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Farm Advocates and Scientists Voice Concern Over Use of Crop Chemicals

By Jeannette | March 27, 2012

Photo: Macomb Paynes

Photo: Macomb Paynes

By: Justin Chan

As the United States Department of Agriculture faces criticism from concerned parents over the use of pink slime in school food, another agency is facing heat for not doing enough to limit the use of crop chemicals.

According to Reuters, scientists, environmentalists and farm advocates have been increasingly irked by the use of agricultural chemicals in boosting crop production. As the world’s population continues to grow, critics are worried that the consequent demand for food has led to health and environmental risks. Some have already issued warnings and calls for government action, while the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has taken a more serious route by filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Evidence reveals that agricultural residues have been found in water supplies and air samples of some of the farming communities across the country, causing more anxiety among critics. Read More

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Increase in Global Heat Leads to Decrease in Agricultural Output

By admin | November 3, 2011

Photo: Cristian V.

Photo: Cristian V.

By: Saira Malhotra

Last week, Reuters reported how the United States, the world’s largest food exporter, showed growing concerns regarding its agricultural output. At an agronomist meeting last week in San Antonio, scientists engaged in a hot topic: heat. Experts have always considered global warming with regards to its impact on melting glaciers and over flowing water tables, but what seems to be having a more direct and immediate impact on agricultural production is the rise in climate.

With the early start to sun rise accompanied by significantly hot evenings, the days are getting longer and hotter, particularly in the Southern parts of the country like Florida. Read More

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Genetically Modified Crops and Their Genetically Modified Bugs

By admin | August 30, 2011

Photo: Peter Blanchard

Photo: Peter Blanchard

Reading about a super plague attacking genetically-modified corn seems like a story out of ancient times and the future put together. Yet, that is exactly what is occurring in the United States and Europe as we speak. As the debate of pros and cons of genetically-modified foods continues, this turn of events can count as a con to those rallying for GMO foods.

A pest has now succumbed to feeding off of genetically modified corn, though this type of corn was developed by Monsanto to thwart off rootworms. Ironically, nature still finds a way. Read More

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