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The $20 Billion Handout That’s Destroying the Environment

Posted by on February 24, 2017 in Environment, Farming with 10 Comments
The $20 Billion Handout That’s Destroying the Environment

In the United States, agribusiness takes $20 billion worth of subsidies out of our pockets every year. Hardly any of that supports the production of healthier foods or benefits wildlife, the environment, or the public. But most of us would rather scrub toilets or run marathons than think about it. Meanwhile, agribusiness spent $138 million on lobbying in 2012, and another $90 million on federal campaign contributions to keep those handouts just the way they are.

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USDA Ignores Critiques of New Pesticide-Resistant GMO Crops (Project Censored #12)

USDA Ignores Critiques of New Pesticide-Resistant GMO Crops (Project Censored #12)

Despite nearly 400,000 petition signatures from citizens, health professionals, and farmers expressing public opposition, in September 2014 the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved a new generation of genetically engineered corn and soybeans, created by the biotech company Dow AgroSciences.

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California Is Literally Sinking as Its Water Goes and Agriculture Industry Takes Hit

Posted by on August 23, 2015 in Environment, Environmental Hazards with 2 Comments
California Is Literally Sinking as Its Water Goes and Agriculture Industry Takes Hit

Faced with reduced federal and state surface water deliveries, farmers across the Golden State have been pumping groundwater at an unmatched pace. Read about how this is affecting the agriculture industry.

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The Country of Gambia is Now GMO-Free!

The Country of Gambia is Now GMO-Free!

Only a couple of years after its Minister of Forestry declared that genetic engineering would most likely eventually make its way into the country, the Gambia in West Africa has now officially been declared to be GMO-free — permanently.

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Vertical Farming Crop Yields That Will Blow Your Mind

Posted by on March 8, 2015 in Farming, Health with 0 Comments
Vertical Farming Crop Yields That Will Blow Your Mind

Read how this city is setting an example by building a massive greenhouse to benefit their community.

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A Chicago Company Has Found The Secret To Growing Vegetables Without Dirt

Posted by on March 30, 2013 in Eco-Friendly, Food, Drink & Nutrition with 0 Comments
A Chicago Company Has Found The Secret To Growing Vegetables Without Dirt

FarmedHere’s CEO Jolanta Hardej runs the nation’s largest indoor vertical farm, which had its grand opening in Chicago this week.

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Organic Food Can Feed the World

Posted by on January 9, 2013 in Farming, Food, Drink & Nutrition with 1 Comment
Organic Food Can Feed the World

Rodale concludes that farming must move away from using unsustainable, increasingly unaffordable, petroleum-based fertilizers and pesticides and turn to “organic, regenerative farming systems that sustain and improve the health of the world population, our soil, and our environment.”

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The Main Difference Between ‘Organic’ and ‘Natural’ Food

The Main Difference Between ‘Organic’ and ‘Natural’ Food

(Natural News) Have you ever wondered what “natural” and “organic” mean on labels? If so, you’re not alone. Food labels today are filled with a number of ingredients that are barely pronounceable, let alone common enough to know what they actually are.

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Monsanto Linked to Coup That Ousted Paraguayan President

Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Politics with 0 Comments
Monsanto Linked to Coup That Ousted Paraguayan President

The political system in Paraguay is undergoing some major turmoil right now following the forced impeachment of former President Fernando Lugo, a “left-of-center” politician democratically voted into office by the people of Paraguay back in 2008. And among those who initiated and brought about this controversial coup was multinational biotechnology giant Monsanto, which was apparently threatened by Lugo’s resistance against the company’s genetically-modified (GM) crop agenda.

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‘Huge’ Water Resource Exists Under Africa

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Nature, Science with 0 Comments
‘Huge’ Water Resource Exists Under Africa

(BBC) Scientists say the notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a vast reservoir of groundwater. They argue that the total volume of water in aquifers underground is 100 times the amount found on the surface. The team have produced the most detailed map yet of the scale and potential of this hidden resource. […]

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Monsanto Threatens Vermont Legislature over GMO Labeling Bill, Says it Will Sue State

Monsanto Threatens Vermont Legislature over GMO Labeling Bill, Says it Will Sue State

(NaturalNews) Things are heating up on the genetic engineering front in the state of Vermont, where an overwhelming 96 percent of Vermonters vehemently support “right to know” legislation that mandates full disclosure of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) on food labels. But according to Ronnie Cummins from the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), Monsanto is now threatening to […]

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A ‘Vertical Greenhouse’ Could Make a Swedish City Self-Sufficient

Written by on March 21, 2012 in Nature, Technology with 0 Comments
A ‘Vertical Greenhouse’ Could Make a Swedish City Self-Sufficient

(Good) The future of urban farming is under construction in Sweden as agricultural design firm Plantagon works to bring a 12-year-old vision to life: The city of Linköping will soon be home to a 17-story “vertical greenhouse.” The greenhouse will serve as a regenerating food bank, tackling urban sprawl while making the city self-sufficient. Plantagon […]

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How To Start Practicing Permaculture Right Now

Written by on March 7, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Nature, Technology with 0 Comments
How To Start Practicing Permaculture Right Now

(Natural News) Permaculture is a fundamental approach to food production and urban renewal, water, energy and pollution. It is based on the ethics of caring for people and our planet. It is about growing your own healthy food, being resourceful and environmentally responsible. Permaculture concepts, design principles and ideas can be applied successfully to anything […]

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30 Year Study: Organic Farming Outperforms Conventional, Chemical Farming

30 Year Study: Organic Farming Outperforms Conventional, Chemical Farming

Spence Cooper FriendsEat Based on a 30-year side-by-side trial of conventional and organic farming methods at Pennsylvania’s Rodale Institute, organic farming outperformed conventional farming in every category. Rodale Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research, claims the Farming Systems Trial (FST)® at Rodale Institute is America’s longest running, side-by-side comparison of organic […]

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Monsanto Spends Millions to Maintain Close Relationship with Federal Government

Posted by on January 7, 2012 in Hazards, Issues & Diseases with 0 Comments
Monsanto Spends Millions to Maintain Close Relationship with Federal Government

(NaturalNews) If you have ever wondered how the biotechnology industry has been able to develop the cozy and unquestioning relationship with the federal government that it has today, you need not look much further than Big Biotech’s lobbying expenditures. According to a recent Bloomberg Businessweek report, biotech giant Monsanto spent a whopping $2 million just […]

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