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Archive | July, 2014

The Soil Solution

Soil Fertility: 16 Methods to Understand

Soil fertility and sustainable agriculture practitioners know that most soils today need their health and vitality rebuilt. In times past, nature built healthy, vital soils, and there is value in copying nature in rebuilding soil health. However, we cannot afford to take millions of years to do so as nature did — we need intelligent intervention. […]

Avoiding Sunlight May Backfire

Avoiding Sunlight May Backfire

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight is often cited as a cause of skin melanomas; however, research from Sweden suggests that low vitamin D levels caused by avoiding sunlight may be just as dangerous. The research, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, found that women who avoid sun exposure are at an increased […]

Healing Soil With Organic Methods

Healing the Soil with Organic Methods

Rodale Institute has launched a global campaign to generate public awareness of soil’s ability to reverse climate change, but only when the health of the soil is maintained through organic regenerative agriculture. The campaign calls for the restructuring of our global food system with the goal of reversing climate change through photosynthesis and biology. The […]

Fighting Nitrogen Pollution

Mitigating Nitrogen Pollution with Eco-Farming

Chemical compounds containing reactive nitrogen are major drivers of air and water pollution worldwide, and hence of diseases like asthma or cancer. If no action is taken, nitrogen pollution could rise by 20 percent by 2050 in a middle-of-the-road scenario, according to a study published by scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. […]

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Gut Microbiota Linked to Autism

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have significantly different concentrations of certain bacterial-produced chemicals, called metabolites, in their feces compared to children without ASD. “Most gut bacteria are beneficial, aiding food digestion, producing vitamins, and protecting against harmful bacteria. If left unchecked, however, harmful bacteria can excrete dangerous metabolites or disturb a balance in metabolites […]

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Crop Nutrients Fall as CO2 Rises

At the elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 anticipated by around 2050, crops that provide a large share of the global population with most of their dietary zinc and iron will have significantly reduced concentrations of those nutrients, according to a new study led by the Harvard School of Public Health published in Nature. Given that […]