Agriculture

November 6, 2014-- Treated Human Waste as Fertilizer? (KCET)

When Angelenos flush their toilets, where does all that waste go? Sewage sludge accumulated by more than four million residents in Los Angeles is extracted and treated at the Hyperion Treatment Plant, the city's largest and oldest wastewater treatment facility. There, human waste is processed and treated over the span of two weeks.


November 6, 2014-- Climate change is disrupting flower pollination, research shows (The Guardian)

Sexual deceit, pressed flowers and Victorian bee collectors are combined in new scientific research which demonstrates for the first time that climate change threatens flower pollination, which underpins much of the world’s food production.


November 5, 2014-- (Reuters)

The defeat of twin measures in Oregon and Colorado that would have required labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients sets the stage for a battle over the issue in the nation's capital, both sides of the debate said on Wednesday.


November 4, 2014--Inexpensive, easy way to filter arsenic from water (Science Daily)

A University of Florida professor has developed a quick, cheap and easy way to filter from water one of the world's most common pollutants: arsenic. Bin Gao's team used iron-enhanced carbon cooked from hickory chips, called biochar, to remove the toxin. He is an associate professor with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' in agricultural and biological engineering.


November 3, 2014--Earth pushes back (Circle of Blue)

There’s nothing demur about Mother Earth these days. She’s fuming and pushing back hard. Very hard. The Ebola emergency that began in West Africa and has since spread to two more continents has produced 5,000 deaths and is accelerating. Deep droughts engulf Brazil’s largest city and America’s largest state. Hurricanes drowned two major American cities since 2005.


November 2, 2014--Changing landscape for Colorado agriculturists (Montrose Daily Press)

Creamer looks after a group of Lazy JB Angus show hiefers, part of the livestock recently sold via an online market.


Nov 1, 2014--NMSU professor experiments with uses for highly saline water (Las Cruces Sun News)

What can you do when water is scarce and the available water is too salty? One New Mexico State University professor's solution is to find salt-loving plants. As drought continues to plague New Mexico, alternatives such as using wastewater have been tested and used for agriculture and urban irrigation.


October 28, 2014--World losing 2,000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage (Environmental News Network)

Salt-spoiled soils worldwide: 20% of all irrigated lands — an area equal to size of France; Extensive costs include $27 billion+ in lost crop value / year. UNU study identifies ways to reverse damage, says every hectare needed to feed world’s fast-growing population.


October 28, 2014--Is there enough water for people and nuts? (Modesto Bee)

Do almond barons put us at water risk? Long, long ago (mid-1800s), in a land far, far away (Lake Tahoe), eager opportunists seized on what became known as “green gold.” Ancient stands of virgin timber were decimated to support mining and railroad development.


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