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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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Enviropig

News report about the Enviropig on CNN (First GM farm animals could come out of UofG. #Enviropig debates are lighting up the UC today.
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I still wonder if a bunch of people that haven't figure out how to do keep their water,air and soil healthy aren't really ready for redesigning life on the planet yet. The motivation seems to be more so that a handful get to own everything that allows us to survive and get rich off of that control.

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China estimate of the day

China estimate of the day | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
More than half of the rivers previously thought to exist in China appear to be missing, according to the 800,000 surveyors who compiled the first national water census, leaving Beijing fumbling to explain the cause.
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Le Marche Easter Breakfast

Le Marche Easter Breakfast | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

“Pizza al Formaggio” is a type of savoury, cheesy cake, very typical of central Italy and especially Le Marche region. You can find this throughout the year, but you will definitely see and eat a lot of it, if you hang around during the Easter break.
It is such a rich recipe: white flour, eggs, olive oil, butter, milk, a pinch of pepper and nutmeg, zest of lemon and of course mixed cheese, both grated and in chunks.
A great way to celebrate Easter and if you do it for yourself, or are lucky enough to get it from a “grandma”, you will taste the authenticity, the flavour and the richness of traditions over here.
Pizza al Formaggio best goes with a nice local salami, or ham and of course a nice glass of Rosso Conero will make it even smoother. Happy Easter from Made In Marche!


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PA: Family says gas drilling turning paradise home into nightmare | WTAE

PA: Family says gas drilling turning paradise home into nightmare | WTAE | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

The Headley family built their house a few years ago, just before the gas-drilling boom hit. They had a chance to buy the gas rights but chose not to. Now, they wish they had, because they're sharing their 115-acre farm with the Marcellus Shale industry.

 A puddle along a country road in southern Fayette County is a natural spring, an artesian well, but it's not the spring that's making it bubble. 

David Headley told Action News investigator Jim Parsons that he wasn't really sure when he first noticed it, but he said, "We've seen it bubbling now for the last couple of years."

 

About the same time, nearby gas wells were drilled on Headley's property. He invited Parsons to do what he did when he first saw the bubbles: flick a lighter.

"Is that really water burning?" Parsons asked Headley.

 

When Headley placed a funnel over the bubbles, the flame stayed lit.

"The horses used to drink out of this spring, and the deer and the coon. All those animals have since left. Nothing will drink out of it. There's not a footprint around this well at all," said Headley.

 

But that's not what angers Headley the most.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Do you own your mineral rights? Most of us rarely think of it when buying a home.

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Nurseries evolve to survive and thrive - The Seattle Times

Nurseries evolve to survive and thrive - The Seattle Times | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Nurseries evolve to survive and thrive
The Seattle Times
Digital technology has changed how people pursue plants and gardening information; they go online rather than seek out local nursery experts.
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OrganicConsumers.org

OrganicConsumers.org | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sust...
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Wyoming and energy companies can keep fracking chemicals secret, court rules – 99% News

Wyoming and energy companies can keep fracking chemicals secret, court rules – 99% News | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Halliburton and other companies are pumping chemicals into the ground beneath Wyoming to lubricate cracks created during fracking, which allows sand to slide in and hold the cracks open so natural gas can be extracted.
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How is Red Wine Made? | Wine Folly

How is Red Wine Made? | Wine Folly | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
How is red wine made? See how red wine is made with an easy-to-understand infographic. There are 5 basic steps to making red wine starting with harvesting the grapes.

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Michael Penrod's curator insight, March 28, 2013 12:53 PM

I love this infograph on how Red wine is made so I wanted to share it with everyone so you can act smart while drinking Red today!


We are also launching our Wine Industry network www.ListWines.com next week. So enjoy.

Rogério Rocha's comment, March 28, 2013 3:19 PM
Thaks for the post.
binNotes's comment, April 1, 2013 5:26 PM
Good stuff -thanks!
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Homemade Italian Bread

Homemade Italian Bread | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

[...]Freshly baked bread is a treat that will impress your guests. It is not a lot of work if you have a stand mixer. Allow about 4 hours from start to ready to slice, but most of that is inactive time. Bread is also great for fare la scarpetta, cleaning every last drop of sauce from your plate with bread. This bread has a great crust and neutral flavor that doesn’t overpower the food. This is the reason why I do not generally bake bread stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes, olives, or the like, because then the bread would play the lead rather than a supporting role.

Ingredients

Recipe can be scaled to your liking

250 grams (1 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp) all-purpose flour or bread flour250 grams (1 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp) semolina flour (semola di grano duro)300 ml (1 1/4 cup) lukewarm water20 grams (.7 oz) fresh yeast, or 7 grams (2 1/2 tsp) dried yeast60 ml (4 Tbsp) extra virgin olive oil10 grams (2 tsp) salt12 grams (3 tsp) sugarflour for sprinkling

Preparation see on http://stefangourmet.com


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Judy Carruthers's curator insight, March 27, 2013 7:20 PM

It's hard to beat home made bread and the flavours of Italy are bound to have a wide appeal.

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Are Birds Evolving To Dodge Traffic?

Are Birds Evolving To Dodge Traffic? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
It's no secret that roadside flying can be dangerous for birds. But new research suggests they may be getting a little help from a surprising source -- evolution.

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Jack's curator insight, April 9, 2013 8:38 PM

An interesting perspective on the functions of natural selection in the adaption of many species to humans.

Jack's comment, April 9, 2013 8:40 PM
My thoughts: It's an extrememly interesting perspective on how a trait that at one point was advantageous for teh species of cliff swallow is now being bred out of the species as it is making them more susceptible to being killed by the cars.
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'Dirty Science': Excavating the truth about mangroves and carbon

'Dirty Science': Excavating the truth about mangroves and carbon | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Chest-deep in brackish, tea-coloured water, a team of scientists wades into a towering mangrove forest in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.“We are doing science in a dirty way...but this work is crucial – we are filling the gap in our knowledge about the...

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Titanium dioxide in vitamins and supplements: Is it safe for human consumption?

Titanium dioxide in vitamins and supplements: Is it safe for human consumption? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Titanium dioxide in vitamins and supplements: Is it safe for human consumption?
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Furor Rises Over 'Monsanto Protection Act'

Furor Rises Over 'Monsanto Protection Act' | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Anger is growing against Obama for signing a spending bill with a provision opponents have dubbed the "Monsanto Protection Act."
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Soaring Bee Deaths in 2012 Sound Alarm on Malady

Soaring Bee Deaths in 2012 Sound Alarm on Malady | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A mysterious ailment appears to have expanded drastically in the past year, wiping out as many as half of the hives needed to pollinate much of America’s produce.
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The bees at our house seem to get lost from their hives now too. They would never be in the house before, but now they come in, look weak and die. I hope they figure this our soon and are willing to stop using materials that harm the bees.

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Exxon Confirms 80,000-Gallon Spill Contains Canadian Tar Sands Oil

Exxon Confirms 80,000-Gallon Spill Contains Canadian Tar Sands Oil | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The 20-inch Pegasus pipeline was carrying Wabasca Heavy crude from western Canada when it ruptured, spilling 80,000 gallons of oil.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Looks as though the pipe lines do sometimes break.They are not sure fire safe as the oil companies keep trying to convince everyone.

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GE’s “Brilliant” Wind Turbine Revs Up In Netherlands

GE’s “Brilliant” Wind Turbine Revs Up In Netherlands | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

The new GE wind turbine is billed as the “world’s most efficient high-output wind turbine,” so even though this item hasn’t gotten past the prototype stage we’ve been keeping up with the latest developments. If it lives up to its promise, the new 2.5-120, which GE prefers to call a “brilliant” wind turbine rather than just plain old smart, will result in a significant expansion of global wind power harvesting potential. It is specifically designed to draw cost-effective wind power out of low speed, less-than-ideal sites, and that could put more locally generated clean energy within reach of more communities.


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Lets hope this prove to be all the designers hope it will be and more bird safe too.

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The World Needs More Smog-Gobbling Buildings

The World Needs More Smog-Gobbling Buildings | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Mexico City is the latest to show off a building that sucks up pollution. (Materials technology lets buildings clean the smog from the air around them.
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How the Monsanto Protection Act snuck into law

How the Monsanto Protection Act snuck into law | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A provison that protects the biotech giant from litigation passed Congress without many members knowing about it
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This is worth understanding if you care about how our diet is being shaped by biotechs and for profit rather than for health purposes as the top concern.

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USDA agricultural census program is a covert surveillance operation to compile government database of food and farm assets

Is the U.S. government doing this prior to seizing control of all food production and storage facilities?
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Ok, be sure to follow the links in this. Obama did not do this out of the blue, but expanded and resigned a 1950 act. The article does not link us to the old act, mention it or detail the changes made. The author does make good points to consider now that we seem to live in a world that has corporate interest ahead of citizen interest and so many of our officials form local elected and appointed officials staright up to the White House are in debt to these interest.

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Inside The 'Monsanto Protection Act'

Inside The 'Monsanto Protection Act' | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Learn all the scary facts about the "Monsanto Protection Act," which opponents call the Farmer Assurance Provision, which Congress approved as part of a spending bill that Obama has signed.
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Zeppole di San Giuseppe, St. Joseph's Day Cream Puffs

Zeppole di San Giuseppe, St. Joseph's Day Cream Puffs | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Being a Catholic country, Father’s Day is Italy is celebrated on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph. The feast is associated with a number sweet and savory dishes, but none more so perhaps than the  fancy, sweet version of zeppole usually called, appropriately enough, zeppole di san Giuseppe. Sweet zeppole are made with a cooked dough enriched with butter and eggs, formed into little balls and deep fried and, more often than not, filled with crema pasticcera or pastry cream. 

 

Ingredients
For a plateful

250ml water100g butterA pinch of salt125g flour (pastry flour or all-purpose)Sugar (at least a spoonful, more to taste)4 eggs (or 2 whole eggs and 2 yolks)Grated lemon zest (or a drop of limoncello) (optional)

For frying: vegetable oil, olive oil and/or lard

Confectioner’s sugar1 cup or more of pastry cream Directions
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Child-friendly gardens

Child-friendly gardens | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

I am wondering if any of you create spaces in your garden which are both attractive and child-friendly. Would you incorporate something like this?

More garden ideas can be found here: http://ow.ly/jy2rp


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Host a party in your garden

Host a party in your garden | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

I love this idea. It is a wonderful solution to light a path during a country wedding or garden party. What do you think? 

There are more garden party ideas here http://ow.ly/jt46h


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DuPont To Reduce Workforce On Global Sales Slump

DuPont To Reduce Workforce On Global Sales Slump | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
U.S. chemical giant DuPont cites a slowdown in Asia, a decline in electronics and a widely used chemical as a reason for the cuts.
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Agribusiness Giants Settle Seed Dispute

Agribusiness Giants Settle Seed Dispute | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The agreement settles DuPont's long-running patent dispute over Monsanto's line of genetically modified seed products.
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This is about the money not feeding the world. This isn't the Salvation Army by any means. This is more like the dog eat dog club.

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