|Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplies|
Science Daily - 7/27/2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Many studies have shown the potential for global climate change to cut food supplies. But these studies have, for the most part, ignored the interactions between increasing temperature and air pollution – specifically ozone pollution, which is known to damage crops. A new study shows that these interactions can be quite significant, suggesting that policymakers need to take both warming and air pollution into account in addressing food security.
|Should You Pee On Your Compost?|
Care2 - 7/27/2014. By Eve Fox - Human urine is rich in the nitrogen that plants need to thrive. The commercial chemical fertilizers widely used to add nitrogen to the soil come at a steep cost to our environment and our health. Their application results in algal blooms, oceanic dead zones, contaminated drinking water, human health problems and more. Meanwhile, we are literally flushing billions of tons of free, naturally-created nitrogen down the toilet each year.
|A tip for American farmers: Grow hemp, make money|
Kennebec Journal - 7/25/2014. By Doug Fine - After a 77-year break, hemp plants are growing in American soil again. Right now, in fact. If you hear farmers from South Carolina to Hawaii shouting “God bless America,” the reason isn’t because Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper (he did). Nor is it because the canvas that put the “covered” in pioneer covered wagons was made of hemp, nor that the hemp webbing in his parachute saved George H.W. Bush’s life in World War II.