Beware the Corporate Takeover of Seed Under Many Guises

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New and existing legislations and treaties are increasingly restricting people’s food rights and eroding agricultural biodiversity in favour of a handful of big seed corporations that are already monopolizing the world’s seeds. by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji The UK hosted a festival across the country to celebrate and honour the humble seed. In London, the Lambeth… Read more »

Natural Swimming Pools for Passive Holistic Education, Increased Diversity, and Health

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Where I grew up, I had two swimming choices. The first was in various rivers and ‘swimming holes’ (deeper parts of rivers, where the shape of the riverbank creates a calmer, very slow-flowing area to bathe in) around the town I lived in, and the second was the local public swimming pool. The former, while… Read more »

Neonicotinoids: The New DDT? (video)

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Neonicotinoids are the most widely used insecticides in the world. They’ve been linked to the decline of honeybees. But scientists now say they also harm many terrestrial, aquatic, and marine invertebrates. They damage sea urchin DNA, suppress the immune systems of crabs, and affect the tunneling and reproductive behavior of earthworms. They kill off the… Read more »

The Tree of 40 Fruit

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In trying to find different varieties of stone fruit to create the Tree of 40 Fruit, I realized that for various reasons, including industrialization and the creation of enormous monocultures, we are losing diversity in food production and that heirloom, antique, and native varieties that were less commercially viable were disappearing. I saw this as… Read more »

An Embarrassment for Both Yale University and the New York Times: “To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees”

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Dr. Nadine Unger, an assistant professor of atmospheric chemistry at Yale, had an op-ed published in the Opinion Pages of the September 19, 2014 edition of the New York Times. Both the title of her piece and its analysis of the article’s focus — climate change — have drawn quite a response, as one would… Read more »

The Kink in the Human Brain

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Pointless, joyless consumption is destroying our world of wonders. This is a moment at which anyone with the capacity for reflection should stop and wonder what we are doing. If the news that in the past 40 years the world has lost over 50% its vertebrate wildlife (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish) fails to… Read more »

Expanding Farmlands with Reduced Cropping

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According to a new research findings, over the next 100 years due to climate change, land suitable for agriculture is going to expand by 5.4 million km2, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere at high latitudes in countries like Canada, China and Russia. However, further down in the Global South, especially in the tropical regions, along… Read more »

Goats Better Than Chemicals for Curbing Invasive Marsh Grass (USA)

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Periodic livestock grazing keeps invasive plant in check, helps restore views and biodiversity. This image shows goats in a fenced test plot eating invasive Phragmites australis marsh grass. Photo: Jennifer Brundage, Duke University DURHAM, N.C. — Herbivores, not herbicides, may be the most effective way to combat the spread of one of the most invasive… Read more »

Meet Mr. Glyphosate – a Case Study in Excess

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Thanks to a reader for sending this along to us. I don’t normally like to publish posts that reflect negatively about a particular person (I can think of only one other instance when I have, and that was about the results of a man’s work, as is largely the case here), but I feel that… Read more »

How Roundup® Poisoned My Nature Reserve

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A personal witness to the devastating demise of wild pollinators and other species as glyphosate herbicides increase in the environment. by Rosemary Mason MB ChB FRCA In March 2006, UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) announced the closure of its wildlife research centres [1], a decision opposed by 99% of 1 327 stakeholders. Monks Wood… Read more »

Alihuen: An Agrarian Conservation Story (Chile)

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Click the ‘CC’ button to choose subtitles (English and French available) Alihuen means big tree in the language of the indigenous Mapuche peoples of Chile. When Jeroen Beuckels decided to settle in the rural Chepu province of Chiloe with his wife Grecia this name was not taken lightly, for the farmland which it would represent… Read more »