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Florida’s Farmers Look At Irma’s Damage: ‘Probably The Worst We’ve Seen’

  The effects of Irma on agriculture… When the worst of Irma’s fury had passed, Gene McAvoy hit the road to inspect citrus groves and vegetable fields. McAvoy is a specialist on vegetable farming at the University of Florida’s extension office in the town of LaBelle, in the middle of one of the country’s biggest concentrations of […]

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Maize, Rice, Wheat: Alarm At Rising Climate Risk To Vital Crops

  Our global dependency on a few crops could be problematic… Governments may be seriously underestimating the risks of crop disasters occurring in major farming regions around the world, a study by British researchers has found. The newly published research, by Met Office scientists, used advanced climate modelling to show that extreme weather events could […]

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A Farm Journalist Tells Farmers What They’d Rather Not Hear About Climate Change

  Climate change and farmers… When President Trump announced this week that he was taking the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, there were swift and vocal reactions from many industries —- but most of the organizations that represent American agriculture were silent. Chris Clayton, though, a veteran reporter at one of the […]

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Many Of California’s Salmon Populations Unlikely To Survive The Century

  Further impacts of climate change and industrialized agriculture… Wild Chinook salmon, probably the most prized seafood item on the West Coast, could all but vanish from California within a hundred years, according to a report released Tuesday. The authors, with the University of California, Davis, and the conservation group California Trout, name climate change, […]

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Farmers could lead the way on climate action. Here’s how.

  How farmers could work to combat climate change… President Trump, congressional Republicans, and most American farmers share common positions on climate change: They question the science showing human activity is altering the global climate and are skeptical of using public policy to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. But farmers are in a unique position to […]

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California’s Drought Is Over, but the Rest of the World’s Water Problems Are Just Beginning

  On global drought issues… After California’s wetter-than-normal winter—and the official end to its drought—you’re probably not thinking much about water scarcity and the food supply. But our food-and-water woes go well beyond the Sunshine State’s latest precipitation patterns, as this new Nature study from a global team of researchers—including two from the NASA Goddard Institute […]

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Jane Goodall Calls Trump’s Climate Change Agenda ‘Immensely Depressing’

The British primatologist, renowned for her work with chimpanzees, expressed dismay that Trump and others in his administration have questioned the scientific basis of climate change. “Because I’m traveling all over the world 300 days a year, I have seen the result of climate change and we know, science has shown, that global temperatures are […]

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Sorry, Salad Lovers: We May Have No Mesclun Mix (For Two Weeks)

  The issues behind the expected salad greens shortage… The system that delivers fresh salad greens like clockwork to the nation’s grocery stores is breaking down slightly. In about three weeks, consumers may get a reminder of two things. First, vegetables really are fragile living things, and most of them have to survive outdoors. Second, […]

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What’s The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

When it comes to climate change, we often think of the cars we drive and the energy we use in our homes and offices. They are, after all, some of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. But what about the toast you ate for breakfast this morning? A new study published Monday in Nature Plants […]

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How a climate-friendly flour company built a flourishing market

  A grain company working to reduce the impacts of agriculture on the planet… Shepherd’s Grain sells not only high-quality flour made from wheat grown with no-till practices, it also sells the story of no-till, a farming method that eliminates the significant climate-warming carbon releases caused by plowing… No-till farming represents a quiet agricultural revolution. […]

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