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So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.» E-Mail This [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 9:26:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
One of the final performances of Philip Seymour Hoffman comes in the strong John le Carre adaptation.» E-Mail This [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 9:04:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Joe Swanberg's Happy Christmas perhaps chooses the wrong character to focus on, but the story has loose, improvisational charm.» E-Mail This [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 9:04:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
While corny and dated and even offensive in places, the seminal surfing film Endless Summer, now getting a 50th anniversary rerelease, remains a rich visual exploration of the freedom of a wave.» E-Mail This [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 9:04:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Joshua Wolf Shenk says it's time to debunk the myth of the lone genius. His new book explores creative partnerships — and explains how Emily Dickinson wasn't actually as much of a loner as we think.» E-Mail This [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 8:21:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Recent stories reported a coming worldwide kale shortage due to an absence of seeds at Australia's Bejos Seeds. The truth is something else. [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 6:55:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
PORTLAND, Ore., July 24- An Oregon citizens' initiative that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients has garnered more than enough signatures to gain a spot on the state's November ballot, a state government spokesman said on Thursday. "It cleared easily," said Tony Green, a spokesman for [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 6:35:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Companies are sitting on trillions in cash-would be great to see them invest it in US infrastructure, says the CEO of McGraw Hill Financial. [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 6:14:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Midwest but feared as a factor in the decline of U.S. honey bee colonies and other crop pollinators, has been found to be widespread through rivers and streams in Iowa, according to a government study released on Thursday. [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 6:06:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
MOSCOW, July 24- Russia's state-controlled banks would have to turn to the state, domestic borrowers or new regions such as Asia if EU sanctions shut off investment, hurting their ability to lend to local businesses and further damaging the country's fragile economy. [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 4:50:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
The purpose of the Summer Water Summit is to discuss ways to help efficiently use water in agricultural settings ... said Fritton There will be a grower symposium after the farming season where the good and the bad will be expressed about the technologies ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 3:06:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
“The food in the Air Force is much better than in the Army ... So in 2006, he joined the Air Force as a member of the Texas Air National Guard’s 204th Security Forces Squadron, and spent part of 2010 in Iraq. “It sort of just happened, being in ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 3:05:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
So much of the discussion about eating meat here in the U.S. and in the developed world pivots on ethical and health issues (what about the suffering of that pig that gets slaughtered in a factory farm to make bacon that you probably shouldn’t be eating ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 3:01:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Debbie Stabenow, who chairs the Agriculture Committee on which he serves, and Tester. “He made a mistake. But the truth of the matter is I think he’s got an opponent who’s made a whole bunch of mistakes on his voting record,” Stabenow said in an ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 2:50:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
All said there had been no Hamas fighters nearby but that they wanted to be moved elsewhere because they were running low on food and water ... that agency personnel turned the rockets over to the security services affiliated with Hamas. [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 2:36:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
The Retirement Home for Horses at Mill Creek Farm provides a loving home where “retirees” can enjoy the remainder of their lives in peace. The 335-acre farm is home to 128 horses, mostly aged 20 to 30, that are free to roam, graze and be pampered as ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 2:05:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Murekezi has a background as an agricultural engineer and was previously the public service and labor minister, and before that agriculture minister. He becomes President Paul Kagame’s third prime minister since 2000, and the country’s 10th since 1960. [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 1:58:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
The Colorado River basin supplies water to about 40 million people and 4 million acres of farmland in seven states — California, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming — as well as to people and farms in part of Mexico. California ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 1:36:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
California, one of the nation's largest agricultural producers, is three years into drought. While the state has curtailed use of surface water, the state lacks a statewide system for regulating — or even measuring — groundwater. [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 1:36:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security has turned over more than 50,000 children ... "We have provided shelter, food, a place to shower, and assistance in making travel arrangements," Mr. Briseño says. Aid also is coming from volunteers ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 1:19:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
A new report from the University of California, Davis, shows that California agriculture is weathering its worst drought in decades due to groundwater reserves, but the nation’s produce basket may come up dry in the future if it continues to treat those ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 1:18:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
This isn't the first water shortage that has used the hashtag #DroughtShaming ... Some 80% of California's water goes to agriculture, so the scarcity has hit the agriculture sector particularly hard — forcing bee keepers to feed their charges artificial ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 1:03:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Some 80% of California's water goes to agriculture, so the scarcity has hit the agriculture sector particularly hard — forcing bee keepers to feed their charges artificial nectar. A UC Davis report estimated that the drought has cost the industry $1.5 ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 1:03:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Some 80% of California's water goes to agriculture, so the scarcity has hit the agriculture sector particularly hard — forcing bee keepers to feed their charges artificial nectar. A UC Davis report estimated that the drought has cost the industry $1.5 ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 1:03:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Onalaska residents will soon have a chance to share their thoughts about what level of urban agriculture they’d like to see allowed in the city, including the potential for keeping chickens, rabbits and bees. The consensus of Onalaska Plan Commission ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 1:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
"A convoy of nine trucks crossed into Syria today from the Turkish crossing at Bab al-Salam, carrying UN food, shelter, water purification and sanitation supplies," said Amanda Pitt, the spokeswoman for UNOCHA, the UN humanitarian office. The UN Security ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 12:47:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Five turns in, I'm happily setting up a farm when a massive siege worm -- think of the sandworms from "Dune," but with more teeth -- decides with no provocation to head my way. Not good. And trying to fight it with my limited resources rather than letting ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 12:35:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Human remains continue to be found a full week after the plane went down — underlining concerns about the halting and chaotic recovery effort at the sprawling site spread across farmland in eastern Ukraine. Armed separatists control the area and have ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 12:35:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Attendees can learn about this garden as well as community gardens and urban agriculture at large. To purchase tickets online, visit sugarbeetegt.bpt.me. The Sugar Beet Co-op, 812 Madison St., Oak Park. $10 for members; $12 for general admission ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 12:35:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Some places do see their biggest impacts outside of the Northern Hemisphere winter: Dryness that can affect Africa’s Sahel and damage agriculture there tends to occur from July to September (meaning the area could avoid much of this impact if the El ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 12:25:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
But the El Niño rains in Southern California are best correlated with strong El Niños ... Dryness that can affect Africa’s Sahel and damage agriculture there tends to occur from July to September (meaning the area could avoid much of this impact ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 12:25:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Mr. Ryan previously has proposed deep cuts in federal spending on programs such as Medicaid and food stamps, and he has said that federal assistance creates a culture of "dependency" among the poor that makes it harder for people to climb the economic ladder. [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 12:21:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Australian researchers use the online world of Second Life to teach sugar cane farmers about climate change and new technologies they can use to reduce water use and fertilizer run-off. Sharon Reich reports. [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 11:28:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
... “joke”, saying a trading trial announced by water minister Kevin Humphries would have little impact on skyrocketing water use charges. The irrigators said they weren’t even able to take their case straight to the top last week, with Mr Humphries ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 11:05:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Since the 2008 financial crisis, large pools of pension money have flowed directly into farmland and agricultural investments. Some Wall Street investors are trying their hand at creating different ways to tap demand from both large pensions funds and ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 10:35:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
One specific area where investment is needed is in California, Mr. Vilsack said ... large pools of pension money have flowed directly into farmland and agricultural investments. Some Wall Street investors are trying their hand at creating different ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 10:35:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
That evening I drove up to North Hero, a Lake Champlain island close to the New York border, heading for the homey, 123-year-old North Hero House, a stately but unassuming inn whose rooms are decorated in a country style that's mercifully low on chintz. I ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 10:28:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
I watched the setting sun turn the sky the color of a bruised plum; the scene was beautiful enough that its memory softened the frustration I felt the next morning when I learned that the farm I had driven to the area to see had been closed for two years. [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 10:28:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
The lack of first-rounders hasn't allowed the Rangers to establish a healthy enough farm system to replenish departures to the NHL roster. That showed up in the offseason moves this year to sign players like Mike Kostka, Matt Hunwick and Chris Mueller to ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 10:27:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
The red flag from humanitarian groups is based on sophisticated early warning systems that aid agencies use to push donors to pay up so ... and there is less than 1 gallon of water and scant calories available to each person on a daily basis. [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 9:40:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
But proponents say the lines have cut electricity costs by more than the $6. Where the transmission towers, 130 feet tall, march through the farmland, pastureland and deserts of Texas, hardly anybody professes to like them. Leaving Brickhouse, a lunch spot ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 9:34:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
University of Illinois Extension will host Roots to Rooftop Tour: Community Gardens, Urban Agriculture and a Rooftop Garden on Sunday, July 27. Extension educator Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant says that “each site will have a knowledgeable host who can talk ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 9:02:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Now the Islamic State's cleansing campaign has rid farmland and villages in the surrounding Nineveh province and beyond of longtime minority inhabitants, leaving the country's north segregated along clear sectarian and ethnic lines. Much of the north is ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 9:02:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Three Columbia organizations, Great Circle of Columbia, Voluntary Action Center and Saving Sight, will receive grants totaling $23,000 from the Columbia Foundation to further their… Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture to expand backyard gardens The ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 8:44:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
“I love the idea of urban agriculture,” he says. He’ll also be looking to start an aquaponic system. This combines raising aquatic animals such as fish, in tanks and cultivating plants in water in a symbiotic environment. Water from the aquaculture ... [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 7:49:00 AM, Continue reading at the source

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