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Soybean yields set records in 2011 - Galesburg Register-Mail

Soybean yields set records in 2011 - Galesburg Register-Mail | Reeves Environmental Science Articles | Scoop.it

This article is about farming in the United States and how this year set the new yeild record in soy beans. They say that some county's produced "over 61.2 bushels per acre." They say that the succes in soy bean yields was regional, but the corn was below a five year average. This relates to class because we discuss how soy beans and corn are being mass produced at a very high rate and also how they can be found in almost every manufactured food product sol in grocery stores. We also dsiscuss how farmers use previous farming statistics to help plan for a better crop yeild the next year and these farmers say that they "will use their soybean yield data from last year to plan for future growing seasons." Overall this directly relates to class because we watched Food Inc where they showed how soy beans and corn are being produced at the highest rates ever, and this article directly backs that up.

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Isn't It About Time to Start Labeling Genetically Modified Foods? - The Atlantic

Isn't It About Time to Start Labeling Genetically Modified Foods? - The Atlantic | Reeves Environmental Science Articles | Scoop.it

This article is about genetically modified food and how certain capaign groups are pushing for the labeling of these genetically modified food. This relates to class because we discuss foods and how they are being genetically modified and their consumers are not being told about it. Specifically, in this article, Marion Nestle and others are trying to push the FDA to make the companies label which foods are modified. In class we discuss how corn and soybeans are one of our most produced grain products and now they are the most modified. Now, 94% of the soybeans contain a sort of genetically modied agent or chemical to make them grow faster. She says if we dont start labeling these foods then the companies will continue to put more and more chemicals and other products into the grains and other crops. Also this will help push for more organic foods and healthier food, this eventually could have a greater effect on the environment. We, as a class, saw a lot of this in the movie we watched about America and the food we eat.

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Contraceptive Birth Control for a Secured Family Planning

This article is about family planning and using contraceptives to help prevent unwanted pregnancies. In class we discuss how countries should educate women and families on family planning so that they do not have an unwanted child. When couples use contraceptives it is easier to control pregancies and the population won't get out of control as fast. We discuss how countries like India need help with family planning and education on cantraceptives in birth control because they are growing to fast and are over populated. This relates directly to class and control of the human population

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Why Organic Farming and Gardening?

Why Organic Farming and Gardening? | Reeves Environmental Science Articles | Scoop.it

This article is about people using organic ways of farming that include an absence of pesticides and other chemicals that could be potentially dangerous to the ecosystem around it and the people who consume products with pesticide in them. This relates to class because we discuss how these big industrialized farms are using high quantities of pesticides and other dangerous chemicals. In class we research ways to prevent the use of these dangerous chemicals, and one way is by using an organic farming method where only sunlight and arable soil is needed to produce healthier and safer foods for the general public to consume. THe article says "organic farming and gardening provide much healthier foods for consumption and is much less harmful to out ecosystem."

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California Slaughterhouse Law Struck Down by Top U.S. Court - San Francisco Chronicle

California Slaughterhouse Law Struck Down by Top U.S. Court - San Francisco Chronicle | Reeves Environmental Science Articles | Scoop.it

This article is about how the US Supreme Court overturned a California rule that downed animals had the right to be euthenized. This law applied to downed and sick animals that couldnt stand on their own. Also the Supreme Court said this is now a federal law not a sate law, so there should be no eithenized animals in slaughthouses. This relates to class because in class we discuss slaughterhouses and how inhumane they are or unsafe and cruel towards animals. This law directly affects pigs because out of 1 million pigs almost forty-four thousand will be unable to walk. In class we watched a video about pigs and cows in slaughterhouses were being kicked and pushed over with forklifts. Also, we discuss how some of the meat served to the general public is genetically modified, but in this situation these "eutheized animals" could have possibly fatal drugs in them. Now, "downed" animals are not allowed to be sold and if someone is found selling them they could be punished with a 22 thousand dollar fine and up to a year in prison. In class we also discuss how we have certain laws guarding and protecting animals, and if found you will have to face a fine and jail time.

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Cuban infant mortality rate at 4.9 in 2011 - Cuba Headlines

Cuban infant mortality rate at 4.9 in 2011 - Cuba Headlines | Reeves Environmental Science Articles | Scoop.it

This article is about the Cuban birth rate and how it has risen to 4.9 percent. This relates to class because we talk about infant mortatlity rate and and population numbers. One of the key factors in a countries population growth is their infant mortlity rate. In Cuba it has risen in the last few years which is good because they have a low population. Also the government is taking a big step and providing some health care, education, and vaccinations for infants and this is helping increase the survivial rate of infants. In class we discuss how there is a need for more education and helth care in developing countries.

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