Environment

The Myth Of An 'Insect Apocalypse’ Caused By Pesticides And ‘Industrial Farming’ Is Officially Dead

The last three years have been a banner time for environmental crisis hyperbole, especially when it comes to reporting about insects and agriculture. ...

Article - Jon Entine - Jun 22 2020 - 10:30am

The Tree Planting Fad Threatens Ancient Grasslands

When well-meaning people in Madagascar, urged on by poorly-informed environmentalists and carbon credit companies, rushed to plant a million trees in one January day, scientists were outraged. They were planting them in the country’s barren Central Highlan ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 6 2020 - 12:03pm

Developing Countries, Where Citizen Science Would Help Most, Is Where It Happens Least

Is citizen science a luxury for wealthy countries? Pastimes like bird watching, which require very little wealth to start, are more common in developed lands, but it would help fill the gaps in science elsewhere. ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 7 2020 - 8:44am

Conservation Agriculture Increases Carbon Sequestration In Food Crops

One of the glaring errors in the controversial United Nations IPCC report critical of agriculture was that it used the Greenhouse Gas Protocol yet ignored the carbon sequestration of crops. A politically neutral examination of the science shows that agricu ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 7 2020 - 3:19pm

Is Air Pollution The Next Pandemic? How Air Quality Increases Deaths From Cardiovascular Disease

By Gurkiran Dhuga and Glen Pyle Throughout the last few decades health concerns related to air pollution have been rising. Despite this focus there has been little research on the impact of air pollution on specific health conditions and mortality, even th ...

Article - W. Glen Pyle - Jul 24 2020 - 9:25am

Your Vegetable Garden Won't Save You In A Pandemic- Farming Will

With the world COVID-19 pandemic in its sixth month, food activists are back to trumpeting locally grown, and even home grown, as a viable option for mass food production, but for most of the world how realistic is that? It's fine if Michael Pollan cl ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Aug 4 2020 - 2:02pm

With No Bee Deaths Happening, Activists Now Say Birds Are Dying From Neonicotinoids

Though periodic deaths of bees continue to happen, and have been documented for as long as records of bees have been kept, over 1,000 years, efforts to blame the most recent statistical blip on a newer class of pesticides designed to reduce pesticide usage ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Aug 17 2020 - 3:48pm

Consumers Don't Realize It But The Pandemic Has Clobbered Farmers

Tennessee corn, soybean, cotton and wheat producers are estimated to have declines in income of $58.8 million, $21.4 million, $20.3 million and $1.2 million, respectively, for a total decline of $101.7 million- and that's just what is known right now. ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 20 2020 - 5:31am

Our Food Supply Was Built On Engineering Plants: The War On Science Risks That Food Security

The majority of today's plant-based food was created using scientific optimization of traits- genetic engineering. Watermelons, bananas, tomatoes, lettuce, and corn are all great examples of genetically engineered foods that few realize are not natura ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 21 2020 - 8:50am

Eat The Meat: Vegetable Waste Has Less Environmental Impact

If you care about the environment, you should eat the steak and throw out the salad, according to University of Missouri researchers who say that the type of food wasted has a significant impact on the environment.  Approximately 31 percent of food produc ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 21 2020 - 11:11am