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Measure ag-sequestered carbon to improve cap-and-trade

Posted December 10, 2009 | 18:20:35 (EST)

Climate scientist James Hansen has been educating his peers and the public about the realities of global climate change since the 1980s. He's publicly hoping for a failure of the United Nations' international climate negotiations at Copenhagen. With the future of our civilization at stake, how...

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Time For Climate Change Action: If We Lead, Our Leaders Will Follow

Posted November 11, 2009 | 17:58:31 (EST)

Next month's United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has much of the world poised for life-sustaining forward motion in our response to climate crisis. The world's people are crying out for a more constructive start to climate crisis response.

The goal of this convention is to bring together...

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Dead Zones, Fertilizer and Personal Responsibility

Posted October 29, 2009 | 19:11:33 (EST)

By Timothy LaSalle

I come from a very "conventional" agricultural background. My family grew peaches, walnuts, cotton and raised Holstein heifers in the Central Valley of California. I would eventually have my own conventional dry-lot dairy farm on the central coast of California. We did what was considered modern at...

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New Big Ag Push to Fight World Hunger Misses What Organic Ag Is Already Doing

Posted September 22, 2009 | 16:45:11 (EST)

The compelling humanitarian goals expressed today at the corporately sponsored Global Harvest Initiative symposium were laudable, as were some of the hunger-relief projects cited. Missing, however, was an honest assessment of the limits of dead-end chemical agriculture to play a leading role in actually feeding people.

Also absent...

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Thirsting for Truth: No "Safe" Level of Atrazine

Posted August 31, 2009 | 13:54:07 (EST)

Last week's New York Times article "Debating Just How Much Atrazine Is Safe In Your Water Glass" highlights the controversy surrounding the agri-chemical weed killer atrazine in our water supply. It's past time to acknowledge that the legal pollution in our water has unacceptable human consequences.

The increase in...

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Organic Agriculture Beats Biotech at its Own Game

Posted August 17, 2009 | 19:42:03 (EST)

Organic agriculture's recently recognized benefits for improving food security don't depend on a boost from genetically modified (GM) technology. While the chemically-based systems that GM requires could be cleaned up with organic techniques, there's no clear reason to degrade organic standards to accept the downsides that come...

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Organic Food Is All That, and More. Just Eat It.

Posted July 30, 2009 | 17:26:53 (EST)

Good news! You can rest assured that the organic food you bought today is every bit as beneficial for you and the planet as it was three days ago. Advantages for health and ecological soundness are still there, despite a review released this week claiming that there is insufficient evidence...

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