agriculture

Honeybees devastated by second highest bee die-off on record in 2014

Honeybees devastated by second highest bee die-off on record in 2014

The Bee Informed Partnership reports that the 2014 bee die off is the second-highest number of losses ever recorded, signaling a serious threat to America's food supply. Conducted in collaboration with

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This barcode-like Milan Expo info pavilion design is inspired by traditional Italian farmhouses

This barcode-like Milan Expo info pavilion design is inspired by traditional Italian farmhouses

Berlin-based architecture firm StudioBaft teamed up with Tactile Architecture and architect Laurent Dubuis to design a prefab barcode-like proposal for the info pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. The team

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Obama leans on farmers to aid in the fight against climate change

Obama leans on farmers to aid in the fight against climate change

When we think about climate change and sources of pollution, fossil fuels and dirty industries are the culprits that usually dominate the conversation. Agriculture, though, contributes substantially to

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Ohio’s 100-Acre Classroom teaches farming skills to middle-school students

Ohio’s 100-Acre Classroom teaches farming skills to middle-school students

Imagine a school environment in which subjects like chemistry, biology, math, and home ec are learned outside in the fresh air. Sound too good to be true? Well, the Geauga County Hershey Montessori Farm

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PlantLab could grow fruit and vegetables for the entire world in a space smaller than Holland

PlantLab could grow fruit and vegetables for the entire world in a space smaller than Holland

PlantLab’s vision is that our growing population will have access to affordable, safe and nutritious food via urban farming. “The farmers of the future will be in the basements, not the fields,”

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Haus am Steinberg is a Charming Wedge-Shaped Addition to a Historic Wine Cellar in Austria

Haus am Steinberg is a Charming Wedge-Shaped Addition to a Historic Wine Cellar in Austria

In order to prevent it from interfering too much with the original design, the gabled addition meets the roof lines of the original cellar while still maintaining something of its own identity. The

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Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

Moldovan architect Maxim Calujac has a unique vision for sustainable urban design, and he has named it "Calotopos". Based on a set of principles including polycentrism, population dispersion, transport

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U.S. to face worst droughts in 1,000 years, says new study

U.S. to face worst droughts in 1,000 years, says new study

Hang on to your water bottles; the United States is set to experience the worst droughts the country has seen in 1,000 years – all thanks to climate change. Projections by climate scientists at Columbia

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UN says climate change is threatening global food diversity and could cause crop extinctions

UN says climate change is threatening global food diversity and could cause crop extinctions

A policy paper released by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that climate change is posing a very real threat to the diversity of food crops. Researchers are concerned that many of the

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New study finds life on Earth at risk as humans are “eating away” at the planet

New study finds life on Earth at risk as humans are “eating away” at the planet

An international team of researchers has identified nine planetary boundaries that must be maintained in order to sustain life on earth as we know it. Of those nine, we have already crossed the thresholds

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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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