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New organic and water-rich fertilizer will help farmers in drought areas

10/28/2016 - California, the top farm area of the U.S., is struggling under the pressure of a persistent drought. With no end in sight, farmers see their yields declining and are forced to drill more wells, pumping billions of gallons of water from the ground to irrigate their thirsty crops. Even before the drought,...

Chemical agriculture runoff destroying fresh water with toxic algae blooms

10/3/2016 - Chemical fertilizers are destroying our supplies of clean water by feeding blooms of toxic algae, scientists and water officials have warned. The problem has come into sharp focus recently as lakes across California have been closed due to blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae....

Chemical fertilizers applied to crops will contaminate drinking water for decades

4/7/2016 - Even if farmers stopped using nitrogen fertilizers today, dangerous nitrate levels in drinking water would persist for decades, report researchers at the University of Waterloo. Nitrogen fertilizers are used to prevent nitrogen from becoming depleted from the soil. Unfortunately, the overuse of nitrogen...

Almost everybody is making this fatal mistake in food storage that could mean the difference between survival and starvation

7/7/2015 - As Greece heads for a catastrophic food supply collapse, with grocery store shelves stripped bare and home gardens now being called the "secret weapon" against starvation, a lot of people are suddenly thinking about their own emergency food supplies again. But as I explain in a new mini-documentary,...

Manmade wetlands can help reduce agricultural fertilizer pollution by up to 50%

1/11/2015 - While nitrates are expected in agricultural farming -- anywhere pesticides and fertilizers are used, they are absorbed into the roots of the foods being grown -- excessive amounts of them can reach toxic levels in the water system. The problematic situation has been looked into; however, slow-moving...

Texas fertilizer plant that exploded filed lawsuit against Monsanto in 2007

5/1/2013 - New information has surfaced in the West, Texas, explosion case that could alter the course of the ongoing investigation into what caused the disaster. As it turns out, West Fertilizer Co., which used to be known as Texas Grain Storage Inc., filed a lawsuit under its former name against biotechnology...

Local farms use human waste as fertilizer, renamed "biosolids"

1/2/2012 - It is one of the latest forms of "greenwashing" that has many thinking they are "recycling" solid waste, but the practice of dumping biosolids (which is really just concentrated human waste) on farm fields is a serious environmental detriment. NBC Philadelphia reports that local residents in Lehigh...

Scientists respond to overuse of agricultural chemicals by genetically engineering crops to produce their own fertilizer

8/24/2011 - A couple of researchers from the University of Alberta (U-A) in Canada say they have come up with a novel new way to eventually end the practice of having to apply environmentally-harmful fertilizer chemicals to commercial crops. Unfortunately, though, the plan has nothing to do with eliminating...

UK group turns leftover food waste into fertilizer for organic gardens

6/25/2011 - Countless millions of pounds of leftover food go to waste every single year around the world, and a UK group has decided to put that waste to good use. Utilizing a roughly $1.2 million grant given to it from a waste minimization organization, the CWM Harry Land Trust, an environmental and social charity...

Local and organic food, farming: Here's the gold standard

2/28/2011 - More and more consumers and corporations are touting the benefits of "local" foods, often described as "sustainable," "healthy," or "natural." According to the trade publication, Sustainable Food News, "local" as a marketing claim, has grown by 15 percent from 2009 to 2010, and it's likely that number...

Simple manure replacing toxic chemicals as fertilizer of choice

12/22/2010 - Long the standard used in supposed "science-based" agriculture, chemical fertilizers have largely become the norm in modern farming. But these synthetic and man-made varieties are becoming increasingly more expensive and difficult to obtain, which is driving many farmers back to good, old-fashioned...

The dark side of nitrogen; too much fertilizer is destroying the planet

7/13/2010 - Reckless overuse of synthetic fertilizers is creating an ecological catastrophe, warns a recent feature in Grist magazine. In traditional farming, the nitrogen available in the soil imposes a strict limit on how much food can be grown. Organic methods of nitrogen supplementation include planting...

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Too Much Fertilizer Causes Loss of Plant Diversity

9/12/2009 - Scientists may have discovered why excessive fertilizer use leads to a loss of species diversity in grasslands, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and published in the journal Science. Rain washes fertilizers off of the fields where they are...

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found in Fertilizer Could Breed More Super Bugs

7/9/2009 - Waste-water treatment by-products, also known as sewage sludge, are frequently used as fertilizer. And that means whatever this stew of sewage leftovers contains, including substances hazardous to human and animal health, could potentially get into the food supply. According to research just published...

As Food Prices Rise, Fertilizer Shortage Now Threatens World's Farms

10/13/2008 - The world is faced with a global fertilizer shortage, experts say, placing even more strain on food prices. In the last few decades, an increasing reliance on industrial fertilizers has led to surging demands for the largely fossil-fuel-based products. Between 1996 and 2008 alone, fertilizer increased...

Goji Berries US Introduces Seaweed Fertilizer (press release)

7/10/2006 - Goji Berries Inc.(http://www.gojiberries.us) announced today that it now carries seaweed fertilizer, a valuable addition to an organic garden. Seaweed fertilizer imparts new life to the soil stripped of the natural minerals by commercial farming. If you wish to plant and grow Goji berry plants,...

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