Johnson’s 1,500-acre organic farm in Stearns County, Minn., has repeatedly been contaminated by nearby conventional and GMO farms since the couple started it in the 1990s. A local pesticide cooperative known as Paynesville Farmers Union (PFU), which is near the farm, has been...

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RACE IS ON TO FEED A WARMING WORLD...

Jun 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Millions throughout Africa depend on maize, but new crop varieties can barely keep pace with the warming climate. (Kate Holt / AusAID via Wikimedia Commons) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—It can take up to 30 years to improve a crop variety, test it and persuade farmers to adopt it. That means the speed of climate change in Africa could make a new variety of maize useless even before the first harvest, according to new research. But two separate studies that address the challenge of food security in a rapidly warming world suggest that the answers may lie not just in future weather but in today’s soils. One says that better soil data can be used to predict...

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Lawsuit Reveals Extent of DuPont’s Decades-Long Cover Up Behind Cancer-Causing Teflon Chemical...

Jun 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Chemical giant DuPont is in court defending their decision to poison entire communities by releasing a toxic chemical known as C8 into the Ohio River. By Farron Cousins / DeSmogBlog  VIA ALTERNET DECEMBER 2013 – BERLIN: the logo of the brand “Du Pont”. Photo Credit: 360b/Shutterstock Corporate heavyweight DuPont is back in court right now, defending their decision to poison entire communities along the Ohio River by releasing a toxic chemical known as C8 into the river. C8 is a chemical that is used in the manufacturing of the company’s blockbuster product Teflon. The case alleges that DuPont officials were intimately aware of the dangerous side effects of C8 exposure but still decided to allow exposure among workers and by releasing the chemical into the environment. Once the chemicals were dumped into the Ohio River,...

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Why Conserving Crops’ Wild Cousins May Be Critical for Human Survival...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food As global food requirements grow with a skyrocketing human population, genes from wild relatives of common crops could play a big role. By Kristen Satre Meyer / Ensia  VIA ALTERNET Portrait of a young woman at work in greenhouse,in uniform and clipboard in her hand . Greenhouse produce. Food production. Tomato growing in greenhouse. Photo Credit: Vlad Teodor/Shutterstock Wild cousins aren’t always appreciated at family gatherings. But when it comes to crops, the opposite is often true: Plant breeding has historically relied on genes from plants growing in the wild as a source of diversity that can be introduced into crop plants to produce new crop varieties that are more resilient, nutritious and productive than those currently cultivated. As human populations increase and shift away from traditional diets, demand for food is...

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO DUMPSTER DIVING...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Food How to seriously cut down on your monthly food bill. By Assya Barrette / Greenhighfive   VIA ALTERNET   Photo Credit: Wikipedia I first came into contact with dumpster diving when I volunteered with the organizationFood not Bombs (FNB),Toronto Chapter. Their objective is to recover food that would otherwise have been thrown away, and cook up delicious vegan meals for whomever wants some. Although a lot of the food they get is donated from bakeries and shops (who’d otherwise dump the food), they do dumpster diving to fill in the gaps. Recently, one of the members of the group held a dumpster diving tutorial in downtown Toronto. After I attended the tutorial, I went solo in my town, with huge success. This, coupled with the times I had gone with FNB in...

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12 Fruits That Are a Cinch to Grow in Your Own Garden (Infographic)...

Jun 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] An apple pie made with apples you grow yourself tastes a lot better than a store-bought pie. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet   Smiling autumn woman picking and giving apples from tree Photo Credit: Maridav/Shutterstock Wouldn’t that bowl of cereal in the morning taste a lot better with fresh strawberries that you grew yourself? How about an apple pie made from apples picked right in your own backyard? The fact is, you don’t need to have an orchard to enjoy a steady supply of fruit all year round. Growing fruits in your backyard or even indoors isn’t that hard at all. There’s little doubt that eating fruits is good for your health. Part of any well-balanced diet, fruits contain essential vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber and other compounds that help support...

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FEDS FINALLY ADDRESS THE RISKS OF WIDELY USED AG CHEMICAL – ATRAZINE...

Jun 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   A new government report on the weed killer atrazine highlights risks to wildlife that researchers have been pointing to for years. (Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters) Willy Blackmore is TakePart’s Food editor.   A 500-some-page draft assessment on an agricultural chemical from a federal agency is generally not the stuff of intrigue and redemption. But just such a document could upend the American corn industry, generate strict new regulations for a chemical company in the midst of being acquired by a Chinese firm for $43 billion, and clear the name of a researcher who nearly had his reputation destroyed. The document published Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency reads, “This risk assessment concludes that aquatic plant communities are impacted in many areas where atrazine use is heaviest, and there is potential chronic risk to...

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Honey Bees Are in Decline, but There’s Another, Unsung Bee Who Could Save the Planet’s Food Supply...

Jun 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food Gentle, good-natured and hardworking, mason bees are more efficient pollinators than honey bees—and can help orchard growers and everyday gardeners get more from their plants. By Dave Hunter, Jill Lightner / Mountaineer Books  VIA ALTERNET Mason Bee (Osmia bicornis) Photo Credit: Jaco Visser/Shutterstock The following is an excerpt from the new book Mason Bee Revolutionby Dave Hunter & Jill Lightner (Mountaineers Books, 2016): Why Keep Gentle Bees? When people hear “beekeeping,” the image they picture is almost always of honey bee keepers in white, helmeted spacesuits fretting over their hives for hours at a time and purchasing fairly heavy-duty equipment just to get started. But the options for home beekeeping are far more interesting than that image evokes, and many are much, much simpler. Social vs. Solitary There are thousands of species...

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