Monthly Archives: July 2007

Soaring Farm Demand, Mutating Plant Diseases and Scientific Backlash

Over the next 50 years, human society and plant science will face the greatest conservation challenge in history: supporting a peak population of perhaps 8 billion mostly-affluent humans—and their pets—without taking the rest of the planet’s land away from nature. … Continue reading

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Nolan Ryan Pitches U.S. Beef in Japan

Forbes.com Cathy Bussewitz July 20, 2007 Excerpt… TOKYO – As U.S. baseball strikeout champion, Nolan Ryan used to hurl a lot of cowhide. In Japan on Friday, he pitched a different bovine product: U.S. beef. The retired Hall of Famer … Continue reading

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Why not raw milk?

Those of you who regularly read my work know that I believe in conventional milk. It is perfectly safe, perfectly nutritious, and perfectly refreshing. So what is with this push from some groups to make raw milk sales in supermarkets … Continue reading

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Water Experts Find Earth’s Warming, Rainfall Linked to Sun

A team of water experts says the pattern of droughts and floods in South Africa shows our global warming was triggered by the variability of the sun’s irradiance rather than by human-emitted CO2. They say variations in South African rainfall … Continue reading

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Norman Borlaug: He Only Saved A Billion People

MSNBC By Jonathan Alter Newsweek July 30, 2007 Issue Excerpt… It’s a trifecta much bigger and rarer than an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony. Only five people in history have ever won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal … Continue reading

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What Excuse for the New Farm Bill?

The Congress is trying urgently to write a new farm bill—but it can’t think of an excuse for passing it. The cold reality, of course, is simply that half of the U.S. Senate is elected in states where the farm … Continue reading

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Canadian Climatologist Says Sun Causing Global Warming

Another scientist has added his voice to the Global Warming debate. Canadian climatologist Tim Patterson says the sun drives the earth’s climate changes—and Earth’s current global warming is a direct result of a long, moderate 1,500-year cycle in the sun’s … Continue reading

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vCJD: ‘Mad-cow’ variant not now a risk

Fort Wayne News Sentinel Jennifer L. Boen Only 3 vCJD cases in the U.S. were confirmed; all had links to U.K. beef. Excerpt… The news that since January four northeast Indiana residents are suspected to have died from a progressive, … Continue reading

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Nebraska Research Safeguards Sustainable World Crop Yields

The journal Science editorialized on May 23rd that the world is becoming too dependent on Roundup-Ready biotech crops. It claimed agriculture had become as dependent on glyphosate for weed control as human medicine had become on antibiotics. The journal predicted: … Continue reading

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