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Why Kansas is running out of water

If you eat corn or wheat in the United States, there's a good chance it was grown with the help of paleowater left over from the last ice age when …

Water

Missing the Story on Golden Rice

<i>Image source:<br>IRRI Images, Wikimedia</i><p>In the wake of protests in the Philippines over genetically engineered Golden Rice, a series of articles have …

Scientists: overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture endangers humans

Former FDA commissioner is among 150 scientists and 50 farmers calling on Congress to regulate antibiotic use<p>The overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture and medicine is putting human lives at unnecessary risk and driving up medical costs, according to a group of group of 150 scientists that …

Immigrant farmers making inroads in Midwestern agriculture

Every evening after work, Antonio Garrido takes care of the kids. His goats, that is. Two of them just gave birth and Barrido is busy bottle-feeding.<p>“Animals are beautiful,” he said.<p>It’s work that represents the start of a new life for Garrido, who is from central Mexico. In the Midwest, where the …

The Growing Battle between Mining and Agriculture

Mining often sets up a direct competition with small-scale agriculture for control of land.<p>“Si a la vida, no a la mina” (Yes to life, no to the mine) …

Declining bee populations may lead to significant agricultural losses in U.S.

Nearly one-third of bee colonies perished last winter. A new study suggests the sudden decline in the population could take a big economic toll on …

US Census Agricultural Schedules: Research & Online Access

Agricultural censuses, sometimes referred to as "farm schedules," are an enumeration of U.S. farms and ranches and the farmers who owned and operated …

Billions for farmers, nothing for the poor.

Some people who advocate large-scale cuts in government programs that assist low-income families are not in fact motivated by callous disregard for …

Community supported agriculture: How big is too big?

The peak of the summer harvest is approaching, which means that if you have a community supported agriculture share, you may be receiving a daunting …

Agriculture Subsidies Promote Obesity, Charges New Study

Is a piece of agricultural legislation actually contributing to <i>obesity</i>?<p>While Congress debated the merits of this year's farm bill, a progressive California-based activist group put out a report suggesting that the bill's many subsidies favored foods that contribute to the nation's obesity …

Climate Change and Agricultural Runoff to Cause Massive Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

For some areas of the world, climate change means hurricanes, tornadoes, or drought. In Ohio, alterations in temperature, wind patterns, and water …

Biofuel

Investors in agriculture ignore environmental risks at their peril

A new report on the environmental risks faced by agriculture spells out risk factors for investors and food companies<p>Forget hi-tech stocks or shares in fast-growth pharma. Farming is where the clever money is heading these days. With the world enjoying the longest agricultural commodity boom since …

James Cameron

Further Notes on the Mechanization of Agricultural Work

A few weeks ago, I argued that the mechanization of routine tasks was unlikely to leave agricultural labor untouched, citing the “Lettuce Bot” — a …

Immigration Reform

Live Q&A: water in agriculture

Irrigation, put simply, is the term used for applying water to soil (or, put very simply, watering plants).<p>Since rainfall and river flow have been unpredictable and limited since prehistoric times, different forms of irrigation have been used for thousands of years to grow crops.<p>We've come a long …

The Geography of American Agriculture

The United States grows a lot of different agricultural products, from soybeans to sunflowers. And each of these crops are suited to different …

6 Critical Steps to Get Over a Break Up

When a relationship comes to an end it can be devastating, whether you initiated the break up or not. Sometimes we even stay in relationships longer …

Breakups

Cell Phone Radiation: Should You Worry?

A phone’s Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is a measure of the amount of radiofrequency (RF) energy absorbed by the body when the phone is being used. The FCC’s current limit for public exposure is set at an SAR of 1.6 watts per kilogram, and all cell phone manufacturers have to comply. This standard …

Scientist Steven Eaton jailed for falsifying drug test results

<b>A scientist who faked research data for experimental anti-cancer drugs has been jailed for three months for falsifying test results.</b><p>Steven Eaton, from Cambridgeshire, has become the first person in the UK to be jailed under scientific safety laws.<p>Eaton, 47, was working at the Edinburgh branch of US …

Administrative Law

Portraits of Kids and Their Favorite Possessions, Across Cultures

"The richest children were more possessive."<p>What was your favorite toy as a child? In Gabriele Galimberti's wonderful series <i>Toy Stories</i> , which we recently spotted over at Feature Shoot, the Italian photographer traveled the world to photograph children with their most prized possessions, be they …

Teens Get More Than Higher Test Scores With Mindfulness Training

A study out of the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) recently came out that showed how a two-week mindfulness training improved students GRE reading-comprehension scores and working memory, while reducing mind wandering among students prone to distraction. Of course, this story went …

Why Foods in Tiny Packages May Make You Eat MORE (and How You Can Stop)

Good things can come in small packages...like snacks! Nothing wrong with snacks! The thing is, those little packages may actually make us eat <i>more.</i><p>Interesting research has shown that we tend not to eat to the bottom of a bag of chips or cookies if the bag appears to be too big—because we know that …

New Shades of Grey

Shades of grey has changed the lives of countless individuals -- and can change your life too. No, I'm not talking about the blockbuster book series!<p><b>Between Black and White</b><p>You may have noticed a false "either-or" dilemma that plagues our culture's approach to eating (and most other things): good or …

Shades of Grey

Eigenfaces, for Facial Recognition

<i>This post assumes familiarity with the terminology and notation of linear algebra, particularly inner product spaces. Fortunately, we have both a</i> …

Bitcoin Really Is an Existential Threat to the Modern Liberal State

So far, Bitcoin is not a big deal. Its total value in circulation was$1.4 billion as of this week. That's equivalent to the currency stock of a small …