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Global march challenges Monsanto's dominance: TIMELINE

Global march challenges Monsanto's dominance: TIMELINE | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The March Against Monsanto has seen millions in 436 cities in 52 countries challenging biotech corporations and protesting against genetically modified foods, which despite bans in some states due to potential health hazards remain legal in many...
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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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Marine Biological Lab Developing New Seaweed Harvest Methods | CapeCod.com

Marine Biological Lab Developing New Seaweed Harvest Methods | CapeCod.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods hole has received a grant to develop innovative cultivation and harvesting technologies for year round production of seaweeds in tropical and subtropical U.S. Waters.

The award is one of 18 projects funded by an arm of the federal Department of Energy. Termed the Mariner project, the effort seeks to develop the U.S. as the world leader and largest producer of microalgae, or seaweed.

Presently microalgae is primarily used as food for humans but there is a growing opportunity for seaweed production for use as fuel, chemical feedstock and animal feed.

“By demonstrating the cost effective production of microalgae without utilizing scarce land and freshwater resources, we expect to show that microalgae aquaculture dramatically improves the current economic and ecological performance of algae as a source of biofuel and bioproducts,” said MBL Associate Scientist Loretta Roberson, principal investigator on the project.


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94% of U.S. tap water contaminated by plastic fibers — including from the faucets at Trump Tower

94% of U.S. tap water contaminated by plastic fibers — including from the faucets at Trump Tower | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Worldwide, more than 80% of the water samples researches tested contained microscopic-sized plastic fibers.
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Circle of Blue: Reporting the competition between water, food, and energy in a changing climate

Circle of Blue: Reporting the competition between water, food, and energy in a changing climate | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Our intense focus on water and its relationships to food, energy, & health has created a new model of front-line reporting, data  collection, and convening.
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Find Your Garden Style - Garden Design

Find Your Garden Style - Garden Design | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Just like the inside of your home has a decorating style, your garden should have its own design style. See examples of popular garden styles including, Japanese gardens, modern gardens, cottage gardens and more.
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How to Grow Brugmansia

If Steven Biggs could grow only one flower, he would choose Brugmansia, a wondrously fragrant, exotic-looking tropical plant with trumpet-shaped flower
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Supertall and Super Sustainable: Gordon Gill at TEDxMidwest

Architect Gordon Gill has a holistic approach to design, creating positive energy buildings that work with their natural surroundings. He walks through th
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It is fossil fuels, not renewable energy, most supported by US public policy

It is fossil fuels, not renewable energy, most supported by US public policy | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Most energy subsidies go to producing more of the dirty stuff.
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Vines That Grow Well on Sunny Pond Banks

Vines That Grow Well on Sunny Pond Banks | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The beauty of a pond can be enhanced with vines, which can be left to their own devices to spread around the pond banks or trained to climb up a trellis, statue or bench. Consider growing vines tha
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Lychee deaths linked to pesticides, not the fruit

Lychee deaths linked to pesticides, not the fruit | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Investigation suggests pesticide exposure could be behind sudden deaths among children in Asia’s lychee growing areas.

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8 Steps for Making Better Garden Soil - Organic Gardening - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

8 Steps for Making Better Garden Soil - Organic Gardening - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Starting to build a new garden isn’t difficult. Most people begin by going out into their yards with a shovel or garden tiller, digging up the dirt and putting in a few plants. Following the organic and natural methods, add a little mulch or compost, and you’re well on your way to make good soil for your homegrown vegetables. But in the long run, the success of your garden depends on making healthy garden soil. The more you can do to keep your soil healthy, the more productive your garden will be and the higher the quality of your crops.

In the last issue, I discussed the value of soil care methods that imitate natural soil communities. These include protecting soil structure, feeding the soil with nutrients from natural and local sources, and increasing the diversity and numbers of the microbes and other organisms that live in the soil.

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Drugs in US Waterways Lead to Widespread Fish Horrors - Hippocrates Health Institute

Drugs in US Waterways Lead to Widespread Fish Horrors - Hippocrates Health Institute | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
US Geological Survey studies show that most bodies of water in the United States are now contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs. Why? Because wastewater treatment plants cannot remove the drugs before releasing “purified” water back into the environment. The cost of creating technology that is sophisticated enough to remove synthetic chemicals would be astronomical and bankrupt …

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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, September 26, 3:23 PM

Did you know that residues of pharmaceutical drugs and endocrine disrupting chemicals have been showing up in U.S. waterways and rivers causing fish abnormalities and harming humans?

 

Removing synthetic chemicals from wastewater

treatment plants is astronomically expensive so the drugs don’t get removed.

 

Health Tips:

Between pharma drug residues, toxic chemicals, pollutants, and heavy metals in both your drinking water and in the oceans of the globe it would seem prudent to avoid consuming fish of any kind. This includes fish oil.

 

Fish get their omega 3s from sea veggies and so can you. Seaweed (sea veggies) single cell life form doesn’t absorb chemicals.

 

Read more about ‘Drugs in U.S. Waterways Lead to Widespread Fish Horrors” from www.hippocrateshealthinst.org by Brian clement, PhD, LN.

 

This www.scoop.it/t/healing-our-planet site is being curated by Sandi Cornez, Food Consultant, Health and Wellness Educator. Follow Sandi for more healthy food/water tips @https://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

 

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Flint water crisis increased fetal deaths, lowered fertility rates, study claims

A new study links the Flint, Michigan, water contamination crisis to lower fertility rates among the city’s women and an increase in infant mortality
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Big Ag's 'World Food Prize' Is Nothing but a Slick Propaganda Campaign | Katherine Paul | AlterNet.org

Big Ag's 'World Food Prize' Is Nothing but a Slick Propaganda Campaign | Katherine Paul | AlterNet.org | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

On Thursday, the World Food Prize will be ceremoniously bestowed on yet another cheerleader for degenerative agriculture.

This year’s award goes to Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina of Nigeria, president of the African Development Bank, and a proud supporter of Big Ag and Biotech. In his words, Adesina says he works to "help farmers rise to the top of the value chain by industrializing agriculture."

In the lead-up to World Food Day (October 16) and Thursday's ceremony, I’ve received a series of emails with the subject line, “How Iowa is feeding the world.” The email invitations contain glowing praise for industrial, degenerative agriculture—the type that kills healthy soil life, has ruined Iowa’s water and produces pesticide-contaminated food.


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63 million Americans exposed to unsafe drinking water

63 million Americans exposed to unsafe drinking water | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Six decades of industrial dumping, farming pollution and water plant and pipe deterioration have taken a toll on local water systems.
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Sécheresse estivale : les conséquences se font toujours sentir dans le Sud de la France

Sécheresse estivale : les conséquences se font toujours sentir dans le Sud de la France | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Cette année se caractérise par une faible recharge des nappes et une sécheresse marquée cet été. Les conséquences concernent aussi bien la biodiversité que la production d'énergie. Certains départements du Sud-Est restent dans une situation tendue.

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Mom was right: You should really be eating your broccoli

Mom was right: You should really be eating your broccoli | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Get your gut health right with the oft-shunned and kid-despised cruciferous vegetable, which offers numerous digestive health benefits.

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5 Ways You’re Turning off Audiences with Bad Video Marketing

5 Ways You’re Turning off Audiences with Bad Video Marketing | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Learn how to stop killing the joy in your video marketing efforts with 5 simple tips from Tim Washer.
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Supertall and Super Sustainable: Gordon Gill at TEDxMidwest

Architect Gordon Gill has a holistic approach to design, creating positive energy buildings that work with their natural surroundings. He walks through th
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Rob Knight (biologist) - Wikipedia

Rob Knight (biologist) - Wikipedia

Rob Knight (born 1976 in Dunedin, New Zealand) is a professor at the University of California, San Diego and the co-founder of the American Gut Project. he is also a co-founder of the Earth Microbiome Project. His lab's research involves the development of laboratory and computational techniques to characterize the microbiomes of humans, animals, and the environment.

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1% of EPA administrator's meetings are with environmentalists

1% of EPA administrator's meetings are with environmentalists | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

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Honeybees under threat from pesticide use on oilseed rape

Honeybees under threat from pesticide use on oilseed rape | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Oilseed rape is an important resource for bees, contrary to previous research
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Glyphosate: Corinne Lepage: «Je plains Nicolas Hulot»

Glyphosate: Corinne Lepage: «Je plains Nicolas Hulot» | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
L’ancienne ministre de l’environnement déplore un nouveau recul du gouvernement sur le dossier du glyphosate, la France cherchant désormais une sortie de l’herbicide controversé à l’horizon 2022…

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The Definitive Guide to Building Deep Rich Soils by Imitating Nature - Permaculture Apprentice

The Definitive Guide to Building Deep Rich Soils by Imitating Nature - Permaculture Apprentice | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
This kind of biological richness is something that we in permaculture should try to replicate in our gardens. But what I’ve learned is that emulating a grassland is different than emulating a forest, and for this reason you first have to be clear on which ecosystem you’re trying to copy. Here is why.

Ecological succession as a model for improving the soil



Ecological succession is a process of change in the species structure over time. The established species influence the soil composition and alter it over time. As you can see from my sketches there is a significant difference in soil found in the bare field than in the forest. The main difference lies in what kind of microbes are most prevalent in the soil and what they feed upon. Generally, fungi respond to surface decomposition, whereas bacteria prefer soil disturbance.

The weight of fungi present in forest soils is much greater than the weight of bacteria. In grasslands, however, there is around an equal distribution of the two. In agricultural soils that are routinely tilled, in contrast, the weight of fungi is less than that of bacteria.

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13 Facts About Animals' Brains That Will Make You Say, "IDK How To Feel About This"

13 Facts About Animals' Brains That Will Make You Say, "IDK How To Feel About This" | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
FACT: There's a fungus that can take over an ant's brains and turn it into a zombie!!!
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