4 ways to create a healthful summer diet – The Washington Post

… vegetables: Be organic-savvy. When you buy organic, you reduce your exposure to pesticides and you support a way of farming that’s good for the planet. And a new analysis by Consumer Reports’ scientists has good news for people who find that organic produce is unavailable or too expensive: It identified 23 conventional fruits and vegetables considered low risks for pesticide residue. Many summer favorites (blueberries, cherries, raspberries and watermelon, for instance) are on the list. But …

Organic farming can actually be more profitable than using fertilizers and pesticides – Quartz

… farmers can make more money than their conventional counterparts, even with their lower yields, because consumers are willing to pay more for organic foods. (Consumers pay extra, apparently, even when they don’t know what “organic” means.) The researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 44 studies representing 55 crops grown in 14 countries on five continents over 40 years, and found that organic farming was actually 22-35% more profitable than conventional agriculture. Organic foods, the …

In debate over organic or conventional, is there third way to feed growing, warming world? | Genetic Literacy Project

By Caroline Scott-Thomas | May 4, 2015 Proponents of organic agriculture say it leads to better soil management, uses fewer pesticides and fertilisers, and is a better protector of biodiversity. However, when it comes to increasing food production for a growing global population, others argue that organic’s lower average yields would mean clearing more land for agriculture. According to a 2012 meta-analysis, organic crop yields average about 80% of those of conventional crops – but there is …

U.S. forced to import corn as shoppers demand organic food : Business

By Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News | April 15, 2015 WASHINGTON • A growing demand for organics, and the near-total reliance by U.S. farmers on genetically modified corn and soybeans, is driving a surge in imports from other nations where crops largely are free of bioengineering. Imports such as corn from Romania and soybeans from India are booming, according to an analysis of U.S. trade data released Wednesday by the Organic Trade Association and Penn State University. That shows a potential …

Which fruits, vegetables are most likely to be exposed to pesticides? – WTOP

… Sustainability Center, said in a news release. “We just don’t know enough about the health effects.” Studies have linked long-term pesticide exposure to increased risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, prostate, ovarian and other cancers, as well as depression and respiratory problems, Consumer Reports says. The analysis is based on the risk to a 3 1/2-year-old child because kids are especially vulnerable to the dietary risk from pesticides. The risk to adults would be lower, …

Claims that GMOs Will “Feed the World” Don’t Hold Up | EWG

By Shannon Van Hoesen | March 31, 2015 Washington, D.C. – A report released today by Environmental Working Group delivers a stinging rebuke to conventional agribusiness’ argument that genetically modified crops are the answer to future global food shortages. A thorough analysis of recent research conducted in the United States and around the world shows that genetically engineered crops (often called GE or GMOs) have not significantly improved the yields of crops such as corn and soy. …

Greenland Ice Sheet Yielding its Secrets | Geophysics | Sci-News.com

Dec 16, 2014 by Sci-News.com Since the late 1970′s, NASA has been monitoring changes in the Greenland Ice Sheet. An analysis of seven years of surface elevation readings from the agency’s ICESat satellite and four years of laser and ice-penetrating radar data from the Operation IceBridge airborne mission provides the first comprehensive picture of how Greenland’s ice is vanishing. This image shows the change in the surface elevation of the Greenland ice sheet between 2003 and 2012; …

Gas investments may ‘never pay off’ | Newcastle Herald

FUTURE NSW gas demand is being overestimated and consumption could halve in the next decade, according to new Melbourne Energy Institute research. The analysis throws further doubt on the long-term viability of AGL’s Gloucester coal seam gas project, that has been indefinitely shut down after the discovery of BTEX chemicals in water samples. The Melbourne Energy Institute predicts NSW is facing an “inevitable price shock” and many gas consumers will abandon the fossil fuel in …

Almost 7,000 UK properties to be sacrificed to rising seas | Environment | The Guardian

… 7,000 homes and buildings will be sacrificed to the rising seas around England and Wales over the next century, according to an unpublished Environment Agency (EA) analysis seen by the Guardian. Over 800 of the properties will be lost to coastal erosion within the next 20 years. The properties, worth well over £1bn, will be allowed to fall into the sea because the cost of protecting them would be far greater. But there is no compensation scheme for homeowners to enable them to move to a safer …