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Rethinking the oilsands impact

Rethinking the oilsands impact | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
For years, industry and government have treated oilsands pollution studies like unwanted party guests — ignore them, and they just might go away.

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These articles address food, water and environment issues that relate to farmers and consumers to enable their personal and local control over those matters
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Unbeelieveable: Stung By Lawsuit, Trump Administration Lists Bumble Bee As Endangered

Unbeelieveable: Stung By Lawsuit, Trump Administration Lists Bumble Bee As Endangered | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Environmentalists are abuzz.
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Thank you to the brave people that are pro life for the creatures of the planet. Pro life doesn't always mean anti-abortion... it means that having a serious concern for the protection of all living things and a healthy environment on many levels is far more likely to prevent the need for abortions as well save the bees. We need to be concerned about making healthy behavioral changes to promote the survival of as many creatures of the planet as possible as well as mankind's survival in and out of the womb. Today our country has a hard time keeping mom's and the babies they choose to keep alive and well... these Bumble bees are just one link in our web of life we need to ensure will not unravel....
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Here's How Our Fossil Fuel Addiction is Killing Coral Reefs

Here's How Our Fossil Fuel Addiction is Killing Coral Reefs | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Oceans are rising, warming, and becoming more acidic — none of which is good for coral reefs.
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Republican environmental groups want to temper Trump on climate change

Republican environmental groups want to temper Trump on climate change | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The Republican environmental movement not only recognizes the science of climate change, but wants their party to lead efforts to combat global warming.
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Eau : un léger mieux mais pas de cri de victoire

Eau : un léger mieux mais pas de cri de victoire | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Les pluies de février ont amélioré la situation hydrique du département. Particuliers, industriels et agriculteurs sont toujours appelés à la vigilance.

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Strong link between fluoridated water and ADHD, according to scientific study

Strong link between fluoridated water and ADHD, according to scientific study | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Fluoridated water and the ingestion of fluoride have now been identified as factors in the development of ADHD, according to researchers. A report on this topic was published in Environmental Health, and the study is the first of its kind to closely examine the relationship between ADHD and exposure to fluoridated water.
A fluoride-like chemical called hydrofluosilicic acid has been added to public water supplies for decades in an attempt to help prevent tooth decay in the populations that drink it. The objective was to mimic the effects of natural calcium fluoride. However, the teeth actually require calcium (along with other minerals) for optimal health – NOT fluoride.
ADHD affecting a growing number of children
ADHD, which stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, has become an all too common diagnosis. Over 6 percent of American children are currently being treated for ADHD, with numbers trending upward. The symptoms of ADHD include difficulty in focusing and paying attention, hyperactivity, and problems with impulse control.
The researchers took participants’ socio-economic-status into consideration for the study, and still found fluoridated water to be an environmental risk factor in cases of ADHD. Up until this time, the potential effects of fluoride and fluoridated water had received little to no attention in ADHD research. This was despite an abundance of anecdotal evidence that it could be contributing to the onset of this disorder.
The link revealed: Fluoridated water, ADHD and hypothyroidism
Another recent study out of the UK found a correlation between fluoride and thyroid disease. Malin and Till, the researchers behind the ADHD study, strongly believe ADHD manifests via suppression of the thyroid gland caused by fluoridated water.
The researchers estimate that both adults and children in communities that practice drinking water fluoridation ingest between 0.9 and 3.6 mg/L of fluoride per day from drinking water alone. In pregnant women, fluoride can cross the placenta and accumulate in the infant brain. From there, it can exert neurotoxic effects that negatively impact attention, learning and memory.
The researchers also found that children exposed to water with levels of fluoride at 1.2 – 3 mg/L (higher than the U.S. recommended level) had increased urinary fluoride concentration. This marker is associated with poorer visual-spatial organization, slowed reaction times, and an impairment of the ability to read and write.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, the ingestion of fluoride is also linked with lower IQ numbers.
Crazy city water treatment policy: Fluoridated water is far from safe
Some people believe that the science and research on fluoridation has been ‘settled’ and that fluoridated water is safe to drink. This is clearly not the case. If it took this long to expose the link between fluoride and ADHD, what else hasn’t been thoroughly studied?
The trend of government agencies toward dismissing research that finds fluoridation unsafe instead of protecting citizens is appalling. With fluoridated water and fluoride ingestion now linked with ADHD, hypothyroidism and lowered IQ, continuing the fluoridation of public drinking water is clearly a reckless act. (some might even suggest, criminal!)

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Mettre fin à la fracture territoriale de l'eau

Mettre fin à la fracture territoriale de l'eau | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Contrairement à une idée partagée, la qualité de l'eau est inégale, e

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Mysterious Whale Swarms Perplexing Scientists

Mysterious Whale Swarms Perplexing Scientists | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
"Super-groups" of up to 200 humpback whales—a normally solitary species—are gathering off South Africa.
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Local Roots brings farmland to #SXSW with TerraFarms

Local Roots brings farmland to #SXSW with TerraFarms | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
What do you do when you want fresh produce, but there’s no farmland for miles around? Look for a TerraFarm! What is it? TerraFarm is a mobile, vertical farm inside a shipping container, made by Local Roots Farms. Through hydroponics, one TerraFarm can grow as much food as five acres of farmland. The plants are …
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Straw Bale Gardening Instructions and How It Works - Countryside Network

Straw Bale Gardening Instructions and How It Works - Countryside Network | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Looking for straw bale gardening instructions? Learn why  one of the best reasons to garden in straw bales is protection against plant blights & pests. 
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We don't know for sure that pesticides are killing the bees. But we know ... - Washington Post

We don't know for sure that pesticides are killing the bees. But we know ... - Washington Post | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Why are honeybees dying? A look at the big gaps in science.

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Dying honeybees?
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Pesticides killing bees?
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How the U.S. Has Cut Pollution While Growing the Economy (Paid Post by Chevron From NYTimes.com)

How the U.S. Has Cut Pollution While Growing the Economy (Paid Post by Chevron From NYTimes.com) | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Explore how natural gas supports a rising GDP.
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Natural gas cuts pollution?
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The 12 Dirtiest Fruits and Vegetables

The 12 Dirtiest Fruits and Vegetables | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The Environmental Working Group compiled the "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean Fifteen," a list of the most and least pesticide-ridden foods.
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Dirty fruits and vegetables?
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Transformers Modern Technology of Denmark, Germany and Switzerland

COMPILATION about: - Amazing new modern technology agriculture and farm equipment - all modern farming equipment - new technology inventions - most .
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Scientists Are Using Sunflowers To Clean Up Nuclear Radiation - Garden Collage

Scientists Are Using Sunflowers To Clean Up Nuclear Radiation - Garden Collage | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
After the Hiroshima, Fukushima, and Chernobyl nuclear disasters, fields of sunflowers were planted across the affected landscapes to help absorb toxic metals and radiation from the soil. New research now suggests that sunflowers (Helianthus) might be as good for the environment as they are pretty to look at.

Sunflowers are what environmental scientists call hyperaccumulators– plants that have the ability to take up high concentrations of toxic materials in their tissues. Like all land-based plants, flowers have root systems that evolved as extremely efficient mechanisms for pulling nutrients, water, and minerals out of the ground, among them: zinc, copper, and other radioactive elements that are then stored in their stems and leaves. While the sunflower-radiation link would seem like a slow-gestating cure-all for modern environmental disasters, the research is still inconclusive as to the efficacy of all sunflower varieties to help stave off environmental pollution. Post-tsunami clean-up efforts in Fukashima, however, demonstrate a promising application of this discovery.

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Bottled water overtakes soda as America’s No. 1 drink — why you should avoid both

Bottled water overtakes soda as America’s No. 1 drink — why you should avoid both | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
U.S. consumers spent $21 billion on bottled water last year.
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Ce que les « Monsanto Papers » révèlent du Roundup (abonnés)

Ce que les « Monsanto Papers » révèlent du Roundup (abonnés) | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
La justice américaine a déclassifié des correspondances internes de la firme. Dès 1999, cette dernière s’inquiétait du potentiel mutagène du glyphosate.

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Solar-powered luxury home has curves in all the right places | Adam Williams | NewAtlas.com

Solar-powered luxury home has curves in all the right places | Adam Williams | NewAtlas.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Dutch firm MVRDV recently unveiled Casa Kwantes: a luxury pad that has a brick facade with few windows facing the street for privacy and a large curved glazed facade facing the courtyard that offers plenty of light.


Envisioned as a contemporary take on 1930s modernist design, the enviable home also boasts energy-efficient technology, including solar power.


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Video: 4 Billion Years in Under 10 Minutes

Video: 4 Billion Years in Under 10 Minutes | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Description: Detailed and engaging video about how the surface of the Earth has changed over its [...]

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Nature Conservancy | Growing Our Way to a Healthier Climate: A New Future for Agriculture and the Environment

Nature Conservancy | Growing Our Way to a Healthier Climate: A New Future for Agriculture and the Environment | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
For too long, humanity’s two greatest challenges of the 21st century have been presumed to be on a collision course.

On the one hand, we have an urgent need to find some way of feeding a global population that will expand from 7 billion to 9 billion by mid-century. Yet the agricultural systems that we’ll need to ramp up are already major causes of global climate change and the depletion of the planet’s land and fresh water. And, even as farming expands and produces more, the bulk of people in the world’s agricultural areas continue to be mired in poverty.

But what if I were to tell you there is a way out of this stalemate? The truth is that the exodus to a new era of low-carbon, environmentally-friendly agriculture is already happening right here in Latin America—and that increasing food production can actually help reduce overall global greenhouse emissions.

To understand this, we need to begin with just how deeply involved Latin America is on both food security and climate change.

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This Is How the EPA Uses Its Budget—Now Targeted for Deep Cuts

This Is How the EPA Uses Its Budget—Now Targeted for Deep Cuts | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The White House's newly proposed federal budget would cut the EPA's funding by a third, targeting regional and climate change-oriented initiatives.
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How to make a straw bale garden - Farm and Dairy

How to make a straw bale garden - Farm and Dairy | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
If you’d like to grow fresh fruits and vegetables without the challenges of a traditional garden, a straw bale garden may be the right choice for you.

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Another great article about Straw Bale Gardening utilizing the STRAW BALE GARDENS® method.  Check it out.

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Brilliant new beehive harnesses solar energy to exterminate the colony’s worst enemy

Brilliant new beehive harnesses solar energy to exterminate the colony’s worst enemy | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
An innovative new beehive harnesses the power of the sun to target Varroa mites, one of the most devastating factors in colony collapse disorder.

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New threats to wild bees identified - BBC News

New threats to wild bees identified - BBC News | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Wild bumblebees are infected with many of the diseases found in honeybees looked after by bee keepers, according to a national survey.

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Food habits linked to early deaths

Food habits linked to early deaths | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
An estimated 45% of all deaths related to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes may be associated with eating either too little or too much of 10 food groups.
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What you eat is killing you?
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Great Barrier Reef dead at 25 million

Great Barrier Reef dead at 25 million | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The Great Barrier Reef has been declared dead by scientists at 25 million years old — bringing an end to the colorful life of the world’s largest single structure of living organisms.

The incredible Coral Sea wilderness, which stretches for roughly 1,400 miles over an area of roughly 133,00 square miles, has finally succumbed to bleaching.

The icon of the natural world is bigger than the whole of the United Kingdom and is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands.

It is home to 1,625 species of fish, 3,000 mollusks, and 30 different types of whales and dolphins.

The reef lies off the coast of Queensland in Australia and can be seen from outer space.

Leading environmentalist writer Rowan Jacobsen declared the incredible structure dead, and wrote: “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness.

“It was 25 million years old.”





The reef is commonly referred to as the world’s largest living thing but it is actually made up of billions of tiny organisms.

The world’s largest living thing is a 2.4-mile-wide honey fungus stretching across the Blue Mountains in Oregon.

The Great Barrier Reef has been declared dead by scientists investigating coral bleaching, which is caused by environment stress impacts.

The warming of the oceans because of climate change causes corals to expel their algae and become bare.

Without the algae, the coral can’t get any nutrients.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has started the second phase of its survey to assess the impact of 2016’s bleaching.

The research showed that “22 percent of the coral on the reef died due to the worst mass bleaching event on record.”

Eighty-five percent of the mortality occurred in a 370-mile stretch of reef between the tip of Cape York and just north of Lizard Island.

The death of the Great Barrier Reef follows years of anxiety in the scientific community about how long it had left.

In 2009, the chief scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Charles Veron, held a talk called “Is the Great Barrier Reef on Death Row?”

Jacobsen wrote an obituary for the reef in Outside, in which he quoted Veron as saying:”The whole northern section is trashed.

“It looks like a war zone."

“It’s heartbreaking."

“I used to have the best job in the world."

“Now it’s turned sour.”

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