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Gizmos & Gadgets: Argentinian Invents Methane Gathering Backpack for Cows

December 3, 2016 – You may ask why would anyone want to capture the gas coming from the backsides of cows? Well the answer is – cows produce as much as 25% of global methane ... Continue Reading →
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Reinventing Farming in a World Fighting Climate Change

November 19, 2016 – Who would have thought that if a farmer planted more trees on cropland that the end result would be enhancing our fight against climate change. Or that by ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: New Sick Plant App to Help Gardeners and Gardener Wannabes

November 14, 2016 – Before my wife and I downsized from a home in the suburbs of Toronto to a mid-town apartment I was an avid gardener. My rock garden in the front of the house ... Continue Reading →
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Purdue University Study Correlates Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Bans on Genetically Modified Crops

November 8, 2016 – In a paper entitled, Evaluation of Economic, Land Use, and Land Use Emission Impacts of Substituting Non-GMO Crops for GMO in the US, Purdue University researchers ... Continue Reading →
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The 21st Century: Our Journey to Immortality or Extinction

October 15, 2016 – It is the Ides of October and I have resolved after seven years of writing this blog to attempt a synthesis of much of its content into a book which will bear ... Continue Reading →
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14 Year Study of Genetically Modified Soybean and Corn (Maize) Yields Interesting Results

October 10, 2016 – Research at University of Virginia, Kansas State, Michigan State and Iowa State Universities studying the period from 1998 to 2011, assembled directly-observed ... Continue Reading →
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Climate Change Deniers Talk About the Benefits of Carbon Dioxide to Plants

October 5, 2016 – I received the following from the David Suzuki Foundation. It was entitled “Carbon dioxide: Pollutant or plant food?” Some climate change deniers ... Continue Reading →
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Dams Have an Unintended Consequence: Methane Emissions

October 1, 2016 – Hydroelectric projects exploit the power of rivers by damming them up and creating an artificial drop to exploit the energy generated from the descending flow. ... Continue Reading →
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Target Malaria Could Become Target Zika, Target Chikungunya and Other Mosquito Transmitted Diseases

September 8, 2016 – When the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced it was increasing its financial contribution to Target Malaria, a project focused on mosquito-killing ... Continue Reading →
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David Suzuki Asks How Much Food Can Cities Produce?

August 26, 2016 – In the latest email from the David Suzuki Foundation, it looks at urbanization, climate change, and food production pointing to a future where cities become ... Continue Reading →