Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

From medicalxpress.com | July 10, 2015 Women who ate organically produced food during pregnancy had halved likelihood of giving birth to a boy with hypospadias compared to women who never or seldom did so. These are findings from a new study from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, newly Published by Environmental Health Perspectives. Hypospadias denotes a male urogenital anomaly in which the opening of the urinary tract is not …

Could you sleep, eat, work and bathe in 86 square feet? Introducing the Ecocapsule – The Globe and Mail

By Valerie Howes | June 10, 2015 The tiny-house movement has been gaining traction ever since U.S.-based architect Sarah Susanka Published her bestseller The Not So Big House almost two decades ago. And a growing number of people are rejecting the mortgage trap to live pared-down lives in 100- to 400-square-foot spaces. But in early 2016, the small-minded can go next level, in an off-the-grid, 86-square-foot micro-house. Slovakian architecture firm Nice Architects Studio is taking pre-orders for …

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

By Deena Shanker | June 9, 2015 Despite the many environmental benefits of organic farming—it’s better for soil, water, air, and climate change—it’s often written off as economically unfeasible for farmers. That’s largely because the same patch of land will produce less food when farmed without the synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other tools used in conventional agriculture. But according to a new study Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, organic …

Peru’s Organic Workers Call for Food Sovereignty | News | teleSUR English

… organizers of the conference see the future of small organic farmers as one of the struggle between the ecological healthy food movement and the free market forces that prioritize profits instead. This content was originally Published by teleSUR at the following address: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Perus-Organic-Workers-Call-for-Food-Sovereignty-20150602-0032.html. If you intend to use it, please cite the source and provide a link to the original article. www.teleSURtv.net/english …

Just Because Your Chicken Is Organic Doesn’t Mean It Was Raised Humanely | Mother Jones

By Twilight Greenaway & Adrien Schless-Meier | April 23, 2015 The USDA’s organic standards don’t prevent animal cruelty—but that may soon change. This piece was originally Published by Civil Eats. Do you ever wonder why so much organic food also carries animal welfare labels? The short answer is that while the US Department of Agriculture’s organic standards are very precise about pesticides and other growing practices for the crops that people and animals eat, it doesn’t …

Oxygen absorbing material may allow us to breathe underwater

… photosynthesis.” There’s no word as yet on any possible commercial production or public availability of the material. The research was Published in the journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chemical Science. Source: University of Southern Denmark. via Oxygen absorbing material may allow us to breathe underwater. …

Insect-inspired eye may allow drones to navigate their environment more naturally

… may well be used in future drone aircraft to complement their accelerometer-based flight orientation and perhaps provide a more naturalistic method to further improve autonomous navigation. The results of this research were recently Published in the journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. The short video below shows the BeeRotor in action [you will need to click on the link below to view the video] Source: Aix-Marseilles University’s Institut des Sciences du Mouvement Etienne-Jules Marey …

What Effect Does Environment Have On Size? Researchers Study Ants To Find Out : SCIENCE : Tech Times

… applies to a key gene in each area, the change is so enormous that it’s hard to even imagine right now how it will influence research in everything from health to cognitive development to farming,” Ehab Abouheif of McGill University said. Study of how environment interacts with genetics to produce growth in ants was Published in the journal Nature Communications. via What Effect Does Environment Have On Size? Researchers Study Ants To Find Out : SCIENCE : Tech Times. …

AGL sells back ‘unviable’ coal seam gas licence to NSW government | The Australian

Published in The Australian by Sarah-Jane Tasker, Reporter, Sydney, March 9th 2015 AGL Energy has sold back a coal seam gas licence to the NSW government because it was not “commercially viable”. The Australian-listed company said it had taken advantage of the state government’s petroleum exploration licence (PEL) voluntarily buyback scheme, which forms part of the state’s NSW gas plan. AGL (AGL) said it had deemed that the PEL it was selling back to the government was not commercially …

Agricultural Production Affects Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Cycle | Climatology, Geophysics | Sci-News.com

Nov 21, 2014 by Sci-News.com Crop production may generate up to a quarter of the increase in the seasonal cycle of atmospheric carbon dioxide, with corn playing a leading role, according to a new study Published in the journal Nature. Intensification of agriculture is a driver of changes in the seasonal characteristics of the global carbon cycle. Each year in the Northern Hemisphere, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide drop in the summer as plants inhale, and then climb again as they exhale and …