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  • The hidden environmental costs of meat production

    The meat industry involves global trading of feed, live animals and processed meat. A new study suggests that environmental costs are not necessarily expressed in the price paid by the consumers benefiting from cheap meat, but as environmental damage further back up the supply chain. Global meat consumption has increased by 75 per cent in 20 years, with consumers becoming increasingly removed ...

  • Study reveals extent of Mekong dam food security threat

    The planned construction of hydropowered dams on the Mekong River in South-East Asia could jeopardise livelihoods, water access and food security for 60 million people, across Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, according to a study. The study reports that dams will block fish migration routes and decimate ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Bion Announces Sample/Testing Program Initiated at Kreider Farms

    Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB/OTCQB: BNET) announced today that it has initiated a testing program to demonstrate the performance of its micro-aerobic treatment system at Kreider Farms dairy operations in Manheim (Lancaster County), Pennsylvania.  Over the next 60--90 days, samples will be taken at various points ...

  • Bion Announces Initial Credit Certification for Kreider Farm Poultry Waste Processing

    Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC: BNET) announced today that it has received a credit certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the reduction of 559,457 lbs of Chesapeake Bay (CB or Bay) nitrogen (N) from the treatment of Kreider Farms (KF) poultry waste stream.  The number of credits was derived from the application of PA DEP's current CB N ...

  • EnviTec Biogas signs expansion contract with major Chinese agricultural company

    China invests in biogas technology “Made in Germany”. The signing of a contract extension by Beijing-based Sifang Leo Livestock Science and Technology Co. Ltd. and the biogas all-rounder from Lower Saxony, Germany, now marks the addition of the seventh construction project on Chinese soil to the order books for EnviTec Biogas AG. A 8-strong delegation from China arrived yesterday (21 ...


    By EnviTec Biogas AG

  • Managing carbon loss

    As the United States continues to develop alternative energy methods and push towards energy independence, cellulosic-based ethanol has emerged as one of the most commercially viable technologies. Corn stover remains the most popular source available, but the loss of soil organic carbon (SOC) associated with the removal of corn fodder as a cellulosic ethanol feedstock is of agricultural and ...

  • Workshop Discusses Whether Agriculture Can Significantly Reduce Off-Site Movement of Soluble Nutrients

    Growers who plant cover crops and vegetative systems in agriculture will find that it can tie up phosphorus in a stable phosphorus form that remains in the soil which can increase phosphorus use efficiency, according to a soil researcher from Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.  The question of whether agriculture can significantly reduce off-site ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Proposed rule for farms aims to improve Lake Erie

    Ohio's lawmakers are taking their first step toward slowing the spread of algae in Lake Erie since a toxin contaminated the drinking water for more than 400,000 people. Legislation approved in the state House would ban farmers in much of northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on top of frozen or saturated fields. Another provision would set new rules on dumping dredged sediment in the lake. Both ...


    By Associated Press

  • Climate-smart farming takes root in Kenya

    Like most African countries, Kenya is highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. There is growing concern about potential stress on fragile ecosystems and rural communities, especially in the arid and semi-arid agro-ecological zones and some humid highland areas of the country. In keeping with the Strategy for Revitalizing Agriculture (SRA) of Kenya 2010-2015 and Kenya's vision 2030, ...

  • 12 Innovations to combat drought, improve food security, and stabilize food prices

    Soaring temperatures and low precipitation could not occur at a worse time for many farmers in the United States. Intensifying drought conditions are affecting corn and soybean crops throughout the Midwest, raising grain prices as well as concerns about future food prices. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 88 percent of this year’s corn crop and 77 percent of the soybean crop are now ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Integrating animal and crop production can reduce nutrient leaching from agricultural fields

    Nutrient leaching, the movement of plant nutrients from soil to water, can have negative effects on aquatic ecosystems due to eutrophication, which reduces the oxygen available in water, causing species and habitat loss. Ecological Recycling Agriculture (ERA), which is based on ecological principles and integrates crop production and animal husbandry, may limit this effect. This study ...

  • 1.5 million `severely` hit by drought in Afganistan- minister

    At least 1.5 million people in 19 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces - mostly farming communities in the north - have been severely affected by drought and are in need of urgent humanitarian relief, an Afghan minister told IRIN. Listen to the audio report in Dari and Pashto. 'About 1.5 million people have lost 70-80 percent of their livelihoods - mostly rain-fed agriculture and livestock - owing to ...


    By IRIN Association

  • Record September Temperatures Extend Southeast Drought

    ASHEVILLE, North Carolina, October 17, 2007 (ENS) - Temperatures in September 2007 were the eighth warmest on record, hot enough to break 1,000 daily high records across the United States, say scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville. The global surface temperature was the fifth warmest on record for September, and the extent of Arctic Sea ice reached its lowest ...

  • Bion - Kreider Project Grand Opening Follow Up

    Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC: BNET) and Kreider Farms recently held the grand opening of Bion's livestock waste treatment project that utilizes its patented micro-aerobic digestion technology to reduce environmental impacts to the Chesapeake Bay. The event was held at the Kreider Farms dairy facility in Manheim, Lancaster ...

  • EPA issues compliance orders to six concentrated animal feeding operations in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska

    EPA Region 7 announced today that it has issued administrative compliance orders to six concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, directing those operations to correct a range of violations of the federal Clean Water Act. Region 7’s latest round of CAFO enforcement activity, aimed at encouraging producers’ compliance ...

  • EPA Releases Report on Maryland Agriculture Programs

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it has completed an evaluation of Maryland’s animal agriculture regulations and programs. The assessment, which is one of six that the agency is conducting of state animal agriculture programs within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, found that Maryland has a robust and well-implemented state program. EPA conducts periodic reviews of ...

  • Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

    Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study ...


    By Associated Press

  • Chromatin Announces Relief Program for Sorghum Growers Hit by the Kansas-Oklahoma Fire

    Chromatin, Inc., is moving quickly to assist farmers and ranchers affected by the Anderson Creek Fire that destroyed 400,000 acres. Led by Chromatin’s Sorghum Partners® brand, this initiative will provide farmers with seed that can rapidly produce feed for livestock and ground cover to prevent soil erosion. “We are saddened to hear of the tragic damage caused by this fire to ...


    By Chromatin, Inc.

  • Pew Commission calls for better US animal waste treatment

    One step beyond her front door, Jayne Clampitt is greeted with the toxic fumes flowing from the roughly 1 million gallons of hog manure stored at her neighbor's farm. She no longer dries her family's laundry outside, her children avoid the nearby polluted stream, and she worries that their shallow drinking well will also be contaminated with toxins. 'We thought there was this unspoken connection ...

  • Supporting climate-friendly food production

    This summer, record temperatures and limited rainfall parched vast areas of U.S. cropland, and with Earth’s surface air temperature projected to rise 0.69 degrees Celsius by 2030, global food production will be even more unpredictable, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute (www.worldwatch.org). Although agriculture is a major driver of ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

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