Agriculture

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.)

California water allocation hits record-low level
December 2, 2009 07:08 AM - Steve Gorman, Reuters

California officials said on Tuesday that drought and environmental restrictions have forced them to cut planned water deliveries to irrigation districts and cities statewide to just 5 percent of their contracted allotments. Although the state Water Resources Department typically ends up supplying more water than first projected for an upcoming year, its 5 percent initial allocation for 2010 marks the smallest on record since the agency began delivering water in 1967.

Forget Fields - the Future of Farming May be in Urban High Rises
November 24, 2009 10:01 AM - GLOBE-Net Staff

Imagine a full-scale farm right in the heart of New York City, in the deserts of Darfur or on the moon. While you might have to wait some time for your lunar lettuce, vertical farming technologies are increasing the possibilities of cultivating crops much more efficiently here on earth.

25 Percent of US Shoppers Frequently Buy Organic Food Products, Says New Report
November 23, 2009 05:05 PM - Report Buys, Organic Consumers Association

The report "Ethical Food and Beverage, Personal Care and Household Products in the U.S." states that despite the economic downturn of 2008-2009, ethical grocery products are continuing to make headway in the market, especially when contrasted with the relatively flat market for conventional groceries.According to the 348 page report, approximately one-fourth of U.S. adult shoppers frequently buy certified organic food or beverage products, and one-third are usually willing to pay more for organic foods.

Agriculture Can Adapt to Climate Change
November 20, 2009 10:40 AM - William D. Dar, SciDevNet

Innovative agricultural technologies can produce crops that meet climate change challenges, says ICRISAT head William Dar. New strategies must be built around 'green' agricultural technologies, such as adaptive plant breeding, pest forecasting, rainwater harvesting and fertiliser microdosing.

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