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Feeding Cows Seaweed Could Reduce Their Contribution to Climate Change

Feeding Cows Seaweed Could Reduce Their Contribution to Climate Change

By Ermias Kebreab and Breanna Roque Methane is a short-lived but powerful greenhouse gas and the second-largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. And the majority of human-induced methane emissions comes from livestock. About 70% of agricultural methane comes from enteric fermentation – chemical reactions in the stomachs of cows and other grazing animals […]

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    Essential Farmworkers Deserve Pesticide Protections

    Essential Farmworkers Deserve Pesticide Protections

    By Iris Figueroa and Amy K. Liebman COVID-19 is having disproportionate impacts on our nation’s two million farmworkers, who as essential workers continue to toil in the fields despite numerous deadly outbreaks and no federal COVID-related workplace protections. COVID-19 has pulled back the veil on the strikingly poor workplace conditions of these essential workers, built […]

    Does Vertical Farming Actually Work?

    Does Vertical Farming Actually Work?

    In the outskirts of Newark, New Jersey, tucked between a packaging manufacturer and an aquatics center lies a farm. Except, if you’re driving down the nearby highway you probably wouldn’t be able to tell that this particular farm is churning out thousands of pounds of greens each year. In fact, all you’ll see is a […]

    The Ecological Roots of India’s Farming Crisis

    The Ecological Roots of India’s Farming Crisis

    By Mahima Jain Over recent months Raja, a farmer in India’s Tamil Nadu state, has had a change of routine. Every few days, the 53-year-old leaves his 30-acre (12-hectare) farm in the Villupuram district — where he grows a patchwork of rice, sugarcane, coconut trees and vegetables — and joins a small group demonstrating outside […]

    Dutch Court Orders Shell Oil to Pay for Harm Done to Nigerian Farmers

    Dutch Court Orders Shell Oil to Pay for Harm Done to Nigerian Farmers

    By Andrea Germanos Global environmental justice campaigners heralded a Dutch court’s ruling Friday that Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary must pay punitive restitution to Nigerian villages for oil spill contamination that brought death, illness, and destruction to Nigerian farmers and communities. “After 13 years, justice!” tweeted Friends of the Earth Europe. The legal effort seeking […]

    This Start-Up Believes Seaweed Can Change the World

    This Start-Up Believes Seaweed Can Change the World

    By Karen Scofield Seal Demand for plant-based food and nutrition is growing. According to recent retail sales data, grocery sales of plant-based foods in place of animal products grew 29% in the U.S. to $5 billion between 2017 and 2019. Sustainably farmed seaweed could help meet this need, while also providing compostable, marine-safe packaging. UK-based […]

    Trump Admin Delays Protecting Threatened Monarch Butterflies Until 2023

    Trump Admin Delays Protecting Threatened Monarch Butterflies Until 2023

    The Trump administration said Tuesday that federal protection for monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act is still a few years away. The reason? The administration cited 161 vulnerable species that are already waiting in line ahead of monarchs. Monarchs will likely have to wait until 2023 to be added by the U.S. Fish and […]