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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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SXSW 2019: This Panel's Al Gore Is Fake but the Climate Science Is So Real

While this Al Gore is fake, the climate scientists and the conversations about the increasingly warming planet are terrifyingly real. Rollie Williams, under the guise of Al Gore, is joined by Dale Jamieson, Ph.D., and Alicia Pérez-Porro, Ph.D., to talk about the inconvenient truths of our warming planet.
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Mitochondrial replacement therapy, a controversial fertility treatment, explained

Mitochondrial replacement therapy, a controversial fertility treatment, explained | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The story of mitochondrial replacement therapy shows how ethically tricky genetic manipulation is becoming.
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2018's global heat wave is so intense it's surprising scientists - 

2018's global heat wave is so intense it's surprising scientists -  | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
It's only going to get worse from here, scientists say.
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Scientists Discover Evidence of the First Large Body of Liquid Water on Mars

Scientists Discover Evidence of the First Large Body of Liquid Water on Mars | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
"Going from zero bodies of water to one is a big change, for sure, but the full extent of this discovery depends on what we find next."
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EPA signs off on rule exempting farmers from reporting emissions | Miranda Green | TheHill.com

EPA signs off on rule exempting farmers from reporting emissions | Miranda Green | TheHill.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Tuesday that it is implementing recently passed legislation that exempts farmers from having to report emissions derived from animal waste and other pollutants.

The final rule, signed by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Monday, codifies the most recent version of the FARM Act, which exempted many farmers from reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste.

Signed into law in March, the act made changes to Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) that the bill supporters said regulated emissions from farms much like it regulated Superfund sites, which they call a far too lofty request.

Lawmakers added the provision to the FARM ACT after a Supreme Court decision in 2008 that struck down an Bush-era EPA rule that tried to exempt farmers from the same reporting requirements.

 

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What Happens To Your Brain When You're Dehydrated? The Results Can Be Kind Of Scary

We all know that drinking water is literally the best thing we can do for our bodies. It helps us regulate our internal body temperature, digest our food, lubricate our joints, and acts as a "shock absorber" for our brains and spinal column, accordin…
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The Military Drinking-Water Crisis the White House Tried to Hide

The Military Drinking-Water Crisis the White House Tried to Hide | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A new, previously suppressed report has grave implications for service members, veterans, and their families.
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Why the World’s Biggest Pig Is in Serious Trouble

Why the World’s Biggest Pig Is in Serious Trouble | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The 600-pound giant forest hog is expert at avoiding people, who are increasingly hunting the animal in its African habitat.
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Invasive plant that causes 3rd-degree burns, permanent blindness discovered in Virginia

Invasive plant that causes 3rd-degree burns, permanent blindness discovered in Virginia | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Officials in Virginia are warning residents to be on the lookout after an invasive plant was found Tuesday in the northern part of the state can cause third-degree burns and even permanent blindness.
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6 Things You’re Recycling Wrong - The New York Times

6 Things You’re Recycling Wrong - The New York Times | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Can you recycle coffee cups or greasy pizza boxes? If you’re tossing things in the recycling bin out of sheer hope, you might be an “aspirational recycler.”
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Butterfly Weed Seeds - Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed Seeds - Asclepias tuberosa | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is the famous orange milkweed species native from Canada to Florida. Needs fast-draining soil and full sun. Perennial
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Method assembles cellulose nanofibres into a material stronger than spider silk

Method assembles cellulose nanofibres into a material stronger than spider silk | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Researchers in Sweden have produced a bio-based material that is reported to surpass the strength of all known bio-based materials whether fabricated or natural, including wood and spider silk.

Working with cellulose nanofibre (CNF), the essential building block of wood and other plant life, the researchers report that they have overcome the difficulty in translating the incredible mechanical properties of these nanofibres into larger, lightweight materials for use in airplanes, cars, furniture and other products.

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California wildfires: Development on city fringes boosts risk

California wildfires: Development on city fringes boosts risk | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
As California grows, people are moving into the rural edges of cities where we weren’t before — creating an “expanding bull’s eye’ effect” of higher wildfire risk, according…
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Shasta's Carr fire inferno ignites dangerous fire tornado

Shasta's Carr fire inferno ignites dangerous fire tornado | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
An unusual weather phenomenon, called a “fire whirl,” creates dangerously erratic conditions for firefighting, sending hot embers and poison gas high into the atmosphere — complicating effort…
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Scientists Discover Evidence of the First Large Body of Liquid Water on Mars

Scientists Discover Evidence of the First Large Body of Liquid Water on Mars | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
"Going from zero bodies of water to one is a big change, for sure, but the full extent of this discovery depends on what we find next."
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Giant Pac-Man: Ocean Cleanup's final design to eat away at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch | Nick Lavars | NewAtlas.com

The Ocean Cleanup's trash-collecting barriers have been through a number of iterations since their conception around five years ago. The latest, and final version that will be towed out to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch later in the year, cleverly harnesses the power of wind and surface waves to autonomously sweep through the area, gathering up plastic waste as it goes.

Some serious research and development has gone into perfecting the team's approach to the monumental problem of plastic waste in the ocean.

 

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Avoid these food chemicals, pediatricians say

Avoid these food chemicals, pediatricians say | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for parents and children to avoid certain chemicals used in food processing that may be harmful to child development.
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Crude Leaks From Derailed Train in Iowa

More than 30 tanker cars have derailed in northwestern Iowa and at least some are leaking crude oil into a nearby river. The train derailed early Frida
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Why the World’s Biggest Pig Is in Serious Trouble

Why the World’s Biggest Pig Is in Serious Trouble | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The 600-pound giant forest hog is expert at avoiding people, who are increasingly hunting the animal in its African habitat.
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Tips for Growing Desert Rose Plants

Tips for Growing Desert Rose Plants | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Learn about growing conditions, propagation, repotting and varieties of Desert Rose plants, plus general grower's tips.
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Sistema Huautla, the Deepest Cave in the Western Hemisphere Is Bigger Than We Thought

While trapped inside Mexico's Sistema Huautla by torrential flooding, cavers and scientists discovered new connections—expanding the map of the Western Hemisphere's deepest cave.
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Candling eggs: how to watch a speck grow into a chick.

Candling eggs: how to watch a speck grow into a chick. | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Want to learn a fascinating way to see your chicks grow before they evenhatch? Let's do some candling!
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Do Fathers Who Exercise Have Smarter Babies? - The New York Times

Do Fathers Who Exercise Have Smarter Babies? - The New York Times | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Exercise changes the brains and sperm of male mice in ways that later boost the thinking skills of their offspring. Could the same be true of men?

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