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Winemakers Are Building Houses for Bats to Make Vineyards Greener
Attracting the right species can help get rid of vine-munching insects and allow farmers to cut back on pesticides
Agriculture
Source: Smithsonian
Posted on: Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015, 9:05am
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Green Pie In The Sky? Vertical Farming Is On The Rise In Newark
A former steel mill in New Jersey is getting a new lease on life as an indoor farm. AeroFarms is betting it can turn a profit growing greens with lights, using far less water than a traditional farm.
Agriculture
Source: NPR
Posted on: Thursday, Aug 06, 2015, 7:43am
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GM moths could end cabbage ravage
Scientists in Britain say they have developed a way of genetically modifying and controlling an invasive species of moth that causes serious pest damage to cabbages, kale, canola and other similar crops world-wide.
Agriculture
Source: Reuters
Posted on: Friday, Jul 31, 2015, 12:58pm
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As Patents Expire, Farmers Plant Generic GMOs
Monsanto no longer controls one of the biggest innovations in the history of agriculture.
Agriculture
Source: Technology Review
Posted on: Thursday, Jul 30, 2015, 8:37am
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Farm use of drones to take off as restrictions loosen
The small, relatively inexpensive vehicles could replace humans in a variety of ways around large farms
Agriculture
Source: CBSNews
Posted on: Tuesday, Jul 07, 2015, 10:27am
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Gambler-Turned-Conservationist Devotes Fortune To Florida Nature Preserve
M.C. Davis made millions gambling and buying up land and mineral rights. Now, he's restoring ecosystems destroyed by agriculture and timbering in his private preserve, one of the largest in the U.S.
Environment
Source: NPR
Posted on: Thursday, Jun 18, 2015, 10:42am
Rating: | Views: 341 | Comments: 0
Uncomfortably numb: The people who feel no pain
Researchers have identified a third gene that causes congenital insensitivity to pain when mutated
Agriculture
Source: TheGuardian
Posted on: Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 8:45am
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Mixed Messages: Are our genes and culture at cross purposes?
Why privilege genes over culture when people like South America's Mbaya, who eschew sex and pass on their culture through adoption, seem to argue the opposite?
Agriculture
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 8:02am
Rating: | Views: 328 | Comments: 0
Urban Farmers Say It's Time They Got Their Own Research Farms
The University of the District of Columbia is the only land-grant university in the U.S. with an urban focus. It's studying how to grow food in raised beds, hoop houses and even a shipping container.
Agriculture
Source: NPR
Posted on: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 8:20am
Rating: | Views: 175 | Comments: 0
Chemical reactions: glyphosate and the politics of chemical safety
Controversy over a new evaluation of glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, lifts the lid on aspects of chemical safety regulation that often remain hidden from public view.
Agriculture
Source: TheGuardian
Posted on: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 8:03am
Rating: | Views: 464 | Comments: 0
Fruit Growers Try Tricking Mother Nature To Prevent Crop Damage
In Michigan's orchard country, extreme heat and cold can mean disaster for fruit growers. Now some are using a new twist on old technology to fool trees when sudden, unexpected weather changes occur.
Agriculture
Source: NPR
Posted on: Thursday, Apr 23, 2015, 12:02pm
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California Farmers Gulp Most Of State's Water, But Say They've Cut Back
Farms in California use as much as four times the water consumed by cities and towns. Now farmers are on defense after the governor decided to mostly exempt them from new, sweeping water cutbacks.
Agriculture
Source: NPR
Posted on: Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015, 10:52am
Rating: | Views: 225 | Comments: 0
Mummified corpses in Hungarian crypt reveal clues to tuberculosis origins
Hundreds of bodies found in Dominican church help epidemiologists explain how disease spread in the past
Agriculture
Source: TheGuardian
Posted on: Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015, 10:52am
Rating: | Views: 150 | Comments: 0
Thirty new bean varieties bred to beat baking climate
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scientists have bred 30 new varieties of "heat-beating" beans designed to provide protein for the world's poor in the face of global warming, researchers announced on Wednesday.
Agriculture
Source: Reuters
Posted on: Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015, 7:39am
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We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our lives depend on it
War, pestilence, even climate change, are trifles by comparison. Destroy the soil and we all starve
Agriculture
Source: TheGuardian
Posted on: Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015, 7:39am
Rating: | Views: 406 | Comments: 0
Farmers 'bear brunt of disasters'
Farmers in developing nations bear a 'major brunt' of natural disasters yet only receive a small percentage of post-disaster aid, says a UN report.
Agriculture
Source: BBC News
Posted on: Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015, 9:28am
Rating: | Views: 267 | Comments: 0
After first lab-grown burger, test-tube chicken is next on menu
Two years after scientists cooked up the first test tube beef hamburger, researchers in Israel are working on an even trickier recipe: the world's first lab-grown chicken.
Agriculture
Source: Reuters
Posted on: Thursday, Mar 12, 2015, 11:38am
Rating: | Views: 326 | Comments: 0
The anti-GM lobby appears to be taking a page out of the Climategate playbook
Climate change is real and GM technology is safe, but those in denial want to undermine the public understanding of science with misinformation and pseudo-debate
Agriculture
Source: TheGuardian
Posted on: Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015, 11:04am
Rating: | Views: 226 | Comments: 0
Eat Your Veggies! Even The Ones From Fukushima
Foods from Fukushima, Japan, are back to pre-accident levels of radiation but people still aren't eating them. One way to ease concerns: a chemical that blocks radioactive cesium from entering plants.
Agriculture
Source: NPR
Posted on: Friday, Mar 06, 2015, 9:10am
Rating: | Views: 144 | Comments: 0
Gardener's Twofer: First Ketchup 'N' Fries Plant Hits U.S. Market
British horticulturalists figured out how to graft a tomato plant onto a potato plant. The plant, called Ketchup 'N' Fries, has crossed the pond and will be available to U.S. gardeners this spring.
Agriculture
Source: NPR
Posted on: Friday, Feb 13, 2015, 7:25am
Rating: | Views: 205 | Comments: 0
What We Know About the Earliest History of Chocolate
And what we learn could help artisan chocolatiers today improve their trade
Agriculture
Source: Smithsonian
Posted on: Friday, Feb 13, 2015, 7:25am
Rating: | Views: 249 | Comments: 0
You Wouldn't Have Chocolate Without Invisible Flies and Extreme Yeast
It takes a wild and temperamental menagerie to bring the beloved candy to store shelves. Bon appétit!
Agriculture
Source: Smithsonian
Posted on: Thursday, Feb 12, 2015, 8:00am
Rating: | Views: 261 | Comments: 0
Ex-science chief: GM tech 'is safe'
The technology behind GM crops is safe, according to scientific consensus, says the outgoing science adviser to the European Commission.
Agriculture
Source: BBC News
Posted on: Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015, 10:49am
Rating: | Views: 154 | Comments: 0
GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?
New GMO potatoes don't bruise as easily, and, when fried, they have less of a potentially harmful chemical. Yet some big chip and french fry makers won't touch them because of the stigma of GMOs.
Agriculture
Source: NPR
Posted on: Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015, 7:49am
Rating: | Views: 138 | Comments: 0
Switching to Farming Made Human Joint Bones Lighter
A more fragile skeleton evolved about 12,000 years ago, probably driven by a shift from hunting to agriculture
Evolution
Source: Smithsonian
Posted on: Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014, 4:53am
Rating: | Views: 699 | Comments: 0
Back to the future: Scientists want 'rewilded' crops to boost agriculture
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scientists should "re-wild" food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study said.
Agriculture
Source: Reuters
Posted on: Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014, 1:12pm
Rating: | Views: 614 | Comments: 0
Kalettes, Broccoflower And Other Eye-Popping Vegetables For 2015
Kale's days as the superfood-du-jour may be numbered. Next up: Kalettes? It's a cross between kale and Brussels sprouts, and it's one of a few bewitching hybrid vegetables that could go big in 2015.
Agriculture
Source: NPR
Posted on: Friday, Dec 12, 2014, 11:28am
Rating: | Views: 529 | Comments: 0
Bees and Wasps in Britain Have Been Disappearing For More Than a Century
Changes in agricultural practices since the 19th century may be a major culprit in the pollinators’ decline
Agriculture
Source: Smithsonian
Posted on: Friday, Dec 12, 2014, 11:28am
Rating: | Views: 582 | Comments: 0
Africa 'soil crisis threat' to future
Neglecting the health of Africa's soil will lock the continent into a cycle of food insecurity for generations to come, a report warns.
Agriculture
Source: BBC News
Posted on: Thursday, Dec 04, 2014, 6:50am
Rating: | Views: 667 | Comments: 0
Genetics Suggest Autism Isn’t Just One Disorder—It’s Hundreds
Each child with autism is different from the next. One approach rapidly gaining momentum makes sense of this diversity by grouping children together based on their genetics, then looking for patterns in their symptoms.
Agriculture
Source: Wired
Posted on: Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014, 8:24am
Rating: | Views: 909 | Comments: 0
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