agriculture

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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California’s Severe Drought Will Cost the Agricultural Industry Nearly $2 Billion

California’s Severe Drought Will Cost the Agricultural Industry Nearly $2 Billion

A new study by the University of California Davis Center for Watershed Sciences finds that the worst drought in state history could cost the agricultural industry $1.7 billion this year and eliminate

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Honeybee Winter Die-off “Too High for Long-term Survival” – USDA Report

Honeybee Winter Die-off “Too High for Long-term Survival” – USDA Report

The preliminary results of the 2013–14 report on overwinter colony loss amongst U.S. honeybees have been announced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report shows that while

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Ecosystem Services Benefit Agricultural Productivity

INFOGRAPHIC: How Ecosystem Services Benefit Agricultural Productivity

There exists a fabulous symbiosis in nature between a healthy ecosystem and the diversity of life that flourishes in its vicinity. From microbes and mycelium to insects and birds, through to plants and

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Fujitsu Converts Fukushima Microchip Factory into a Radiation-Free Lettuce Farm

Fujitsu Converts Fukushima Microchip Factory into a Radiation-Free Lettuce Farm

Located in the Fukushima Prefecture, the futuristic Aizu-Wakamatsu Akisai Vegetable Plant is the start of field trials led by Fujitsu Home & Office Services Limited. Measuring about half an acre, it

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New Harvard Study Reveals Link Between Bee Colony Collapse Disorder and Neonicotinoid Pesticides

New Harvard Study Reveals Link Between Bee Colony Collapse Disorder and Neonicotinoid Pesticides

A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) confirms what has long been feared: insecticides, in particular those in the neonicotinoid class, are causing the wide-scale collapse of bee

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Golden LED Royal Rice Field Celebrates Sustainable Agriculture in Thailand

Golden LED Royal Rice Field Celebrates Sustainable Agriculture in Thailand

Located out in front of the main entrance of ‘SCG Experience’ building in Bangkok, the Royal Rice Field is a glowing sea of rice planted in a water feature. At night the LED lights reflect off the

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Plant-e Develops Electricity-Generating Plants to Bring Clean Energy to Off-Grid Locations

Plant-e Develops Electricity-Generating Plants to Bring Clean Energy to Off-Grid Locations

A Dutch start-up called Plant-e has developed a way to use living plants as a continuous source of clean energy - all that’s needed is a light source, carbon dioxide, water, and, of course, a field or

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California Farmers Won’t Get Water from the State This Year

California Farmers Won’t Get Water from the State This Year

California is experiencing one of its driest periods in recorded history, and now local farmers are being told not to expect any water from the state. Federal officials from the Bureau of Reclamation

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Farm Bill Passes the Senate with Massive Overhaul of Controversial Subsidy System

Farm Bill Passes the Senate with Massive Overhaul of Controversial Subsidy System

Farmers Market photo from Shutterstock The nearly one trillion dollar farm bill passed the senate on Tuesday, with plenty of good news for the state of agriculture, but also plenty of bad news. The

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Monsanto is Going Organic in an Effort to Win Over Consumers

Monsanto is Going Organic in an Effort to Win Over Consumers

To many consumers, the name "Monsanto" is hard to stomach. The company has become associated with the evils of big agribusiness by creating potent pesticides, GM crops, and suing small farmers over

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Cost of Food Waste

INFOGRAPHIC: The Cost of Food Waste

Did you know that every year about 1.3 billion tons of food go to waste? That's about a third of all food produced - and yet 870 million people are undernourished around the world. NeoMam Studios just

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Hungry Planet Infographic Shows How Much Food and Energy Humans Consume Around the World

Hungry Planet Infographic Shows How Much Food and Energy Humans Consume Around the World

It's no secret that humans are living beyond the means that the planet can sustainably provide - but did you know that on August 20th, 2013 we consumed all of the earth's allotted resources for the entire

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Biotic Earth Infographic Shows How Soil Building Techniques Can Encourage Plants to Grow

Biotic Earth Infographic Shows How Soil Building Techniques Can Encourage Plants to Grow

Biotic Earth just launched a new infographic that shows a variety of ‘soil building’ techniques that can improve arable land and encourage plants to grow. The infographic explores how soil is

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Scientists Create Software to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Australia

Scientists Create Software to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Australia

Levels of nitrous oxide are difficult to measure in agricultural sites across Australia due to their scattered nature. So scientists from the Queensland University of Technology have created "Semaphore,"

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Plant-Based Egg Substitute Backed by Bill Gates Goes on Sale at Whole Foods

Plant-Based Egg Substitute Backed by Bill Gates Goes on Sale at Whole Foods

Tech giants Peter Thiel and Bill Gates introduced a revolutionary new product to the public this week, and it had nothing to do with computers or software. Beyond Eggs from Hampton Creek Foods is a

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Company Aims to Defeat Drought with Powdered “Rain”

Company Aims to Defeat Drought with Powdered “Rain”

Amid concerns about global climate change and changing weather patterns, one company is trying to find a new way to irrigate crops in an age of increasing water instability. "Solid Rain" is an incredibly

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Benedikt Groß Brings Digital Printing to Precision Farming

Benedikt Groß Brings Digital Printing to Precision Farming

Benedikt Groß has used digital printing to map out seed placement for an 11.5 hectacre piece of land in Germany. Operating on the premise that precision farming is the way of the future, and that digital

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First Phase of k20 Architecture’s Hindmarsh Shire Council Centre Complete in Australia

First Phase of k20 Architecture’s Hindmarsh Shire Council Centre Complete in Australia

The Hindmarsh Shire building is in a region of Australia that is exposed to extreme temperatures, and therefore k20 Architecture began their adaptation by creating a building envelope with great thermal

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Japanese Scientists Develop Pioneering Drought-Resistant Rice Crop to Battle Climate Change

Japanese Scientists Develop Pioneering Drought-Resistant Rice Crop to Battle Climate Change

As the world's population soars above 7 billion, the threat of severe drought weighs heavily on global food supply. To help in the fight against worsening climate change, scientists in Japan have bred a

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