Dear EarthTalk: My neighbor uses Roundup in her yard routinely and tells me it’s harmless to people and pets, but I’ve heard that it is carcinogenic. Can you set the record straight? —Maise Alexander, New Hope, PA Monsanto’s Roundup herbicides contain three key components: the […]
What advantages do vertical farms have over traditional gardens and farms? Agricultural may finally be growing up
Dear EarthTalk: What advantages do so-called “vertical farms” have over traditional gardens and farms? Sylvia Pleasant, Washington, DC When Dickson Despommier’s book The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century was first published, there were no vertical farms. Now, it’s an exciting movement […]
Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that global warming is causing our crops to be less nutritious? — William Persson, Glendale, OH It’s difficult to say whether or not the climate change we are now experiencing is negatively impacting the nutritional quality of our food, but researchers warn that it may be only a matter of time. […]
Dear EarthTalk: What are the potential health and environmental impacts of so many genetically engineered organisms in our food supply? — Frank C., Charlottesville, VA Proponents of genetic engineering (GE)—whereby DNA from unrelated species is combined to produce improved or novel organisms—insist that the benefits of increased crop yields and less agricultural waste outweigh the potential […]
Saving Our Soils and Climate with Biochar Ancient Charcoal Could Revolutionize Agriculture and Play Key Role Battling Global Warming
Dear EarthTalk: What is biochar and how can it help reduce my carbon footprint? — William Jarvis, Bethlehem, PA Biochar is a naturally occurring, fine-grained, highly porous form of charcoal derived from the process of baking biomass and it’s been associated with fertile soils for some two thousand years. “Biochar is found in soils around the […]
Climate Change and Food’s Nutrition Global warming may in fact be making our food crops less healthy for us
Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that global warming is causing our crops to contain less nutrition? —William Persson, Glendale, OH It is difficult to say whether or not the climate change we are now experiencing is negatively impacting the nutritional quality of our food, researchers warn that it may be only a matter of time. […]
Biochar is a naturally occurring, fine-grained, highly porous form of charcoal derived from the process of baking biomass—and it’s been associated with fertile soils for some two thousand years.
Americans are increasingly concerned about the environment, but skeptical of organic labeling, and not necessarily willing to spend more.
GMO Labelling: Activists are trying to hold back the onslaught of genetically modified foods—or at least slap them with a label…
There’s been a lot of coverage on the topic of organic foods and how they aren’t actually any healthier than conventional foods. Is this true?