MEGADROUGHT: Is a new dust bowl on the way?

Much of the Western United States is currently under severe “megadrought” conditions that some speculate could turn into the next dust bowl. Lack of precipitation is causing farmers to be cut off from irrigation supplies, which means no water for crops and eventually no food in the grocery store – not to mention bankruptcies and other associated … Continue reading MEGADROUGHT: Is a new dust bowl on the way?

Despite record-breaking drought conditions, California officials are draining reservoirs

The Golden State is entering yet another severe dry season and the state government is responding by draining all the reservoirs and dumping all that precious fresh water straight into the ocean. Shocking new reports indicate that over the past several weeks, the California State Water Board has routed at least 90 percent of Delta inflow right … Continue reading Despite record-breaking drought conditions, California officials are draining reservoirs

Eat at your own risk: Almost all grains in US contaminated with glyphosate herbicide

Is eating grains healthy? You might think that as long as you stick to whole grains, you have nothing to worry about from a health standpoint, but the sad truth is that America’s wheat supply is extensively contaminated by glyphosate. Although there is no GMO wheat grown in the U.S. right now – at least, not … Continue reading Eat at your own risk: Almost all grains in US contaminated with glyphosate herbicide

12 Budget-friendly tips for creating a beautiful garden

Stunning gardens are a treat for the senses. Fragrant flowers, colorful fences and weed-free beds help create an inviting garden for humans, birds and insects alike. Beginner gardeners might shrink at the idea of creating a garden that’s both functional and beautiful. However, it’s not as difficult as it seems. And it shouldn’t burn a hole … Continue reading 12 Budget-friendly tips for creating a beautiful garden

Jumping worms are wreaking havoc in 15 US states

Jumping worms are wreaking havoc in the ecosystems and garden soils of at least 15 U.S. states. Also known as crazy worms, Alabama jumpers and snake worms, they violently thrash when handled and shed their own tails to escape when put under duress. Mature jumping worms are between four and five inches long. They have been sighted in … Continue reading Jumping worms are wreaking havoc in 15 US states

California communities learn to become self-sufficient with mini gardens

Cooperation Humboldt, a transition initiative in Humboldt County in California, is providing mini-gardens for free to help communities in the state’s North Coast become self-sufficient and achieve food independence. The organization initially provided free lawn conversions but decided to shift its focus later on. Tamara McFarland, a leader within the cooperation, was concerned that the lawn conversion project failed to reach individuals who would benefit … Continue reading California communities learn to become self-sufficient with mini gardens

Living near pesticide-treated farms raises risk of childhood brain tumors

Pregnant women living within 2.5 miles of agricultural lands treated with pesticides have a greater risk of their children developing central nervous system (CNS) tumors, according to a recent study. Published on Wednesday, March 31, in the Environmental Research journal, the study also revealed that the pregnant women did not have to be working in agriculture or in close contact … Continue reading Living near pesticide-treated farms raises risk of childhood brain tumors

Over 250 million people faced food insecurity in 2020 amid pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic that rocked the globe last March has since dramatically altered the global economy, society and even humans’ very perception of time. Worse, it has driven up to 265 million people to the brink of starvation. Writing for the nonprofit organization Truthout, Johannesburg-based journalist Robin Scher drew from recent reports to shed light on food insecurity amid the … Continue reading Over 250 million people faced food insecurity in 2020 amid pandemic

Study reveals Bayer’s Roundup linked to “a host of chronic and mental illness”

Right now, Bayer is facing a host of lawsuits related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that has been linked to the use of Roundup herbicide. Bayer took on the legal burdens of Roundup maker Monsanto when it bought the company for $66 billion in 2018. The number of lawsuits related to this illness … Continue reading Study reveals Bayer’s Roundup linked to “a host of chronic and mental illness”

California is going after another dangerous pesticide: Chlorpyrifos has been linked to brain damage

California is going after a very dangerous agricultural pesticide that has been linked to brain damage in children. At the end of this year, farmers will no longer be allowed to use chlorpyrifos in a move that Governor Gavin Newsom characterized as a “big win for children, workers and public health in California.” Chlorpyrifos is widely used … Continue reading California is going after another dangerous pesticide: Chlorpyrifos has been linked to brain damage