Posts Tagged ‘Earth and Animals’

Organic Egg Standards Just Got Better

 
The National Organic Standards Board voted to improve the living standards for egg-laying hens. It’s not law yet, but it’s a start.

Pasture-Raised Cattle Better for the Environment Than CAFO Cattle

The StudyThe USDA used a computer model to compare the environmental impact of four herds: two raised entirely indoors, one that spent seven months on pasture and the rest of the year inside, and one raised entirely on pasture. The amount of pollution…

Rapidly Dying Oceans — Can We Stop Overfishing?

Overfishing is a term which describes an unsustainable fishing practice wherein more fish are caught than the ecosystem can naturally produce. Overfishing depletes natural stocks of fish and in many cases destroys their ability to ever produce again.

Sharks Finally Getting Protection!

Around the world, more and more nations and states are deciding to protect sharks, magnificent creatures which you may be surprised to find out are more worth alive than dead. Sharks keep ecosystems healthy and it’s profitable for tourism to have sh…

We Can Have Our Biofuel Cake and Eat Shrimp, Too

A group of students at Texas A&M University has hit upon a way to farm shrimp and grow a new biofuel crop in a combined process. The project comes from the AgriLife program, which draws from diverse parts of the school including the  Texas Fo…

Fishing for Sustainable Practices to Conserve Fisheries

Global fish production has reached an all-time high, according to Nourishing the Planet’s latest research for the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs Online publication. Aquaculture, or fish farming—once a minor contributor to total fish harvest

Weird Biodegradable Plastic Made from Cow Bones

As the U.S. population grows, so does the number of cattle, and that in turn is giving rise to one heck of big, strange waste disposal problem. At least one cattle carcass recycling method that was used in the past is no longer available in this count…

Where River Meets Sea, Salt Makes Renewable Energy Happen

A team of researchers from Stanford University has estimated that rivers could provide about 13 percent of the world’s current energy needs, but they’re not talking about hydropower. Instead, they envision renewable energy based on the principle o…

Scientists Combat Meat Industry’s Dismissal of Antibiotic Resistance

We’ve been talking a lot about the disease risks associated with factory farms lately.

In addition to spawning epidemics of zoonotic diseases such as bird flu that can “jump” from livestock to humans, industrial farms are contributing to an ou…

Mutation of Plants Could be Key to Drought Tolerance

Researchers have found a plant with a genetic mutation that allows it to survive drought better without losing any mass.  This discovery could potentially lead to plants that are bred to survive in low-water conditions, perhaps reducing the amou…