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Sheep lawn mowers, and other go-getters

Kevin Roose, New York Times, 2 Nov 2011 In this verdant lawn-filled college town, most people keep their lawn mowers tuned up by oiling the motor and sharpening the blades. Eddie Miller keeps his in shape with salt licks and shearing scissors. Mr. Miller, 23, is the founder of Heritage Lawn Mowing, a company that [...]

By |November 12th, 2011|Posts|0 Comments

Environmental pollution linked to 450 percent boost in birth defects

Kathleen Blanchard in EmaxHealth, 22 Oct 2011. Environmental pollution linked to 450 percent boost in birth defects. Scientists say environmental pollutants raise the chances of some birth defects as much as 450 percent. […]

By |October 25th, 2011|Posts|0 Comments

Roundup and birth defects researcher presents findings to German government

Earth Open Source, 3 Oct 2011 On 28 September 2011, the scientist at the centre of the global row over glyphosate/Roundup herbicide and birth defects met with representatives of the German government to present his scientific findings that Roundup herbicide and the chemical on which it is based, glyphosate, cause birth defects in laboratory animals. [...]

India vs. Monsanto: seeds of discord

France24 Focus, 21 Sept 2011. For the first time ever, a country – India – is accusing a multinational company of "bio-piracy". That means stealing indigenous plants, and then trying to develop genetically modified versions of them, without giving any compensation back to the local people or nation where the plant originally came from.  [...]

Organic farming is superior to conventional agriculture according to 30-year comparative study

Business Wire, 16 Sept 2011. Rodale Institute today announces the latest results of the Farming Systems Trial, America's longest running side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional farming practices. Originally created to study the transition from conventional to organic production, this 30-year study also examined productivity, soil quality, energy and economics. […]

By |September 24th, 2011|Posts|3 Comments

Nestle, Glaxo lobby UN over biggest ‘Epidemic’ battle since AIDS

Jason Gale and Duane Stanford, bloomberg.net, 16 Sept 2011. Nestle SA (NESN), GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) and SAB Miller SA face health lobbyists next week in New York as the first United Nations General Assembly on disease since the 2001 AIDS summit tries to combat the world’s biggest killers. […]

By |September 16th, 2011|Posts|0 Comments

Organic poultry farms have fewer drug-resistant bacteria, study finds

Eliza Barclay, NPR News, 10 Aug 2011 Proponents of organic meat often make the case that it's inherently better for people's health and the environment than meat raised by conventional farming methods. But the actual impacts of organic production can be tough for scientists to prove. […]