Category: Agriculture

Who Is Sam Clovis? Seth Meyers Investigates on ‘Late Night’

Who Is Sam Clovis? Seth Meyers Investigates on ‘Late Night’:

“But here’s the thing: Had these Russia connections with Clovis and the Trump campaign not come to light, it’s very possible he would still have made it to the hearing process, probably doing even more damage to the USDA. And there’s no reason to believe Trump will change course and nominate someone who is actually qualified.”

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Climate-denying talk radio host Trump picked for top science post now at center of Russia scandal

Climate-denying talk radio host Trump picked for top science post now at center of Russia scandal:

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He Screams About ‘Race Traitors’ and Trump Loves Him

He Screams About ‘Race Traitors’ and Trump Loves Him:

Help us get to 30,000 petition signatures against the nomination of Sam Clovis as chief scientist at USDA. TAKE ACTION TODAY. 

npr: Ethiopia gave the world Coffea arabica, the species that…

npr:

Ethiopia gave the world Coffea arabica, the species that produces most of the coffee we drink these days. Today, the country is the largest African producer of Arabica coffee. The crop is the backbone of the country’s economy – some 15 million Ethiopians depend on it for a living.

But the effects of climate change – higher temperatures and less rainfall – could take a toll on the country’s ability to farm this treasured crop. Climate data shows that rainfall in Ethiopia has declined by almost 40 inches since the 1950s. And the frequency of droughts has increased in recent years, affecting coffee growing regions as well.

Ethiopia could lose from 39 to 59 percent of its current coffee-growing areas to climate change by the end of the century, according to a new study published in Nature Plants.

Ethiopian coffee farmers are “on the front lines of climate change,” says Aaron Davis, a scientist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London, and one of the study’s authors. He says many coffee farmers have told him that they are experiencing less frequent harvests.

Ethiopia’s Coffee Farmers Are ‘On The Front Lines Of Climate Change’

Photo: Courtesy of Alan Schaller 

Trump might pick a non-scientist to be USDA’s ‘chief scientist’

Trump might pick a non-scientist to be USDA’s ‘chief scientist’:

Because, of course. 

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Dietary Choices and Media Habits

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nubbsgalore: built five hundred feet into the permafrost of a…

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built five hundred feet into the permafrost of a norwegian island located some six hundred miles from the north pole (and twice that from oslo), the  is the world’s largest and most secure seed bank. 

safe from earthquake and flooding, and designed to last a thousand years, its mission is to serve as a backup for planet’s agriculture in the event of a catastrophe, be it from drought, floods, disease, war (see: ) and/or the slow moving disaster of climate change.

known as the doomsday vault, it has amassed over 840,000 seed samples since the first deposit, that of rice seeds, was made in 2008 by the late kenyan environmental activist and nobel peace prize winner, wangari maathai. 

since then, all countries, save japan and china (the later of which is believed to have already lost 90 percent of its rice varieties) have entrusted the site with their agricultural heritage, and the collection, as of now, covers about half of the world’s known crop diversity. 

“Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, moved late on Wednesday to reject the…”

“Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, moved late on Wednesday to reject the scientific conclusion of the agency’s own chemical safety experts who under the Obama administration recommended that one of the nation’s most widely used insecticides be permanently banned at farms nationwide because of the harm it potentially causes children and farm workers. The ruling by Mr. Pruitt, in one of his first formal actions as the nation’s top environmental official, rejected a petition filed a decade ago by two environmental groups that had asked that the agency ban all uses of chlorpyrifos. The chemical was banned in 2000 for use in most household settings, but still today is used at about 40,000 farms on about 50 different types of crops, ranging from almonds to apples. Late last year, and based in part on research conducted at Columbia University, E.P.A. scientists concluded that exposure to the chemical that has been in use since 1965 was potentially causing significant health consequences. They included learning and memory declines, particularly among farm workers and young children who may be exposed through drinking water and other sources. But Dow Chemical, which makes the product, along with farm groups that use it, had argued that the science demonstrating that chlorpyrifos caused such harm is inconclusive — especially when properly used to kill crop-spoiling insects. An E.P.A. scientific review panel made up of academic experts last July also had raised questions about some of the conclusions the chemical safety staff had reached. That led the staff to revise the way it had justified its findings of harm, although the agency employees as of late last year still concluded that the chemical should be banned.Mr. Pruitt, in an announcement issued Wednesday night, said the agency needed to study the science more.”

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