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European Patent Office grants Monsanto patent on natural broccoli seeds, florets

European Patent Office grants Monsanto patent on natural broccoli seeds, florets | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
European Patent Office grants Monsanto patent on natural broccoli seeds, florets
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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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Sir Peter Talley predicts grim future for jobs, education - Stuff.co.nz

Sir Peter Talley predicts grim future for jobs, education - Stuff.co.nz | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
40 per cent of jobs will go and half NZ universities will close in five years, seafood industry leader says.
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Illinois battered by string of tornadoes amid changing climate patterns

Illinois battered by string of tornadoes amid changing climate patterns | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The Midwestern state was hit by at least five tornadoes in the last week. 
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Google's 'undo-send' can recall that email you didn't really want to send

Google's 'undo-send' can recall that email you didn't really want to send | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
After six years of experimenting, Google formally introduces a way to recall email five to 30 seconds after sending.
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Great! Now we can stop an "oops" before it reaches the wrong person!

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China's big biotech bet starting to pay off - Reuters

China's big biotech bet starting to pay off - Reuters | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Years of pouring money into its laboratories, wooing scientists home from overseas and urging researchers to publish and patent is starting to give China a competitive edge in biotechnology, a
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Save our clean water!

Save our clean water! | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Many of America's streams, wetlands, tributaries, and headwaters are vulnerable to toxic dumping and pollution. We need to tell Congress to protect our water! I just signed my name, do the same here: http://bit.ly/1zntU2r
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The Safest Way To Defrost Meat And Poultry, In One Easy Chart

The Safest Way To Defrost Meat And Poultry, In One Easy Chart | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The freezer is one of the greatest appliances in the home kitchen. It keeps seasonal spring strawberries with all their sweetness at your beck and call throughout the year.
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Mustard seeds and Cinnamon for Excessive Menstrual Bleeding

To stop heavy periods bleeding . , . . . . Definition menorrhagia is defined as excessively heavy or prolonged uterine of cinnamon bark can be taken internally, ...
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Benefit delays forced two disabled people to rely on food banks and loan sharks

Benefit delays forced two disabled people to rely on food banks and loan sharks | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Two vulnerable people were forced to turn to loan sharks and food banks because of the delays, judges heard
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Let’s Get Growing! 5 Tips for Starting a School Garden

Do you want to start a garden at your school?  With careful planning, your school garden can get off the ground!


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China's Demand for Coal Threatens Koalas

China's Demand for Coal Threatens Koalas | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Australian environmentalists say a Chinese company’s plan to build a vast mine in the marsupials' Australian habitat will push them closer to extinction.
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Japanese volcano erupts, forcing island to evacuate

Japanese volcano erupts, forcing island to evacuate | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A volcano erupted on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, forcing residents to evacuate the island.
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Strong Quake Strikes Off Coast Of Alaska: USGS

Strong Quake Strikes Off Coast Of Alaska: USGS | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
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May 29 (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the southwest coast of Alaska late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
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Can Urban Beekeeping Be a Profitable Side Business?

Can Urban Beekeeping Be a Profitable Side Business? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

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The sound of bees buzzing in a hive, busy pollinating the garden and producing sweet golden honey, is enough to satisfy the desires of many urban beekeepers. However, if you’ve managed to cultivate one successful urban hive, chances are you see potential for other hives around the city—perhaps near a community garden or in a willing neighbor’s backyard. It’s at this point you may decide you want to go into the honey business. After all, the vendor at the farmers’ market has hit a sweet spot with his supply, so perhaps a hyper-local alternative could be just what your community is after. Before making the leap from urban-beekeeping hobbyist to honey entrepreneur, take these thoughts into consideration.


Like any start-up, launching a beekeeping business means you’ll need to invest in inventory: Here, that means the hives. Beehives are relatively low-cost investments in the long-term: The materials needed to set up a single hive, including hive frames, beekeeping tools, brood boxes, protective gear, bees, food and medication, cost about $600—$900 for two hives—but should last up to 30 years.

As a budding beekeeping business owner, a definite bonus is that you don’t need to invest in real estate: You can set up hives in your urban backyard or a lot near a community garden, and the space needed is not much bigger than the hive itself. "I work my hives from the back—a couple feet behind and to the side to take the lid off,” says Jeff Eckel, who runs We Bee Brothers, an urban honey business in Philadelphia, with his two brothers. "That's really all [the space] you need."

Eckel points out that while having a garden or planting bee-friendly flowers or trees can benefit your hives, bees will also fly up to 3 miles in search of food. Having your own garden isn’t a requirement for hive placement, further reducing your start-up costs. Instead, think strategically about where you can place hives for maximum pollination coverage.

Urban beekeeping laws vary from city to city, so before you start a beekeeping business, you’ll need to ensure the practice is actually legal where you live. City and state beekeeping ordinances can include anything from the number of hives you can have in a given area to requiring beekeeping licenses. If you’re unsure where to find this information, a local beekeeping club or cooperative extension office can point you in the right direction.

Doing this research at the beginning of your endeavor will save you a lot of headaches and money in the future. If hives aren’t given the proper distances from property lines or neighboring houses, you could be fined or even forced to remove the hive.

The key to getting a robust honey harvest—and subsequently a profit—is keeping your bees healthy. Regular hive checks can take up a lot of your time when you add more hives to your operation, and if you want to make a honey business worth your while, it’s something you’ll want to keep up on. Your bees are at risk for a number of different diseases and parasites, including American foulbrood, nosema, Varroa mites, Tracheal mites and hive beetles....

Shaun Coffey@shauncoffey 


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All About Plantain herb weed plantago major article research

All About Plantain herb weed plantago major article research | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Handmade natural herbal bath and body products grown and created in central Iowa.
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Despite US sanctions, Shell partners up with Russian energy giant

Despite US sanctions, Shell partners up with Russian energy giant | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Western sanctions on Russia haven't stopped Royal Dutch Shell from partnering with Russia's Gazprom on several projects, writes Charles Kennedy. Many of the projects will help Russian gas get to Europe.
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Qatar's Inspirational Transition to the Solar Era - PlanetSave.com

Qatar's Inspirational Transition to the Solar Era - PlanetSave.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Sitting under a tent in the bright, clean sunshine of Qatar, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser listened intently as His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa ...
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Springing from the Qatar Foundation Research and Development wing in Education City, the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) encourages companies and institutes from around the world to develop and commercialize their clean technology in Qatar. QSTP is also Qatar’s primary incubator for technology development, helping entrepreneurs launch their technology businesses.

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The complicated and fascinating life of farming leafcutter ants

The complicated and fascinating life of farming leafcutter ants | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Here’s an interesting look at the life of leafcutter ants, the tiny little farmers of the world. They cut off the leaves of trees and essentially use it to farm the fungus they need to feet their little ant colony.
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Pope Francis Condemns Multinational Corporations for Choosing Profit Over People

Pope Francis Condemns Multinational Corporations for Choosing Profit Over People | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Your move, Rick Santorum.
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On World Environment Day, Read About How We Consume with Care | CEMEX

As part of our sustainability efforts, we continuously strive to find ways to meet the demands of a growing urban society without compromising the planet for future ...
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"With Added Fiber" Means You're Just Getting More Wood Pulp

"With Added Fiber" Means You're Just Getting More Wood Pulp | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Would you like eating wood? You're not a beaver, so it's doubtful - however, wood pulp is hidden in a lot of our foods under this nickname.
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Could this new technology put a stop to drunk driving?

Could this new technology put a stop to drunk driving? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
NHTSA has revealed a new alcohol detection system that could prevent drunk driving.
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Factor GMO - Is Your Safety Trial Contaminated by Glyphosate? | Farm Wars

Factor GMO - Is Your Safety Trial Contaminated by Glyphosate? | Farm Wars | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Is Factor GMO really a truly unbiased GMO and Glyphosate safety study, or just another paper-pushing shill study rubber-stamped by the likes of Monsanto?
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Solar Water Heater

Solar Water Heater Physics Project. Trial #1- Brought one gallon of tap water to 130 degrees Fahrenheit in 28 minutes Trial #2- Water temperature did not ...
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India Heat Wave Tests Water Supply; Death Toll Over 1,800

India Heat Wave Tests Water Supply; Death Toll Over 1,800 | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Dizzying temperatures caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weekslong heat wave to at least 1,826, officials said Friday.
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