Monica Alarcon

23 Flips | 2 Magazines | 114 Likes | 10 Following | 6 Followers | @moalarcon | University of Oxford- MSc Nature, Society and Environmental Governance | #foodsystems #localization #globalization #sustainability #geo #anthro

Blockchain's Impact on Food and Farming, Explained

1.<p>Is it possible to track where food comes from?<p><i>Several companies have launched services allowing shoppers to see a product’s journey from farm to</i> …

Agriculture

Big food firms Nestle, Hershey at odds with farmers over U.S. GMO labelling

By Chris Prentice<p>NEWYORK (Reuters) – The world’s top food companies and farmers of crops such as beet sugar are pitted against each other as they lobby the U.S. government over plans to label genetically-engineered ingredients.<p>At the heart of the issue is transparency over ingredients used in food. …

Agriculture

A New Kind of Photosynthesis Has Been Discovered, Pushing The Limits on Life

Our living world is just incredible.<p>A type of chlorophyll discovered just a few years ago is pushing the limits of photosynthesis and the role this …

Imperial College London

Food is Complex as Hell and Your Cause is Not the Only Answer

Yesterday I attended a talk at Hay Festival entitled ‘Feeding the Nine Billion’, which very quickly qualified that the large population growth …

Agriculture’s Silicon Valley Hopes to Attract Entrepreneurs Addressing the Food System

St. Louis, Missouri, is home to the headquarters of international agri-food companies Monsanto, Novus International, and Bunge Limited but in recent …

Going to ground: how used coffee beans can help your garden and your health

Did you know that your morning cup of coffee contributes to six million tonnes of spent coffee grounds going to landfill every year? This does not …

Coffee

Soil matters more than you think

Organic retailer Annie's Homegrown unearths the food industry's unique opportunity to tackle climate change.

In the hunt for new antibiotics, scientists hit pay dirt

Scientists have discovered a new kind of antibiotic — buried in dirt. Tests in animals show that it is effective against drug-resistant bacteria, and it could lead to desperately needed treatments for deadly antibiotic-resistant infections.<p>Almost our entire arsenal of antibiotics was discovered in …

Biology

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TANG DONGHUA, a wiry 47-year-old farmer wearing a Greenpeace T-shirt, smokes a cigarette and gesticulates towards his paddy fields in the hills of …

Pollution

Humans alter Earth's chemistry from beyond the grave

It's not only in life that humans leave their mark on Nature. In death, our decomposing corpses alter the chemistry of precious soil, scientists …

I Photographed The Invisible Light That Plants Emit

I've photographed hundreds of glowing flowers since 2014 after seeing Oleksandr Holovachov's work with ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence …

Time I

Earth's Underworld is Real and Scientists Just Mapped It

<i>Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate,</i> reads the gates to the <i>Inferno.</i> “Abandon all hope, you who enter,” which is a pretty nice way of saying …

Science

Professional romance novelists can write 3,000 words a day. Here’s how they do it

Writing is not a sexy business. It’s not a rare butterfly that floats down and gently kisses you on the nose with a brilliant idea that conjures a hurricane of cash. It’s frustrating, and it’s lonely, and for most people, it doesn’t pay.<p>But one genre consistently makes it work. Romance writers who …

Creative Writing

How Africans Are Saving Their Own Soil

An archaeologist stumbles on a hidden farming practice that's been passed down through generations. Here's how it works.<p>For hundreds of years, parts of sub-Saharan Africa have suffered from poor soil. Weather, shifting populations, and slash-and-burn practices have left wide swaths of land …

Earthworm numbers dwindle, threatening soil health | Environment| All topics from climate change to conservation | DW | 30.01.2017

Earthworms help recuperate soil and enrich it with much needed minerals. But environmentalists are concerned as earthworms have come under threat …

Farming

Hundreds of mysterious ancient earthworks found in the Amazon

<b>Deforestation has revealed the large geometrical geoglyphs built over 2,000 years ago – their discovery holds valuable lessons for today.</b><p>The Amazon …

Scientists struggle to stay grounded after possible gravitational wave signal

Cosmologist’s tweet appears to confirm rumours of discovery that could ‘open a new window on the universe’<p>Not for the first time, the world of physics is abuzz with rumours that gravitational waves have been detected by scientists in the US.<p>Lawrence Krauss, a cosmologist at Arizona State …

Gravitational Waves

Contrary to popular belief, meteor showers are not rare. It’s just that most of the time we don’t look up! So mark these dates on your calendar and make sure you don’t miss any more this year. Meteor Showers Viewing Tips: To answer the most common question: Yes, you can see these meteor showers from ANYWHERE in the sky, provided it’s clear and dark, away from all the city lights. - The best times to view meteors or typically predawn and late evening. Partially because this is when it is darkest, but also because this is when Earth turns into the path of meteoroids as they enter the atmosphere. - Meteors are visible with the naked eye and you don’t need any equipment to view them. Just spread a blanket on the ground and look up!

Four Two-Headed Creatures Defy the Odds

Wildlife<p>We recently covered a two-headed bull shark fetus that was found by a fisherman and described by scientists in a journal. That story got more than ninety comments and more than four thousand Facebook likes, and it got us thinking about what other two-headed creatures might have been …