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Group warns almost 500 products contain chemical found in yoga mats - CBS News

Group warns almost 500 products contain chemical found in yoga mats - CBS News | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
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But now, a consumer advocacy group is warning people that almost 500 more food items on the market have this same compound.
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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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Trump set to undo Obama's action against global warming

Trump set to undo Obama's action against global warming | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Moving forward with a campaign pledge to unravel former President Obama's sweeping plan to curb global warming, President Trump on Tuesday is set to sign an executive order that will suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels.
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U.S. Organic Farmland Hits Record 4.1 Million Acres in 2016

U.S. Organic Farmland Hits Record 4.1 Million Acres in 2016 | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A new report has found that U.S. land for organic farming reached 4.1 million acres in 2016, a new record and an 11 percent increase compared to 2014.

As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms in the U.S. reached 14,979, a 6.2 percent increase of 1,000 farms compared to 2014 survey data.

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Organic farmland use on rise?
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How to Create an Insect Habitat in Your Garden

How to Create an Insect Habitat in Your Garden | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

A Smithsonian gardener offers tips for sheltering the insects during the frosty winter months

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How green is your city? These maps compare green spaces around the world

How green is your city? These maps compare green spaces around the world | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The value of trees and plants in the urban environment is well documented: they improve air quality, shade against heat and provide an antidote to congestion, traffic and the pace of city life.

Making available significant ‘green’ living space is now virtually mandatory for cities around the world. But are they up to scratch?

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Flower Power: 42 Edible Flowers You Can Eat

Flower Power: 42 Edible Flowers You Can Eat | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Fresh, edible flowers add a delicious and nutritious touch to your dishes, but make sure you are only consuming blossoms that are safe to eat.
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We are debating at our house whether the new salad are wild onions or daffodils.
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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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Straw bale gardening?
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What to Know About Trump’s Order to Dismantle the Clean Power Plan - NYTimes.com

What to Know About Trump’s Order to Dismantle the Clean Power Plan - NYTimes.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
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Bug hotels are the new bird feeders

Bug hotels are the new bird feeders | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A little rot, a touch of decay and a handful of yard waste create the perfect lodging for ‘beneficial’ insects.
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From Sustainable Development to the Green Economy

From Sustainable Development to the Green Economy | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
From Sustainable Development to the Green Economy

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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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