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  • Muzzled by Monsanto

    04/17/2014 8:51:12 AM PDT · by Renfield · 27 replies
    Boulder Weekly ^ | 4-3-2014 | Caitlin Rocket
    After nearly 30 years studying how plants use their genes to defend against viruses, Vicki Vance, a professor at the University of South Carolina, doesn’t see genetically modifying plants as a malevolent or arrogantly God-like endeavor. “There’s DNA in the world and it gets passed from one organism to another and it’s the natural thing. If that’s the problem you have with transgenic plants, that’s not a good reason to be against them,” Vance says. She does, however, have a problem with mega corporations allegedly using their money and power to hide the risks of new forms of genetic technology....
  • I want to preempt any no-knock raid by my LEO in my county

    04/16/2014 7:39:20 PM PDT · by George from New England · 61 replies
    I am running computers at my Florida farm that use ten-fold the electricity I used a year ago, this time of year. I read freeper threads about the LEO, no-knock, drug suspected raids, that occur all across the states when electricity usage is flagged as abnormally high. How would you go about contacting the county sheriff and what to say as well as what not to say with regard to high electric usage. I don't want to wake in the middle of the night to LEO activity on my property that I suspect is a burglary or other criminal activity....
  • Congress considers blocking GMO food labeling

    04/16/2014 6:08:44 PM PDT · by Renfield · 8 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 4-9-2014
    A new bill introduced in Congress looks to ban states from implementing their own labeling laws when it comes to food containing genetically engineered ingredients. According to Reuters, US Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced the legislation on Wednesday, which is intended to head off bills in about 24 states that would require companies to inform customers when their food is produced using genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Titled the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” the proposal would forbid states from enacting such proposals....
  • Breakfast in a K-Cup: General Mills launches oatmeal for the Keurig

    04/16/2014 8:22:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 76 replies ^ | April 16, 2014 | By Melissa Turtinen
    Your coffee maker can now brew your entire breakfast before you head out the door in the morning. Golden Valley-based General Mills has launched Nature Valley-brand oatmeal that’s made in a Keurig brewer – a machine that makes single servings of coffee, tea and other beverages using a single-serve capsule or pod (also known as a K-Cup), the Washington Post says. Here’s how it works: Hot water from the Keurig runs through flavor pods (K-Cups) and into a mug filled with Nature Valley Bistro Cups oatmeal, to be mixed with an additional packet of nuts and fruit. This is General...
  • Saudi to Bring Up Baby Wolf That Killed His Sheep

    04/14/2014 1:43:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 14, 2014
    Caught cub after chasing the predator and its mother By StaffA Saudi farmer who captured a baby wolf after a chase on foot said he would look after it and bring it up although he had killed many of his sheep. Abdul Karim Al Mutairi said he caught the wolf after chasing the predator and its mother through the wilderness in the western town of Madinah. “I ran after them and captured the little wolf but his mother managed to escape. I will bring it up,” he told Sabq newspaper.
  • Holder/Obama/Reid: Hypocracy and Selective Enforcement: Bundy vs Illegal Immigration

    04/13/2014 3:08:41 PM PDT · by topher · 18 replies
    Various referenced | April 13, 2014 | Vanity
    During the government shutdown, the Obama Administration made it a priority to put up barricades at the World War II Memorial: preventing Veterans who had made a special trip to Washington, DC from visiting the Memorial. According to Sarah Palin, Sylvia Matthews Burwell (HHS nominee) was behind this. Then the Obama Administration took the stance that Illegal Immigrants should be allowed in the US. Any damage to property or crimes committed seemed seemed to make this administration turn the other way. Then the Bureau of Land Management decided that a rancher Clive Bunday, who has had cattle grazing on the...
  • Brace yourself: The bacon shortage is coming

    04/09/2014 7:23:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/09/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Don’t panic. Your prices will probably go up because the free market is awesome and capable of signaling where it needs the most bacon when, and to whom it is most valuable, so there won’t be full bacon stoppage. Or, bacon lines. Though if you were going to queue up for something, certainly that’d be it. A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it’s threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or...
  • Vegetarians are Evil

    04/01/2014 10:32:59 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 18 replies ^ |
    Found this website that is interesting: Vegetarians are Evil; Vegan & Vegetarian Killers The following is a list of vegetarians who were also killers: Pol Pot, Vegan despot and mass murderer Out of a population of approximately 8 million, Pol Pot's regime exterminated one quarter, or almost 2 million people. Charles Manson - Vegan Animal Rights Activist Manson was an environmentalist and animal rights activist concerned about damage to the environment and pollution. Volkert van der Graaf, vegan killer Volkert was also a member of a group called the "Furious Potatoes" (De Ziedende Bintjes), a group that carries out illegal,...
  • Climate Change Allows Scottish Wine to Debut

    03/30/2014 6:43:35 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 12 replies
    Accuweather ^ | March 30,2014
    Christopher Trotter will make history later this year when he unveils the first bottles of wine from his vineyard nestled to the north of Edinburgh -- all thanks to climate change.
  • West Nile virus may have met its match: tobacco

    03/28/2014 4:57:00 PM PDT · by RegulatorCountry · 55 replies
    The Verge ^ | March 27, 2014 | Arielle Duhaime-Ross
    Some people think of tobacco as a drug, whereas others think of it as a therapy — or both. But for the most part, it's hard to find people who think of the tobacco plant in terms of its medical applications. Qiang Chen, an infectious disease researcher at Arizona State University, is one such person. His team of scientists conducted an experiment, published today in PLOS ONE, that demonstrates how a drug produced in tobacco plants can be used to prevent death in mice infected with a lethal dose of West Nile virus. The study represents an important first step...
  • Fred, the Egg Man & His Smart Old Rooster Butch

    03/20/2014 12:15:52 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 9 replies
    Unknown | Unknown | Unknown
    > Fred The Egg Man & His Smart Old Rooster Butch > > Fred was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young 'pullets,' and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs. >> He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced. >> >> This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached them to his roosters. >> >> Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing. >> >> Now, he could sit on the porch and fill...
  • Forgotten world of Mississippi's hill country unearthed in photos taken 40 years ago

    03/18/2014 10:24:33 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 18 replies ^ | 18 March 2014
    "In the early 1970s Michael Ford moved from Boston to Oxford, Mississippi to visit some relatives and was so smitten by it he decided to stay. The story of rural life in the hill country of North Mississippi is told in an astonishing collection of photographs taken in the early 1970s, which are now being honored with a 40-year retrospective to ensure that these images of a way of life that died out long ago may live on. The photographs also tell the story of Michael Ford, who captured them after quitting his teaching job in Boston and packing his...
  • Santa Fe Shelter Offers ‘Barn Cats’ For Adoption

    03/13/2014 11:37:04 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 45 replies
    Animal shelters often place domesticated cats and dogs in homes. Now, Santa Fe Animal Shelter based in New Mexico, is working to give feral felines a second chance at life as well. According to the Santa Fe CBS affiliate KRQE, 30 semi-feral and feral cats were seized from the home of an elderly woman when she contacted Animal Control for help. Some of the younger felines were able to be socialized and adopted out. Ten feral cats described as being unfriendly and unsocialized were slated for adoption as well. These animals are part of the shelter's barn cat program. Some people are in need of animals to combat...
  • Pot connection? Colorado schools deny spike in applications sparked by marijuana law

    03/13/2014 2:41:34 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/13/2014 | By Katharine J. Crane
    Colorado colleges and universities have seen a dramatic jump in applications, including from out of state, following the legalization of marijuana, but officials insist there’s no drug connection. Applications to the University of Colorado are up 30 percent since Amendment 64 made recreational pot legal, according to Director of Admissions Kevin MacLennan. But while several marijuana advocates told it is hardly surprising that the Centennial State would become a mecca for college-bound tokers, MacLennan disagrees. “We aren’t getting a lot of questions about this,” MacLennan said, referring to the new law. He said a better explanation for the rise...
  • Hitler's Super Gauge Train

    03/08/2014 9:28:41 AM PST · by varmintman · 66 replies
    On the off chance you might encounter people who don't understand why George Soros and Monsanto might want the Ukraine.... The official title of the tsars was "Tsar of all the Russias", meaning primarily 'Great Russia' (Russia), 'White Russia' (Belorus), and 'Little Russia' (Ukraine). That is the heart of the Slavic Orthodox world and Ukraine is the breadbasket of that world. The Ukraine could feed everybody from the Volga to the Atlantic and that in fact was Hitler's plan; the idea was to build a super-gauge train to haul foodstuffs from Ukraine to Europe and, as I read it at...
  • California Farmers Hire "Water Witches" to Find Water

    03/03/2014 11:27:28 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Mar 3, 2014 | Monday, Mar 3, 2014
    With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of dowsing use rudimentary tools - usually copper sticks or wooden "divining rods" that resemble large wishbones - and what they describe as a natural energy to find water or minerals hidden deep underground. While both state and federal water scientists disapprove of dowsing, California "witchers" are busy as farmers seek to drill more groundwater wells due to the state's record drought that persists despite recent rain.
  • The benefits of eating bugs

    03/02/2014 7:16:51 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 45 replies
    The Week ^ | March 1, 2014 | Daniella Martin
    YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD of the Stone Age diet craze known as the Paleolithic Diet, made popular most recently by Dr. Loren Cordain's best-seller The Paleo Diet. The premise is simple: If our early human ancestors couldn't have eaten it, we shouldn't, either. It's the one time, it seems, that being like a caveman is a good thing. The theory goes (and archaeological evidence corroborates) that early hunter-gatherers, while they may not have lived as long, still had some major health advantages on most of us modern humans. They were much taller, averaging 6-foot-5 to our 5-foot-11; had stronger, heavier bones;...
  • Regarding "Ukraine" vs "the Ukraine"

    02/23/2014 1:19:23 AM PST · by Don W · 46 replies
    self | 23/12/14 | self
    Fellow FReepers, know this: In Russian, the ukraine means "the frontier". To Ukrainians, Ukraine means HOME. We don't call it "The France", or "The Germany", or "The Mexico", etc. Drop the "the" and correctly use the nation's name uncorrupted by the oligarchs in "mothertrucker Russia".
  • [2012] Growth of ethanol fuel stalls in Brazil

    02/22/2014 12:57:34 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Nature ^ | November 27, 2012 | Claudio Angelo
    Domestic consumption of liquid ethanol this year has been 26% lower than for the same period in 2008. Forty-one of the country’s roughly 400 sugar-cane ethanol plants have closed over that time. The price of pure ethanol at the pump is so high that in most states it is cheaper to fill up flexible-fuel cars with petrol blends that contain about 20% ethanol... It began with the 2008 economic crisis, which staunched new investments in the sector just as it was expanding rapidly, and deep in debt. Rather than developing new plantations, the industry fell back on harvesting cane from...
  • Tomorrow’s hamburger may cost as much as today’s steak - Beef prices expected to rise through 2016

    02/22/2014 8:47:27 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 69 replies ^ | Feb. 21, 2014 | Catey Hill
    Beef: It’s what you can’t afford for dinner — for years to come. Retail beef prices are near record highs. During 2013, the price consumers paid for ground beef climbed roughly 5%, according to government data beef price data released Thursday finds that consumers paid an average of nearly $3.50 per pound for 100% ground beef. What’s more, experts say that climbing beef prices are here to stay. The USDA’s Economic Research Service projects that beef prices will rise faster than almost anything else this year. Don Close, a cattle economist with Rabo AgriFinance says he thinks prices this year...
  • Utah lawmaker: We should emit more CO2 into the atmosphere

    02/20/2014 7:14:46 AM PST · by rktman · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/19/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    While the Obama administration is focused on cutting carbon dioxide emissions to fight global warming, one Utah state lawmaker argues that the U.S. should emit more carbon into the atmosphere. Utah Republican state Rep. Jerry Anderson says there’s not enough carbon in the atmosphere and that levels “really could be much higher and give us a lot of benefit for growing plants.” “We are short of carbon dioxide for the needs of the plants,” Anderson, who’s a retired science teacher, told state lawmakers. “Concentrations reached 600 parts per million at the time of the dinosaurs and they did quite well....
  • Just how much water is in all of this snow on the ground?

    02/14/2014 5:25:50 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 47 replies ^ | February 14, 2014 | Mark Torregrossa
    There is a lot of snow on the ground in Michigan. When the snow melts, just how much water is in all of the snow on the ground now? The top graphic shows the "snow water equivalent" for the Lower Peninsula. This means the amount of liquid if the snow in a tube was all melted at once. All of the Lower Peninsula has at least one inch of liquid in the snow. Most of the Lower Peninsula has two to six inches of liquid in the form of snow. The heaviest snowfall areas in northwest Lower Michigan have between...
  • Why Did The Met Office Forecast A Dry Winter?

    02/10/2014 7:31:36 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2/10/2014 | Dr. Benny Peiser
    For the December-January-February period as a whole there is a slight signal for below-average precipitation. –-Met Office forecast, 23 November 2014 It is all very well for the Met Office to claim that they know the reason for the recent wet and stormy weather, but it is clear they knew no such thing last November, when they forecast the likely probability of a dry winter. Certainly, the factors in the Pacific, that they now blame, were in play at the time. (If they were not, then they are just “weather”, and cannot be claimed to be linked to “climate change”)....
  • Satisfying smackdown of Prince Charles

    02/08/2014 8:11:46 AM PST · by rktman · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/8/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Recently His Royal Highness committed a major faux pas by injecting himself into the political debate, and he has been called out by the one man with the intellectual AND social standing to do so. And a major plus is that he has the wit to perform this necessary task with devastating effectiveness. As many readers may have already guessed, that man is Christopher Monckton, also known more formally as Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, a man in possession of his own herald of high nobility.
  • Intruder scared away by Big Mouth Billy Bass

    02/07/2014 6:36:48 AM PST · by bgill · 7 replies
    StarTribune ^ | Feb. 4, 2014 | Pam Louwagie
    The crime scene of a break-in at a Rochester's Hooked on Fishing shop showed evidence that a burglar got scared off by a motion-activated, singing bass, authorities said.
  • Missouri sues California over chicken regulations

    02/06/2014 3:04:31 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/04/2014 | Reid Wilson
    Whichever came first, both the chicken and the egg will be subject to a forthcoming federal lawsuit. California voters in 2008 passed a ballot initiative that require larger enclosures for egg-laying hens. Farmers in California worried the new rules, which would increase their costs, would put them at a competitive disadvantage with egg farms in other states, so the state legislature passed a measure in 2010 to require out-of-state producers to comply with California rules. That, Koster says, is unfair to his state’s egg producers. “If California legislators are permitted to mandate the size of chicken coops on Missouri farms,...
  • Don’t Blame Climate Change for the California Drought

    02/05/2014 9:56:51 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/4/2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Taking firm advantage of the term’s cloudy meaning, Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, announced on Face the Nation this weekend that he was vexed by a “very chilling story in the New York Times today about the impact of climate change on droughts in the West – California, which is now seeing some pretty serious developments as a result of climate change.” “So,” McDonough concluded, “we’ll be looking at that.”
  • Maple Syrup Revolution: A New Discovery Could Change the Business Forever

    02/03/2014 10:44:37 AM PST · by Theoria · 77 replies
    Modern Farmer ^ | 20 Jan 2014 | Laura Sorkin
    This past fall I nearly made that clichéd mistake of getting in between a mother bear and her cubs. My husband, Eric and I have a farm and maple syrup operation situated on 1,000 acres of mostly wooded land in northern Vermont. I had walked a quarter mile through the forest to our house to retrieve our truck and upon my return, a medium-sized black bear ambled out of the woods and strode across the driveway right in front of me. I was stunned and enthralled since I had just five minutes previously passed by on foot. As I sat...
  • President and Moo Obama Announce New Crusade

    01/30/2014 6:32:41 PM PST · by RetiredTexasVet · 9 replies
    1-30-14 | Retired Texas Vet
    President and Moo Obama Announce New Crusade. Moo took the lead at the press conference in announcing their new crusade "Toking is not Smoking". His Arrogance and Moo will take their program to the schools during the month of February. Many children are erroneously reporting their parents as smoking under the "Comrades Reporting Addiction Program (CRAP)" under CORE when they are just toking a few joints after work. Several leaders of cancer charities, the Surgeon General, CDC and HHS have joined with His Arrogance and Moo to clarify that doing a few doobies is not the same as the filthy...
  • Metlife Stadium To Get Heat For The Superbowl

    01/29/2014 7:55:26 PM PST · by RetiredTexasVet · 13 replies
    1-29-14 | Retired Texas Vet
    Metlife Stadium To Get Heat For The Superbowl. The Metlife Stadium was tragically built without a roof due to the poor investments by the project managers. Early on in the project adequate funds were available and plans were drawn to include a roof for the stadium but the investments with Bernie Madoff and Corzine investment firms tanked. Coming to the rescue are Mr. & Mrs. Slick Willy Clinton. They have graciously agreed to accept a reduced fee of $395,000 to read all five of His Arrogance's SOTU speeches prior to the game. Global Warming Experts Hansen, Jones and Mann estimate...
  • Farmers Target Meat-Free School With Free Burgers

    01/29/2014 11:15:16 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Local ^ | 29 Jan 2014
    The trend for a meat-free day a week has a Swedish farmers association so annoyed it plans to hand out free hamburgers to school children in Nyköping in protest. The association, Lantbrukarnas riksförbund (LRF), plans to set up camp outside a school in Nyköoping, central Sweden, and hand out the free burgers to anyone fancying a bit of meat. "We think the municipality is doing this for the wrong reason," LRF Nyköping chairwoman Karin Andersson told regional newspaper Södermanlands Nyheter. The Meatfree Monday (Köttfri Mĺndag) movement has gained a certain degree of momentum in Sweden, with health and environmental advantages...
  • Processed food NOT fat is the real cause of heart disease, claims heart surgeon

    01/29/2014 9:00:04 AM PST · by dennisw · 51 replies
    dailymail ^ | 29 January 2014
    Processed food NOT fat is the real cause of heart disease, claims heart surgeon who says a diet of natural food can even reverse the illness Dr. Dwight Lundell admits prescribing cholesterol-lowering medications, and a low-fat, high-simple carbohydrate diet for two-and-a-half decades was misguided 'These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible,' he writes in an essay that has ignited the Internet He vlaims these foods actively destroy the walls of our blood vessels by causing chronic inflammation, which in turn causes heart disease The cardiac surgeon recommends only eating foods your grandmother, or great-grandmother, would recognise An Arizona...

    01/28/2014 3:37:40 PM PST · by B4Ranch · 7 replies
    We met at high noon, she was dressed completely in green from her pilates shoes to her forest green sweatband. She wore spandex leotards, an Audubon pin and a Sierra Club tee shirt with John Muir's face on it. The leotards and Muir's likeness were distorted by her 250 pounds of greenness. I wore jeans, boots and a free cap from an auction market. It was obvious that we were from different warring tribes. She sneered at me and drew first as both our hands reached for the door to the ice cream novelties in the frozen food aisle of...

    01/28/2014 3:33:19 PM PST · by B4Ranch · 28 replies
    FREE HENNY PENNY! by: Baxter Black As America continues to become tangled in the web of domesticated animal welfare, we continue to exacerbate the inhumane results of our efforts. The closing of horse slaughter plants has backfired. Our emphasis on spay and neuter clinics has made just a small dent in the number of feral cats and dogs. Millions of canines and felines are euthanized each year. Feral hogs have become as welcome as coyotes, rats, prairie dogs, wolves and white tail deer in many states. The biggest factor in each case can be traced back to decisions made by...
  • Gassy German cows blamed for barn explosion

    01/28/2014 7:30:04 AM PST · by red-dawg · 36 replies ^ | 01/28/2014 | unknown
    <p>BERLIN (AP) — A herd of dairy cows nearly lifted the roof off their barn in central Germany when methane released by the animals caused an explosion.</p> <p>Police in Hesse state said in a statement that a static electric charge apparently triggered the detonation, and a spurt of flame, on Monday at a farm in Rasdorf. The roof was slightly damaged and one cow suffered light burns. No people were hurt.</p>
  • Flatulent cows start fire at German dairy farm - police

    01/27/2014 4:05:32 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/27/14
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Methane gas from 90 flatulent cows exploded in a German farm shed on Monday, damaging the roof and injuring one of the animals, police said. High levels of the gas .. the central German town of Rasdorf, .. "a static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames,".. ...
  • The Men Who Made Us Fat ''Episode 1-3''

    01/25/2014 7:15:40 PM PST · by restornu · 64 replies
    NewsmaxHealth ^ | Published on Aug 23, 2012 | Dr. Russell Blaylock
    Around the world, obesity levels are rising. More people are now overweight than undernourished. Two thirds of British adults are overweight and one in four of us is classified as obese. In the first of this three-part series, Jacques Peretti traces those responsible for revolutionising our eating habits, to find out how decisions made in America 40 years ago influence the way we eat now. Peretti travels to America to investigate the story of high-fructose corn syrup. The sweetener was championed in the US in the 1970s by Richard Nixon's agriculture secretary Earl Butz to make use of the excess...
  • More consumption not necessary for human well-being, says UN report

    01/25/2014 2:05:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 24 January 2014
    Greater food system efficiency and curbs to the expansion of cropland are necessary to prevent the collapse of global ecosystems, says a report presented today (24 January) by the UN at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The report, by the UN Environment Program’s science think tank the International Resource Panel (IRP), says that policymakers must break the link between greater resource consumption and human well-being. The authors say that rising demand for food could lead to a 320 to 850 million hectare expansion of global cropland, putting greater strain of the environment’s capacity for regeneration. …
  • Rainwater Harvesting: Reasons to Consider

    01/22/2014 4:42:48 AM PST · by orsonwb · 14 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | Jan. 21, 2014 | Rick Bickling
    In the first installment of this two part series, we examine the factors that are influencing how individuals, major corporations, and other countries, are rethinking the most basic, yet vital resource of all, water. In part two, we take a detailed look at an increasingly popular alternative to the municipal water system, Rainwater Harvesting...
  • Should the Age to Buy Cigarettes Be 21?

    01/19/2014 8:20:38 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 1/14/2014 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Just as a more permissive attitude to cannabis gains momentum in the United States, so does a more restrictive attitude to tobacco. It is as if there were a law of the conservation of prohibition: if one substance is permitted after having been prohibited, another will be prohibited after having been permitted. While Colorado permits the use of marijuana by those over 21 for any purpose, New York City prepares to prevent sales of tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. An article in a recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine comes out strongly in favor...
  • Inside McDonald's quest for sustainable beef

    01/17/2014 10:49:28 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 65 replies
    Greenbiz,com ^ | January 6 2014 | Joel Makowr
    Today, McDonald’s announces that it will begin purchasing verified sustainable beef in 2016, the first step on a quest to purchase sustainable beef for all of its burgers worldwide.
  • Banks Say No to Marijuana Money, Legal or Not

    01/12/2014 6:53:57 AM PST · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 1/11/2014 | SERGE F. KOVALESKI
    “Carrying such large amounts of cash is a terrible risk that freaks me out a bit because there is the fear in my mind that the next car pulling up beside me could be the crew that hijacks us,” he said. “So, we have to play this never-ending shell game of different cars, different routes, different dates and different times.”
  • Pest discovered in shipment of fresh basil from Mexico

    01/09/2014 6:47:32 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies ^ | KGO-TV
    SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Calif. (KGO) -- A rare pest was recently discovered at SFO in a shipment of fresh basil from Mexico. The pest is often referred to as a type of stink bug and poses a major agricultural threat. .. After authorities identified the pest, the entire shipment was refused entry and ordered to be exported from the United States. ...
  • Confirmed! Crop Circle Mystery Solved

    01/06/2014 2:22:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Jan 6, 2014 | Scott Budman
    SNIP We now know the source of the mysterious crop circle that turned up in the small town of Chualar, about two hours south of San Francisco. And it turns out a lot of the speculation about what the viral photo might be was correct. NBC Bay Area was originally tipped off by an anonymous source, who said Silicon Valley chipmaker Nvidia was behind the crop circle that was first spotted toward the end of 2013 by a photographer named Julie Belanger. We now have confirmation from the inside. The company plowed through the farm to (eventually) get publicity for...
  • Soil: It's Not a Dirty Word

    01/06/2014 3:46:53 AM PST · by orsonwb · 8 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | Jan. 06, 2014 | Rick Bickling
    Soil covers only 10% of the earth’s surface, but within this small area, all of the world’s crops are produced. It provides the anchor that allows plants to grow upright and is the primary source of water and nutrients for plants. Scientists have identified over 70,000 varieties of soil in the United States alone...
  • How to use fruit peels to filter your water.

    01/05/2014 1:35:42 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 33 replies
    mother nature network ^ | 12/17/2013 | Bryan Nelson
    Who needs fancy water purifiers? Try this easy water treatment technique instead, using nothing more than fruit peels and rubbing alcohol. With more and more eco-conscious people replacing their bottled water intake (and for good reason) with tap water, there is a growing demand for water filtration devices. But you don't need to go out and buy a fancy device to ensure that your tap water is free from pollutants. Researchers with the National University of Singapore have recently discovered a simple do-it-yourself method for filtering water using nothing more than fruit peels and rubbing alcohol, reports Wired. Researcher Ramakrishna...
  • Hydroponics: An Update, by D.P.

    01/02/2014 10:05:57 AM PST · by Errant · 29 replies
    The Survival Blog (James Rawles) ^ | 2 January, 2014 | D,P.
    Today I have an update for you on my hydroponics adventures. The system has been up and running all season (April 20 - November 1) so there is a lot of information to be shared. The system currently includes 12 beds - 4 outdoors and 8 in a greenhouse - for a total surface area of 56 sq.ft (~ 5.5 m2). An in-depth description of the system was published last year on Survivalblog. I made only 1 substantial change since then and that is in the way the polyethylene drain pipes are connected to the beds. The connections need to...
  • Chinese donkey meat recalled at Wal-Mart after found to contain fox

    01/02/2014 9:41:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 02 January 2014 | Adam Withnall
    Chinese branches of Wal-Mart have been forced to recall batches of donkey meat after it was found to contain fox. The US company has apologized and said it would reimburse shoppers in China who bought the “Five Spice” donkey product, which tests showed contained the DNA of other animals. […] Donkey meat is popular in China, though makes up a tiny proportion of all meat products consumed. Fox meat, on the other hand, is cheap because of its distinctive smell and the fact that eating it could pose serious health risks, a breeder told the Yangcheng Evening News. …
  • Special Report: Lost hooves, dead cattle before Merck halted Zilmax sales

    01/01/2014 5:56:02 PM PST · by fella · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 Dec 2013 | By P.J. Huffstutter and Tom Polansek
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  • The Latest Biofuel Nonsense: Jatropha

    12/31/2013 9:02:09 PM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 12/30/2013 | Robert Bryce
    Just when it seemed the hype over biofuels was finally dying down, the New York Times gave biofuel producers a Christmas present. On Christmas Day, on the front page of the newspaper’s business section, the Times published a piece titled “Jet Fuel by the Acre.” Written by Todd Woody, the article touted SGB, a San Diego–based company that has, it says, “succeeded in domesticating jatropha.” The subhead claims, “A start-up cracks the code to turn a bush into fuel.”