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Pesticides threaten shellfish industry

Pesticides threaten shellfish industry

By Eddie Cassidy,

pesticides_shellfishThe failure of Government departments to regulate fish farm-used pesticides is continuing to threaten shellfish and inshore fishing industries, along with marine wildlife, in West Cork.

A study strongly confirms the levels of aquaculture pesticides used to kill sea lice in fish farms exceed standards set to protect the environment in places such as Bantry Bay.

Researchers took…

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The U.S Approves a Powerful New Pesticide Deadly to Monarch Butterflies

The U.S Approves a Powerful New Pesticide Deadly to Monarch Butterflies

The dominance of genetically modified crops requires ever-more-toxic pesticides that are wiping out the iconic insect’s sole source of food.

By Todd Woody,

monarch-butterfly-pesticidesIs the monarch butterfly the new polar bear?

The iconic insect, whose numbers have plummeted from 1 billion to 35 million over the past two decades, is emerging as the latest symbol of environmental catastrophe: In this case, the impact of…

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Can Organic Agriculture Really Reverse Climate Change?

Can Organic Agriculture Really Reverse Climate Change?

By  “Coach” Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute executive director,

Over the past 14 days, I have been on a walk–a walk that, I hope, will change the way that we look at climate change.

mark-smallwood-walkEach day I walk 10 miles on a journey from the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, to Washington, DC. Along the way, I have had the honor of meeting with farmers, local public officials, community members,…

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Regenerative Agriculture Is the Answer to Save Your Health

Regenerative Agriculture Is the Answer to Save Your Health

By Dr. Mercola,

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.” That’s a quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt, who clearly knew something most people, including farmers, have since forgotten.

regenerative-ag2The truth is, to feed the world, we must feed the soil. One of the best ways to prevent global disaster, save our health, and build a sustainable economy is through regenerative agriculture. This isn’t a…

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Drugs flushed into the environment could be cause of wildlife decline

Drugs flushed into the environment could be cause of wildlife decline

Drug Pollution

Synthetic oestrogen used in birth control pills wiped out fathead minnows in lakes used for experiments in Ontario, and seriously disrupted the whole ecosystem.

New studies show antidepressants causing starlings to feed less and contraceptive drugs reducing fish populations in lakes

by Damian Carrington,

Potent pharmaceuticals flushed into the environment via human and animal sewage could be a…

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Does Fracking Threaten Future of Ohio Organic Farms?

Does Fracking Threaten Future of Ohio Organic Farms?

via Public News Service – OH,

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Certified organic farming is a growing business in Ohio, but some farmers warn that the threat of contamination from hydraulic fracturing could dampen its future. Some of the chemicals used in fracking have been identified as naturally-occurring toxic substances, metals, and radioactive materials.

In eastern Ohio, Mick Luber is a certified organic…

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Saudi Agriculture Ministry ready to support organic farming

Saudi Agriculture Ministry ready to support organic farming

via www.hortbiz

via http://www.hortbiz

RIYADH — Organic farming can grow in the Kingdom only if farmers take the initiative and venture into the field, said Ministry of Agriculture spokesman Jaber Al-Shehri.

“The ministry encourages any farmer who want to transform his produce to organic. The ministry will advise him on the right path to take,” Al-Watan daily quoted Al-Shehri as saying. He said organic farming…

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In Fort Myers, organic farming methods take root

In Fort Myers, organic farming methods take root

By ANNABELLE TOMETICH – Associated Press,

FORT MYERS, Fla. AP – Florida Urban Organics occupies less than an acre on the industrial outskirts of downtown Fort Myers.

The farm’s neighbors include a scrap-metal recycling center and an auto body shop. A granite store sits in front of its aquaponics greenhouse. Leafy tiers of hydroponically grown lettuces – green butter, Cherokee, green oakleaf –…

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The Solution Is the Soil: How Organic Farming Can Feed the World and Save the Planet

The Solution Is the Soil: How Organic Farming Can Feed the World and Save the Planet

by Jon Qeually,

Just over a week ago, the executive director of the Rodale Institute, Mark Coach Smallwood, set out from the groups research farm in eastern Pennsylvania on a 160-mile journey to Washington, DC with a walking stick, a brimmed hat, and a simple but profound message: We can not only stop climate change. We can reverse it.”

When Smallwood makes his expected arrival in the nations…

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Cancer concerns raised over pesticides found in air

Cancer concerns raised over pesticides found in air

By Cesar Lara,

cancer-pesticidesAfter much delay, a new round of air sampling data released by state officials last month shows that hazardous pesticides continue to be found in the air of the state’s agricultural regions, including at cancer-risk levels in Salinas and Watsonville.

Fumigant pesticides, especially cancer-causing 1,3-D (trade name: Telone), and toxic air contaminant chloropicrin, were found in the…

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