Blog Highlights from 9/3/12 to 9/7/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: Mexico: Urban Farming Takes Hold – In Mexico City, in one of the worlds most polluted cities, urban farming is becoming popular. Obama and Romney Weigh in on Science Questions – Andrew Revkin of Dot Earth brings you Obama and Romney’s answers to the Science Debate Initiate’s questions. Lebanon’s cedar trees threatened by climate change – Due to warming temperatures and low snow fall, Lebanon’s cedar trees may not be able to naturally regenerate. Gulf Oil Spill Remnants From Hurricane Isaac Wash Up Years After Disaster – Post Hurricane Issac, the ugly long term effects of the Gulf oil spill show themselves. McDonalds to Open All-Vegetarian Location in India – No more Big Mac’s? McDonalds is adapting to tap into India’s predominate vegetarian market. As Arenas Go Green, Will Fans Follow? – Sporting events consume vast amounts of resources, but lately many have been working to cut back and raise public visibility of sustainability and environmental protection. 35 Years Later, Voyager 1 Is Heading for the Stars – After 35 years exploring the our solar system, Voyager is heading out into the Milky Way! Elon Musk’s electric dreams of sun-powered cars – Tesla Motor’s Elon Musk makes his case for why he thinks solar is the future. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...

Blog Highlights 8/27/12 to 8/31/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: Farming Among the Waste in Cameroon – In Cameroon, where rains have been scarce, farming in urban environments using waste water has become popular despite health risks. From Katrina to Isaac – How Much Has Hurricane Forecasting Improved? – A look at the technological advances that have happened since Hurricane Katrina along with input from several hurricane experts! Arctic Sea Ice – a Clear Warning – Jon Taylor from the Huffington Post gives us his view on why this summer’s massive Arctic Sea ice loss should be a major warning to us about global warming. China Surpasses US to Become Number One in Wind Power – China has truly embraced wind power and has now out paced the U.S. as the world’s number 1 producer! Video: America Revealed: Cow Power – In our continuing video series, this segment shows us how excess cow manure is being turned into electricity. All while reining in greenhouse gas outputs! What Will It Take? – John M. Broder of The New York Times asks “What will it take for climate change to get on the political radar?” New Ocean Scorecard Gives World a 60% – A breakdown of how we as a population are doing for our ocean’s ability to benefit both nature and people. Texans Using Guns to Resist Smart Meter Installations – Finally, Texans method to ward off Smart Meter technology. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...

Headlines 8/29/2012

Hi all!  Here are the headlines for this week.  There’s a theme that will show up towards the end – see if you can guess it. Great Interactive Drought Tool on the New York Times.  Fun to play with. Spain’s Crisis Reignites Old Social Conflict:  “The resentment here over land that has been left uncultivated at a time of deepening recession and record joblessness reaches beyond local politicians and landowners to European Union bureaucrats. Agricultural subsidies are criticized by many here as favoring landed interests, paying them not to grow crops when nearly a third of the work force in Andalusia is unemployed.” Breakfast in America, The Real Cost of Corn:  A smart and accurate breakdown of just how much money the rising price of corn is adding to your grocery bill.  Excellent numbers!  A must read. What is the Fate for Drought Impacted Farmers?  Video from Bloomberg.  This drought is putting farmers out of business at a time when we need more of them.  I’m also wondering what impact this drought will have on younger people considering farming as a career. Food Shortages Could Force World into Vegetarianism:   “There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations,” the report by Malik Falkenmark and colleagues at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) said.  There will be just enough water if the proportion of animal-based foods is limited to 5% of total calories and considerable regional water deficits can be met by a … reliable...

Headlines 8/8/12

Here’s this week’s headline round up.  It’s a great selection of everything from overpopulation doom to mini-indoor aquaponics.  Enjoy! The Implications of Overpopulation are Terrifying:  “…the demand for food will have doubled by 2050; food production already accounts for 30% of greenhouse gases – more than manufacturing or transport; more food needs more land, especially when the food is meat; more fields mean fewer forests, which means even more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which means an even less stable climate, which means less reliable agriculture – witness the present grain crisis in the US…” The Hunger Wars in our Future:  “Food — affordable food — is essential to human survival and well-being. Take that away, and people become anxious, desperate, and angry.”  This is one of several articles I’ve come across that forecasts an increase in global instability as a result of our current drought. Food Supply Shock:  “Haugerud… thinks this year’s drought simply accelerated a situation that was already growing quite serious… ‘We’re hitting a wall on productivity gains,” she says, “everything from irrigation to fertilization to genetic engineering.”  Unless there’s a meaningful development, “Food could be the new distressed asset,” she says. And in the near term, “there’s no reason that corn can’t trade $10,” she says.” Colleges See Higher Demand for Degrees in Ag:  I thought this was interesting, especially in light of the above links. Beverage Companies Pay Millions to Conserve Water:  “If there’s not fresh water, there’s no business — it’s just that simple,” said Laura Huffman, state director of the Nature Conservancy in Texas. “It is their number one infrastructure concern. … Water...

America Revealed: Urban Farming

America Revealed is a program on PBS that seeks to take a look at what makes up the America we know. The program focuses on giving its viewers “a fascinating new perspective on the hidden patterns and rhythms of American life, by looking through the eyes of individuals who all play a part in keeping America fed, moving, powered and making goods.” The series is hosted by Yul Kwon, best known as winner of Survivor: Cook Islands and also technology expert and communications attorney. This segment, Urban Farming, gives the viewers a look into Detroit’s thriving urban farming movement and Eastern Market, the largest of its kind in the U.S. . The clips from this series were taken from PBS.org and were not changed in any way from their original form. Watch Urban Farming on PBS. See more from America...

Headlines 7.11.12

Here are this week’s headlines, enjoy! Happy World Population Day! – Every hour, the world population increases by about 9,100 people. At that rate, it would take less than six hours to fill up Yankee Stadium. Has Organic Been Oversized? – Here’s a telling excerpt from this article – the term “organic” means nothing anymore; it no longer speaks to small-scale, earth friendly farms, or wholesome veggies.  Today, the term “organic” has been co-opted by huge corporations to help sell unhealthy processed crap at higher prices to brainwashed customers.  “Many consumers may not realize the extent to which giant corporations have come to dominate organic food. Then again, giant corporations don’t exactly trumpet their role in the industry. Their financial motivation, however, is obvious. On Amazon.com, for instance, 12 six-ounce boxes of Kraft Organic Macaroni and Cheese sell for $25.32, while a dozen 7.25-ounce boxes of the company’s regular Macaroni and Cheese go for $19.64.” What’s a great way to combat invasive species?  EAT THEM.  If you’re in Chicago, please go eat some free Asian Carp at Taste of Chicago for me! Extinct Honeybees Found Alive – The black honeybee is native to the UK and Eastern Central Europe, although it was thought to have died out in all but the most remote reaches of northern Britain. Happily, it was recently found in North Wales, East Anglia, and as far south as West Sussex. As Farms Bite the Dust, Worry of Megadrought in the Southwest – Periodic, decades-long droughts have been relatively common in the last few thousand years, according to analysis of dried lake beds. Most of the area’s...