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Antibiotics on the Farm

80% of the antibiotics sold in the US are fed to chickens, pigs, cows and other animals that people eat, yet the farmers who raise these animals are not required to report on which drugs they use on what types of animals, and in what quantities they use them...
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Commonly Used Fertilizer May Lead to Breast Cancer

Not everything is happy down on the farm. Weed killers are killing us and some of the pesticides used on crops can prevent breast feeding and dietary cadmium, a toxic metal found in many farm...
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Farmers are Killing Us with Antibiotics

Food kills one person every 2 hours in the US alone--usually from bacteria like the recent E. Coli that has stricken Germany. In the June 17th edition of the Independent, Jeremy Laurance writes that "Resistant genes for toxic forms of E.coli can jump from animal to human strains. The outbreak of a virulent antibiotic-resistant strain of E....
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Why Our Brains are Smaller Now

Archeologists have found evidence from 20,000 to 30,000-year-old human skulls that both human height and brain size are shrinking. The cause of this? Farming. This shrinkage started about 10,000 years ago, when humans moved from the hunter-gatherer life to agriculture.

In PhysOrg.com, Deborah Braconnier writes, "While the change...
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Future Farming Will be Different

Farming will be different in the future due to global warming?food will be grown in different places and in different ways. And the foods we eat may not be as good for us as they once were.

When carbon dioxide levels rise in the air, this causes a decrease in the nutritional value of many crops. Researcher Max Taub tested this by...

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Farm Fears

Growing food entails the use of fertilizer and irrigation systems and results in land clearing. These "side effects" of agriculture can lead to "tipping points" which include desertification, salinization, water degradation, and changes in climate due to altered water flow. The UN reports that 50 million people could be driven from their homes...

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Someday We'll All Farm Like Cuba

Global warming will eventually change the areas whereagriculture thrives, as well as the kinds of crops that aregrown. In big countries, the change will happen gradually,once farmers and the government accept the idea that weatherchanges are here to stay. But a small country like Cuba hashad to make drastic changes already.

In Cuba,...

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