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Agricultural Irrigation and Growing Cities Now Causing Water Shortages In Eastern U.S.

Agricultural Irrigation and Growing Cities Now Causing Water Shortages In Eastern U.S.

Farmers in the Eastern U.S. are increasingly turning to irrigation systems to ensure the predictability of their harvests — in Georgia irrigated farmland has increased fifteen-fold from 1960 to 2015, according to government records, and crop yields have soared.  But so have water disputes in the once water-rich states of the Southeast.

Why This Matters:  Eastern states are not ready for the coming water shortages — their laws and policies were written with water abundance in mind.

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Reducing Food Waste Adds Up Big in Tackling Emissions

Reducing Food Waste Adds Up Big in Tackling Emissions

  According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. This contributes to 8% of total greenhouse emissions and also occurs as 1 in 9 people around the world are undernourished. Now, […]

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Pete Buttigieg Puts Out Rural Economic Plan to Help Tackle Climate Change

Pete Buttigieg Puts Out Rural Economic Plan to Help Tackle Climate Change

Yesterday Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg released his “Plan to Unleash the Economic Potential of Rural America.” The plan seeks to support agriculture and significantly invest in R&D as a powerful solution to climate change, including through soil carbon sequestration. One of the key components of the plan is to invest […]

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Interview of the Week: Jonathan Lynn, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Interview of the Week: Jonathan Lynn, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

ODP:  The IPCC’s report this week focused on land — with a particular focus on desertification, land degradation and food security — why? JL:  Land is a really important part of the climate system and governments wanted to take a deeper look at how our land is being affected by climate change and conversely how our […]

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Warren Proposes Big Changes in Ag Sector to Help Farmers and Fight Climate Change

Warren Proposes Big Changes in Ag Sector to Help Farmers and Fight Climate Change

On Wednesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren, rolled out yet another policy plan with big implications for combatting climate change — this time aiming at overhauling the way the government subsidizes the agricultural sector in order to incentivize conservation and stabilize farm incomes for family farmers. 

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Midwest Flooding Preventing Farmers from Planting Their Crops, Threatens Food Prices

Here's where the #CropWatch19 #soybeans will be planted in central Kansas, if it ever dries out. pic.twitter.com/w9DkokOlUG — Karen Braun (@kannbwx) May 28, 2019 All across the midwest farmers are not able to begin planting their crops as persistent flooding has caused their fields to resemble shallow lakes. As Reuters explained, “Excessive rain has caused […]

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One Cool Job Thing:  Environmental Jobs Pay Well!

One Cool Job Thing: Environmental Jobs Pay Well!

It’s graduation season and we will end the week on a high note!  Yahoo Finance recently reported that in today’s hot job market, it’s possible to find a good job that pays at least $60,000 right out of college even with no experience.  On a salary like that, a person can live well in many […]

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Climate change coming for our bananas

Climate change coming for our bananas

The conditions that are ideal for growing bananas–sunny, humid, tropical environments–are also an ideal incubator for the fungus Mycosphaerella fijiensis, more commonly known as Black Sigatoka disease. As Phys explained, Black Sigatoka disease emerged from Asia in the late 20th Century and has recently completed its invasion of banana-growing areas in Latin America and the Caribbean. […]

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Changing our mentality around food waste

Changing our mentality around food waste

Food waste is not only a terrible thing when 15 million U.S. households are food insecure but the one-third of our food supply that we waste is a major contributor to climate change. Yesterday was Stop Foodwaste Day and while most people likely they don’t think they waste THAT much food, more than 80 percent of food waste has been traced to homes and consumer-facing businesses.

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Saltwater intrusion a ticking time bomb for NC farms

Saltwater intrusion a ticking time bomb for NC farms

As climate change is causing sea levels to rise, this salty water’s encroachment inland means that drinking water, native plant species, and agriculture are all coming under threat. The Washington Post reported that “rising seas, sinking earth and extreme weather are conspiring to cause salt from the ocean to contaminate aquifers and turn formerly fertile […]

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U.S. Farms Poisoning Drinking Water Supplies

U.S. Farms Poisoning Drinking Water Supplies

The Wall Street Journal published a stinging critique of big agriculture’s impact on rural drinking water supplies, which they say are being spoiled “by fewer, more-intensively worked farms, bigger cows and shifting crop mixes.”  As a result, these large farms are more productive than ever, but as a result, the percentage of U.S. drinking water with nitrates concentrations above safe levels is rising.

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Commission Calls for Global Agricultural Revolution

Commission Calls for Global Agricultural Revolution

As if we needed another reason to eat right, a new study published Wednesday found that climate and human health are deeply intertwined. According to a global commission convened by the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, In order to meaningfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stabilize the climate, the world needs a “comprehensive shift” in its diet. The Commission recommended that we decrease our consumption of unhealthy foods (such as red meat, sugar, and refined grains), which would both provide major health benefits, and at the same time increase the likelihood of attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

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