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Scientists predict that the Gulf of Mexico's "Dead Zone," which flanks the southern shorelines of the United States, will swell to the size of New Jersey this year. The area earned its name as it can no longer support sea life due to lack of oxygen in its waters, a result of nutrient-laden run-off from traditional agriculture. Heavy rainfall this year has caused excessive amounts of fertilizer from Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Ohio to drain into the Gulf.



Monsanto has been dealt another blow by anti-GMO food activists, this time in Maine, since the state passed the "Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food and Seed Stock" by a vote of 141 to 4.

 

Terra Tech Corp, a California-based manufacturer of commercial hydroponic and aeroponic automated dosing systems, digital atmospheric controllers and commercial greenhouses saw its market capitalization peak at $9.5 million on the 11th of June with share prices reaching $1.02 over the past 52 weeks.

Thursday, 13 June 2013 23:31

Hydroponics On A Mission To Mars

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Hydroponic plants may find themselves in Martian territory within the next 20 years as NASA explores the feasibility of using the technology to sustain humans on Mars.

 

A strain of genetically modified wheat pulled from testing since 2005 has been found growing in an Oregon field. The wheat was created by Monsanto and engineered to be "Roundup Ready."

Thursday, 13 June 2013 05:23

Wal-Mart To Begin Supporting Local Farmers

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Big-box retailer Wal-Mart has committed to sourcing fruit and vegetables for its fresh produce section directly from farmers. The mega-store is known to cut costs by eliminating its reliance on warehouses and distributors, but the news comes on a positive note since it will mean better prices for both growers and consumers.


Consumers in Connecticut have finally been granted the right to make informed decisions about GMO food since becoming the first state to pass mandatory labeling laws this month.

Thursday, 06 June 2013 15:10

Cocoa Shell Mulch A No-Go For Dog Owners

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If you are thinking of trying out new mulch on your garden beds this summer, don't make it Sunshine of Africa's Cocoa Shell Garden Mulch. The mulch has been linked to a string of canine deaths over the last month and does not carry a warning label on the package despite its toxicity.

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