Archive for the ‘Agriculture’ Category

Apr14

Oil-palm in Africa

Oil Palm

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Palm oil is in demand. It’s found in nearly half of the processed foods in our supermarkets, from ice cream and cookies to canned soup and baby formula. But plans to cultivate the oil palm tree in its native Africa are raising concern about deforestation and the protection of primates. (more…)

Apr11

California’s water

San Luis Reservoir, CA

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We’ve all seen the news reports of this winter’s devastating drought in California. Last year was the state’s driest in more than a century, resulting in a water shortage with dire consequences, especially for farmers. Even recent rain and snow storms have made only a minuscule improvement in the severe water deficit. (more…)

Apr09

Salt-water fish save water

Halibut

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An estimated 80% of the water used in the U.S. supports crop and livestock production. Resource managers are increasingly concerned about the excessive amount of water required to satisfy our nation’s appetite for beef.  Using conservative estimates, it takes 441 gallons of water to produce one pound of conventionally raised beef. (more…)

Mar10

Antibiotics in meat

meat

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Concerns have long been raised over the presence of antibiotics in the meat we eat. Now, a federal analysis has shown that many of those antibiotics are likely to blame for the increasing number of bacterial infections resistant to treatment in humans. (more…)

Feb24

Growing insects on the farm

Bee on a Flower

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The precipitous decline in pollinating insects – particularly bees – has become an issue of great concern around the world.  Insects pollinate 75% of the crops that we rely on for food worldwide, and bee populations have declined by as much as 96% over the past century. (more…)

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