Pope Francis: The spread of (GM) crops destroys the complex web of ecosystems, decreases diversity in production, affects the present and future of regional economies. In several countries there is a trend in the development of oligopolies in the production of seeds and other products needed for cultivation, the dependence deepens when you consider the production of sterile seeds, which end up forcing farmers to buy (seeds) from producers.”“It creates a vicious circle in which the intervention of the human being to solve a problem often worsens the situation further.”
Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis: Greece will not be swayed by pressure from The White House: We will not submit to the interests and wishes of any third country. Greece is nobody’s property. We move based on the interests of our people and our national interests. The country must become a development hub for Europe’s energy supply."
Monsanto decided to market itself as a ‘sustainable agriculture’ company despite spending billions to provide world with destructive, carcinogenic chemicals, genetically modified ‘pesticide treadmill’ biotech has us running on. GE crops provide no significant increase in crop yields.
Researchers from Iowa have shown that organic farming methods can yield almost as highly as pesticide-intensive methods. Other researchers, from Berkeley, California, have reached a similar conclusion. Agribusiness PR strategies: Agribusiness is “pro-science”, its opponents are “anti-science”.
Due to ‘disappointing yields and poor quality cotton fiber,” the country of Burkina Faso in West Africa is ditching Monsanto’s genetically modified cotton. decided to phase out the use of Monsanto’s GMO cotton seeds.
2015 wet season in the Caribbean, June to November, forecast to be drier than normal and a similar prediction issued for the 2016 dry season. This follows drier than normal dry season in 2015. "Serious news" for agriculture in the region. 2014 Jamaican economy lost one billion dollars, result of drought and brush fires caused by extreme heat.
EPA released a study that confirms that fracking poses a risk to drinking water sources. Fracking is inherently dirty and dangerous. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection found that 234 private drinking water wells had been contaminated by drilling and fracking.
Thousands of farmers in India reverting back to traditional farming methods as consequences of Western agriculture have begun to negatively impact region’s food and water supply, and the health of its people. Growers returning to traditional, organic methods that date back to centuries ago. India has emerged as a global leader in organic farming, welcomed 600,000 certified producers.
Norwegian Government Pension Fund—the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world with holdings of approximately $890 billion—to begin divesting from companies heavily involved with the mining, transportation, or burning of coal.
For the second time in as many months, Utah is facing a municipal water crisis. In April, community of Nibley unable to use the water from the taps due to a chemical spill. This time, city of Syracuse, Utah issued a boil order due to E. Coli and Coliform contamination in the water supply.
According to meteorologists, lenticular clouds are common in mountainous regions but rare in the plains. The rarity of lenticular clouds in the plains could explain why the appearance in Texas on Monday caused a stir on social media.
northwest China got a surprise wintry blast of snow mainly in mountainous regions, temperatures across the area dropped to below freezing. Rgion was suffering from a drought since January.
Swiss supermarket giants Coop and Migros announced they will no longer sell products that contain glyphosate, following World Health Organization’s report stating glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen, exploring non-toxic alternative weed-killers.
Thursday officially declared coldest day of the year. 11.3 degrees in Melbourne, a record for 2015. Victoria; sub-zero temperatures Thursday morning.
Washington State University researchers David Crowdera,John Reganold: data from 44 studies involving 55 crops grown on five continents over 40 years; organic farming is somewhere between 22 percent and 35 percent more profitable for farmers than conventional. The reason: higher price farmers get when they sell certified-organic crops. Organic farmers save on chemicals.
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