Agriculture

Brazil approves Amazon hydro-power dam
June 4, 2009 06:51 AM - Reuters

Brazil approved on Wednesday an environmental permit for a hydroelectric dam in the Amazon, an official said on Wednesday, advancing a project the government hopes will shore up power supplies but critics call an ecological disaster.

Pesticide may add low levels of melamine to Baby Formula
June 3, 2009 03:38 PM - Janet Raloff, Science News

Infant formulas purchased from stores in Canada show widespread tainting with traces of melamine, a toxic constituent of plastics and other materials. In China, the fraudulent use of melamine as a protein replacement in infant formulas resulted in the poisoning of more than 1,200 babies last year, six of whom died. Canada’s widespread contamination, however, appears unintentional and to stem from a very different source.

Agriculture Holds Key to Solving Global Warming

Agriculture, so often cited as a factor in global decline - for claiming natural grasslands that store carbon, soil erosion and pesticide runoff - could become a big part of the solution to global warming, according to a hopeful report by Worldwatch Institute released today.

Canadian Government Backs Veg Growers Renewable Heat & Power Project
May 26, 2009 10:47 AM - Andrew Burger, Global Warming is Real

The Canadian government announced it will commit as much as $1.6 million to help Seacliff Energy Inc. build a combined heat, power and organic fertilizer plant in Ontario as part of the government's Agri-Opportunities program.

Owls replace pesticides in Israel
May 21, 2009 09:46 AM - BBC News

Owls and kestrels are being employed as agricultural pest controllers in the Middle East.

Drain rice fields to cut methane, say scientists
May 21, 2009 09:33 AM - Gina Lin, SciDevNet

Global methane emissions from rice paddies could be cut by 30 per cent if fields are drained at least once during the growing season and rice crop waste is applied off-season, according to a study.

Rising Calls to Regulate California Groundwater
May 14, 2009 10:35 AM - Felicity Barringer, New York Times

Although California has been a pathbreaker in some environmental arenas, like embracing renewable energy and recycling, groundwater rights remain sacrosanct. But the state government is facing growing pressure to embrace regulation.

Drought, Politics Trouble Farmers In California
May 11, 2009 09:12 AM - John McChesney, NPR

California is in its third year of drought, and many farmers in the state's crop-rich Central Valley are looking at dusty fields, or worse, are cutting down their orchards before the trees die.

Organic Trade Association Releases Its 2009 Organic Industry Survey
May 7, 2009 10:04 AM - Organic Trade Association via, Organic Consumers Association

U.S. sales of organic products, both food and non-food, reached $24.6 billion by the end of 2008, growing an impressive 17.1 percent over 2007 sales despite tough economic times, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), which today made available final results from its 2009 Organic Industry Survey.

EPA/DOE/Agriculture Discuss Energy Independence and Renewable Fuels Plan
May 5, 2009 04:13 PM - Editor, ENN

The US EPA, Departments of Agriculture and Energy held a conference call today to field questions on the Obama Administration plans to stimulate biofuels research and commercialization. The approach includes a rulemaking on the Renewable Fuel Standard. "As we work towards energy independence, using more homegrown biofuels reduces our vulnerability to oil price spikes that everyone feels at the pump," EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. "Energy independence also puts billions of dollars back into our economy, creates green jobs, and protects the planet from climate change in the bargain."

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