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To eat or not to eat? That is the question.  It seems that many Americans are loving towards their pets, yet eat domesticated livestock without double thinking. How is it that animals smarter than dogs end up on the dinner table? A team of scientists at the University of Melbourne took to find...
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For the first time, a field test has demonstrated that elevated levels of carbon dioxide inhibit plants' assimilation of nitrate into proteins, indicating that the nutritional quality of food crops is at risk as climate change intensifies.   Findings from this wheat field-test study...
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The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) has released its draft Principles and Criteria for Global Sustainable Beef document for public comment. The document identifies the key areas in the beef value chain that must be addressed to ensure beef production around the globe is environmentally...
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Warming sea temperatures and ocean acidification put the millions around the world who rely on the sea, at risk.   He sat shirtless on his thin bamboo floor in a home built on posts rising out of the Banda Sea. Tadi had just returned in his dugout canoe from scanning crevices in a nearby reef...
A Bajau woman sitting in a canoe spears a poisonous stone fish so barefoot villagers won't step on it, Nov. 16, 2013, in Indonesia. (Steve Ringman/Seattle Times/MCT)
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Resting near the bottom of the food chain, Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) underpin much of the Southern Ocean's ecosystem. But in a rapidly warming world, these hugely-abundant crustaceans could see their habitat shrink considerably. In a recent paper in PLOS ONE, scientists predict that Antarc...
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS * Growth hormone added to salmon* Critics say "frankenfish" could cause human allergies* Fast-growing salmon appears safe to eat, FDA says Federal health regulators say a genetically engineered salmon that grows twice as fast as normal is unlikely to harm the environment, clearing...
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Posted by on in Fishing
Fishing down the foodweb. The environmental impact of fishing can be divided into issues that involve the availability of fish to be caught, such as overfishing, sustainable fisheries, and fisheries management; and issues that involve the impact of fishing on other elements of the environment, such...
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Posted by on in Buy Local
Most produce in the US is picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves, and is shipped for an average of 1500 miles before being sold. And this is when taking into account only US grown products! Those distances are substantially longer when we take into consideration produce import...
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  In the sea, almost everything that swims, burrows or crawls can be presented on a plate and eaten. Yet many marine species aren't well known among chefs and diners. The lack of variety on the menu represents not only a loss of culinary opportunity, but also a potential source of ecological i...
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Posted by on in Human Health
Sperm whales feeding even in the most remote reaches of Earth's oceans have built up stunningly high levels of toxic and heavy metals, according to American scientists who say the findings spell danger not only for marine life but for the millions of humans who depend on seafood. A report released ...
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