By The Hive
Here’s a look at some interesting news stories making the rounds: Can chocolate cure the common cough? Will we all soon be eating worms at the dinner table? And has Monsanto finally outdone itself?
“Another reason to eat more chocolate: It could keep you from coughing, according to doctors at the British National Health Service who presented their research at the British Thoracic Society’s winter meeting in London last week … Early results showed that 60 percent of patients experienced some cough relief from after taking the cocoa-based treatment.” – Huffington Post
“Environmental resource experts estimate that the market for meat and milk will increase 70 to 80 percent between 2012 and 2050. For our world to remain hospitable to more and more humans, we’ll need to change some of our fishing and livestock practices — and our protein preferences, too. Enter mealworms.” – OnEarth
“When Monsanto revolutionized agriculture with a line of genetically engineered seeds, the promise was that the technology would lower herbicide use—because farmers would have to spray less. In fact, as Washington State University researcher Chuch Benbrook has shown, just the opposite happened.
Sixteen years on, Roundup (Monsanto’s tradename for its glyphosate herbicide) has certainly killed lots of weeds. But the ones it has left standing are about as resistant to herbicide as the company’s Roundup Ready crops, which are designed to survive repeated applications of the agribusiness giant’s own Roundup herbicide.” – Mother Jones
“New projections by researchers indicate that dry spells will get progressively worse in coming decades in California, Nevada, the Colorado River headwaters region and Texas, putting greater stress on agriculture, ecosystems and a growing population.” – New York Times
“A powerful cancer fighter might be sitting right on your plate. A new study from Baylor College of Medicine researchers shows that a compound found in cruciferous veggies, like broccoli, is able to kill leukemia cells in the laboratory.” – Huffington Post
“Everywhere, trees are dying. The boreal forests of Canada and Russia are being devoured by beetles. Drought-tolerant pines are disappearing in Greece. In North Africa, Atlas cedars are shriveling. Wet and dry tropical forests in Asia are collapsing. Australian eucalyptus forests are burning. The Amazon basin has just been hit by two severe droughts. And it’s predicted that trees in the American Southwest may be gone by the end of this century.
But as this astonishing transformation of landscapes continues, scientists have a confession to make: They do not fully understand how trees die.” – New York Times
“West Antarctica has warmed much more than scientists had thought over the last half century, new research suggests, an ominous finding given that the huge ice sheet there may be vulnerable to long-term collapse, with potentially drastic effects on sea levels.” – New York Times
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