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Quinoa: The Dark Side of an Andean Superfood

Quinoa: The Dark Side of an Andean Superfood | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

... The boom in quinoa is making once impoverished farmers richer but throwing greed into their once uncomplicated way of life. ... "When you transform a food into a commodity, there's inevitable breakdown in social relations and high environmental cost," says Tanya Kerssen, a food-policy analyst for the U.S.-based food and development institute Food First. ...

 


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Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants a 1,360 Acre Forest

Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants a 1,360 Acre Forest | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
As a teenager, Jadav Payeng began planting trees on a barren sandbar in India. 30 years later, it's home to a sprawling forest.

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IUCN - Habitat loss blamed for more species decline

IUCN - Habitat loss blamed for more species decline | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Habitat loss is having a serious impact on Europe’s butterflies, beetles and dragonflies.
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Conserving biodiversity hotspots 'could bring world's poor $500bn a year'

Conserving biodiversity hotspots 'could bring world's poor $500bn a year' | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Study puts economic value on the indirect ecosystem services provided by the world's poorest people...
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Consuming unsustainably — European Environment Agency (EEA)

Consuming unsustainably — European Environment Agency (EEA) | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Key message: A major reason why consumption negatively affects the environment and causes over-use of resources is because the costs to society of environmental and resource degradation are not fully reflected in the prices of goods and services.
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Plants' 'spring switch' revealed

Plants' 'spring switch' revealed | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Researchers have identified the genetic "switch" that triggers the flowering process in plants as they respond to warmer temperatures.
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Science and Environment: The Missing Dots

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Stanford symposium Connecting the Dots looks for connections between agriculture, energy and the environment as population grows.
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