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Scientists identify “superaccumulator” plants that mop up heavy metals like crazy

Imagine there was a plant that could miraculously mop up dangerous heavy metals from contaminated soil. In an amazing display of incredible design, nature has given us just such a plant. In fact, scientists have identified not just one, but 721 different species of hyperaccumulators – plants that can absorb far greater amounts of heavy […]

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Healthy Soil Is The Real Key To Feeding The World

Op-ed by David R. Montgomery, University of Washington One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable. It can be, but it isn’t necessarily. After all, soil erosion from chemical-free tilled fields undermined the Roman Empire and other ancient societies around the world. Other agricultural myths hinder recognizing the potential […]

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Researchers: Diversity in Soil Imperative for Supporting Ecosystems

Healthy soil contains billions of tiny microorganisms that help plants to thrive and our food supply to remain abundant. A paper, published in Nature Communications, used large-scale data comparisons of soil from 78 global drylands and from 179 locations across Scotland to study diversity of soil microbiota. The researchers found that diversity is absolutely imperative […]

Roundup Herbicide Found to be 125 Times More Toxic Than Regulators Say

Roundup Herbicide Found to be 125 Times More Toxic Than Regulators Say

A highly concerning new study published in the journal Biomedical Research International reveals that despite the still relatively benign reputation of agrochemicals such as Roundup herbicide, many chemical formulations upon which the modern agricultural system depend are far more toxic than present regulatory tests performed on them reveal. Roundup herbicide, for instance, was found to be 125 times […]