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Super foodie Alice Waters launches anti-fracking fight

Super foodie Alice Waters launches anti-fracking fight | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
David SifryAlice Waters loves natural food and hates fracking.
Some of California’s best-known chefs and restaurateurs are whipping up a fight against fracking in the Golden State.
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Photo Essay: Women Are Feeding the World - Modern Farmer

Photo Essay: Women Are Feeding the World - Modern Farmer | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Queen Turner, a Humphrey Fellow who visited UC Davis as part of her fellowship, inspected the beekeeping operation on the rooftop of the San Francisco Chro
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From Fish to Flowers

From Fish to Flowers | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
At the Chilly Root Farms in Homer, AK, the snow- covered Kenai Mountains form a backdrop to the peony fields.
The promise of gold, oil and king crab has lured fortune seekers to Alaska for decades.
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Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomics

Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomics | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it

In a study published in Nature Genetics, researchers from Uppsala University present the first global analysis of genome variation in honeybees. The findings show a surprisingly high level of genetic diversity in honeybees, and indicate that the species most probably originates from Asia, and not from Africa as previously thought.

 

The honeybee (Apis mellifera) is of crucial importance for humanity. One third of our food is dependent on the pollination of fruits, nuts and vegetables by bees and other insects. Extensive losses of honeybee colonies in recent years are a major cause for concern. Honeybees face threats from disease, climate change, and management practices. To combat these threats it is important to understand the evolutionary history of honeybees and how they are adapted to different environments across the world.

 

"We have used state-of-the-art high-throughput genomics to address these questions, and have identified high levels of genetic diversity in honeybees. In contrast to other domestic species, management of honeybees seems to have increased levels of genetic variation by mixing bees from different parts of the world. The findings may also indicate that high levels of inbreeding are not a major cause of global colony losses", says Matthew Webster, researcher at the department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University.

 

Another unexpected result was that honeybees seem to be derived from an ancient lineage of cavity-nesting bees that arrived from Asia around 300,000 years ago and rapidly spread across Europe and Africa. This stands in contrast to previous research that suggests that honeybees originate from Africa.

 

Reference: A worldwide survey of genome sequence variation provides insight into the evolutionary history of the honeybee Apis mellifera, Nature Genetics, 2014. dx.doi.org/10.1038/ng.3077


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‘Want To Make Yourself Sick With McDonald’s? Pay More!’ Ecuador To Introduce Fast Food Tax

‘Want To Make Yourself Sick With McDonald’s? Pay More!’ Ecuador To Introduce Fast Food Tax | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it

We are moving past poverty-related problems since the country is progressing a lot, and moving on to problems of affluence. People are dying from bad food, not a lack of food. People will stop eating so many McDonald’s and Burger King hamburgers with the tax. This favors the production of our traditional gastronomy,” said the politician, who has become well known for his strident anti-American rhetoric since assuming power in 2007. 

“If you want to make yourself sick, that is your problem. We are in a free country. But those who deliberately affect your health, they should contribute a little more to the healthcare system to help you once you are ill.

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From Poison to Passion: The Secret History of the Tomato

From Poison to Passion: The Secret History of the Tomato | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
While grown and used throughout pre-Civil War America, tomatoes weren’t widely embraced.
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Sick of kale? Amaranth is the next super green to try

Sick of kale? Amaranth is the next super green to try | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Kale has reigned as the trendy green veggie for a while now, knocking arugula from the spotlight a few years back. Those 2-ounce bags of... (Another new item in this week's CSA box - Amaranth Greens!
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Barnraiser Aims to Be ‘Kickstarter’ for Sustainable Food

Barnraiser Aims to Be ‘Kickstarter’ for Sustainable Food | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Barnraiser, which hopes to be the Kickstarter of the local and sustainable foods movement, launches September 9.
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Mold, Feces and Cockroaches: Documents Reveal New Reasons to Distrust Foster Farms Chicken

Mold, Feces and Cockroaches: Documents Reveal New Reasons to Distrust Foster Farms Chicken | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
The company's history of safety violations contradiction its commitment to public health, the NRDC claims
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Architecture on Twitter: Huge bamboo house designed by Alora Hardy Green village bali. http://t.co/wgmeuYp8aB

Architecture on Twitter: Huge bamboo house designed by Alora Hardy Green village bali. http://t.co/wgmeuYp8aB | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Huge bamboo house designed by Alora Hardy Green village bali. http://t.co/wgmeuYp8aB
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Growing Greens: Shoots and Leaves

Growing Greens: Shoots and Leaves | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
A venture to grow microgreens spreads its roots across the country (They grow red amaranth, pea shoots, fennel, alfalfa.
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This Tree Is Growing 40 Different Kinds Of Fruit At Once

This Tree Is Growing 40 Different Kinds Of Fruit At Once | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
This single (and quite colorfully blossoming) tree grows 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and even almonds — but just how does it do it?

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"God of Crude Oil Trading" Goes All In On Crude At $150 Bet | Zero Hedge

"God of Crude Oil Trading" Goes All In On Crude At $150 Bet | Zero Hedge | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Andy Hall - known as the God of Crude Oil Trading to some of his peers - has, according to Bloomberg, built his success on a simple creed: Everyone who disagrees with him is wrong. He was one of the few traders who anticipated both the run-up in and the eventual crash of oil prices in 2008. Hall has made billions for the companies for which he’s traded by placing one aggressive bet after another; and now, he is all-in again. Hall is going all in on a bet that the shale-oil boom will play out far sooner than many analysts expect, resulting in a steady increase in prices to as much as $150 a barrel in five years or less. As one industry CEO warned, "anybody who bets against Andy Hall might be making a poor bet."

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#Monsanto Loses #GMO Permit In #Mexico – Judge Sides With The #Bees | Alternative

#Monsanto Loses #GMO Permit In #Mexico – Judge Sides With The #Bees | Alternative | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
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A number of countries around the world have now completely banned GM food and the pesticides that go with them, or have severe restrictions against them. This comes after the world has experienced a massive resistance against...

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Robots Cooked and Served My Dinner 

Robots Cooked and Served My Dinner  | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
In the Chinese city of Kunshan, a small army of robot cooks and waiters serve dumplings and fried rice to curious customers at Tian Waike Restaurant.

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Saha wa Hanadi - Asian Episode on Vimeo

This is "Saha wa Hanadi - Asian Episode" by Jacqwi Campbell on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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Need Land, Will Farm: Young Americans Reclaim Soil to Grow Food Sustainably

Need Land, Will Farm: Young Americans Reclaim Soil to Grow Food Sustainably | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
78 percent of beginning farmers polled by the National Young Farmers Coalition list lack of capital as the biggest challenge they face when trying to start up their own farm.
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Plant Diversity In China Vital For Global Food Security

Plant Diversity In China Vital For Global Food Security | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it

“With climate change threatening global food supplies, new research claims the rich flora of China could be crucial to underpin food security in the future. A team from the University of Birmingham and partners in China have identified 871 wild plant”


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Feed Your Entire Family On $5 With These Meals

Feed Your Entire Family On $5 With These Meals | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Delicious home cooked meals for your family don't require you spending big bucks at the grocery story. In fact, Erin Chase, "The $5...
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Holli Thompson - Guest Blog Post: Tara Miko's Pistachio Mint Hemp Pesto

Holli Thompson - Guest Blog Post: Tara Miko's Pistachio Mint Hemp Pesto | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
  Tara Miko and I met when our photographer for a Nutritional Style® photo shoot arrived with bags of Tara’s brand, Happy Hemp Seeds, as snacks. What are those? I...
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8 Vintage Fruit Crate Labels

8 Vintage Fruit Crate Labels | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Rising to popularity in the 19th century, these labels often depicted scenes of sunny California, where the produce originated.
Nowadays, crate labels are a nostalgic reminder of the past.
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Sonoma County Farms and Local Products | Farm Trails

Visit Sonoma County farms, ranches, wineries, orchards, artisans and small, local businesses in the North Bay's wine country. Buy and enjoy local products. Enjoy our Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol, CA.
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This Pallet Home Can Be Built in One Day With Basic Tools

This Pallet Home Can Be Built in One Day With Basic Tools | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Now this is truly an innovative design. Developed by the creative folks at i-Beam Design, this house plan makes use of commonly available materials, and is designed to be built by anyone, even without construction experience.
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Benefits of Hemp Oil | LIVESTRONG.COM

Benefits of Hemp Oil | LIVESTRONG.COM | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Gleaned from the seeds of the hemp plant, hemp oil is a type of vegetable oil that you can use for cooking and preparing foods. It is a non-drug form of the hemp plant, unlike marijuana, which is also from the hemp plant.
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If Only American Kids Could Eat School Lunches Like They Do in France

If Only American Kids Could Eat School Lunches Like They Do in France | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it

"The standard school lunch for an American child often contains dishes brimming with preservatives and sodium. While some schools have completelyoverhauled their school menus to contain fresh vegetables and grains, others stillstruggle with meeting nutritional guidelines. But for students in France, it appears that school lunches are the least of their concerns."

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For now.....

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Oh, Heck Yes: Check Out These Farm Tools For Women

Oh, Heck Yes: Check Out These Farm Tools For Women | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it

"You get Green Heron Tools and a batch of farming and gardening tools that are actually useful for women. Ann Adams and Liz Brensinger founded the business after farming for 20 years and noticing the tools didn’t quite work for their bodies. Deborah Huso interviewed the pair over at Modern Farmer:"

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#​Monsanto in #Ukraine: #corrupt #IMF loan for Ukraine may give #GMO giant a backdoor

#​Monsanto in #Ukraine: #corrupt #IMF loan for Ukraine may give #GMO giant a backdoor | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
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