Climate change poses a serious threat to global wheat crops

December 26, 2014 by  
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New studies reveal that increasing global temperatures are likely to put a damper on wheat crop yields. A six percent reduction in yields is expected for each 1.8 degree F (1 degree C) increase in temperature. Considering that current emissions levels could eventually lead to a global temperature increase of 9 degrees F (5 degrees C), this is very bad news. Read the rest of Climate change poses a serious threat to global wheat crops Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , Environment , food , food crops , food supply , global temperatures , global warming , greenhouse gas emissions , hunger , population , wheat , wheat crops

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Honeybee Winter Die-off “Too High for Long-term Survival” – USDA Report

May 20, 2014 by  
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The preliminary results of the 2013–14 report on overwinter colony loss amongst U.S. honeybees have been announced by the United States Department of Agriculture ( USDA ). The report shows that while die-offs were not as bad as the previous winter, they are still at levels considered too high , confirmed Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. To compound the issue, researchers aren’t sure why there was a slight improvement this year, making it impossible to predict or influence results for next winter. Read the rest of Honeybee Winter Die-off “Too High for Long-term Survival” – USDA Report Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , Animals , bee dieoff , bees , CCD , colony collapse disorder , dead insects , food crops , food production , honeybees , insects , pollination , pollinators , usda , USDA report

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Will Your Next T-Shirt be Made from Trees?

September 26, 2011 by  
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Photo: Flickr , CC Bye-Bye Cotton, Hello Cellulose Fibers Cotton is a great fiber to make clothes with, but unfortunately, growing it causes huge environmental problems. It’s a crop that uses a lot of water, and most large cotton monocultures are doused in large quantities of pesticides. On top of that, growing cotton requires arable land, so it competes with food crops. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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World’s Major River Basins Could Double Food Production, With Better Water Efficiency

September 26, 2011 by  
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Water scarcity is certainly an issue for growing food in some areas, but a new report, published in Water International says that the world’s major rivers basins will have enough water to provide enough food for the growing human population over coming decades. In fact, if (and only if) efficiently and equitably managed, there will be enough water to double or triple food production. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Planting a Rooftop Forest Garden

August 3, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Permaculture Magazine I recently posted some great videos on how to grow food in a forest garden —a type of garden design that mimics early-stage natural woodlands by utilizing a diversity of useful plants, focusing on largely perennial food crops, and growing in several “storeys”, including canopy, shrubs and understorey plants. We have, of course, also posted on

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