It’s a tale of opposing interests. A farmer in order to preserve his cash crop, and his future livelihood, is using up the available supply of local groundwater causing a neighbor homeowner’s well to run dry. This short video from the folks at KQED.
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The following images were taken in West Texas for a documentary about a partnership between local agriculture producers, scientists and others to save this agricultural region.
It’s one of largest freshwater aquifer’s in the world—and it’s running out in places.
As this article in the Christian Science Monitor explains, commercial drones can be used by mid-sized farmers to track water seepage from their irrigation lines and other uses including monitoring for areas not receiving enough water.
April 09, 2010 Do you remember scavenger hunts? It’s a popular party activity where participants get a list of tasks or items that need to be done or collected and a winner is determined after all is completed. Food Alliance, a nonprofit organization that provides third-party certification to address safe and fair working conditions, humane […]
This Washington Post conference brought together some of the world’s leading thought leaders, food industry executives, and others for a day long discussion of issues on the future of food.
Discover what your water footprint is at home. By understanding how you use water in your daily routine, this water footprint calculator will help identify ways to reduce water usage.
January 12, 2010 At a press conference held yesterday in Portland, OR, several conservation and farming organizations came together and provided a map (PDF) reflecting what they thought would be a acceptable outcome for the urban and rural reserves, which is currently under review and being determined by Metro and Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah counties. […]
Lucia Barbato of the Texas Tech University Center for Geospatial Technology explains the different geospatial maps of the Ogallala Aquifer in the Texas High Plains region.
January 29, 2010 Ron Masters, a Conservation & Waterways Commissioner (Point Lookout, NY), gives a tour of a solar powered FLUPSY (Floating Upweller System). This clam nursery ‘boat’ helps the community environmentally and economically. “When the baby clams grow big enough to leave the nursery, they are deposited in local beds to support both recreational […]
We travel from the field to the factory, to see how the freshest green beans are picked, processed, and canned at a “Food Alliance” certified plant.
Three counties must decide how to manage expected growth by 1 million people over the next 30 years.
January 13, 2010 With Lisa Jackson at the helm, the Environmental Protection Agency has greenhouse emissions, drinking water standards, and what to do with coal ash at the top of the list of issues to tackle this year. For complete list: Seven Priorities for EPA’s Future Go to Original Post…
Ingredients 3 —14.5 ounce cans of green beans ¼ cup chicken broth ½ cup finely chopped onion 1 tablespoon granulated garlic 2 Tablespoons of margarine 1 Tablespoon flour ½ teaspoon salt dash white pepper ½ cup cream 2 egg yolks, fork beaten ¼ cup finely snipped parsleyli> 4 teaspoons lemon juice Instructions Cook onion until […]
Crops that go directly from field to can often retain vitamins better than just-harvested crops that travel through the long distribution chain to your kitchen.
Ingredients 3 14.5 ounce cans of green beans 4-5 slices bacon 3 medium sized potatoes, pared, cut into ½” pieces 1/3 cup bean liquid (add water, if necessary) dash salt one-quarter large onion, sliced Instructions Drain beans, reserve liquid, fry bacon until crisp. Add potatoes, green beans, and remaining ingredients to bacon and fat. Cook […]
January 27, 2010 As the time for public comments draw to a close, a look at a local hazelnut orchard and tree farm in Clackamas County – one of the counties in the Portland metro area deciding where to place urban and rural Reserves for future populations and possible development. Peter McDonald is concerned farms […]
Glen Andresen, a Portland beekeeper for 20 years, discusses the beekeeping basics before purchasing hives, bees, and related equipment.
Environmental scientist, Lester R. Brown, argues that climate change threatens civilization, he outlines his ideas in Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.
Oregon is among the very few states that have for decades effectively fought back the forces of development with their urban growth boundary plans.