Environment

Some U.S Cities Could Subsist On Locally Grown Food- If The Local Area Is Large Enough

A new estimate says that of 378 metropolitan areas, many could actually exist on locally grown food- if the local area is up to 200 miles away, which means New York City could claim farms in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Sep 17 2020 - 9:02am

Trichoderma And Corn Rot: Organic Pesticides Damage Crops

A small percentage of farmers engage in an alternative form of agriculture termed "organic" because they believe it is a more natural manufacturing process, since it was used in the past. The scientific flaws in that logic are well known, but the ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 5 2020 - 11:49am

Eating Less Meat Won't Help Protect The Environment, Eating Less Will

A new paper seeks to take some of the guesswork out of subjective "sustainable" diets. Activists like True Health Initiative try to claim that a meatless diet is better for human health and the environment, for example, but their corporate spons ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Oct 8 2020 - 8:20am

Organic Farming Is Not Compatible With Conservation

A recent paper finds that if just 15 percent of farmland reverted to nature, it would wipe out nearly a third of the carbon we've generated since the onset of the Industrial Revolution. The good news; we can do that easily. The bad news; it involves ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Oct 21 2020 - 10:37pm

More Plant Diversity Means Less Pesticides- But Lower Yields

Everyone recognizes that less less food means fewer pests but when you have to grow food to keep billions from starving, yields matter. Farming has gotten more efficient, thanks to big data tools leading to targeted pesticide use and modern pesticides that ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 9 2020 - 5:31am

E-Waste Is Declining, Government Needs To Change Laws To Keep Up- And Get Out Of The Recycling Business

When your Xbox is a gaming console and a 4K Blu-Ray player, you don't need two devices, and when your phone is a camera and a video recorder, there are two fewer things to buy- and eventually throw away. As smart devices have become more integrated, a ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Dec 3 2020 - 4:18pm

The Neonic Ban: A Scientific Fraud Becomes Enshrined In EU Regulatory Law

Five years after the European Union imposed a temporary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, an “experts committee” of the member states has now finally voted to make the ban permanent. This was hardly a surprise. The vote followed shortly after the European ...

Article - Henry I. Miller - Jan 13 2021 - 12:58pm

Bee Brains: New Attack On Science Claims Insects Can't Sleep Unless Pesticides Are Organic

After suffering 80 percent losses in sugar beet crops due to the yellows virus, and now being free from the EU's activist-dominated politicization of science, the UK has decided to put a halt to the 80 percent decline and reverse course for crops befo ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jan 21 2021 - 1:14pm

Climate Change Shaped Empires, Even In Roman Times

The Arsinoite nome (now called Faiyum) region 60 miles south-west of Cairo was once the breadbasket of the Roman Empire but by the end of the third century most settlements there had been abandoned. The problem was climate change. Attempts by local farmers ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 26 2021 - 8:48am

Old Time Seed Breeding Benefits From A Science Boost

Once upon a time, it was important that farmers- the first agricultural scientists- create seeds that were larger, more nutritious, and more resilient to environmental stress. Nature might bring rain, it might not, pests were going to eat their way through ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 18 2021 - 10:54am