Agriculture

Pope Benedict: think globally, act locally, urges lifestyle changes to save environment
January 1, 2010 01:26 PM - Reuters

Pope Benedict used his traditional New Year address on Friday to call on people to change their lifestyles to save the planet, saying environmental responsibility was essential for global peace.

Snow cover hampers harvest of U.S. corn crop
December 29, 2009 06:31 AM - Reuters

As much as 100 million bushels of U.S. corn could be lost after heavy snowstorms in recent days likely delayed until spring the final stages of an already historically slow harvest, analysts and meteorologists said on Monday. The harvest delays helped to push up corn futures more than 1 percent to a six-month high on Monday at the Chicago Board of Trade. "There are 620 million bushels left in the field and we could lose 10 percent of that," said Joe Victor, analyst for Illinois-based research and consulting firm Allendale Inc.

Dairy Farmers to do Their Part to Slow Climate Change
December 23, 2009 06:30 AM - Editor, ENN

The US Department of Agriculture announced an agreement with U.S. dairy producers to accelerate adoption of innovative manure to energy projects on American dairy farms. The agreement represents a dynamic public/private partnership and is another demonstration of the Obama Administration's commitment to curb the emissions of greenhouse gases.

NASA Study Shows Major Groundwater Loss in California Since 2003
December 16, 2009 07:27 AM - Editor, ENN

A new study released by NASA shows that the aquifers for California's primary agricultural region -- the Central Valley -- and its major mountain water source -- the Sierra Nevadas -- have lost nearly enough water combined to fill Lake Mead, America's largest reservoir. The findings, based on data from the NASA/German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (Grace), reflect California's extended drought and increased rates of groundwater being pumped for human uses, such as irrigation.

Dairy Pollution Sparks 'Manure War' in New Mexico
December 10, 2009 09:51 AM - John Burnett, NPR

The New Mexico Environment Department reports that two-thirds of the state's 150 dairies are contaminating groundwater with excess nitrogen from cattle excrement. Either the waste lagoons are leaking, or manure is being applied too heavily on farmland.

Free-Range Chickens Spell Broad-Based Economic Development in Minnesota Project
December 9, 2009 03:01 PM - By Ken Meter, Grist , Organic Consumers Association

Hillside Farmers Co-op. in Northfield, Minnesota, initiated by Latino immigrants, raises free-range chickens on scattered small, one-quarter acre sites. This makes it a great model for urban farmers as well as rural. By staying small, farmers will be able to start a farm even though they have very little capital to work with.

Brazil Defends Biofuels
December 9, 2009 02:48 PM - Claudia Ciobanu, IPS, Environmental Health News

Being the world’s largest producer and exporter of ethanol it is natural for the Brazilian government and its partners to push biofuels as the only real alternative for a world trying wean itself away from fossil fuels that contribute to global warming.

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
December 7, 2009 12:24 PM - Richard Alleyne, The Telegraph.co.uk

Garden vegetables such as tomatoes and potatoes have been found to be deadly insect killers on a par with Venus fly traps, according to research.

Raising Livestock Does Not Have to be Bad for Climate

Food which is produced as a result of traditional grazing on this peninsula in particular, represents the very antithesis of that planet- wrecking scenario. In fact, meat and dairy products that are the result of very carefully managed grazing systems can lower carbon in the atmosphere.

Coca-Cola's New PlantBottle Sows Path to Greener Packaging
December 2, 2009 09:58 AM - By Marc Gunther, GreenBiz.com

In a podcast interview with GreenBiz.com Senior Writer Marc Gunther, Scott Vitters, the Coca-Cola Company's global head of sustainable packaging, takes the wraps off the company's new PlantBottle, a recyclable PET plastic container made partially from plants. (Gunther's blog on the PlantBottle's development is available at GreenBiz.com.)

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