Plant Specialist Dustin McMahon pollinates genetically modified corn plants at Monsanto headquarters in St Louis, Mo., May 21, 2009. Monsanto developed Roundup and Roundup-resistant crops, but weeds developed resistance to Roundup. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

Superweeds and the Chemical Dependency of American Farmers

Weeds are an age-old obstacle for farmers, but when chemical and seed giant Monsanto first introduced glyphosate (better known as Roundup), it seemed like the struggle was finally over. Today, however, over 60…


New Findings on How Plants ‘Talk’ to Each Other: Virginia Tech Scientist

Two plants can communicate with each other by swapping messenger molecules, according to new findings by a Virginia Tech scientist. Jim Westwood, a professor of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science, at Virginia…

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Original Unpackaged: A New Package-Free Shopping Experience

OK. We all know plastic is bad for us, for the planet… our children’s future. But it’s everywhere—total invasion. Yes, I carry my own canvas bag when I go shopping, I drink water from my…

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6 Amazing Stories of Children Raised by Animals

1. Girls Raised by Wolves in India In 1920, Kamala, 8 years old, and Amala, 18 months old, were found in a wolves’ den in Midnapore, India. The case was documented by Rev….

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US Dependence on Corn Could Reach Popping Point: A look at the red-clover solution

File Credit: Corn is huge business in the United States, but can it last? If soil depletion has the same negative impact on the U.S. industry as it has had elsewhere, it…

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Sustainable Seafood…. Why you should be supporting and eating it!

  Our oceans are increasingly affected by human activities—primarily the ways we catch and farm seafood. Today, fish and other populations of ocean wildlife, from turtles to seabirds, are imperiled. But, there is…

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Walking on Eggshells

According to the Poultry Industry Council, 97 percent of an eggshell consists of calcium carbonate, and only 40 percent of calcium carbonate is actually calcium. Laying hens require three to four times the…

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What Is the Problem With Our Oceans?

Have you been to the beach lately? Maybe you have noticed a few cans, some plastic bottles, and maybe some other debris and thought “it doesn’t matter, it’s just a few pieces.” The…

Dr Jennifer Lavers with a flesh-footed shearwater on Lord Howe Island, 2014. Her molecular research has identified the pervasive nature of plastic which does not break down naturally in oceans but increases in toxicity, impacting marine and bird life in unseen and dangerous ways. (Silke Stuckenbrock)

Toxic Effects of Ocean Plastic Far Greater Than Previously Thought

SYDNEY – When dead seabirds washed up in their thousands along the eastern and southern seaboards of Australia last year, biologist Dr Jennifer Lavers became worried, very worried. A research fellow at the…, dulhunk

Defend Yourself, Naturally

Now that the Memorial Day weekend has come and gone heralding the unofficial start of summer, its time to start planning all of the activities that you will be doing during these coming…

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