Study Shows Roundup and Fungicide Attract Bees, Then Kill Them

January 14, 2018 at 1:27 am





Scientists Worry About Implications for Global Food Supply

 

With hundreds of North American bee species on the verge of extinction, a new study brings us closer to the culprits —  fungicide and herbicide that attract them and then kill them.

We’re in the Middle of Earth’s 6th Mass Extinction … Why Doesn’t Anyone Care?

January 8, 2018 at 5:48 pm





Earth’s 5th mass extinction was 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs and countless other species disappeared. Humans could go out with the 6th, if they don’t make some major changes quick… but no one seems to care or even notice that it’s happening.

“Earth’s sixth mass extinction event is underway,” the headlines of dozens of major newspapers warned last summer.

Warming Oceans Are Losing Oxygen at Breathtaking Rates, Threatening Mass Extinction of Marine Life, Scientists Warn

January 7, 2018 at 6:59 pm




Zero-oxygen “dead zones,” where marine life cannot survive, have quadrupled in size since 1950, new study finds

A fisherman Chile wading in dead sardines, a result of algae blooms that suck oxygen out of the water. Credit: Felix Marquez, Associated Press

Global warming and agricultural pollution have drastically reduced oxygen levels in the ocean over the last 70 years.

Coastal dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, while the number of very low oxygen sites have multiplied tenfold, a new study published in the journal Science finds.

Cows Aren’t Causing Climate Change, Factory Farms Are

January 4, 2018 at 1:22 am





Set cows free so they can save the planet, ecologist says

While many environmentalists are eager to blame cow farts for global warming, one ecologist says cows are among the few animals left that can save us all from extinction.

Why Millennials Need Space From Our Baby Boomer Parents

December 27, 2017 at 4:34 pm




More and more of my millennial friends are cutting ties, to various degrees, with their baby boomer parents.

Millennials –‎ those born roughly between 1981 and 2000 — see baby boomers — born between 1946 and 1964 — as behind the times, closed-minded, controlling and sometimes emotionally abusive.

Trump Administration Overturns Rule Requiring Outdoor Space for Organic Laying Hens

December 16, 2017 at 4:45 pm




“Outdoor” porch at one of America’s largest organic egg farms in Saranac, Michigan.

A rule change under the Obama Administration, required egg producers using the label “USDA Organic” to provide real outdoor space for hens, rather than enclosed porches. The Trump administration just reversed that.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has long required organic egg producers to give their hens “access” to the outdoors. Many large brands have created a loophole to this requirement by providing tiny doors leading to small, enclosed outdoor “porches.”

The 30 Most Valuable Plants for Urban and Suburban Gardens

December 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm




In a recent post, I wrote about why permaculture is humanity’s last hope for long-term survival. We could go back to hunting and gathering, but there isn’t much wild food left to hunt or gather, thanks to the global destruction caused by agriculture.

Permaculture is not only sustainable, it’s regenerative, says author of the world’s best selling permaculture book Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition Toby Hemenway. It regenerates the soil, plant life, wild animals and eventually creates rich, complex, bio-diverse forest ecosystems, which produce tons of free, nutrient-dense foods.

Why Agriculture Isn’t Sustainable and Permaculture Is

December 11, 2017 at 2:50 am




Why pemaculture is the future of food if there is a future of food

Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island

When someone claimed to have a “sustainable” farm, the late biologist and permaculture professor Toby Hemenway liked to ask them how long their farm had been around?

“500 years? 5000? A million?”

Because hardly anyone could answer more than a hundred, Hemenway started to realize most of us have no idea what “sustainable” means.

In the video below, he explains why there is no such thing as sustainable agriculture and why permaculture has to be the future of food if there’s going to be a future for humans at all.

Whole Foods “Humane” Turkey Deception

November 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm




Diestel turkeys live in horrific conditions, receive antibiotics, hormones and “severely toxic chemicals” prohibited by FDA, new lawsuit reveals

A lawsuit filed this week against one of Whole Food’s top turkey suppliers alleges turkeys are being fraudulently marketed as “humane” and “hormone, antibiotic, and chemical-free.”

Diestel turkeys actually live in horrific conditions and routinely receive synthetic hormones, antibiotics and other drugs strictly prohibited by the FDA, like chloramphenicol, which is known to have “severe toxic effects in humans,” alleges an amended complaint filed Nov. 13 by the animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere.

Investigation Reveals Tyson Foods as #1 Culprit in Largest “Dead Zone” on Earth

November 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm




Nearly 9000 square-miles of ocean along the Gulf Coast is uninhabitable by marine life. Loaded with agricultural toxins and devoid of oxygen, it’s the largest “dead zone” in US history, and last summer it got even bigger.

We’ve known the cause of the ecological “dead zone” for decades — fertilizer run-off from Big Agriculture via the Mississippi River — but a new investigative report identifies the number one polluter by name, Tyson Foods.