New York Restaurateurs Oppose Fracking

A number of high-profile New York chefs, restaurateurs, food suppliers and industry executives have joined the effort to lobby Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo against hydraulic fracturing or fracking.


Global Warming Bring Olives to UK

Due to global warming, British farmers are experimenting with crops such as olives and nectarines which have typically been imported from warmer areas in southern Europe. Britain's first British tea plantation has even cropped up.


One-third of All Food Produced is Wasted

One-third of the world's food is lost or wasted each year, according to a study released on Wednesday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation


vir·tu·al shell·fish

Virtualshellfish vir·tu·al shell·fish (noun): A device that mimics marine life to provide a measure of pollutants in the water.

NPR recently reported on the cleanup of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, noting the work of researchers to assess the impact of the oil on sea life using virtual shellfish, which help quantify the amount of contaminants in the water:

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"Polio of Agriculture" Spreads

The fungal infection wheat rust -- also known as the “polio of agriculture” --  is spreading after a 50-year absence.


Hooters Waitresses Take On Oil Spill With Hosiery

Hooters waitresses are donating their "used but laundered" (phew!) pantyhose to official efforts to create containment booms for the Gulf oil spill.


Brits Waste 6.6 Million Tons of Food Annually

A new report from the UK finds that more than $20 billion of consumable food and drink is thrown away in Great Britain each year. That amounts to an estimated 6.6 million tons of wasted food per year.

Study: Mercury Up in Freshwater Fish

A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey found traces of methylmercury in every fish sampled in 291 streams across the nation. In approximately one quarter of those fish, mercury levels were above those set by the Environmental Protection Agency.


Cookstoves Blamed for Climate Change

Millions of cookstoves used in developing countries are responsible for creating soot that is a major contributor to global warming. A major effort is afoot to encourage the replacement of the stoves, which use mud and dung as a fuel, with solar and other alternative cookers.