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Congress is forbidding dietary experts from talking about food-related environmental concerns

Congress is forbidding dietary experts from talking about food-related environmental concerns

While it might not seem immediately obvious, the foods we choose have environmental impacts that can be far-reaching. Now congress is attempting to silence the voices of top nutrition experts who are

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23 pollinating species in Britain have gone extinct over the last 150 years

23 pollinating species in Britain have gone extinct over the last 150 years

It would appear that pollinators in Britain have been declining for a lot longer than researchers realized. Contrary to the belief that local bees and wasps only began to go extinct after World War II,

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Petition: stop Smithfield from feeding ractopamine to pigs, cattle and turkeys

Petition: stop Smithfield from feeding ractopamine to pigs, cattle and turkeys

Smithfield is one of the biggest meat production companies in the world, and in the U.S. it feeds pigs, cattle and turkeys the growth-promoting drug ractopamine. However, ractopamine is not used in 160

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World is overlooking climate change effects of eating meat, says new report

World is overlooking climate change effects of eating meat, says new report

A new report reveals most consumers aren't aware that the meat and livestock industry is a bigger source of global carbon emissions than transport -- and that's even when air travel and shipping are

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Toshiba’s ‘Clean’ Factory Farm Produces 3 Million Bags of Lettuce a Year Without Sunlight or Soil

Toshiba’s ‘Clean’ Factory Farm Produces 3 Million Bags of Lettuce a Year Without Sunlight or Soil

Does Toshiba hold the key to the future of factory farming? The massive tech giant recently unveiled their incredible "clean" factory farm, which is capable of growing up to three million heads

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California’s Strawberry Industry is Choked With Dangerous Pesticides That Increase Cancer Risk

California’s Strawberry Industry is Choked With Dangerous Pesticides That Increase Cancer Risk

U.S. consumers love their strawberries, and demand for the charming little red fruits just keeps on growing. In California, strawberry production is a $2.6 billion industry that provides around 90 percent

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Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

A new UN paper reveals that excess salt in the soil has destroyed 20 percent of all irrigated land worldwide — an area equal to the size of France. Every day for more than 20 years, an average of

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Solar-Powered Sunshine Canyon House Rises from a Forest Fire Ashpit with a Gorgeous Rustic Design

Solar-Powered Sunshine Canyon House Rises from a Forest Fire Ashpit with a Gorgeous Rustic Design

    Although many aspects of the home are crisp and modern, there's also a strong rustic aesthetic that pays tribute to its locale. Built with rustic materials, the exposed beams and barn

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Biotech Beating Out GMO When it Comes to Food Production, Says Greenpeace

Biotech Beating Out GMO When it Comes to Food Production, Says Greenpeace

In the race to feed the growing population of planet Earth, biotechnology is quietly overtaking genetic modification, according to a new report by Greenpeace. The Guardian reports that the Greenpeace

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Plants Know When They’re Being Eaten and They Don’t Appreciate it

Plants Know When They’re Being Eaten and They Don’t Appreciate it

Vegetarians and vegans pay heed, new research shows plants know when they’re being eaten. And they don't like it. That plants possess an intelligence is not new knowledge, but according to Modern

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These No-Carve “Pumpkinstein” Jack-O-Lanterns Grow Right on the Vine

These No-Carve “Pumpkinstein” Jack-O-Lanterns Grow Right on the Vine

Move over Dr. Frankenstein, “pumpkinstein” is taking over this Halloween. Unlike Mary Shelley’s monstrous fictional creation, the pumpkins that bear his face are real and available to add to your

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16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough

16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough

Irish teenagers Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow, all 16, have won the Google Science Fair 2014. Their project, Combating the Global Food Crisis, aims to provide a solution to low crop

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Need a Whole Piglet in a Hurry?

Need a Whole Piglet in a Hurry?

Some days the grocery store is more arresting than you might expect. For Twitter user @wadaitweet, the sight of a whole, shrink-wrapped and frozen suckling pig at a supermarket in Japan was Tweet-worthy.

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This Agricultural “Noah’s Ark” has Two of Every Fruit and Nut Crop Ever Grown in California

This Agricultural “Noah’s Ark” has Two of Every Fruit and Nut Crop Ever Grown in California

Imagine a comprehensive sampling of every fruit, nut and other crop that is or has ever been grown in California packed into a concentrated and carefully protected site. This seemingly fictional prospect

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Cowspiracy: “The Film That Environmental Organizations Don’t Want You to See”

Cowspiracy: “The Film That Environmental Organizations Don’t Want You to See”

Cowspiracy Official Trailer from First Spark Media on Vimeo. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a feature-length environmental documentary following a San Francisco filmmaker as he investigates

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Amazon Deforestation Jumped a Devastating 29% in 2013

Amazon Deforestation Jumped a Devastating 29% in 2013

The Amazon Rainforest saw a 29 percent jump in deforestation last year, spelling bad news for one of the world’s most important forests and the future of humanity. According to the Guardian, final

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India’s Smog is Killing Off Crops that Could Have Fed 94 Million People

India’s Smog is Killing Off Crops that Could Have Fed 94 Million People

India has a pollution problem - and it's gotten so bad that it's killing off vast fields of crops that could feed millions of the country’s most vulnerable residents. A new study published in the

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Scientists Just Mapped the Coffee Genome – Is GMO Decaf On the Way?

Scientists Just Mapped the Coffee Genome – Is GMO Decaf On the Way?

Proving that nothing in the world is sacred, your favorite coffee beans could soon be genetically modified - as scientists have finally sequenced the coffee genome. According to a new article published in

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Humanity Could Face Global Famine by 2050 Due to Plague of Pests

Humanity Could Face Global Famine by 2050 Due to Plague of Pests

A new U.K study warns that humanity could face a famine of biblical proportions by 2050 due to a plague of pests brought on by climate change. Research from the University of Exeter published in the

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7 Million Bats Killed by White Nose Syndrome: How You Can Help

7 Million Bats Killed by White Nose Syndrome: How You Can Help

We've reported on the white nose syndrome (WNS) afflicting and killing bats across the U.S. for a few years now. However, the latest estimates from the Defenders of Wildlife put the number of bats killed

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The American Almond Craze is an Environmental Quandary

The American Almond Craze is an Environmental Quandary

Americans are nuts about . . . well, nuts – and the country’s recent obsession with almonds is a tough environmental nut to crack. On one hand, the nut demand is likely the result of a national shift

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5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

In a groundbreaking study, 5,000 honey bees in Australia are set to be fitted with tiny sensors in an effort to better understand Colony Collapse Disorder. The 2.5mm by 2.5mm Radio Frequency

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts

Did you know that one out of three bites of food that Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybee pollination? Honeybees play a crucial role in the nation's food supply, which means the

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The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan

The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan

A former Sony Corporation semiconductor factory in Japan has been converted into the world’s largest indoor farm. Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, CEO of Mirai Co., partnered with GE

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Why You Should Personally Give a Damn About Climate Change

Why You Should Personally Give a Damn About Climate Change

A world devastated by climate change is like a night where The Day After Tomorrow, Planet of the Apes, and A Clockwork Orange turn on some Marvin Gaye, burn some incense, and hit the bed to breed a mega

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How the Deadly Funnel Web Spider Could Help Save the Bees

How the Deadly Funnel Web Spider Could Help Save the Bees

Recent years have seen bees dying off en masse, but our flying friends may have found their salvation in an unlikely insect ally – a dangerously poisonous spider. A bite from a funnel web spider could

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Benton Farmer Near Proposed Path of Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline Speaks Out

Benton Farmer Near Proposed Path of Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline Speaks Out

  I spent some time at Endless Mountains Farm in Benton, PA, operated in part by several members of Shalefield Organizing Committee (SOC), a group of dedicated activists created to put more focus on

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Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

  The Chesapeake Bay was formed eighteen thousand years ago when glacial melting generated sea level rise that flooded the Susquehanna River Valley. Today, it is the largest estuary in the

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New Feed Supplement Reduces Burping Cows’ Methane Production by 60 Percent

New Feed Supplement Reduces Burping Cows’ Methane Production by 60 Percent

Dutch company DSM has made a breakthrough in reducing the amount of methane released by burping cows. And, no, it's not etiquette lessons. We know that gassy livestock are a major source of greenhouse gas

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California Could Run Out of Water in Less Than Two Years

California Could Run Out of Water in Less Than Two Years

The U.S. Drought Monitor has released its latest report and the results are deeply troubling. Seven states are experiencing long-term severe drought, resulting in severe water scarcity and profound

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