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Milk found safe from toxic algae
...n consumption. "Many rural water bodies, including farm
dams, can be affected by blooms of blue-algae which can produce a variety of potentially fatal toxins," says CSIRO's Dr Gary Jones. It is not uncommon for livestock to drink non-lethal doses of algae from these dams, raising the question of whether t...
Study shows industrial hog operations appear to impair health, life quality among neighbors
...on, two adjacent cattle farms and, as a control, a farm
area without large livestock operations. "In particular, headache, runny nose, sore throat, excessive coughing, diarrhea and burning eyes were reported more frequently in the hog community," said Dr. Steven Wing, associate professor of epidemiolog...
Tobacco farm workers may contract tobacco sickness, Wake Forest study shows
...operations and work is done by migrant or seasonal farm
workers, according to a Wake Forest University Sch... A. Quandt, Ph.D., said that 41 percent of tobacco farm
workers reported having green tobacco sickness at least once during the summer. Most are migrant His...
New USGS research shows how land use affects amphibians
...logists are investigating the value of constructed farm
ponds for native amphibians. Thousands of farm
ponds have been constructed in the Midwest through cost-share programs with the U.S. Department of A...
Study finds children are exposed to pesticides
...hought. More than half of the tested children of farm
workers who live in Douglas and Chelan counties in...ter mile from orchards, and whose parents were not farm
workers, was 44 percent. Researchers found different results when the exposures were attributed t...
Cloning reverses aging in cow cells, Scienceauthors say
...the human body to increasing the breeding years of farm
animals. Like the nine lives of a cat, cells possess a finite number of division cycles--a cell's life is at an end when it can no longer divide. To create the cow clones, the researchers used cells that were near the end of this lifespan, with only ...
US seed industry to benefit from free trade with China
...eed Trade Association (ASTA), joining several U.S. farm
groups in support of PNTR legislation. "By enhanc...ina to import more U.S. seed along with other U.S. farm
products." The United States exports roughly $1 billion in seeds worldwide each year, but only about...
Endangered butterfly needs proper habitat, special nectar
...1 by biologist Ralph Macy who discovered it on his farm
in McMinnville, Oregon. He named it for his friend, Kenneth Fender, a McMinnville entomologist and mail carrier, who died in 1987, just two years before the species was rediscovered. The remaining populations of Fender's blue can be found at only 1...
Double crops, cut the acreage by 2010, predicts plant scientist
...rop production won't necessarily cut the amount of farm
land in half, thanks to the need to feed an ever-i...uld take much of the nation's 320 million acres of farm
land out of production, creating millions of new acres of wildlife habitat. "A couple of years ago I...
Do fish farms really add to the world's supply of fish?
...Atlantic Ocean. "Increasing evidence suggests that farm
escapees may hybridize with and alter the genetic makeup of wild populations of Atlantic salmon," write the Nature authors. "Such genetic alterations could exacerbate the decline in many locally endangered populations of wild Atlantic salmon," they p...
UC Davis expert identifies oak-tree killer and warns public to use caution
...eley, cooperative extension specialists and county farm
advisors. Rizzo said he released his findings today in an attempt to raise public consciousness before the start of the rainy season, when the spores will be most abundant. "Preventing the movement of soil and wood will be critical to slowing the spr...
Bullfrogs invading Canada's west coast
...obably looking to enhance their aquatic gardens or farm
frogs for their tasty legs -- who brought the first bullfrogs to B.C.'s Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island several decades ago. The frogs have been spreading in leaps and bounds ever since. "Their range on the Island is expanding by about five kil...
Bees deliver fungicide more effectively than sprays, study finds
...periment Station in Geneva, New York, and 10 other farm
fields spread over eight counties in New York state. As part of their experiments, the researchers looked at the effect of Trichoderma on individual honey bees and hive health. They found no adverse impact. The bee-delivery technique needs approval f...
Carbon cycling and species composition: seeing the forest for its trees
...y researched carbon storage on a former sugar cane farm
which had been turned into a plantation for eucalyptus trees (Eucalyptus saligna) in Hawaii. The team discovered that the acres which were interplanted with Albizia trees (Albizia falcataria) were able to sequester more carbon than areas where eucaly...
Carbon sequestration: seeing the forest for its trees
... researched carbon storage on a former sugar cane farm
which had been turned into a plantation for Eucalyptus trees (Eucalyptus saligna) in Hawaii. The team discovered that the acres which were interplanted with albizia trees (Albizia falcataria) were able to sequester more carbon than areas where eucaly...
A seafood paradox: Will fish farming save or deplete our ocean fisheries?
... University of Stockholm in Sweden will show how a farm
can affect surrounding areas by discarding excess ...autsky will demonstrate how the ``footprint`` of a farm
- its influence on the local environment - can be up to 50,000 times larger than the physical farm
More light makes redfish grown faster
...tant implication in aquaculture. If you run a fish farm
and keep your fish indoors, how long do you leave the lights on? Keeping them on a long time may cost you more on electricity, but if the fish grow faster, you would be able to get them to the market sooner." In future studies, MacKenzie would be int...
One change in farming makes for cleaner waterways
... drains into Lake Erie. Each farm
included in the study had a gross annual ...d state government-sponsored farm
incentive programs. Most of these provide financial incentives to encourage fa...
Increased use of chemicals in agriculture worldwide seen as major environmental threat
...hange." He said that those who are trying to farm
sustainably are hit economically and it is often the more careful farmers who are squeezed out. "We need to rethink incentives for farmers," said Tilman. The authors give a number of suggestions using existing knowledge to reduce the environme...
New report finds half of world's protected nature reserves heavily farmed as hunger runs rampant in biodiversity "hotspots"
...f insects, plants, and animals would be harmful to farm
production, and all were cleared away. But many such farm
practices may inadvertently destroy useful wildlife habitat without actually contributing to farm
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