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The DOJ Approves a Merger Between Bayer and Monsanto

The Department of Justice approved a merger between agrochemical giants, Bayer and Monsanto. The merger will leave only four companies controlling most of the seeds and agrochemicals. Six companies have controlled the seed, trait, and pesticide business since the 1990s: Monsanto, Bayer, BASF, Syngenta, Dow, and DuPont. Those six companies grew mainly from acquiring small to medium size companies engaged…

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Forty Percent of World Population Threatened by Ongoing Land Degradation

More than 75 percent of the Earth’s land surface had suffered severely as a result of human land degradation as of 2014, IPBES highlights. Experts estimate that less than one-tenth of the Earth’s land surface will have escaped substantial impacts of human activity come 2050.

Water rights as a public good in Chile

Calls to Reinstate Water as a Public Good Arise in Chile

Plagued by drought, floods and skyrocketing prices, calls to reinstitute water as a public good are intensifying in Chile.

Haiti “For Profit” Sustainable Agroforesty Program Bears New Fruit in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

Having achieved an initial goal of engaging local smallholder farming communities in planting 5 million trees, Haiti’s Smallholder Farmers Alliance and Timberland continue down an extraordinary path that’s helping smallholder farmers in southwest Haiti recover from Hurricane Matthew and promoting revivial of smallholder farm cotton production in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Bio-based chemicals could help reduce bee mortality

How Bio-Based Chemicals Are Aiding in Sustainability Efforts

The use of bio-based chemicals is on the rise around the world, and that trend is helping sustainability efforts. For reference, a bio-based chemical is a substance constructed from materials that are currently alive or were once living. Keep reading to explore how some of these bio-based chemicals are being used to help societies and the planet. DuPont presents innovative…

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Events in Drought-Stricken India Parallel Recent Experience in California

Groundwater aquifers are being sucked dry amidst a two year-long drought as Indian farmers drill and pump more groundwater in bids to make up for shortfalls in precipitation resulting from the delayed onset of weaker summer monsoon rains.

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A Study in Contrasts: Honey Bees and Mega Malls in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

Forest has finally begun to reclaim land at the $200mm Dragon Mart mega-mall proect site in the Riviera Maya, while the local chapter of Mexico’s beekeeper association expects a bumper honey harvest this year,