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China's taste for pork serves up a pollution problem

China's taste for pork serves up a pollution problem | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
No one asked the villagers of Houtonglong before the pig farm was built near their homes and their health began to suffer
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Check out this video clip.  China is the largest producer of pork in the world and has the domestic demand to back it.  It is taking its toll on farms and those who live near them in terms of pollution and health issues, however.

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APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use
Articles and study material on agricultural revolutions, farming, food sources and scarcity, green revolution, land usage, GMOs, etc.
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How food shapes our cities

How food shapes our cities | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from? Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world.
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Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers

Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
HUSTONTOWN, Pa. — Jim Crawford was rushing to load crates of freshly picked organic tomatoes onto trucks heading for an urban farmers market when he noticed the federal agent.
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The Green Revolution: Waging A War Against Hunger - YouTube

NHD - Senior Group Documentary 2010 Districts Version Theme: Innovation in History By Anita & Karis
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Monsanto threatens to sue the entire state of Vermont

Monsanto threatens to sue the entire state of Vermont | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
Lawmakers in Vermont are looking to regulate food labels so customers can know which products are made from genetically modified crops, but agricultural giants Monsanto say they will sue if the state follows through.

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Gregory S Sankey Jr.'s curator insight, October 24, 2013 1:24 PM



Vermont has a strong agricultural history and allot of their local economy is based off of their agricultural movement, which has been trending towards sustainable and organic growing methods. The people of Vermont care very much where their food comes from and what is in their food, hence the push for GMO labeling. I think other states would absolutely follow suit if Vermont wins it's case against the agri-business giant monsanto, but that's a big IF. I think that if there were labeling all across the US either these companies would drastically change their business models or ship them overseas to developing nations that have food security issues of their own,  

Ana Cristina Gil's curator insight, November 6, 2013 6:40 PM

I don’t think that there is a specific reason on why  Vermont is the first state to make some headway in producing this type of legislation, Vermont used to pride themselves on being one of the states with a large numbers of organic farms. And with a company like Monsanto whom use GMO on their product, it doesn’t go well with Vermont image. I do think that other states will follow suit because using Genetically Modified Organisms(GMO) and Genetically Engineered (GE) affect our help and Vermont cannot fight this big corporation by themselves. I feel that even though requiring labels on products that contain GMO is a good thing for us the consumers to know Exactly  what we are giving to ur family. I do think that is going to be a bad impact. because this big corporations like Monsanto is a good source of employment for the states. If they feel that the can make their product, they are going to take their business else where.

Blake Welborn's curator insight, February 27, 11:30 AM

If monsanto can win a course a battle saying they don't have to represent their GMO's on products, then they will be able to win in other places which will further murk up the waters of GMO presentation.

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Tea, tradition and trade in China

Watch the latest breaking news, politics, entertainment and offbeat videos everyone is talking about at CNN.com. Get informed now!
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The Green Revolution in the Punjab: FAIL

The Green Revolution in the Punjab: FAIL | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it

The Green Revolution has led to reduced genetic diversity, increased vulnerability to pests, soil erosion, water shortages, reduced soil fertility, micronutrient deficiencies, soil contamination, reduced availability of nutritious food crops.

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8 Reasons GMOs are Bad for You

8 Reasons GMOs are Bad for You | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
Genetically modified organisms have not been proven to be safe to ingest, and may actually have greater negative consequences for your body, your environment and your future.
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Seeds of discontent: Stomach-turning GMO debate heats up

Seeds of discontent: Stomach-turning GMO debate heats up | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it

Ever since genetically modified organisms entered the mainstream in 1996, Alfalfa's has tried to keep them off of its shelves.

Seventeen years later, Whole Foods isn't going quite that far but it now plans to require GMO labeling in every one of its stores by 2018.

The Boulder Journal - Business-03/26/13

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The Future of Chocolate: Will it Turn GMO? - Truth-Out

The Future of Chocolate: Will it Turn GMO? - Truth-Out | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it

The Future of Chocolate: Will it Turn GMO?
Truth-Out
For starters, the plant flourishes in a specific limited geography, says Eber. No one has been able to grow it outside of the western coast of Africa.  Human touch is essential.

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Organic Farming Techniques

Organic Farming Techniques | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it

Organic Farming Techniques

Most modern organic farming techniques take their roots from old agricultural practices that promote ecological sustainability and conserve natural resources such as soil and water.  These farming techniques are used by organic farmers to complement the processes and elements of nature that are already present in their farmlands. That is, farmers use organic farming techniques in order to cultivate good healthy crops and harvest good yields without harming the ecosystem. To do so, modern organic farmers combine old traditional practices with scientific knowledge to maintain a healthy balance that permeates across the soil, the water system, the air, and the various organisms that make up the local ecosystem.

Expert organic farmers combine several farming techniques to achieve the most beneficial effect not only to the farm and its produce but also to its immediate environs. In addition, true organic farmers are ecologically intuitive and consider ‘pests’ and ‘weeds’ as natural inhabitants of any organic farm and seek only to manage their population instead of eradicating them completely. Basically, organic farming techniques address four fundamental challenges in agriculture: 1) how to maintain soil structure and fertility in order to produce healthy crops; 2) how to control pests, diseases, and weeds; 3) how to conserve farm resources such as water; and, 4) how to implement good, ecologically sound husbandry if the farm also outputs animal products. Some of the common organic farming techniques include composting, green manure, crop rotation, mulching, biological management of pests and weeds, and the use of organic pesticides and fertilizers.


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Herald Sihombing's curator insight, April 29, 2013 10:24 AM

Different techniques help different plants grow in different places. This helps me know how to garden depending on the location of where I live.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 15, 9:56 AM

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Hunting the humble hot dog in New York City

Hunting the humble hot dog in New York City | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
As iconic to New York as the yellow taxi, a garlicky grilled sausage on a sliced bun with spicy mustard and sharp sauerkraut is engrained in the city’s culinary identity.
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The food security risk index – map

The food security risk index – map | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
The index has been as a barometer to identify those countries which may be susceptible to famine from food shortages
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The index has been developed by the risk analysis company Maplecroft for governments, NGOs and business to use as a barometer to identify those countries which may be susceptible to famine and societal unrest stemming from food shortages and price fluctuations. This map shows the results of evaluating the availability, access and stability of food supplies in 197 countries, as well as the nutritional and health status of populations.

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Polyface, Inc.

Polyface, Inc. | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it

Polyface, Inc. is a family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

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Will Ethiopian dam dry up the Nile?

Will Ethiopian dam dry up the Nile? | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it

"Construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (known as Gerd) is now about 30% complete.  Once completed, in three years, it will be Africa's largest hydropower dam, standing some 170m (558ft) tall."


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Albert Jordan's curator insight, April 1, 3:06 PM

In an area fraught with political instability, non state actors, and rebel groups all too willing to fight for power and the wealth that comes from it - it will be interesting to see how the conflicts shift over time as this dam gets closer to completion. Will Egypt attempt to sabotage it or will they take a more diplomatic approach and try to work with the Ethiopian government diplomatically again?  Perhaps Egypt will whisper in to the ear of Sudan or the various "rebel" groups in the region, considering diplomatic means have apparently failed so far. With Sudan's use of the Blue River also going to be affected by Ethiopia's damming, it will be interesting to see if a cooperation between Egypt and Sudan occurs. Perhaps Ethiopia would like to see a deeper conflict between Sudan and South Sudan, keeping their affected neighbor off balance.

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, April 16, 6:47 PM

It is extremely difficult to divide a river. The Ethiopians will benefit immensely from this project but the Egyptians could lose everything if the Nile dries up. This is going to be a difficult problem to solve.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 3:45 PM

There is no way the whole Nile river is going to be dried up because of this damn. Ethiopia won't let that happen. To say that the river is going to have the same amount of water in it, thats not going to happen. Obviously the Gerd is going to have a huge impact on the water supply of the Nile but it definitely isn't going to dry up the whole thing!

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Multimedia | Monsanto Newsroom

Multimedia | Monsanto Newsroom | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
Monsanto Newsroom provides the latest information regarding the Monsanto Company - including our business and products.
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U.N. Urges Eating Insects; 8 Popular Bugs to Try

U.N. Urges Eating Insects; 8 Popular Bugs to Try | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
From beetles to butterflies and from ants to stinkbugs, people in dozens of countries regularly eat insects. Here are the most popular types of edible critters.
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Food for thought: an actor's new role ... in the grocery store

Food for thought: an actor's new role ... in the grocery store | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
By Ron Mott, Correspondent, NBC News NEW ORLEANS -- As a boy, Wendell Pierce dreamed of leaving his hometown one day for the world stage.
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Rebuilding New Orleans neighborhoods and eliminating food deserts.

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Video game urinals are more than just a break between innings

Video game urinals are more than just a break between innings | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
Coca-Cola Park plans to debut the new technology at Tuesday's exhibition game versus the Reading Fightin Phils.
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OK guys, avoid those awkward situations.  Have some fun in the meantime.  Perhaps coming to a men's room near you soon! 

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Earth Eats - Indiana Public Media | Report Says GMOs Good For Farmers, The Planet; Critics Unconvinced

Earth Eats - Indiana Public Media | Report Says GMOs Good For Farmers, The Planet; Critics Unconvinced | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
A report released today found that genetically engineered crops have clear benefits for farmers (and the planet), but critics remain wary.
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Deep in permafrost - a seed bank to save the world

Deep in permafrost - a seed bank to save the world | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
· Project aims to protect global food supplies · Three million samples to be housed in giant vault
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Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it
“Aerial photo tour across countries and continents with a French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand” Seth Dixon, Ph.D.‘s insight: I love Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s photography; so many of them are geography lessons in and of themselves as he captures...
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11 Reasons to Ditch Processed Foods | Yahoo! Health

11 Reasons to Ditch Processed Foods | Yahoo! Health | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it

Sometimes I wonder what I am doing with my life. Now is one of those times. Why am I reading eleven reasons to ditch processed foods on a Sunday night with a snow day tomorrow? What has my life become?

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Allison Anthony's curator insight, March 26, 2013 10:06 PM

Apparently it has just gotten better.

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Genetically modified crops get boost over organics with recent USDA rulings

Genetically modified crops get boost over organics with recent USDA rulings | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it

At the supermarket, most shoppers are oblivious to a battle raging within U.S. agriculture and the Obama administration’s role in it. Two thriving but opposing sectors — organics and genetically engineered crops — have been warring on the farm, in the courts and in Washington.

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Norman E. Borlaug; U.S. Scientist Launched Green Revolution

Norman E. Borlaug; U.S. Scientist Launched Green Revolution | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it

Norman E. Borlaug, 95, an American plant pathologist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for starting the "Green Revolution" that dramatically increased food production in developing nations and saved countless people from starvation, died in 2009.  Read his story.

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Whole Foods Market Commits to Mandatory GMO Labelling

Whole Foods Market Commits to Mandatory GMO Labelling | APHG Unit V: Agriculture & Rural Land Use | Scoop.it

Whole Foods Market has committed to full GMO transparency by giving supplier partners five years to source non-GMO ingredients or to clearly label products with ingredients containing GMOs.

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