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Synthetic nitrogen fertilizers used on ground crops are posing a hidden health hazard to humans and the water table, report French scientists. Mathieu Sebilo from the Université Pierre et Marie Currie in Paris, France, together with Bernhard Mayer from the University of Calgary's Department of Geoscience have released a study of soil samples taken from a sugar beet and winter wheat farm in France since 1982.
Can hydroponic innovations get any more...innovative? Design students from the artist collective Sealeaf have developed a floating hydroponic module for coastal city growers.
Frozen vegetable and canned food manufacturer Green Giant is throwing its hat into the hydroponic vegetable ring. With the introduction of their brand-name hydroponic butter lettuce, the pre-packaged vegetable producer hopes to lure customers into purchasing a greenhouse-fresh living lettuce. The lettuce is sold with roots intact to prolong shelf life and in a plastic clamshell to maintain its condition once leaving the greenhouse.
In a scathing scientific review titled "The Validity of U.S. Nutritional Surveillance,” epidemiologist Edward Archer blasted the federal government for providing faulty nutrition data for nearly 40 years.
Toddlers aged one through five are getting a taste of fresh, hydroponically grown produce at All-Superstars Preschool in downtown Cape Coral, Florida. With the assistance of teacher Kate Sroka, the tots enjoy an extensive outdoor curriculum that includes urban farming.
Veterans in Orlando, Florida have found a new way to give to their country, but this time around, plants are their only weapon. Chapter 16 of the Disabled Veterans of America is looking to fund their hydroponic project, which includes expanding their existing garden to include a 3-meter-by-4.5-meter greenhouse dome.
Consumer advocacy groups the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and Center for Food Safety (CFS) have sued the FDA for withholding public records concerning the factory farm feed additive Ractopamine.
A grassroots citizens group in Boulder called New Era Colorado is going head to head with local coal energy provider Xcel Energy. The group aims to defeat a city council charter amendment linked to the company that would prevent the city of Boulder from forming a municipal-owned renewable energy grid.
What to do with rubber tires? The environmental conundrum has bogged ecologists and waste management analysts for decades. In Esfahan, Iran, researchers from the country's Isfahan University of Technology propose an especially novel solution: turn tires into fertilizer.
A modular-designed home aquaponics system called "The Aqualibrium Garden" is only 20% away from reaching the marketplace thanks to supportive funders on Kickstarter. The modern looking indoor garden reaches four feet high, supports 13 gallons of tank water and features two square feet of growing space complete with nine-watt LED lights.
Attention urban farmers: If you'd like to connect with other growers across the United States to learn more about sustainable farming, consider attending SeedStock's 2nd Annual Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Conference in Los Angeles this November 5th and 6th.
An interactive map created by and featured on the website of the Center For Food Safety, has defined 64 countries around the world that require labeling of products that contain genetically engineered ingredients - and the US isn't one of them.