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American Farmers Are Struggling to Feed the Country’s Appetite for Organic Food

Consumer appetite for organic food reached $13.4 bn in the US last year, but only 1 percent of cropland is dedicated to organic farming

Marc Garibaldi, a farmer in California’s Central Valley, no longer uses conventional pesticides and fertilizers because he doesn’t want to work with toxic chemicals at his 40-acre cherry orchard. His farm was officially certified as organic a few weeks ago, but the…
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by: The Guardian – July 29, 2016

Animal Welfare Groups Push US to Classify All Leopards as Endangered

Raising the protection level for leopards would severely curb hunters’ ability to import body parts as trophies

Conservationists have demanded a crackdown on the import to the US of leopards killed by American hunters, in an attempt to replicate the protections introduced in the wake of the furor caused by the death of famed lion Cecil. Photo by Scott…
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by: The Guardian – July 26, 2016

Rare Leopards Released into Russian Reserve Threatened by a Ski Resort

Three endangered Persian leopard cubs are intended to reintroduce the species to the Sochi area

Three Persian leopard cubs have been released into the Sochi area of Russia’s western Caucasus, a day after UNESCO threatened to deem the area a “world heritage site in danger” because of a planned ski resort expansion. Photo by Anton Agarkov, WWF-Russia…
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by: The Guardian – July 19, 2016

Caribbean Island’s Last Two Rare Frogs Are Reunited

Male and female mountain chicken frogs that were sole survivors of deadly disease are hoped to begin breeding on Montserrat for the first time since 2009

The last two remaining wild mountain chicken frogs living on Montserrat have been reunited, and are hoped to begin breeding on the Caribbean island for the first time since 2009. Photo by Nigel Swales There are less than 100 mountain chicken frogs…
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by: The Guardian – July 4, 2016

Down to 60: Scientists Contemplate Risky Captive Breeding for Endangered Vaquita

As the panda porpoise plunges toward extinction, scientists have a tough decision to make

Today, there are approximately 7.3 billion people on the planet — and only 60 vaquitas. The vaquita has seen its population drop by 92 percent in less than 20 years in Mexico’s Gulf of California as the tiny porpoises suffocate to death…
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by: The Guardian – June 8, 2016

Australia’s Censorship of Unesco Climate Report is Like a Shakespearean Tragedy

The iconic Great Barrier Reef is clearly at risk from climate change, so why would Unesco agree to censor its own report?

That quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet comes to mind: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” The lady in question is the Australian government, which some time in early January saw a draft of a report from a United Nations organization. Photo by…
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by: The Guardian – May 31, 2016

Canada Approves Sale of Genetically Modified Salmon

Move could make it the first country to have GM salmon on grocery shelves

Health authorities in Canada have approved a fast-growing, genetically altered salmon as safe for consumption, paving the way for it to become the first genetically modified animal to be allowed on Canadian dinner plates. photo by Jake Khuon, on FlickrThe modified salmon…
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by: The Guardian – May 20, 2016

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