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Organic Farming Reduces Antibiotic Resistance

Organic poultry farms that don’t use antibiotics have significantly lower levels of drug-resistant bacteria that can potentially spread to humans. That’s according to a new study which is the first to demonstrate lower levels of drug-resistant bacteria on newly organic farms. The research adds to the growing concern among health experts about germs becoming resistant […]

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Can Small Farms Feed the World & Protect Nature?

When I posted that a focus on food miles alone risked oversimplifying the local food debate, I noted that there is a constant battle between those who claim that small-scale agriculture could feed the world, and those who argue that increasing the efficiency of industrial monoculture is the only way to go. David Suzuki has […]

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Is lithium the next fluoride? Medication may be added to the water supply

Lithium, the psychiatric drug prescribed for depression, mania and bipolar disorder, is now being viewed as the new fluoride by some experts. These experts are calling for the addition of lithium to the water supply as a cure-all for social problems, including suicide, violent crime and drug use. Lithium is the new fluoride Dr. Gerald […]

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White Teeth, Green Planet

When most people think of saving the planet, dental health is often left out of the equation, but taking care of your teeth can actually become a very green endeavor. From your own personal oral hygiene to your dentist’s office, you can ensure your teeth make a good impression. For example, labs have to create […]

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China gives bleak assessment of its battered environment

More than half of China’s cities are affected by acid rain and one-sixth of major rivers are so polluted the water is unfit even for farmland, a senior official said on Friday in a bleak assessment of the environmental price of the country’s economic boom. The environmental degradation which has accompanied China’s breakneck growth has […]

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Diamonds: not water’s best friend

Authorities from the Northern Cape have expressed their concern about the environmental impacts of often illicit alluvial diamond mining along the Lower Vaal River. Due to the meandering nature of the Vaal River, diamonds are found both in the river channels and on the floodplains where the river once ran.  The deposits are actively mined […]

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Blue-green Algae Can Make Water Dangerous

Blue-green algae bloom in China In South Africa, we are highly dependent on surface water (rivers and dams) for our daily water supply.  Pollution of these water bodies can have serious effects such as eutrophication and the presence of algal blooms. Nutrient enrichment (eutrophication) remains one of the leading causes of water quality impairment in […]

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With a rain barrel, April showers can bring more than flowers

As the old adage goes, April showers bring May flowers. But for those looking to green their homes, April showers also provide an easy way to reduce water bills and water waste. Rainwater harvesting is a simple and efficient way to capitalize on the naturally occurring precipitation in your area, and reduce dependency on irrigated […]

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10 Things That Will Change How You Think About Water

On the Marketplace Morning Report, we spoke to Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water. In his new book, Fishman explains that historically, humans have had a very luxurious relationship with water — how we use it, how we access it, how it’s valued — but now, […]

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