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Palm oil ‘disastrous’ for wildlife but here to stay, experts warn | Environment | The Guardian
Palm oil ‘disastrous’ for wildlife but here to stay, experts warn
The deforestation it causes is decimating species such as orangutans and tigers - but the alternatives could be worse, finds authoritative report
palm  oil  deforestation  mass  extinction  ecological  environmental  disaster  climate  change  global  warming  climatechange  Klimakatastrophe  monoculture  agriculture 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
The latest cutting-edge technology changing our landscapes? Trees | Environment | The Guardian
And agroforestry also offers important climate change benefits. A new study published by the US’s National Academy of Sciences found that natural climate solutions (NCS) such as agroforestry could offer substantial mitigation in the years up to 2030. Although agroforestry is just one of a number of NCSs, one paper has estimated that it can tuck away as much as 2.2 petagrams (a trillion kilograms) of carbon over 50 years. Currently, the UK’s forests put away 10m kg a year.
agriculture  monoculture  food–industrial  complex 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
EPA Used Monsanto’s Research to Give Roundup a Pass
‪USA's Environmental Protection Agency #‎EPA‬ ignores independent studies (and rat deaths) to exonerate ‪#‎Roundup aka Glyphosate‬ as an a endocrine disruptor.
glyphosate  Monsanto  Protection  Act  Monsanto  revolving  door  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  corporate  scandal  toxin  endotoxin  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide  GMO  crop  GMO  monocrop  mono  agriculture  monoculture  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  democracy  No  Representation  Consumer  Protection  Career  Politicians  EPA  FDA  USDA  corruption  bribery  corporate  state  corporate  media  Polarisation  manufactured  consent  Roundup  endocrine  system  public  health  carcinogen  carcinogenic 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Farming News - Pesticides have bigger impact on invertebrates than climate change new study reports
This is one of the first studies to investigate the impact such factors have on farmland invertebrates in the UK and it is hoped that the findings will encourage the creation of new measures to mitigate the loss of these organisms. Results suggest that increasing pesticide use has had more of a direct effect on abundance of some invertebrates than temperature change, with the main driver of change in an agricultural environment being human behaviour. Climate change will, in the long term, cause changes in certain groups of organisms, some of which are cereal pests whose abundance may increase. Any subsequent increase in the use of insecticides will negatively affect the abundance of all invertebrate groups, many of which are beneficial.
pesticide  fungicide  herbicide  mass  extinction  Honey  Bee  colony  collapse  disorder  Industrial  Farming  mono  agriculture  monocrop  monoculture  agriculture  food  industry  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  shared  economic  interest  economic  damage  climate  change  GMO  crop  GMO  unknown  unkown  unintended  consequences  ecological  disaster  ecology  environmental  disaster  environment  morality  Generationengerechtigkeit  fairness 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Uno-Bericht: Falsche Landwirtschaft könnte Billionen Euro kosten - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Vereinten Nationen warnen vor der falschen Nutzung von Böden: Millionen Menschen seien gezwungen, ihre Heimat zu verlassen. Die wirtschaftlichen Verluste beliefen sich auf viele Billionen Euro.
soil  erosion  climate  change  desertification  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  drought  climate  science  climate  crisis  climate  system  food  prices  food  poverty  National  Security  Frontier  Markets  Developing  World  democracy  global  warming  flash  floods  flooding  economic  damage  mono  agriculture  monocrop  monoculture  industrial  agriculture  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  water  pollution  air  pollution  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber, the Rashomon | PandoDaily
[ low skill, routine job ] When an Uber glides to its appointed pickup point, what do we see? Do we see an innovator hastening the inexorable shift to a new information-based economy? Or an arrogant bully using cheap capital, greed, and a dangerous, misogynist culture of convenience to consolidate a trillion dollar market? Or do we see both? [...] I’m sure pure Uber defenders exist, but the truth is, most of us are worried about the sheer expression of capitalistic force that the company represents. [...] Uber is the poster child for our global conversation about the role of work in our society, and about the kind of company we want to create, work at, and celebrate. [SV] its male-dominated, aggressive philosophy of “breaking things fast” and “asking for forgiveness rather than permission.” Uber feels inevitable — a uniquely of-the-moment company, a mirror held up to the Valley’s aggregate psyche.
Uber  Capitalism  Share  Economy  self-employment  Zero  Hour  Contract  contractor  outsourcing  precarious  work  Precariat  working  poor  Service  Sector  Jobs  Services  Industry  convenience  disposable  income  disrupting  markets  disruption  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  information-based  Big  Data  analytics  Travis  Kalanick  Silicon  Valley  public  transportation  transportation  workplace  work  environment  labour  market  labour  economics  Future  of  job  security  job  creation  1099  Economy  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  shareholder  value  mono  culture  asshole  culture  asshole  game  monoculture  jock  culture  Campus  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  social  entrepreneurship  accountability  Niedriglohn  Niedriglohnsektor 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Venture capital and the great big Silicon Valley asshole game | PandoDaily
(( via pando.com/2015/02/12/how-silicon-valleys-counterculture-went-corporate-and-ruined-everything/ )) --- This is a complex topic with no real “right” or “wrong.” You have to consider what the job of a VC is. It’s not to give inner city kids a helping hand; it’s not to make mom-and-pop dreams a reality; it’s not to help nice guys. It’s to maximize returns and fund companies that have an outsized chance of creating billion-dollar plus outcomes in a decade or less. There is a certain personality type that frequently builds these companies—a mix of outsized arrogance, steel-eyed determination, and even some element of delusion. Rational thinkers don’t usually think they can upend whole industries. People who get impacted by social pressure will be talked out of an idea long before it comes to fruition.
Silicon  Valley  profit  maximisation  idealism  shareholder  value  stereotype  confirmation  bias  bias  prejudice  Venture  Capital  subculture  counter  culture  Wall  Street  governance  ethical  machine  moral  beliefs  ethical  beliefs  money  status  anxiety  status  symbol  social  status  asshole  game  brogrammer  jock  culture  Campus  asshole  culture  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Steve  Jobs  Jim  Clark  Larry  Ellison  distortion  history  Misogynie  misogyny  everyday  sexism  sexism  sexismus  gender-based  harassment  gender-based  discrimination  gender  politics  gender  pay  gap  gender  policing  glass  ceiling  feminism  feminist  minority  social  discrimination  discrimination  STEM  marginal  cost  Lad  culture  monoculture  mono  culture 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
TTIP - How We're Lied To About Food: Russell Brand The Trews (E179) - YouTube
& http://youtu.be/hbOb0kpYUTo // power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely = TTIP, CETA, Montanto Protection Act, exluding accountability and liability for corporate action/doing/products. = two tier justice system = inequality, no fairness, Gerechtigkeit, ... this equals to the Bailouts and TBTF and too big to jail.
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
How the global banana industry is killing the world’s favorite fruit - Quartz
Tropical Race 4 - The deadliest disease the banana world’s ever seen :: Nearly nine-tenths of the world’s bananas are eaten in poor countries, where at least 400 million people rely on them for 15-27% of their daily calories. And that’s the really scary part. Since the first Panama disease outbreak, bananas have evolved from snacks into vital sustenance. And this time there’s no back-up banana variety to feed the world with instead. [...] In the same way that the Cavendish gets all the fame, brand names like Chiquita and Dole dominate the popular conception of the banana market. But exports make up only 15% of global output; the rest is consumed by banana-producing nations or sold unofficially in regional markets. In fact, the top two banana and plantain producers—India and China—don’t export at all, though they produce a combined 35% of the global yield. [...] [T]he developing-world economy [is] reliant on a very vulnerable crop.
Tropical  Race  4  Bananas  Plantains  monoculture  monocrop  mono  agriculture  food  security  food  prices  food  poverty  fungus  evolution 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Stanford biologist warns of early stages of Earth's 6th mass extinction event
In a new review of scientific literature and analysis of data published in Science, an international team of scientists cautions that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event. [...] And while previous extinctions have been driven by natural planetary transformations or catastrophic asteroid strikes, the current die-off can be associated to human activity, a situation that the lead author Rodolfo Dirzo, a professor of biology at Stanford, designates an era of "Anthropocene defaunation." // Book http://bit.ly/M47bEd "our own downfall at our own hands. Domino's are falling." - Guardian Series: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/series/sixth-extinction || http://bit.ly/1jzy1Ol Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Die Propagandaschlacht um die Gentechnik | EXCLUSIV IM ERSTEN | ARD - YouTube
- evolution ... unbeatable, weed killers become ineffective. and propaganda to make hunger and food poverty disappear is a PR/marketing crutch. >> no evidence that GMO crop is long-term more sustainable (using expensive GMO crop and expensive GMO related crop herbicides and pesticides) than EU conventional non-GMO crop agricultural policy (still monocrop agri culture). // +++ industrial agriculture policy has to GO AWAY FROM MONOCROP!!!
Roundup  Monsanto  Protection  Act  GMO  GMO  crop  Monsanto  glyphosate  herbicide  Dogma  propaganda  communication  PR  public  relations  language  marketing  Europe  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  interest  groups  corporate  governance  corporatism  crony  capitalism  short-term  thinking  UK  Germany  Career  Politicians  transparency  accountability  ethics  governance  Political  Wall  Street  unintended  consequences  complexity  unknown  unknowns  Industrial  Farming  agriculture  agriculture  industry  agriculture  policy  monoculture  monocrop  mono  agriculture  globalisation  globalization  flat  world  incomplete  information  sustainability  sustainable  Food  Chain  corporate  culture  public  health  policy  health  policy  Makers 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Report: Polluted farm runoff linked to toxic green algae slime in U.S. waters - The Washington Post
At least one drinking-water provider, Des Moines Water Works, is struggling to clean nitrates from water it supplies to a half-million customers as a result of polluted runoff from farms. a growing toxic danger that threatens human health and has claimed the life of at least one person, more than 20 pets since 2001 and a multitude of marine life.
Chesapeake  Bay  lobby  lobbyist  globalwarming  complexity  livestock  farming  ecosystem  Phosphorus  unintended  consequences  algae  drinking  water  climate  change  gulfofmexico  Gulf  of  Mexico  nitrogen  water  security  Lobbying  urban  planning  organic  agriculture  agriculture  industry  watersupply  monoculture  water  pollution  global  warming  livestock  industry  climate  science  agriculture  sewage  urbanisation  agriculture  policy  water  scarcity  climatechange  EPA  USA  unknown  unkown  monocrop  Clean  Act  mono  agriculture  food  industry  ecological  disaster 
september 2013 by asterisk2a
Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought - Quartz
Colony Collapse Disorder [...] in a first-of-its-kind study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once. [...] The pollen was contaminated on average with nine different pesticides and fungicides though scientists discovered 21 agricultural chemicals in one sample. Scientists identified eight ag chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by the parasite. >> http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0070182
neonicotinoid  lobby  lobbyist  complexity  ecosystem  Monsanto  Europe  unintended  consequences  beekeeping  honeybees  pathogen  organic  agriculture  Lobbying  Honey  Bee  bees  agriculture  industry  herbicide  ecology  monoculture  pesticide  fungicide  Monsanto  Protection  Act  pollution  Colony  Collapse  Disorder  USA  monocrop  USDA  mono  agriculture  ecological  disaster 
july 2013 by asterisk2a
Surprise: Organic Apples And Pears Aren't Free Of Antibiotics : The Salt : NPR
wo antibiotics, streptomycin and oxytetracycline, as vital weapons in the fight to control the disease ( fire blight ) — even on organic apples and pears. [...] About 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S. go to livestock — not just to treat disease and prevent infections, but also, primarily, to help animals put on more weight. [...] That heavy usage has been widely blamed for promoting the spread of antibiotic-resistant bugs. And resistance can jump from bacteria that infect livestock to microbes that sicken people. The problem of drug resistance has led to widespread calls for reining in the use of antibiotics on farms, in order to preserve the medicines' effectiveness in treating human disease. [...] Any residue on fruit, she says, is minuscule. [Still - its like chronic low-grade inflammation.]
antibiotics  USA  organic  agriculture  post-antibiotic  era  FDA  Lobby  monocrop  agriculture  USDA  mono  agriculture  monoculture  food  industry 
april 2013 by asterisk2a
Organic farmers beat US droughts - YouTube
The recent drought in the United States has damaged crops and driven up food prices. However, organic farmers say that they have fared better, thanks to alternative growing methods.

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Organic and traditional farming (rotating the crop type that is growing on field) is better than mono agriculture (mass agriculture). Is better able to resist droughts and pesticide use is minimal if at all.
climatechange  globalwarming  organic  agriculture  USA  weather  extreme  drought  monoculture  monocrop  mono  agriculture 
october 2012 by asterisk2a
The Beginning of the End for Bananas? | The Scientist
Most banana researchers agree that the real answer—as has been the case with crops like potatoes, apples, and grapes—is to abandon the monoculture that makes the emergence of a disease so devastating. A more diverse banana harvest would allow farmers to isolate susceptible bananas, surrounding them with more resistant varieties. If the solution ends up being a Cavendish stand-in that is resistant to both strains, on the other hand, the predicament of the banana monoculture—with its vulnerability to old, new, and yet-to-be discovered pathogens—would continue.
monoculture  agriculture  policy  folly 
july 2011 by asterisk2a

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