Reusable bags encourage shoppers to buy junk food, Harvard finds – Telegraph

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor | July 7, 2015 Taking reusable shopping bags to the supermarket encourages people to buy chocolate and crisps because they feel they deserve a treat Canvas shopping bags might be good for the environment but they could be bad for your waistline, Harvard University has found. researchers have discovered that a customer’s choice of shopping bag influences purchasing. And while canvas or hessian bags are more likely to encourage shoppers to choose …

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

… huge variation depending on the region and crop variety. The researchers found that while organic fruit trees, beans and alfalfa delivered just 5% lower yields, major cereal crops and vegetables yielded about 25% less than their conventionally grown counterparts. Reducing non-renewable inputs But while much of the debate has focused on whether organic can match the yields of conventional agriculture, advocates suggest organic foods offer more long-term viability even if yields are lower. But …

MSU organic farming study finds diverse benefits using sheep : Ag Weekly

… ultimately harming the success and growth of future crops and costing farmers money. “There’s one major downfall in organic farming – and that’s soil erosion, which is related directly to tillage,” Miller said. “This project targets that vulnerability. We’ve designed a system that lets us engage grazing to reduce tillage by more than half.” Instead of using traditional tilling machinery, Miller said the project featured a reduced-till organic system, where faculty researchers …

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

… Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program to determine the risk of pesticide exposure from eating fruits and vegetables from 14 different countries. The researchers found that peaches and green beans are some of the most high-risk produce when it comes to pesticides exposure. “It’s not realistic to expect we wouldn’t have any pesticides in our bodies in this day and age, but that would be the ideal,” says Michael Crupain, director of Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and …

GMO Critics Vindicated: Biotech Corporations Were Pushing Fraud All Along | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

… are inferior, and that GMOs address the problems of drought and pestilence that lead to reduced yields, and in some cases food shortages. But the science behind these claims is lacking, and many scientists and researchers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who were tasked with reviewing GMO safety and effectiveness prior to their commercial approval vocalized this. As explained in Druker’s book, the concerns of these FDA scientists were largely ignored, and GMOs were rammed …

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

By Colin Jeffrey, posted March 11, 2015 Most modern aircraft, cruise missiles, spacecraft – in fact, almost all flying vehicles – use an accelerometer for flight stabilization. Living creatures that fly, on the other hand, rely on their own innate sense of balance determined by environmental observation and inbuilt organ-based systems. Now French researchers have designed a bio-inspired, sight-based system that could be used in conjunction with accelerometers to vastly increase the …

Greek Yogurt’s Popularity is Harmful to the Environment « CBS DC

… can only produce one ounce of yogurt. The rest becomes acid whey, which is a runny, toxic substance. Acid whey is so harmful it could turn a waterway into a “dead sea” and destroy aquatic life if it is dumped, the report says. Not surprisingly, the state best known for dairy production is leading the way to find a solution. Refinery 29 reports that researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are finding practical applications, such as “fancy filters” to separate the components of …

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

By James Maynard, Tech Times | March 11 Environment can affect the size of animals, a new study on ants has shown. Height and weight, as well as intelligence and tendencies toward developing some diseases, have long been known to be influenced by both genetic as well as environmental factors. However, it is not known exactly how the two factors interact to produce these different characteristics in living beings. McGill University researchers studied ants in an effort to determine how …

Huge New Holes In Siberia Have Scientists Calling For Urgent Investigation Of The Mysterious Craters

The Huffington Post  |  By Macrina Cooper-White – Posted: 02/23/2015 4:25 pm EST Scientists were baffled last July when they discovered three giant holes in the ground in the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. Now, with the help of satellite imagery, researchers have located four additional craters–and they believe there may be dozens more in the region. That has them calling for an urgent investigation to protect residents living in the area. “I am sure that there are …