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5 Ways to Lessen Your Exposure to GMOs

Huge GMO News

It hasn't been a good week for Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry.<p>Just three days ago, Mexico banned genetically engineered corn. Citing the risk of imminent harm to the environment, a Mexican judge ruled that, effective immediately, no genetically engineered corn can be planted in the …

Agriculture

How Nutrition In One Generation Can Change The Genetics Of The Next

A Cambodian case study finds that people developing diabetes today have parents who went hungry in the 1970s.<p>So many adults in Cambodia are getting diabetes at such a young age, it's unbelievable. "You can go to every village with me and see it," endocrinologist Lim Keuky told PRI. "When I go …

Khmer Rouge

Monsanto's GMO Seeds May No Longer Be Invincible

Ever since the introduction of genetically modified crops into the food chain, the tussle has been largely between farmers and <b>Monsanto</b> , which says …

Organic farm supporters say GMO contamination needs USDA controls | Reuters

March 3 (Reuters) - Growing crops free from contamination by genetically modified crops and the pesticides used on those biotech versions is getting more difficult and more costly for U.S. farmers, and new government rules to control contamination are needed, according to report issued on Monday by …

Banning GMO Labeling Is a Bad Idea—For GMOs

Americans in two states have voted on ballot initiatives that would have required the labeling of any foods made with genetically modified …

Agriculture

French ban on GMO maize cultivation gets final approval | Reuters

PARIS, May 5 (Reuters) - The French parliament gave final approval on Monday to a law prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize in the European Union’s top grain producer, where a majority of people remain strongly opposed to foods based on genetically modified …

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Global alliance warns of no end to poverty unless countries pull together

Mexico meeting concludes with call for greater collaboration and better mobilisation of resources to meet Busan targets<p>The fight to end poverty is at "a critical juncture" and will require greater collaboration and stronger political will, delegates at a high-level meeting in Mexico have warned.<p>The …

Women hold the key to a world with zero hunger

The World Food Programme is working alongside companies such as Unilever and DSM to invest in and promote the important roles that women play in eradicating world hunger<p>Sponsor's feature<p>On International Women's Day we should remind ourselves that as both producers of food from the soil and …

Agriculture

Climate Change Could Delay The Fight Against World Hunger For Decades: Report

Coffee, almonds and apples are just a few foods whose continued production is under threat due to climate change. But the implications of a changing climate have a much broader impact on global food supply, according to a new report.<p>The new report, which Oxfam released Monday, warns that climate …

Half of Afghan children suffer irreversible harm from malnutrition

Poor nutrition in first two years has permanent effect on growth and development, and could spell disaster for country<p>Afghanistan is raising a stunted generation whose hobbled development could spell disaster for the country's feeble economy and undermine the impact of billions of dollars in aid …

Iraq ready to legalise childhood marriage

Children under nine years old could be legally married and wives forced to comply with sexual demands under newly tabled legislation described by critics as a setback for women's rights<p>Children in Iraq could be legally married before the age of nine under sweeping legislation tabled on Tuesday that …

Pipeline bursts, makes a big mess in Ohio nature preserve

A ruptured oil pipeline has dumped more than 10,000 gallons of crude into a wetland area and nature preserve in southwestern Ohio. How’s that for a …

The UN’s Latest Dire Climate Warnings, Visualized

If you can’t slog through the IPCC’s 2,600-page report on the latest dangers of climate change, here are some handy charts and graphs about the new consensus on how bad things are going to get.<p>The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations group that issues reports on the …

Climate change is increasing infant mortality among deer, new study finds

Once Europe's most robust example of vertebrate success, a new study shows that the roe deer's luck is about to run out<p>According to a UN reportreleased yesterday, climate change is already having an effect on human health, agriculture, and water supplies across the globe. Now, a new study released …

21 reasons why forests are important

Don't miss the forest for the trees. Here are a few reminders why woodlands are wonderful.<p>Forests cover a third of all land on Earth, providing vital …

Ecology

Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach the Highest Point Ever in Human History

Monday marks a major milestone for life on Earth, and it isn’t one to be proud of. Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are the highest they have …

Drunken Trees: Dramatic Signs of Climate Change

As the permafrost melts in the north, forests no longer grow straight.<p>Sarah James, an Alaska Native elder, says global warming is radically changing her homeland. Even the forests no longer grow straight. Melting ground has caused trees to tilt or fall.<p>"Because permafrost melts, it causes a lot of …

How To Make A More Environmentally Friendly Cow

A new search for ways to reduce the methane cattle produce.<p>Scientists around the world have worked on making buildings, cars and light bulbs more environmentally friendly. What's next? Cows.<p>Cattle emit methane, a greenhouse gas that's less abundant than carbon dioxide, but, pound for pound, has …

New York City

How Gravity And 100-Year-Old Tech Can Help Solve The Energy Storage Problem

Push a heavy train up a hill when power is aplenty. Let it roll back down when electricity is needed. Simple as that, says the startup pursuing the unconventional idea.<p>One of the biggest challenges for renewable power like wind and solar has always been storage, so the grid can keep running cheaply …

China's Rejection Of GMO Corn Has Cost U.S. Up To $2.9 Billion

By Tom Polansek<p>CHICAGO (Reuters) - China's rejections of a banned variety of genetically modified U.S. corn have cost the U.S. agriculture industry up to $2.9 billion, a grain group said on Wednesday in the first estimate on losses from the trade disruptions.<p>The National Grain and Feed Association …

Overfishing Remains Biggest Threat to Mediterranean, Study Confirms

Changing Planet<p><b>Overfishing is still the most important threat to Mediterranean underwater ecosystems, “more than pollution, invasive species, or climate change”, says Enric Sala, one of the authors of the most comprehensive study made of the sea, published this week in the science journal PLoS …

Why South Sudan May Face World's Worst Famine in Quarter Century

The coming weeks could determine whether tens of thousands will die.<p><i>Part of our eight-month "Future of Food" series—exploring how to feed 9 billion without overwhelming the planet.</i><p><b>South Sudan, the world's youngest country, is on the verge of the world's worst famine.</b><p><b>The UN estimates that a third of</b> …

Fossil Fuels Driving Global Weather

Atmospheric scientists have discovered there is so much toxic Asian air pollution from burning fossil fuels that it's now changing global weather patterns.<p><i>Are you concerned about the immense pollution being belched into our atmosphere? How are smelting iron ore and baking limestone affecting the</i> …

Four Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, The Gulf Is Still Suffering

In his 34 years living in Louisiana, Ryan Lambert can’t remember ever seeing young, dead dolphins on his trips out in the Gulf. In just the last few …

Monsanto's Toxic Roundup Herbicide Found in 75 Percent of Rain and Air Samples

Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is toxic, causes insect and weed immunity, and it has been found in 75 percent of air and rain test samples in at least …