Archive for the ‘Agriculture’ Category

Aug14

Tracking fishing boats

Fishing boat

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The Global Ocean Commission has released an eight-point plan aimed at protecting the high seas. Two-thirds of the ocean is considered ‘high seas,’ meaning it lies outside of a national territory. The goal of the GOC is to ensure effective management of these areas, safeguarding them from threats like overfishing. (more…)

Aug11

The cost of climate change

Drought

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The costs of climate change are many – from the destruction of ecosystems and the loss of species to increased risk of famine. The famous Stern Review by the British government in 2006 looked at the effects on the world economy.  Eight years later, a recently released report focuses on the financial bottom line in the U.S., providing an assessment of how unmitigated climate change will add up over the remainder of this century. (more…)

Aug05

True food

Root Vegetables

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Genetically modified organisms – or GMOs – are a hot topic in the food industry.  More than 70% of packaged foods sold in North America contain genetically modified ingredients.  More than 88% of corn, 94% of soybeans, and 90% of cotton in the U.S. are grown from GMO seeds.  And all of these figures are rising.    (more…)

Jul22

Weed crops for a warming world

Wheat

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Rising temperatures, droughts and higher CO2 levels pose threats to the world’s food supply.  Grains like wheat and rice have been bred for centuries for productivity but are not well suited to a changing climate. (more…)

Jul15

Saving the bees

Honeybee on Flower

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In recent years, bee populations have been shrinking at an alarming rate.  According to the Department of Agriculture, managed honeybee colonies lost almost a quarter of their numbers over the past winter alone.  These rapid declines in bees and other pollinators in the United States threaten billions of dollars in crops. (more…)

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