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  • Birthplace of the domesticated chili pepper identified in Mexico

    04/18/2014 9:49:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-18-2014 | by Pat Bailey AND Journal reference: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
    Central-east Mexico gave birth to the domesticated chili pepperónow the world's most widely grown spice cropóreports an international team of researchers, led by a plant scientist at the University of California, Davis. Results from the four-pronged investigationóbased on linguistic and ecological evidence as well as the more traditional archaeological and genetic dataósuggest a regional, rather than a geographically specific, birthplace for the domesticated chili pepper. That region, extending from southern Puebla and northern Oaxaca to southeastern Veracruz, is further south than was previously thought, the researchers found. The region also is different from areas of origin that have been suggested...
  • New Americans turn to goats to address food demand

    04/18/2014 9:52:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) -- A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock. The half dozen kids - that is, baby goats - that arrived last week at Pine Island Farm were the latest additions to the Vermont Goat Collaborative, a project that brings together new Americans hungry for goat meat with dairy goat farmers who have no need for young male animals. Some dairy farmers who otherwise would discard bucklings at birth or spend valuable time finding homes...
  • Arizona bill would allow cities to ignore federal rules

    04/16/2014 9:35:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    ap ^ | Apr 15, 2014
    The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that would allow cities and towns to enter restricted federal land without permission in emergencies. ... Republican bill sponsor Rep. Kelly Townsend of Mesa says she was inspired by the battle between the city of Tombstone and the federal government over access to repair its water supply system in the Coronado National Forest. She says local authorities should have the right to go in where needed without being granted approval first in cases of emergency.
  • Arizona Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Could Be Listed As Threatened Bird Species

    04/14/2014 9:33:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    KJZZ ^ | April 10, 2014 | Steve Shadley
    A bird native to Arizona and other western states could be listed as a threatened species by the federal government. The Yellow-billed Cuckoo lives along the Verde, Colorado and San Pedro Rivers in Arizona. It also can be found at the Gila River and Rio Grande in New Mexico and the Sacramento and Kern Rivers in California. Federal officials said the birdís habitat is shrinking because of dams and other construction projects on the rivers, plus cattle grazing.
  • Nevada Militia To Feds: ĎControl Our Borders, Not Our Ranchersí

    04/13/2014 6:20:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    CBS LAS VEGAS ^ | April 11, 2014
    The rural Nevada showdown between federal government officials and militia members protecting rancher Cliven Bundy has evolved into a battle of government ďtyranny,Ē with many newly arriving militiamen rolling in to draw a line in the dirt about 70 miles northeast of Las Vegas. ... ďThis is a better education than being in school! Iím glad I brought you. Iím a good mom,Ē Ilona Ence, a 49-year-old mother from St. George and Bundy relative who brought her four teenage children to the ranch, told the Las Vegas Sun. ďTheyíre learning about the Constitution.Ē Enceís teenage sons posted up a sign...
  • How 6,000 Years Of Agriculture Transformed Athletic Humans Into Couch Potatoes

    04/12/2014 12:05:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    BioNews ^ | April 9, 2014 | Charles Moore
    Researchers at Cambridge University, U.K. finds that after agricultureís emergence in Central Europe starting around 5300 BC, bones of those living in the Danube River valley became progressively less strong, pointing to a regressive decline in human mobility and loading... Research by Alison Macintosh, a PhD candidate in Cambridge Universityís Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, finds functional adaptation in postcranial skeletal morphology in response to prolonged cultural and behavioural change across ~6150 years of agriculture in Central Europe (~5300 cal BC to 850 AD)... Dr. Ron Pinhasi of the University College in Dublin, Ireland, notes that colonization of Europe by...
  • Desert Tortoise Conservation Center to euthanize hundreds of the tortoises ( endangered species )

    08/29/2013 1:10:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 25, 2013
    Itís been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it as BLM closes Vegas rescue center. LAS VEGAS ó For decades, the vulnerable desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence. Developers have taken pains to keep the animal safe. Itís been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. And wildlife officials have set the species up on a sprawling conservation reserve outside Las Vegas. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who...
  • The Real Story Behind The Bundy Ranch Harassment

    04/11/2014 5:57:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 89 replies
    danaradio ^ | April 11, 2014
    By now youíre familiar with the standoff between the federal government, i.e. the Bureau of Land Management, and 67 year-old rancher Cliven Bundy. .. The BLM asserts their power through the expressed desire to protect the endangered desert tortoise, a tortoise so ďendangeredĒ that their population can no longer be contained by the refuge constructed for them so the government is closing it and euthanizing over a thousand tortoises. The tortoises, the excuse that BLM has given for violating claims to easements and running all but one lone rancher out of southern Nevada, is doing fine. In fact, the tortoise...
  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD VOLUME 15 APRIL 11, 2014

    04/11/2014 12:34:19 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 348 replies
    Free Republic | 4/11/2014 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • BLM Rangers Brought in From Out of State for Nevada Ranch ĎEmergencyí

    04/11/2014 11:23:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    http://freebeacon.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Theyíre almost like a hired guní. Armed Rangers were brought in from out of state by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to assist in security surrounding the Bundy Ranch, according to the family. A heated confrontation on Wednesday resulted in Cliven Bundyís son Ammon being tasered by BLM officials and a 57-year-old protester being shoved to the ground. Stetsy Bundy Cox, Clivenís daughter, told the Washington Free Beacon that some of the rangers had Oregon and California license plates. ďYou know, some of these guys donít even know why theyíre here,Ē she said. ďA few people have talked to...
  • Bill would have FDA decide on labeling genetically modified food

    04/10/2014 12:52:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    McClatchyDC.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Chris Adams
    <p>WASHINGTON ó Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo is pushing a bill in Congress that would shift responsibility for any labeling of genetically modified foods to the hands of the federal government, potentially stopping the efforts underway in many states to mandate labels on such foods.</p>
  • Scientists look to create ĎProblem-Free Cowí with less emissions

    04/10/2014 11:38:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | April 9, 2014 | The Blog
    According to a fact sheet published by the White House late last month, part of the Obama Administration‚Äôs effort to curb greenhouse gases involves cutting ‚Äúcow emissions.‚ÄĚThe executive announcement has since boosted an interest in researching technology to accomplish the Administration‚Äôs environmental goals.The Financial Times reports that scientists now have a renewed interest in developing ‚Äúa next-generation creature whose greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by anti-methane pills, burp scanners and gas backpacks.‚ÄĚThe Cow of the Future Project, directed by Juan Tricarico, is looking for a ‚Äústar athlete‚ÄĚ of the bovine world, says FT. He says the Administration‚Äôs latest environmental...
  • Transparency Lacking in ESA Grouse Listing

    04/10/2014 8:22:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    The Colorado Observer. ^ | April 9, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    WASHINGTON ó Colorado officials warned a House committee Tuesday that a lack of transparency in the Obama administrationís efforts to protect the sage grouse as an endangered species threatens the scientific validity of the process. Rob Roy Ramey of Nederland, an independent biologist whose career has focused on species protection, told the House Natural Resources Committee that the process has been closed to the scientific community and that federal officials refuse to share certain data being used to make a final determination. ďIt can be like pulling teeth to try and obtain that data,Ē Ramey said. ďThe (information) is shared...
  • Why Doesn't China Have Famines Anymore? Two explanations for end of 2,000 years of starvation

    04/08/2014 7:43:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Slate ^ | April 2, 2014 | Brian Palmer
    Essayist Gerald Early said that the history of the United States will one day be reduced to the Constitution, jazz, and baseball. If someone had made the same summary of Chinese history 30 years ago, the trio would likely have been the Great Wall, Maoism, and famine. Over the past 2,000 years, China has suffered almost one famine per year. Severe drought killed as many as 13 million Chinese in the two-year famine beginning in 1876. The 1927 famine killed as many as 6 million. There were significant famines in 1929, 1939, and 1942. The Great Famine, which began in...
  • Noah's Ark Flood Spurred European Farming

    11/18/2007 8:58:45 AM PST · by anymouse · 63 replies · 152+ views
    Reuters) ^ | Nov 17, 2007 | Maggie Fox and Catherine Evans
    An ancient flood some say could be the origin of the story of Noah's Ark may have helped the spread of agriculture in Europe 8,300 years ago by scattering the continent's earliest farmers, researchers said on Sunday. Using radiocarbon dating and archaeological evidence, a British team showed the collapse of the North American ice sheet, which raised global sea levels by as much as 1.4 meters, displaced tens of thousands of people in southeastern Europe who carried farming skills to their new homes. The researchers said in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews their study provides direct evidence linking the flood...
  • Holy Land Farming Began 5,000 Years Earlier Than Thought

    04/06/2014 8:00:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    LiveScience ^ | March 19, 2013 | Douglas Main
    For thousands of years, different groups of people have lived in the Negev desert, building stone walls and cities that survive to this day. But how did they make their living? The current thinking is that these desert denizens didn't practice agriculture before approximately the first century, surviving instead by raising animals, said Hendrik Bruins, a landscape archaeologist at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. But new research suggests people in this area, the Negev highlands, practiced agriculture as long ago as 5000 B.C., Bruins told LiveScience. If true, the finding could change historians' views of the area's inhabitants, who lived...
  • Study Detects Recent Instance of Human Evolution

    12/10/2006 2:44:11 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 178 replies · 2,651+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10 December 2006 | Nicholas Wade
    A surprisingly recent instance of human evolution has been detected among the peoples of East Africa. It is the ability to digest milk in adulthood, conferred by genetic changes that occurred as recently as 3,000 years ago, a team of geneticists has found. The finding is a striking example of a cultural practice ó the raising of dairy cattle ó feeding back into the human genome. It also seems to be one of the first instances of convergent human evolution to be documented at the genetic level. Convergent evolution refers to two or more populations acquiring the same trait independently....
  • Clay pot fragments reveal early start to cheese-making, a marker for civilization

    01/12/2013 5:52:13 AM PST · by Renfield · 21 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 1-10-2013 | John Sullivan
    (Phys.org)óAs a young archaeologist, Peter Bogucki based his groundbreaking theory on the development of Western civilization on the most ancient of human technology, pottery. But it took some of the most modern developments in biochemistryóand 30 years ófinally to confirm he was right. While working as director of studies at one of Princeton University's residential colleges in the 1980s, Bogucki theorized that the development of cheese-making in Europeóa critical indicator of an agricultural revolutionóoccurred thousands of years earlier than scientists generally believed. His insight, based on a study of perforated potsherds that Bogucki helped recover from dig sites in Poland,...
  • Ancient nomads spread earliest domestic grains along Silk Road, study finds

    04/05/2014 8:57:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | April 1, 2014 | Gerry Everding
    Charred grains of barley, millet and wheat deposited nearly 5,000 years ago at campsites in the high plains of Kazakhstan show that nomadic sheepherders played a surprisingly important role in the early spread of domesticated crops throughout a mountainous east-west corridor along the historic Silk Road... "Ancient wheat and broomcorn millet, recovered in nomadic campsites in Kazakhstan, show that prehistoric herders in Central Eurasia had incorporated both regional crops into their economy and rituals nearly 5,000 years ago, pushing back the chronology of interaction along the territory of the 'Silk Road' more than 2,000 years," Frachetti said... ...several strains of...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 14 APRIL 4, 2014

    04/04/2014 12:54:31 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 305 replies
    Free Republic | April 4, 2014 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Chicken conservation plan likened to mafia extortion ( Kansas )

    03/31/2014 6:16:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Kansas Watchdog ^ | January 24, 2014 | Travis Perry
    A decision pending with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could have huge ramifications for rural Kansans living in the western third of the state. In limbo is the question of whether the lesser prairie-chicken should be listed as a ďthreatenedĒ species under provisions of the 1973 Endangered Species Act. The species inhabits land spanning Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. ... Kansas, in cooperation with the four other states affected by the issue ó a coalition known as the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies ó has attempted to stave-off such a decision with the development of...
  • White House looks to regulate cow flatulence as part of climate agenda

    03/30/2014 12:00:54 PM PDT · by yoe · 50 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 28, 2014
    As part of its plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama administration is targeting the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions in their operations. This comes despite falling methane emission levels across the economy since 1990.(The White House has Proposed) cutting methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent by 2020. Although U.S. agriculture only accounts for about 9 percent of the countryís greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it makes up a sizeable portion of methane emissions ó which is a very potent greenhouse gas. Some of these methane emissions come from cow...
  • Sage Grouse Rebellion

    03/30/2014 10:38:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    wsj ^ | March 11, 2014
    Will Obama use two small birds to limit oil drilling in the West? Almost half the land west of the Mississippi belongs to the federal government, including 48% of California, 62% of Idaho and 81% of Nevada. No surprise that the Obama Administration wants to control more. But the result could be to suppress the country's booming oil and gas development. In partnership with green activists, the Department of Interior may attempt one of the largest federal land grabs in modern times, using a familiar vehicleóthe Endangered Species Act (ESA). A record 757 new species could be added to the...
  • White House looks to regulate cow flatulence as part of climate agenda

    03/28/2014 6:45:40 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 70 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 28,2014 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    As part of its plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama administration is targeting the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions in their operations. This comes despite falling methane emission levels across the economy since 1990. The White House has proposed cutting methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent by 2020. Although U.S. agriculture only accounts for about 9 percent of the countryís greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it makes up a sizeableportion of methane emissions ó which is a very potent greenhouse gas. Some of these methane emissions come from cow...
  • Flu-like hog virus sweeping Indiana, U.S.

    03/28/2014 1:26:21 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.cbsnews.com ^ | March 24, 2014, 8:23 AM | Staff
    LOGANSPORT, Ind. - A fast-moving virus that has infected hogs across half of the nation since it was first detected in the U.S. less than a year ago has become rampant in Indiana, agriculture officials say. Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PED, has infected farms in 43 of Indiana's 92 counties, according to March 14 data from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. Twenty-six other states have reported cases of the virus as of March 12, the National Animal Health Laboratory Network indicates. While the flu-like sickness doesn't affect people and is not a food safety concern, it can...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 13 MARCH 28,2014

    03/28/2014 12:39:07 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 432 replies
    Free Republic | March 28, 2014 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Wyo spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation, Barrasso on LNG exports and more

    03/26/2014 8:24:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Star-Tribune ^ | March 26, 2014 | BENJAMIN STORROW
    Wyoming has spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation since 2005. That was the finding of a new report by the Western Governors Association, which inventoried the efforts of 11 western states to protect the bird and its habitat. The report comes in advance of an expected 2015 ruling by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over whether to add the species to the endangered species list. The sage grouse's listing could curtail energy development throughout the West. ... Utah, by comparison, spent $8.8 million on improvements to sage grouse habitat in 2013 alone.
  • Islamic Iran uncovers more of its winemaking past

    05/30/2005 6:36:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 484+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | May 30, 2005
    TEHRAN -- Archaeologists digging in southern Iran have found a pool and pots that they believe were used some 1,800 years ago for large scale wine production, reinforcing the now-Islamic nation's status as the cradle of wine drinkers. "We have found an almost intact pool with a canal in the middle of it. This is where the juices from crushed grapes would flow and be collected later in pots for fermentation and turning into wine," said Ali Asadi, the head of the excavation team. The team, which includes a group of Polish archaeologists, is digging at a site called Tange...
  • Iran digs up more of its wine-making past [Shiraz Wine]

    05/30/2005 9:09:52 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 15 replies · 476+ views
    Daily Star ^ | 5/30/05 | Daily Star
    TEHRAN: Archaeologists digging in southern Iran have found a pool and pots they believe were used some 1,800 years ago for large scale wine production, reinforcing the now-Islamic nation's status as the cradle of wine drinkers. "We have found an almost intact pool with a canal in the middle of it. This is where the juices from crushed grapes would flow and be collected later in pots for fermentation and turning into wine," Ali Asadi, the head of the excavation team said. The team, which includes a group of Polish archaeologists, is digging at a site called Tange Bolaghi, near...
  • Can British wine grapes resolve a global warming question?

    12/13/2006 9:09:02 PM PST · by quantim · 31 replies · 942+ views
    enterstageright.com ^ | December 11, 2006 | Dennis T. Avery
    British wine grapes are suddenly in the midst of the global warming controversy.Historic records tell us that Britain grew wine grapes 2000 years ago during the Roman Warming, and 1000 years ago during the Medieval Warming. Since 1300, however, Britain has been too cold for wine grapes. The debate: Is human-induced warming boosting British temperatures to "unnatural" levels, or is the gradual warming a repeat of previous cycles?The website English-wine.com says there are more than 400 vineyards in Britain today, and ". . . the good news about English wine [is] how good, even superb, it can be."It certainly sounds...
  • Pinot noir grapes reveal 700-year climate record

    12/12/2011 4:07:55 AM PST · by Renfield · 24 replies
    PhysOrg.com ^ | 12-09-2011 | Chris Gorski
    The French call pinot noir "the noble grape" and have long considered it a source of inspiration. Now it can also be appreciated as the reason for an extensive, localized climate record. A study found a close match between pinot noir grape harvest dates in Burgundy, sea surface temperature trends and the Western European climate. The relationship could be used to forecast harvest dates months in advance. Yves Tourre, from the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y. and the French meteorological service, Meteo-France, in Toulouse, presented research on the significance of a nearly 700-year record of pinot noir grape...
  • Guarding grapes and other tales from papyri

    03/24/2014 12:48:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Phys dot org, University of Cincinnati ^ | Monday, March 24, 2014 | Tom Robinette
    If you weren't careful, you might end up beaten by grape thieves skulking in the darkness. A University of Cincinnati graduate student writes about the contractual obligations of vineyard guards and researchers from around the world contribute more stories from ancient times in the most recent volumes of the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists (BASP)... The latest volume of BASP is the 50th in the series and the eighth to have been edited at UC. The recently published journal features 35 contributions from 26 writers from 11 countries. The previous year's volume features 44 contributions from 41 writers...
  • Seven centuries of ploughing in Ede: Dutch Celtic fields used continuously for centuries

    03/21/2014 5:48:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    University of Groningen ^ | March 14, 2014 | Stijn Arnoldussen
    Archaeological excavations have finally answered the question regarding the age and development of the mysterious prehistoric fields enclosed by earthen ridges known as ĎCeltic fieldsí. Using Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL), a technique that dates the last exposure to light or heat sources of quartz minerals, archaeologist Stijn Arnoldussen from the University of Groningen managed to determine that these banks around the later prehistoric field plots were constructed more than 3100 years ago and remained in use for hundreds of years thereafter... The Celtic field complex targeted by the Groningen Institute of Archaeology at Lunteren measured at least 210 hectares in...
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 12 March 21, 2014

    03/21/2014 12:44:59 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 325 replies
    Free Republic | March 21, 2014 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 11 MARCH 14, 2014

    03/14/2014 12:57:29 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 256 replies
    Free Republic | March 14, 2014 | greeneyes
    Posted on Friday, March 07, 2014 2:18:07 PM by greeneyes The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread....
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 10 MARCH 7, 2014

    03/07/2014 12:18:07 PM PST · by greeneyes · 270 replies
    Free Republic | March 7, 2014 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Threat of sage grouse endangered species listing is real, could cost Utah billions

    03/05/2014 9:22:47 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 18 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    The sage grouse's potential addition to the endangered species list is a problem of epic economic consequences to states in the West, with Herbert explaining that the impact in lost economic development in Utah tops $41 billion for the oil and gas industry alone. "The negative impacts are not acceptable to me and should not be acceptable to anyone here," Herbert told the crowd. The event at the Utah Department of Natural Resources' auditorium is actually a precursor to a national summit that will be held in Salt Lake City this fall. ... a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision...
  • Chipotle says it could remove guacamole from its menu due to climate change

    03/04/2014 7:31:34 PM PST · by barmag25 · 72 replies
    Wcpo ^ | 3/4/14 | Wcpo staff
    CINCINNATI -- Fans of Chipotle may soon have to say goodbye to their beloved guacamole, the company said in its latest annual report. The Mexican fast food chain announced in recent Securities and Exchange Commission filings it could temporarily suspend sales of guacamole and some salsas due to an increase in food costs. Those increases are being caused by global warming, the Denver-based chain said.
  • California Farmers Hire "Water Witches" to Find Water

    03/03/2014 11:27:28 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Mar 3, 2014 | Monday, Mar 3, 2014
    With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of dowsing use rudimentary tools - usually copper sticks or wooden "divining rods" that resemble large wishbones - and what they describe as a natural energy to find water or minerals hidden deep underground. While both state and federal water scientists disapprove of dowsing, California "witchers" are busy as farmers seek to drill more groundwater wells due to the state's record drought that persists despite recent rain.
  • California farmers hire dowsers to find water

    03/03/2014 6:20:52 AM PST · by shove_it · 17 replies
    MyFoxNY ^ | 3 Mar 2014 | JASON DEAREN
    ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) ó With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of dowsing use rudimentary tools ó usually copper sticks or wooden "divining rods" that resemble large wishbones ó and what they describe as a natural energy to find water or minerals hidden deep underground. While both state and federal water scientists disapprove of dowsing, California "witchers" are busy as farmers seek to drill more groundwater wells due to the state's record drought that persists despite recent...
  • Ancient mummies found buried with world's oldest cheese

    03/01/2014 3:15:21 AM PST · by Renfield · 29 replies
    L. A. Times ^ | 2-28-2014 | Jean Harris
    For some cheese lovers, the older and stinkier the cheese, the better. Well, what about a cheese that's been aging for 3,600 years? Yellow lumps, believed to be the world's oldest cheese, were found on mummies buried in the Taklamakan Desert in northwestern China. The cheese, which was found during archaeological excavations that took place between 2002 and 2004, dates to as early as 1615 BC. The cheese was found on the necks and chests of the mummies. The multiple layers of cowhide the mummies were buried in, and the dry, salty desert helped preserve the cheese....
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 9 FEBRUARY 28, 2014

    02/28/2014 12:35:18 PM PST · by greeneyes · 338 replies
    Free Republic | Feb 28, 2014 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Michelle Obama flexes policy muscle

    02/28/2014 10:09:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 27, 2014 | Jennifer Epstein, Helena Bottemiller Evich and Tarini Parti
    First lady Michelle Obama has shown this week sheís got the muscle to make big things happen. Sheís been no stranger to advocacy efforts that back her husbandís policy goals, from encouraging Americans to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act to nudging major corporations to hire military spouses. But the first lady and her office had largely avoided playing a major role in the process of crafting federal policy ó focusing on partnerships with foundations and corporations, rather than on regulations and interagency coordination. Until now. On Tuesday, she and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled new...
  • The Math That Predicted The Revolutions Sweeping The Globe

    02/24/2014 10:13:24 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 47 replies
    Motherboard ^ | February 19, 2014
    It's happening in Ukraine, Venezuela, Thailand, Bosnia, Syria, and beyond. Revolutions, unrest, and riots are sweeping the globe. The near-simultaneous eruption of violent protest can seem random and chaotic; inevitable symptoms of an unstable world. But there's at least one common thread between the disparate nations, cultures, and people in conflict, one element that has demonstrably proven to make these uprisings more likely: high global food prices. Just over a year ago, complex systems theorists at the New England Complex Systems Institute warned us that if food prices continued to climb, so too would the likelihood that there would be...
  • Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers (CSPI supported rules)

    02/23/2014 10:55:18 AM PST · by matt04 · 34 replies
    im Crawford was rushing to load crates of freshly picked organic tomatoes onto trucks heading for an urban farmers market when he noticed the federal agent. A tense conversation followed as the visitor to his farm ó an inspector from the Food and Drug Administration ó warned him that some organic-growing techniques he had honed over four decades could soon be outlawed. "This is my badge. These are the fines. This is what is hanging over your head, and we want you to know that," Crawford says the official told him. Crawford's popular farm may seem a curious place for...
  • California almond farmers face tough choices

    02/23/2014 8:37:53 AM PST · by thecodont · 44 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 8:13 am, Sunday, February 23, 2014 | By SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press
    FIREBAUGH, Calif. (AP) ó With California's agricultural heartland entrenched in drought, almond farmers are letting orchards dry up and in some cases making the tough call to have their trees torn out of the ground, leaving behind empty fields.
  • Something Incredible Happens When a Citizen Asks MN Dems Simple Obamacare Question

    02/21/2014 1:52:14 PM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 20, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    During a town hall-style agricultural symposium in Mankato, Minn., on Wednesday, Democratic lawmakers were left speechless after a citizen asked a very simple question about Obamacare.Screengrab via KEYC-TV The question: ‚ÄúI thought the Affordable Care Act would save $2500 per family. What happened?‚ÄĚSen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Tim Walz, both of Minnesota, seemingly didn¬ít know how to respond. In fact, the room erupted in laughter after the two just stared at each other. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who also attended the meeting, was the only one prepared to respond.‚ÄúI voted ‚Äėno‚Äô, so I¬íll let these guys handle that,‚ÄĚ he said,...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 8 FEBRUARY 21, 2014

    02/21/2014 12:13:29 PM PST · by greeneyes · 249 replies
    Free Republic | Feb 21, 2014 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Scientists develop GM potato thatís immune to Irish famine fungus, late blight

    02/17/2014 11:07:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 17 February 2014
    A potato genetically modified to resist the fungus which caused the devastating Irish potato famine of 1845 has been developed by British scientists. Late blight, caused by the organism Phytophthora infestans, remains the potato farmerís greatest enemy to this day. Each year UK farmers spend around £60 million keeping the infection at bay with pesticides. In a bad year, losses and control measures combined can account for half the total cost of growing potatoes. Ö
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 7, FEBRUARY 14, 2014

    02/14/2014 12:27:30 PM PST · by greeneyes · 306 replies
    Free Republic | Feb. 14, 2014 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...