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Climate and Economy Fan Flames in Spain

The combined forces of climate, economic and social change are leaving Spain increasingly exposed to the damaging and costly effects of wildfires.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change Heralds End of Civilizations

New research supports the growing body of evidence that many past civilizations have collapsed because of climate change. So is history repeating itself?

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE



New Rules Could Block Biofuel’s Alien Invaders

Producing biofuel from plants can help to reduce fossil fuel use and climate change emissions, but scientists warn of risks that some species may become unwelcome and damaging invaders.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE



As a Man-Made Famine Looms, Christmas Comes Early to South Sudan

Close your eyes and you could be at a stateside summer barbeque or an office holiday party. Even with them open, the local realities of dirt roads and dirty water, civil war, mass graves, and nightly shoot-to-kill curfews seem foreign. These walls, it turns out, are even higher than they look.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE



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From Farmworker to Olympian to Activist: A Boxer Fights for His Community

Jose Ramirez could have walked away from Avenal, Calif., where the jobs are drying up like the ground, but he’s determined to save his community.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



Warming Threatens to Cut Crop Yields

The odds on food production being unable to meet the needs of an expanding population are hard to predict, but a new study shows that the risk increases dramatically when man-made climate change is factored in.

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Rising Heat Hits Indian Wheat Crop

Satellite imaging highlights the growing need to change agricultural practices in South Asia as higher average temperatures cause the reduction of crop yields on the Indo-Gangetic plain.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



Win-Win Way to Aid Food Security and Climate

Scientists in the U.S. believe they have identified a way to feed billions more people, while reducing the strains and stresses on the environment.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE



Europe Faces Deadly Cost for Climate Inaction

A study by the European Commission spells out the probable cost to the continent of failing to act to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE



Gene Machinery Helps Plants Handle CO2 Rise

The discovery by U.S. biologists of how plants respond to increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere could provide agricultural scientists with new tools to engineer crops that can deal with droughts and high temperatures.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE



South Asia Slow to Act on Water Threats

A study of the five countries sharing and relying on the Indian subcontinent’s great rivers shows that Bangladesh is the only one that is taking climate change seriously.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Puts U.S. at Risk of Multibillion Dollar Bill

U.S. government and business are warned that climate change could cost the economy billions of dollars because of the increasing risk of property damage, reduced harvests and workers incapacitated by extreme heat.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Corn’s Gravy Train Faces Derailment

Corn produced annually in the U.S. is estimated to be enough to fill a freight train stretching around the world, but climate change and unsustainable use of water resources and fertilizers threaten the industry.

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 READ MORE



Rain Forest Tribes Seek World Cup Spotlight

Leaders of indigenous tribes in the Amazon rain forest seek to use the global spotlight on the soccer World Cup in Brazil to publicize the plea for recognition of their lands and an end to dam building and deforestation.

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Brazil’s Winning Lead on Carbon Cuts

Winning the soccer World Cup may be Brazil’s current target, but new research indicates that it is also a world champion of CO2 emissions cuts by drastically reducing the amount of rain forest being felled.

Posted on Jun 14, 2014 READ MORE



Help Needed Now for Climate Refugees

A United Nations University report urges governments worldwide to draw up plans urgently to avoid conflict and insecurity by helping populations that are being forced to move because of climate change.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



Europe Faces Cereals Crop Crash

Europe’s wheat and barley yields could be heading for a 20 percent drop as a result of temperature rise and an increase in extreme weather.

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Drought Fuels World Cup Blackout Fears

Matches in the football World Cup, which kicks off in Brazil in two weeks, could be hit as the country’s worst drought in decades is severely reducing hydropower energy supplies.

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Climate Worries Insurers and Military

Powerful voices in finance and the armed forces are warning of risks of increasingly extreme weather events causing billions of dollars of damage and potentially igniting humanitarian disasters and regional conflicts.

Posted on May 16, 2014 READ MORE



Droughts May Slash U.S. Maize Gains

Scientists warn that high yields in America’s Corn Belt states could drop by up to 30 percent as crops become increasingly sensitive to droughts and hot, dry air in a warming climate.

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Brazil Beef Tax Could Spare Forests

Scientists have come up with a prescription of taxes and incentives to address the Amazon rainforest’s health problems and cut greenhouse gases by encouraging Brazil’s cattle farmers to make more efficient use of pasture land.

Posted on May 11, 2014 READ MORE



Coffee Is on a High

There’s concern in the international markets over what’s happening to coffee production, under attack by drought, disease and rising temperatures.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE



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You Can No Longer Eat American Apples in Europe. Here’s Why

Apparently an apple a day will not keep the doctor away in the U.S.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE


Rise of the Milkbots

At a farm near Albany, N.Y., robots milk the cows.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE



Drought Adds to Syria’s Misery

The hunger-ravaged people of Syria have a long period of drought to blame for their ordeal. And that, experts think, is a result of the changing regional climate.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



Science Finds New Routes to Energy

Scientists in the U.S. have found new ways to make biofuel, increase crop yields and exploit carbon dioxide through novel applications of familiar materials.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE


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California Goes Nuts for Water

Farmers in California are being badly affected by the record drought now ravaging the state, and the lucrative nut industry is in serious trouble.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE


World in the Grip of Big Agri-Food

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An Apple a Day

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Radical U.N. Report Promotes Democratic Control of Food and an End to Corporate Domination

A new report submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the “Right to Food” took aim at the entire basis on which food is produced and distributed on a global scale.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE



Private Equity Eyeing Half of U.S. Farmland

“An estimated 400 million acres of farmland in the United States will likely change hands over the coming two decades as older farmers retire,” with the financial industry seeing an opportunity to profit from rising food prices and biofuels, the Inter Press Service reports.

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Climate Change Is Destroying California, Obama Promises to Help

Look at a satellite photo of the continental United States these past couple of months and you’ll quickly notice that the country has an identity crisis.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE


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Congress Converges on $800 Million Cuts to Annual Food Stamp Funding

Warring factions in the House and Senate have reached an agreement about how much money to funnel into the federal food stamp program, and the news isn’t good for Americans relying on government assistance to stay fed.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Cheap Chicken Is Making You Sick

Chicken is a staple food in most American homes and is by far the most popular meat purchased in the country. And yet, when nearly 50 million people fall ill each year due to tainted food, poultry tends to be the main culprit.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Change to Cut Global Food Production, Increase Water Demand

Scientists and other experts are now taking an even dimmer view of the effects of global warming, and believe it will decrease worldwide food production even as demand from an expanding population increases. At the same time, climate change will increase the competition for potable water. And some changes are already occurring.

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Say Goodbye to Your Antibiotics

We’ve reached the limits of medicine’s effectiveness. Thanks to overmedication and the abuse of antibiotics in the agriculture industry, there are infections that can no longer be treated with antibiotics. And there’s nothing left to do except maybe hope for the best.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE


Big Agribusiness Land Grab

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Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE



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CDC Sounds the Alarm on How Medicine and Agriculture Are Killing Us

Drug-resistant bacteria are causing the deaths of at least 23,000 Americans a year, a problem exacerbated by injudicious use of antibiotics in treatment of patients—and their pervasive use in agriculture.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE



Say Hello to the ‘Super Rich’

The 0.001% of the world comprise a class all of their own, spanning several nations and holding 40% of global wealth; some activists are turning away from industrial agriculture and back to the Native Americans’ approach to harvesting; meanwhile, in an age flooded with tweets, videos and blogs, how are readers expected to wade through the news? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Amazon ‘May Lose 65% of Land Biomass by 2060’

Making more land in the Amazon available for farming and ranching means felling more trees to make space, and that risks less production, because of deforestation’s effect on the climate.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Livestock Antibiotics and FDA Inaction: A Look Back

We learned back in the mid-1970s that livestock antibiotics increase the presence of drug-resistant bacteria in farmworkers. Since then, meat and poultry production has nearly tripled while business, government and public advocates have battled over industry regulation. ProPublica charts that battle’s history.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Scientists Find Potential Clue to Bee Mystery

It might seem somewhat obvious, but scientists looking for reasons why bumblebees have been dying in waves in recent years are pointing to pesticides as a possible cause, as the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE



Would You Like Sugar and Fat With That?

Tracie McMillan, author of “The American Way of Eating,” goes undercover in grocery stores, restaurants and the country’s agricultural fields to find out why it’s so hard for us to eat healthy food.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Gov’t May Blend FDA, USDA

Here’s a fun story involving the USDA, the FDA, the GAO—i.e., the United States Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the Government Accountability Office—with the Office of Management and Budget thrown in for good measure.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 READ MORE


Tomatoes of Wrath

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

Tomatoes of Wrath

One of the most important battles in the history of migrant labor is taking place in the fields of Florida and in the produce section of Trader Joe’s and other grocery stores.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE


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