A new study finds that large-scale irrigation is causing more sea-level rise than climate change. And yet the most powerful nations in the world just gave industrial agriculture a big thumbs up.
“Glass Gem” corn looks almost CGI, but it actually comes out of the ground that way. It’s the product of a small farm and a retro, handcrafted approach to agriculture — “genetic modification” from back when genetic modification meant painstaking generations of selective breeding.
If a new round of genetically engineered corn is approved, it will be bred to withstand huge quantities of 2,4-D, a pesticide that has the potential to drift and kill vegetables in fields as far as two miles away.
A winner of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize, Sofia Gatica organized women in her city to study the health effects of agrochemicals in the soy fields and worked to get a dangerous pesticide banned. Now she's taking on Monsanto.
A kids' activity book funded by Monsanto and other biotech firms explains how biotechnology is "a really neat topic [that is] helping to improve the health of the Earth and the people who call it home."
Hackers affiliated with Anonymous launch an attack on Monsanto. And while the data they obtained doesn't reveal anything new, it might be oddly satisfying for those who lament the seed giant's recent court victory over small farmers.
TransCanada is going to reapply for a Keystone XL permit and wants to start work on the Oklahoma-to-Texas portion of the pipeline. Envia Systems has created the most energy-dense battery ever, which could bring down the price of electric vehicles and extend their range. Rick Santorum thinks gas prices caused the recession. No, he really does. A direct quote: “The bubble burst in housing because people couldn’t pay their mortgages because they were looking at $4 a gallon gasoline.” A New York court dismissed a case by organic farmers who hoped for protection against Monsanto should the agribusiness giant’s genes …
In 2004, Paul François, a French farmer, breathed in the vapor of Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller while cleaning out the tank of a crop sprayer. He lost consciousness and later suffered from memory loss and headaches. Monday, a French court found that Monsanto could be held liable for poisoning François.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy that chocolate now: it could be harder to find as climate change takes its toll on the cacao tree. Here are some other “green(ish)” ideas for presents to the one you love, be it your sweetie, your kid, your BFF, or your favorite teacher. And here’s Grist’s V-day roundup. President Obama’s 2013 budget increased funding for renewable energy by 29 percent. In France, a judge found Monsanto guilty of poisoning a farmer who was exposed some of the company’s weedkiller. Hurricanes could tear up offshore wind turbines