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Friday, 25 October 2013 18:42

Nitrogen Fertilizers In Soil Take Their Toll

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Synthetic nitrogen fertilizers used on ground crops are posing a hidden health hazard to humans and the water table, report French scientists. Mathieu Sebilo from the Université Pierre et Marie Currie in Paris, France, together with Bernhard Mayer from the University of Calgary's Department of Geoscience have released a study of soil samples taken from a sugar beet and winter wheat farm in France since 1982.

Thursday, 24 October 2013 20:45

Ocean-Faring Hydroponic Pods Grow On Top Of Waves

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Can hydroponic innovations get any more...innovative? Design students from the artist collective Sealeaf have developed a floating hydroponic module for coastal city growers.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 20:02

Green Giant Enters The Hydroponic Lettuce Industry

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Frozen vegetable and canned food manufacturer Green Giant is throwing its hat into the hydroponic vegetable ring. With the introduction of their brand-name hydroponic butter lettuce, the pre-packaged vegetable producer hopes to lure customers into purchasing a greenhouse-fresh living lettuce. The lettuce is sold with roots intact to prolong shelf life and in a plastic clamshell to maintain its condition once leaving the greenhouse.

In a scathing scientific review titled "The Validity of U.S. Nutritional Surveillance,” epidemiologist Edward Archer blasted the federal government for providing faulty nutrition data for nearly 40 years.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 21:34

Tots Get Into Hydroponics

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Toddlers aged one through five are getting a taste of fresh, hydroponically grown produce at All-Superstars Preschool in downtown Cape Coral, Florida. With the assistance of teacher Kate Sroka, the tots enjoy an extensive outdoor curriculum that includes urban farming.

Veterans in Orlando, Florida have found a new way to give to their country, but this time around, plants are their only weapon. Chapter 16 of the Disabled Veterans of America is looking to fund their hydroponic project, which includes expanding their existing garden to include a 3-meter-by-4.5-meter greenhouse dome.

Monday, 14 October 2013 19:26

FDA Ignores Ractopamine Inquiry, Gets Sued

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Consumer advocacy groups the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and Center for Food Safety (CFS) have sued the FDA for withholding public records concerning the factory farm feed additive Ractopamine. 

A grassroots citizens group in Boulder called New Era Colorado is going head to head with local coal energy provider Xcel Energy. The group aims to defeat a city council charter amendment linked to the company that would prevent the city of Boulder from forming a municipal-owned renewable energy grid. 

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