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House Agriculture Committee

House Agriculture Committee | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
In House Report 321 of August 5, 1856, the committee had this to say:

"Agriculture is the basis of...
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Follow the Monsanto Farm Bill and other ag news on Facebook by clinking here and liking this page.

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Obama’s Cabinet Picks Signal Climate-Change Focus

Obama’s Cabinet Picks Signal Climate-Change Focus | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The president’s energy and environment picks show an emphasis on climate change. (Obama’s Cabinet Picks Signal Climate-Change Focus: The president’s energy and environment picks show an emphas...
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3 Things To Know About Obama's Pick for EPA Chief

3 Things To Know About Obama's Pick for EPA Chief | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Wondering about McCarthy's pedigree and why enviros are so excited to see her head up the EPA? Here are three things you should know. (Time to bring this agency back to protecting the environment.
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Environment Agency - Five fined for shipping contaminated waste to Brazil

Environment Agency - Five fined for shipping contaminated waste to Brazil | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Five punished for shipping contaminated waste to Brazil (Five fined for shipping contaminated waste to Brazil: Sentencing hearing at Old Bailey brings biggest Environm...
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How Conservatives Manipulate Renewable Energy Standards

How Conservatives Manipulate Renewable Energy Standards | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
By Tiffany Germain and Matt Kasper As the Heartland Institute and the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, continue to target states’ renewable energy standard (RES) with their model legislation — the Electricity Freedom Act —...
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Arctic Death Spiral Bombshell: CryoSat-2 Confirms Sea Ice Volume Has Collapsed | ThinkProgress

Arctic Death Spiral Bombshell: CryoSat-2 Confirms Sea Ice Volume Has Collapsed | ThinkProgress | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The sharp drop in Arctic sea ice area has been matched by a harder-to-see, but equally sharp, drop in sea ice thickness. The combined result has been a collapse in total sea ice volume — to one fifth of its level in 1980.
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Social Consciousness: Jim Carrey - The Power of Consciousness

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Interesting ideas to think about. Not trying to convert anyone...Just found this interesting and I'm always amazed at the awesome creatures and life around me.

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Fields of Green Spring up in Saudi Arabia

Fields of Green Spring up in Saudi Arabia | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia is drilling for a resource possibly more precious than oil by tapping hidden reserves of water in the Syrian Desert.

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I have seen some of the greening of the Saudi desert myself. This is a site to behold.

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Amanda Morgan's curator insight, October 23, 2014 8:33 PM

The transformation of Saudi Arabia's greenery is a smart idea and I can imagine incredibly beneficial.  We always hear about not wanting to be oil dependent on a foreign countries.  What do oil rich countries say?  Well, Saudi Arabia found a solution for not wanting to be dependent on foreign countries for their agricultural needs.

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 26, 2014 9:37 PM

From 1987-2012 NASA has been recording some very strange topography from satellite imaging. Green patches have been presenting themselves as a result of deep oil drilling. In search of fossil fuels far below the desert's crust, water reserves have been located. These water reserves are believed to have been trapped from the last Ice Age. It is because of this discovery that these water reserves have been tapped and irrigation has taken place.Irrigation is being used to water fields with a sprinkler system. This process is known as center-pivot irrigation. Although experts do not know how much water could be below the surface, it is estimated it may only be enough to last for 50 years. With this estimation this may only be a temporary aid to this otherwise dry country.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 16, 2014 1:52 AM

It's amazing to see how Saudi Arabia is able to transform an area once categorized by it's dryness and lack of vegetation is now being Terra-formed into a green area. This shows what huge amounts of money can do, physically alter the earth and landscapes. Because of the massive amounts of oil available to the Saudi's they are able to ship in a more valuable resource, water.

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Hydroponic Cabbage - Yes You Can !

I've been growing a lot of leafy greens in the hydroponic setups. And some folks were wondering what else could be grown. Specifically... could you grow cabb...

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FOOD FIGHT - Saving Kids From Processed Junk - Earth Amplified feat. Stic.Man of Dead Prez

A boy must escape a world where the processed food is killing his neighborhood -- literally. SHARE to teach kids who is behind it, and how to escape. visit h...
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Bailey’s Hazelnut Chocolate Tiramisu > Willow Bird Baking

Bailey’s Hazelnut Chocolate Tiramisu > Willow Bird Baking | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Traditional tiramisu uses Marsala wine, but this one uses Bailey’s Hazelnut Liqueur and a little extra dark chocolate to create an indulgent dessert.
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A Sunday post on a less serious note for those into food watching.  

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Big Sky's the limit: How to make local food lucrative in Montana

Big Sky's the limit: How to make local food lucrative in Montana | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
By doubling its local-food purchasing in 2012, Bozeman's Community Food Co-op joins the growing ranks of institutions around the country successfully connecting eaters with local farms.
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Water supply sustainability topic

The League of Women Voters ABC invites the public to attend its March program at the Andover Senior Center Monday evening, March 11 for a presentation by Lanya Ross, principal environmental scientist with the Metropolitan Council.
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Hastings, Lucas, Peterson Praise Federal Court Ruling on NOAA’s Salmon Opinion | Committee on Agriculture

 

 

"WASHINGTON – In a major victory for American agriculture, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a landmark ruling Thursday in the case Dow AgroSciences LLC v. National Marine Fisheries Service reaffirming that government decision-making must be based on science and not the misguided agenda of activist groups.  House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings, House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas, and House Agriculture Ranking Member Collin Peterson praised the ruling, which focuses on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion (BiOp) relating to Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed salmon and use of agricultural crop protection products registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)." 

 

The appellate courtfound “arbitrary and capricious” data and conclusions in NOAA’s 482-page BiOp, issued in 2008, that 27 species of salmon were jeopardized by three widely- used crop protection products and that 500 to 1,000 foot buffers were required to mitigate  use of those products.  The court’s stunning 23-page opinion concluded, “In sum, the Fisheries Service’s November 2008 BiOp relied on a selection of data, tests, and standards that did not always appear to be logical, obvious, or even rational.”  The Court also noted that NOAA’s BiOp lacked analyses of economic or technological feasibility of its proposed mitigation measures, as is required by ESA regulations.

 
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This means that pesticides won't need stay 1 1/2 to  nearly 3 football fields away from water where these salmon are raised to protect the fish from pesticide runoff.  Funny I'm not a researcher but our water in our yard runs all the way down our street well over a foot ball field away. Most water runs down to some where and keeps going I thought. Anyway between this and the future Genetically Altered Salmon that won't be labeled they can keep their salmon. My salmon days are over.

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Google shopping adverts fuel ivory trade, conservation group warns

Google shopping adverts fuel ivory trade, conservation group warns | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Environmental Investigation Agency says ads fuel surge in ivory demand that is killing African elephants at record rates (#OPENFOLLOW Google shopping adverts fuel ivory trade, conservation group warns: Environmental ...
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US and Russia unite in bid to strengthen protection for polar bear

US and Russia unite in bid to strengthen protection for polar bear | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Russia y EU se unen para proteger a los osos polares. http://t.co/rwqKTQiYwe
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Better Place: what went wrong for the electric car startup?

Better Place: what went wrong for the electric car startup? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Yale Environment 360: After selling fewer than 750 cars in a major initiative in Israel and losing more than $500 million, the company's experience shows that electric cars are still not ready for primetime (Better Place: what went wrong for the...
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Why The Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral Matters | ThinkProgress

Why The Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral Matters | ThinkProgress | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Arctic sea ice extent takes a nosedive this year. What does it mean for us?
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Must-Read: Tom Friedman On The Hidden Ways Climate Change Contributes To Global Insecurity | ThinkProgress

Must-Read: Tom Friedman On The Hidden Ways Climate Change Contributes To Global Insecurity | ThinkProgress | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has a new piece out today on a report that investigates the web of interconnections between climate change and global insecurity, particularly in the Arab Spring.
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How I Meteored Your Motherland

How I Meteored Your Motherland | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Russians have seen so much crazy s**t that they've become unfazeable.

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This is way to funny when you get to the parts that show all the crazy stuff Russians are catching on their dash cams.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 20, 2013 4:01 PM

For a VERY irreverant look at the the dash-cam footage from Russia that many just discovered after the meteor hit last week. 

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Climate Change Infographic

Climate Change Infographic | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

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Ignacio Conejo Moreno's curator insight, March 3, 2013 6:52 AM

Chungo futuro se nos presenta, si no cambiamos nuestros hábitos!

Emily Ross Cook's curator insight, March 4, 2013 8:44 AM

Humans must change their ways - what are some real life recommendations for changing?

mrjacquot's curator insight, March 6, 2013 8:48 PM

For all the doubters...

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Major CEO Issues Harsh Warning About Future Of Water

Major CEO Issues Harsh Warning About Future Of Water | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

By JOE SATRAN, The Huffington Post

 

In the keynote speech at London's annual City Food Lecture on Tuesday, Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke warned the world about the possible consequences of the global water shortage many experts believe will strike within the next several decades.

 

Noting that water scarcity could cut global cereal production by 30% by 2030, and that water needs already exceed supply, Bulcke called water scarcity the greatest threat to food security in the future. He urged global leaders to act soon to devise realistic solutions.

 

"It is only by working together with policymakers, civil society, agriculture and other stakeholders at local and international levels that we can develop effective, coherent and concrete action," Bulcke told the City Food Lecture attendees. "This is an issue that must be addressed urgently. I am convinced it can be solved. We should give water the right priority, the right value."

 

Nestle is the largest food company in the world by revenue, with 2012 sales of $86 billion. The company's position offers Bulcke an unusually large field of vision on the world's agricultural systems.


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Why America Has the Cheapest, Most Addictive and Most Nutritionally Inferior Food in the World

Why America Has the Cheapest, Most Addictive and Most Nutritionally Inferior Food in the World | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Author Melanie Warner talks about her new book "Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal." (Why America Has the Cheapest, Most Addictive and Most Nutritionally Inferior Food in the World http://t.co/xESYnvpIUL)...
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Blue Tahoe getting a little bluer - Sacramento Bee

Blue Tahoe getting a little bluer - Sacramento Bee | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Blue Tahoe getting a little bluer
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A recent trend in improved water clarity at Lake Tahoe has scientists and regional agency planners confident that 15 years of environmental measures are beginning to bear fruit.
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Could this mean the end of the line for the plastic water bottle?

Could this mean the end of the line for the plastic water bottle? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
It's a battle over billions, but both sides agree plastic bottle sales are falling, writes David Sygall. (Multinationals selling us our own water.
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