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November 21, 2018

The Thanksgiving Tale We Tell Is a Harmful Lie. As a Native American, I've Found a Better Way to Celebrate the Holiday

Every November, I get asked an unfortunate, loaded question: “You’re a Native American—what do you eat on Thanksgiving?” My answer spans my lifetime. I was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in the 1970s… Continue Reading →

Inside Navdanya Farm – Regenerative Agriculture Gathering

Today’s General Meeting of Regeneration International, hosted at Navdanya’s Earth University saw people from all over the world coming together to examine strategies and solutions to scale up the regeneration movement. The event started with a tour of Navdanya Biodiversity… Continue Reading →

Scientists Warned This Weed Killer Would Destroy Crops. EPA Approved It Anyway.

Every August, Andrew Joyce used to hunker down in the field beside his house, picking juicy, ripe tomatoes in the blazing sun. He’d load them onto his golf cart, along with buckets of okra, squash and other summer crops, and… Continue Reading →

Colorado Springs Business Journal: Rancher-Retailer Has a Beef With Big Food

Raising and selling top-quality meats puts bread on Mike Callicrate’s table. But activism feeds his soul. The owner of Ranch Foods Direct has been a passionate advocate for family farmers and small businesses in the courts and on Capitol Hill… Continue Reading →

Wild coffee plants, Christmas trees and chocolate’s tree are surprisingly poorly protected

Headlines about threatened plant species often focus on hardwood plundered from the Amazon or obscure plants known only to specialized botanists. A new way of measuring plant conservation shows that a wide range of wild plants used for food, medicine,… Continue Reading →

The Most Inspiring—and Regenerative—Wins of the 2018 Elections

The regenerative food and farming movement didn’t get everything we wanted out of the 2018 elections—either in terms of candidates or, as Greg Palast documented, in terms of fair elections. Clearly, our democracy is far from perfect. But thankfully, that… Continue Reading →

I Won a Historic Lawsuit, but May Not Live to Get the Money

Dewayne Anthony Lee Johnson has always just gone by Lee. He lived a modest life for 42 years, and was devastated when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2014. Now 46, as he struggles with his advancing illness, Johnson… Continue Reading →

U.S. Judge Selects First Case in Federal Monsanto Weedkiller Litigation

A U.S. judge overseeing the federal litigation against Bayer AG’s (BAYGn.DE) Monsanto unit over glyphosate-based weed-killers allegedly causing cancer on Tuesday selected the first case to be tried in federal court in February 2019. U.S. District Judge Vince Chaabria in… Continue Reading →

A 100% Organic World Is Possible. The Indian State of Sikkim Shows Us How

The Indian state of Sikkim is the first to be certified as fully organic, and is now ready to export its model to the rest of the world. Its delegation told us how all this has been possible. This journey… Continue Reading →

FMC Wins Big at Agrow Awards

FMC Corporation took top honors in several categories at the 2018 Agrow Awards, an international competition honoring the top advancements in agriculture. FMC won Best R&D Pipeline and Best Application Technology for its at-plant 3RIVE 3D® application system. In addition,… Continue Reading →

Lake Erie algal blooms ‘seeded’ internally by overwintering cells in lake-bottom sediments

Western Lake Erie's annual summer algal blooms are triggered, at least in part, by cyanobacteria cells that survive the winter in lake-bottom sediments, then emerge in the spring to "seed" the next year's bloom, according to a research team led… Continue Reading →

Orange juice, leafy greens and berries may be tied to decreased memory loss in men

Eating leafy greens, dark orange and red vegetables and berry fruits, and drinking orange juice may be associated with a lower risk of memory loss over time in men, according to a study published in the November 21, 2018, online… Continue Reading →

Underlying mechanisms of 3d tissue formation

If you want to build an organ, such as for transplant, you need to think in 3D. Using stem cells, scientists for some time have been able to grow parts of organs in the lab, but that is a far… Continue Reading →

Probiotics no help to young kids with stomach virus

Children with stomach viruses increasingly are given probiotics to ease symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. But a major U.S. study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that a commonly used probiotic is not effective in… Continue Reading →

Corn Growers Request Changes in Trade Relief Package

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider changes to the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) ahead of the second round of payments. In a letter to Perdue, NCGA president Lynn Chrisp said that many… Continue Reading →

How do flying bees make perfect turns?

If you've ever lost your balance standing on a bus that takes a sharp turn at speed or felt your car skid when you drive around a corner too fast, you've experienced the effects of centrifugal force. Turning while simultaneously… Continue Reading →

Keep slapping on that sunscreen

It's safe to slap on the sunscreen this summer — in repeated doses — despite what you have read about the potential toxicity of sunscreens. A new study led by the University of Queensland (UQ) and University of South Australia… Continue Reading →

Putting a face on a cell surface

On the cell surface, anchored in the cell membrane, a wide array of proteins perform functions, which are vital for the cell. These proteins, collectively known as the surfaceome, are a cell's antennae to the outside world, sending and receiving… Continue Reading →

Environmental exposures early in life modify immune responses

The prevalence of allergic diseases has increased significantly over the last decades, creating substantial financial and societal burdens. Due to this, researchers are trying to discover new approaches to the prevention and treatment of these diseases. A new PhD thesis… Continue Reading →

New ‘smart’ material with potential biomedical, environmental uses

Brown University researchers have shown a way to use graphene oxide (GO) to add some backbone to hydrogel materials made from alginate, a natural material derived from seaweed that's currently used in a variety of biomedical applications. In a paper… Continue Reading →

Evolution: South Africa’s hominin record is a fair-weather friend

New research from an international team of scientists led by University of Cape Town isotope geochemist Dr Robyn Pickering is the first to provide a timeline for fossils from the caves within the Cradle of Humankind. It also sheds light… Continue Reading →

Climate of small star TRAPPIST 1’s seven intriguing worlds

Not all stars are like the sun, so not all planetary systems can be studied with the same expectations. New research from a University of Washington-led team of astronomers gives updated climate models for the seven planets around the star… Continue Reading →

Typically human: Babies recognize nested structures similar to our grammar

Human language follows certain regularities. For instance, a plural noun must be accompanied by a plural verb, as in the following sentence: "The kids from the neighborhood are playing." As a result, relationships arise where information at the beginning of… Continue Reading →

Snails become risk-takers when hungry

Hunger increases risk-taking behaviour in snails, according to research from neuroscientists at the University of Sussex. In a paper published in the Science Advances journal, Professor George Kemenes, Professor Kevin Staras and Dr Michael Crossley showed that pond-snails have the… Continue Reading →

Brain-computer interface enables people with paralysis to control tablet devices

Tablets and other mobile computing devices are part of everyday life, but using them can be difficult for people with paralysis. New research from the BrainGate* consortium shows that a brain-computer interface (BCI) can enable people with paralysis to directly… Continue Reading →

Advancement in drug therapies may provide new treatment for Cutaneous leishmaniasis

Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is a parasitic infection caused by Leishmania parasite. CL cases have increased dramatically in Syria and neighboring countries due to conflict-related displacement of Syrians. A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases by Rana El Hajj at… Continue Reading →

Ethanol Report from 2018 NAFB Convention

The new president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) met with farm broadcasters from around the country recently at the annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk. While Geoff Cooper has been with RFA since 2008, it… Continue Reading →

Zimfo Bytes 11/21

The National Corn Growers Association welcomes back Robyn Allscheid, who rejoins the organization as the director of Research and Productivity in the St. Louis, Mo. office. Allscheid previously served at NCGA as manager of research and business development from 2008… Continue Reading →

Native American Farmers are Growing a Sustainable Market

Thirty miles south of Phoenix, green fields of alfalfa and pima cotton stretch toward a triple-digit sun. Hundreds of yellow butterflies dance above the purple flowers that dapple the tops of the young alfalfa stalks—to expert eyes, the flowers signal… Continue Reading →

Study uncovers link between air pollution and intellectual disabilities in children

British children with intellectual disabilities are more likely than their peers to live in areas with high outdoor air pollution, according to a new Journal of Intellectual Disability Research study funded by Public Health England. The findings come from an… Continue Reading →

Anabolic steroids linked to higher rates of premature death in men

Men who use androgenic anabolic steroids — such as testosterone — may face a higher risk of early death and of experiencing more hospital admissions, according to a new Journal of Internal Medicine study. For the study, 545 men who… Continue Reading →

How Chile accomplished its renewable energy boom

Chile is currently undergoing a renewable energy boom. Today, it's the second largest market for renewable energies in Latin America, and in 2016 Chile was the top-scoring renewable energy producer in the Americas and second in the world, beaten only… Continue Reading →

Women benefit from mammography screening beyond age 75

Women age 75 years and older should continue to get screening mammograms because of the comparatively high incidence of breast cancer found in this age group, according to a new study being presented next week at the annual meeting of… Continue Reading →

Removing toxic mercury from contaminated water

Water which has been contaminated with mercury and other toxic heavy metals is a major cause of environmental damage and health problems worldwide. Now, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, present a totally new way to clean contaminated water,… Continue Reading →

Smoke-free policies associated with lower blood pressure

Smoke-free policies have been associated with lower systolic (top number) blood pressure readings among non-smokers, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. While smoke-free policies… Continue Reading →

Slowed brainwaves linked to early signs of brain cells going haywire due to dementia

To turn back the clock on Alzheimer's disease, many researchers are seeking ways to effectively diagnose the neurodegenerative disorder earlier. One potential way to do this is by tracking a person's brainwave activity, which slows down in certain brain regions… Continue Reading →

Concerned About Climate Change? Nature Wants to Help

Some see concern about nature as a distraction from the important work of addressing climate change when, in fact, it’s central In the midst of months of heat and wildfires and a fall full of hurricanes—phrases like “unprecedented” and “record-breaking”… Continue Reading →

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