The scary fight for GE labeling

This Halloween, voters in Washington state are finding their airwaves and mailboxes filled with more tricks than treats.

In the final days before next Tuesday's vote, pesticide corporations and Big Food companies are spreading scary misinformation in their bid to block GE labeling in the state. As California’s Proposition 37 did last year, Washington’s I-522 threatens to expose the GE industry’s dirty little secret: that GE crops drive up pesticide use. So as next week's vote approaches, it’s no surprise that industry is hiding behind a mask.

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Assessment of the vulnerability of Lithuanian lakes to expansion of Gonyostomum semen (Raphidophyceae)

Publication date: Available online 31 October 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Jūratė Karosienė , Jūratė Kasperovičienė , Judita Koreivienė , Irma Vitonytė
Invasions in aquatic ecosystems can have negative ecological and economic effects. It is important to identify the impacts of non-native species in order to evaluate the outcomes of invasion processes and implement measures of management. A biopollution assessment method (BPL, or biopollution level index) was applied to measure the impact of Gonyostomum semen (Raphidophyceae) on the lakes of Lithuania. It occurred in humic, lobelia and eutrophic lakes. G. semen , comprising abundance up to 1.05 × 106 cells L−1 and biomass up to 24.8 mg L−1, was assigned as an invasive species that caused recognisable changes on phytoplankton communities, habitats and ecosystem functioning. The dominance of G. semen shifted phytoplankton composition from the prevailing small chrysophytes and green algae to the raphidophyte and large dinophytes being dominant. The assessment for the lakes revealed the highest biopollution level (BPL = 3, strong impact) for the lakes in the northern part, and moderate biopollution (BPL = 2, moderate impact) for the other regions of Lithuania.

It’s high time to ‘rethink pink’

Another October is passing, in a rosy fog of marketing and special events meant to raise awareness about breast cancer. Everyone from the National Football League to fast-food franchises is cheerfully urging us to walk, run and shop to find a cure for a disease that now affects one in eight women in the U.S.

The attention is certainly warranted. But a growing chorus of commentators is now urging us to "rethink pink." What should we do instead? I’d say let’s put more energy into doing what we can to reduce our exposure to carcinogenic chemicals. Seems like pure common sense.

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Colombian Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba Begins – Prensa Latina

Colombian Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba Begins
Prensa Latina
The forum "Agroecology and Food Security Systems in Cuba, A Model to Be Explored" has been also scheduled for today, with the participation of panellists as Leonardo Iglesias, representative of the Cuban Association of Small Farmers, and Deputy to the 

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Colombian Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba Begins – Radio Cadena Agramonet

Colombian Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba Begins
Radio Cadena Agramonet
The forum "Agroecology and Food Security Systems in Cuba, A Model to Be Explored" has been also scheduled for today, with the participation of panellists as Leonardo Iglesias, representative of the Cuban Association of Small Farmers, and Deputy to the 

Industrialized agriculture brings change in Turkey

We’ve all heard versions of the story, and many of us have relatives or ancestors who were a part of it. Small farmers, the story goes, are being squeezed out of business by large-scale, “industrial agricultural” corporations. Forced to buy patented, more expensive but higher-yielding hybrid seeds and the fertilizer and pesticides they require from multinational conglomerates, farmers harvest larger crops but at the price of rising debt. It is sometimes portrayed as a David and Goliath morality play — with Goliath winning — but the reality is much more complicated.

Solar is the Viable Alternative Energy Solution to New Nuclear Plants – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

Solar is the Viable Alternative Energy Solution to New Nuclear Plants
Permaculture Magazine
"Solar v. Nuclear is nothing to do with logic," says Permaculture editor Maddy Harland. "It is to do with whether governement funds centralised power and City investment or renewable energy projects of all kinds from household bolt on solutions to

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Permaculture at the heart of fund raiser for bees. – This is South Wales


This is South Wales

Permaculture at the heart of fund raiser for bees.
This is South Wales
Jane Bayley from Sarnau has always been a strong advocate of permaculture, which is the design of sustainable architecture and self-maintained agricultural systems modelled on natural ecosystems. ​. ​. •; •. She developed a love for Morocco after a

USU doctorate candidate enters ‘Dance Your Ph.D.’ contest – The Herald Journal

USU doctorate candidate enters 'Dance Your Ph.D.' contest
The Herald Journal
Among his current research projects, Brym is pursuing agroecology, the interdisciplinary study of agricultural systems using ecological principles. With the help of a USU faculty member, the doctoral student is exploring possibilities of using a

The Organic Center announces new science advisory board – agprofessional.com

The Organic Center announces new science advisory board
agprofessional.com
Alex Racelis, University of Texas Pan American, whose current efforts focus on research in agroecology and sustainable agriculture in the subtropics, and on increasing student diversity in the agricultural sciences through curriculum development and 

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RM reeve denies any deal to manage Agroforestry Development Centre – Regina Leader-Post

RM reeve denies any deal to manage Agroforestry Development Centre
Regina Leader-Post
The reeve of the RM of Indian Head is categorically denying the rural municipality has any agreement with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to manage the Agroforestry Development Centre in Indian Head, contrary to statements made earlier this month by 

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USDA report highlights efforts to expand agroforestry practices – Feedstuffs

USDA report highlights efforts to expand agroforestry practices
Feedstuffs
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the first-ever report on the agency's role advancing agroforestry. Agroforestry: USDA Reports to America details how agroforestry practices are helping farmers, ranchers and woodland owners enhance 

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USDA releases first-ever report on expanding agroforestry for farms, ranches … – Prairie Star

USDA releases first-ever report on expanding agroforestry for farms, ranches
Prairie Star
WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the first-ever report on USDA's role advancing agroforestry. "Agroforestry: USDA Reports to America" details how agroforestry practices are helping farmers, ranchers and woodland owners 

USDA releases first-ever report on expanding agroforestry for farms, ranches … – Minnesota Farm Guide

USDA releases first-ever report on expanding agroforestry for farms, ranches
Minnesota Farm Guide
WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the first-ever report on USDA's role advancing agroforestry. "Agroforestry: USDA Reports to America" details how agroforestry practices are helping farmers, ranchers and woodland owners 

USDA releases first-ever report on expanding agroforestry for farms, ranches … – Tri-State Neighbor

USDA releases first-ever report on expanding agroforestry for farms, ranches
Tri-State Neighbor
WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the first-ever report on USDA's role advancing agroforestry. "Agroforestry: USDA Reports to America" details how agroforestry practices are helping farmers, ranchers and woodland owners 

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Public health anthropologist uses ethnography to improve farmworker safety

We rely on them for virtually all of the fruits and vegetables that grace our tables. Yet our country’s farmworkers are among the poorest of the working poor. Working long hours in the fields, they are constantly exposed, not just to hardship and severe weather but to dangerous pesticides. As Amy Snipes puts it, “Farmwork is more than an occupation. It is a condition of risk.” An assistant professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State, Snipes spends months at a time with farmworker families, observing and recording their lives and concerns as she works alongside them in the field.

Secretary Vilsack Highlights First-Ever Report on USDA Efforts to Expand … – USDA.gov (press release)

Secretary Vilsack Highlights First-Ever Report on USDA Efforts to Expand
USDA.gov (press release)
WASHINGTON, October 28, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the first-ever report on USDA's role advancing agroforestry. Agroforestry: USDA Reports to America details how agroforestry practices are helping farmers, ranchers and 

Agroforestry — It’s a Natural If You Can Market « The North Missourian – Gallatin North Missourian

Agroforestry — It's a Natural If You Can Market « The North Missourian
Gallatin North Missourian
Agroforestry — It's a Natural If You Can Market. by Tim Baker, Northwest Region Horticulture Specialist. The last agroforestry practice that I would like to discuss is forest farming. This practice involves growing crops that tolerate, or even require

UC Santa Cruz gets ag grant, will expand partnership with Salinas’ Hartnell … – Monterey County Herald

UC Santa Cruz gets ag grant, will expand partnership with Salinas' Hartnell
Monterey County Herald
UCSC plans to use the three-year award to accelerate budding careers in sustainable farming and agroecology — the study of how local cultivation impacts the environment. The funds will also promote more hands-on experience at UCSC's 30-acre organic 

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Subscribe and WIN! A Year’s Worth of FREE Electricity – Permaculture Magazine


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Subscribe and WIN! A Year's Worth of FREE Electricity
Permaculture Magazine
Permaculture has been working with our partner, green energy supplier, Good Energy, for many years now. We love that Good Energy uses electricity from local, natural sources like sunshine, wind and rain and supports over 52,000 homes, businesses 

Call to end the WTO and stop the new wave of free trade agreements – Gerak … – The Malaysian Insider

Call to end the WTO and stop the new wave of free trade agreements – Gerak
The Malaysian Insider
Many have in fact been implementing their alternatives such as agro-ecology, food sovereignty and several other examples, all showing that it is possible to have a different way of developing and co-existing with nature. We can come together and re

January 2014 Delegation to Venezuela: The Revolution Continues! – Monthly Review

January 2014 Delegation to Venezuela: The Revolution Continues!
Monthly Review
Days 4, 5, and 6: Visits to rural areas in the states of Yaracuy, Lara, and Carabobo: learn about agrarian reform and agroecology through visits to agricultural cooperatives, biological control laboratories, food processing coops, and agricultural

Eco-warrior heads Permaculture Club to restore land reserve and research … – FIUSM

Eco-warrior heads Permaculture Club to restore land reserve and research
FIUSM
Garcia, a 22-year-old environmental engineer major, is the president and founder of the Permaculture Club. After his breakfast of what he calls “baby food,” Garcia will head to campus to oversee his first official Permaculture Club meeting

Will California save the bees?

Last week I sat through a long hearing in the California legislature, all about bee declines. By the end, I was both excited and frustrated. As I noted in my closing comments at the hearing, California can and must take action to address the dramatic declines.

This is an important opportunity for the state to be a driver of good public policy nationally. And addressing the issue here in California will be good for our business — the benefits of bees to our agricultural economy are tremendous. While it was encouraging to see legislators taking the issue up at the hearing, it was frustrating to see the room filled with pesticide corporations and their allies trying to confuse the discussion and delay action.

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Information night for indigenous knowledge course and Ojibwe Nation field study

An information night for the spring semester course “Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing in the North American Context” and Maymester field study (CED 497B and 497C) will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in 113 Thomas Building on the University Park campus of Penn State. This program offers students an opportunity to learn about the history, culture and ways of life of the Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth Ojibwe Nations in northern Minnesota through an unforgettable, immersive field study experience.

July 2014 Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse | Curso Internacional de Agroecología


XV Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse
Agroecology and Social Transformation: transdisciplinarity, health, and human development
July 6-18, 2014
Estelí, Nicaragua
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XV Curso Internacional de Agroecología
Agroecología y transformación social: transdisciplinaridad, salud, y desarrollo humano
6-18 de julio de 2014
Estelí, Nicaragua
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ICRAF Launches Search Engine for Agroforestry Species – IISD Reporting Services

ICRAF Launches Search Engine for Agroforestry Species
IISD Reporting Services
cgiar-icraf 23 October 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has announced the launch of the Agroforestry Species Switchboard, which is designed to facilitate improved internet searches on agroforestry species, based on the limitation of sources

Geochemical evidence of human impacts on deep Lake Fuxian, southwest China

Publication date: Available online 24 October 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Wen Liu , Jinglu Wu , Haiao Zeng , Long Ma
Human activities in Lake Fuxian and its catchment have caused environmental changes that are preserved in the geochemical records of lake sediments. Human activities responsible for the environmental changes include agriculture, mining, industrial development, and fishery management. To elucidate human impacts on this deep water body during the past several decades, two short sediment cores were collected from the lake, dated by 137Cs, and analyzed for several geochemical variables (total organic carbon (TOC), total nitrogen (TN), δ13C and heavy metals). The multi-proxy geochemical and isotopic evidence can be used to divide the limnological record into a 3-part history. Although increasing inputs of chromium (Cr) had begun as early as the 1950s, human activities, including heavy metal contamination, apparently had little effect on lacustrine production, as δ13C, TOC, TN and TOC/TN were relatively constant until the 1980s. Mining and industry have generated large amounts of heavy metal elements such as Zn, Pb and Cd that have been deposited into the lake since the 1980s, increasing to their highest concentrations over the last decades. Zn, Pb and Cd probably were released by industrial processes such as the manufacture of cement. Cr concentrations increased at site FB, but declined at site FZ, most likely due to the closer proximity of site FB to the source of metal production. From the middle of the 1980s, the decreased δ13C, and increased TOC, TN and TOC/TN suggest a broad change in lake ecology. In the 1980s, a new fish species was introduced into Lake Fuxian and fish yields increased quickly, which may mark the beginning of a change in ecosystem structure.

Implementing ecological potential of lakes for the Water Framework Directive–Approach in Flanders (northern Belgium)

Publication date: Available online 24 October 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Luc Denys , Jeroen Van Wichelen , Jo Packet , Gerald Louette
The European Water Framework Directive stipulates that artificial and heavily modified water bodies must reach good ecological potential, as opposed to good ecological status as required for natural water bodies, if certain hydrological and morphological pressures cannot be removed. We propose to obtain these objectives from the conditions expected once all feasible mitigating measures have been taken but relative to the internationally agreed quality goals for natural lakes. This allows a more objective, consistent and transparent definition of the possible deviation from the ultimate quality level than prevalent methods, in particular those considering the improvement expected from future measures. A level of functional integrity should be endeavored that minimizes the probability of undesired phenomena and negative consequences for biodiversity objectives embodied by the Habitats Directive. This remains a difficult exercise, but as a first approximation, constraints for the secondary alteration of lake hydrochemistry and the consequent potential for development of submerged vegetation can be considered. Six case studies illustrate possible procedures, which may be further refined to include additional relations between hydromorphological pressures, physical-chemical conditions and biota as knowledge develops or circumstances require.

Sustainable Asset Management join the FT Ethical Investment Conference – eco-business.com

Sustainable Asset Management join the FT Ethical Investment Conference
eco-business.com
Gary Crates explained how Sustainable Asset Management (SAM), in partnership with specialist agro-forestry company Asia Plantation Capital (APC), was able to target higher level performance using niche forestry products such as Aquilaria, Agarwood and 

Ag Minister denies tree nursery will be hurt by government inaction – News Talk 980 CJME

Ag Minister denies tree nursery will be hurt by government inaction
News Talk 980 CJME
The Agroforestry Development Centre at Indian Head has provided tree seedlings to generations of prairie farmers to plant as shelterbelts since 1912. The nursery program has provided 610 million trees to farms across Canada over those 111 years.

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A MULTIMETRIC MACROINVERTEBRATE INDEX FOR ASSESSING, THE WATER QUALITY OF THE CAU RIVER BASIN IN VIETNAM

Publication date: Available online 23 October 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Hong Hanh Nguyen , Gert Everaert , Wim Gabriels , Thu Huong Hoang , Peter L.M. Goethals
In this study we developed and applied a multimetric index to assess the biological water quality of rivers in Vietnam as a complementary tool to the traditional physical-chemical analysis. Macroinvertebrate samples were collected at fifteen monitoring sites in the Cau river basin, Northern of Vietnam. Eighteen candidate metrics were tested for their range, stability, sensitivity and responsiveness to anthropogenic impacts. The MMI was calculated as the arithmetic mean of five metrics that were retained being the Biological Monitoring Working Party (BMWP) -Viet, total number of taxa, Margalef index, number of Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera (EPT) and percent of insects. The MMI is split up in five water quality classes, ranging from class one (high biological status) to class five (bad biological status). The study demonstrated that the multimetric approach is suitable for application in the Vietnamese national monitoring and assessment program.

Improving restoration practice by deriving appropriate techniques from analysing the spatial organization of river networks

Publication date: Available online 23 October 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Gregor Thomas
Amendments to the water protection legislation in many countries have raised the need to develop prioritization strategies in river restoration. These political objectives need to be translated into applied methods of site selection. The high degree of heterogeneity within administrative boundaries makes the identification of sites challenging. Analysing data with computer software alone might not identify sites with the highest ecological recovery potential, as they might not take sufficient account of the complex ecological interplay over large spatial scales. In this literature study, the spatial organization of river networks (dendritic structure, unidirectional flow, species distribution) is discussed in the context of different restoration techniques and how efficiency is expected to vary within the network. Although restoration planning must consider deficits on the reach scale, as well as catchment effects and develop suitable mitigation scenarios produced by the analysis, some general conclusions on the site-specific effectiveness of different restoration techniques can be derived from the spatial organization of river networks. Restorations in the headwaters are most suitable for improving fundamental ecological processes such as retaining nutrients and soils to improve water quality, buffering an increase of temperature by establishing riparian buffer-strips, and returning hydro-dynamic flow patterns to a more natural state by altered dam operation. Longitudinal connectivity is essential for many freshwater taxa and should be restored in a bottom-up direction, starting at the downstream ends of river networks or at species-rich nodes within the system. Habitat restorations and the re-establishment of a natural channel morphology throughout the network will aid ecological recovery, if species pools for re-colonization are close by and fundamental ecological processes support a recovery. To increase the success of future restoration efforts, branches of river networks should be seen as functional linked ecosystems, and therefore restoration efforts within one system should be more coordinated, rather than seeing every project as self-sufficient. There must be a shift from a tactical towards a strategic approach in river restorations.

What is agroforestry and how can it benefit landowners and farmers? – Farm and Dairy

What is agroforestry and how can it benefit landowners and farmers?
Farm and Dairy
GALLATIN, Mo. — Forests and farms may seem like two completely different things, but agroforestry puts them together. Agroforestry offers landowners an opportunity to diversify farm income, provide habitat for wildlife and practice good land

Dance will benefit programs in Port’s ‘sister city’ – The Daily News of Newburyport

Dance will benefit programs in Port's 'sister city'
The Daily News of Newburyport
Current projects that the group is involved in include providing school uniforms and school fees for 30 HIV/AIDS orphans, working with an orphans' care providers' group, supporting an e-learning project at the Bura Primary School, an agroforestry

Mexico puts hold on GE corn

Mexico is known across the globe as the “birthplace of corn.” It’s home to thousands of types of traditional maize, as well as teoesinte, the grass ancestor of any and all corn varieties. Corn is also a cornerstone of food traditions in Mexico, from tortillas to tamales to pozole.

That’s why last week’s announcement from a federal judge that all field trials of genetically engineered (GE) corn are suspended in Mexico is very, very big news.

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Teach Ag! Society finds more than education in the Southwest

As part a newly formed organization, student members of the Teach Ag! Society in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences were not sure what to expect when they chose to do a domestic study-abroad trip to Arizona. But over the course of eight days, 1,500 miles, six agriscience-education programs and three national parks, they found more than they were looking for.

Why UK Government’s Proposed £420 Billion Subsidy is Nuclear Madness – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

Why UK Government's Proposed £420 Billion Subsidy is Nuclear Madness
Permaculture Magazine
UK Government have proposed a £420 billion (minimum) subsidy for a French/Chinese consortium to build 12 nuclear production plants. We publish former Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrats, Donnachadh McCarthy's letter giving 16 persuasive reasons 

Q+A: Scientist Terry Sunderland describes the “landscapes approach” – Reuters AlertNet

Q+A: Scientist Terry Sunderland describes the “landscapes approach”
Reuters AlertNet
This work forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. CIFOR's work on landscape approaches is also supported by USAID. Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation 

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Q+A: Scientist Terry Sunderland describes the “landscapes approach” – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)


Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Q+A: Scientist Terry Sunderland describes the “landscapes approach”
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
For more information on the topics discussed in this article, please contact Terry Sunderland at t.sunderland@cgiar.org. This work forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. CIFOR's work on landscape approaches is also 

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Urban agriculture ‘affected by soil quality’ – International Environmental Technology

Urban agriculture 'affected by soil quality'
International Environmental Technology
Sarah Taylor Lovell, assistant professor of landscape agroecology, and Sam Wortman, assistant professor of urban food production – both from the University of Illinois – wrote the report that highlights the issues faced by urban agriculture. The

Sustainable food production: Facts and Figures – Environmental Expert (press release)

Sustainable food production: Facts and Figures
Environmental Expert (press release)
Agroecology is developing new systems of crop management that increase yields while conserving resources. It is particularly effective at increasing food production while improving environmental and social outcomes. Agroecological methods rely on 

Raleigh catering company finds niche market in Chapel Hill – The Daily Tar Heel

Raleigh catering company finds niche market in Chapel Hill
The Daily Tar Heel
Green Planet Catering produces its own food on North Carolina State University's Agroecology Educational Farm. Food that isn't grown on Green Planet's farm is ordered from local farms. “We started pushing the local food aspect because we started our

University Senate Committee updates class curriculum | The Daily Orange – SU The Daily Orange (subscription)

University Senate Committee updates class curriculum | The Daily Orange
SU The Daily Orange (subscription)
It will focus on the political economy of food, along with agroecology, gastronomy and nutrition. If the new major is implemented, parts of Syracuse University's nutrition science and dietetics program will be integrated into this program, according to

University Senate Committee updates class curriculum – SU The Daily Orange (subscription)

University Senate Committee updates class curriculum
SU The Daily Orange (subscription)
It will focus on the political economy of food, along with agroecology, gastronomy and nutrition. If the new major is implemented, parts of Syracuse University's nutrition science and dietetics program will be integrated into this program, according to

Got Food Security? Look to the World’s Growing Social Movements – Huffington Post

Got Food Security? Look to the World's Growing Social Movements
Huffington Post
The movements for food sovereignty, food justice, agroecology, climate justice, women's rights and labor rights are spreading, and their influence on our food system is growing. As the food, fuel and climate crises worsen, these movements are steadily 

Flexibility in feeding periodicity of a grazing mayfly in response to different concentrations of benthivorous fish

Publication date: Available online 19 October 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Jana Schneider , Susanne Worischka , Claudia Hellmann , Jürgen Benndorf , Carola Winkelmann
Flexibility is an important adaptive attribute of the feeding periodicity of grazing mayfly larvae because most natural environments offer a wide variation in local predation risk in terms of space, time or predator species. In this study any changes of diel feeding periodicity and consumption rates of Baetis rhodani (Ephemeroptera) were analysed in response to different densities of benthivorous fish (Barbatula barbatula, Gobio gobio) by quantifying gut fullness using the fluorescence of algal pigments. Laboratory experiments with the grazer species B. rhodani were conducted by using different concentrations of chemical fish cues. In order to assess the transferability of the results to a larger scale, the experimental results were compared with field observations in two second order streams using different densities of freely foraging benthivorous fish. During the presence of chemical fish cues in the laboratory experiments the feeding periodicity of the B. rhodani larvae were mostly diurnal while in the absence of fish chemicals nocturnal feeding was observed. The same patterns could be detected in the field during the experiments with the different fish densities. These findings indicate that the larvae were able to assess variations in the predation risk and to alter their feeding habits by making flexible behavioural adjustments. The results from the laboratory experiments further suggested that the behavioural response is controlled by fish density. Behavioural changes were observed for medium and high concentrations of the fish cues but not for a very low concentration. In the field however, the mere presence of fish seemed to be sufficient to induce the observed behavioural shifts. Although the presence of benthivorous fish seemed to cause a lower consumption rate of the B. rhodani larvae in the field, such a reduction could not be found in the laboratory experiments. A conclusion from this study is that the identification of behavioural modifications is an essential component needed for a better understanding of complex trophic interactions in benthic communities. Accurate evaluation and detailed observation of direct and indirect effects cannot be made without the consideration of such behavioural mechanisms.

Gibson, Gillibrand push tick-borne disease study committee – Mid-Hudson News

Gibson, Gillibrand push tick-borne disease study committee
Mid-Hudson News
The lawmakers made the announcement Friday at the Agroforestry Resource Center in Acra. Gibson said they want to continue to focus on increasing awareness and improving diagnosis and treatment of those diseases. “This is pulling across all those who 

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A Stormy Journey to Rome: Behind the tragic boat disasters off the Italian … – Ottawa Citizen (blog)


Ottawa Citizen (blog)

A Stormy Journey to Rome: Behind the tragic boat disasters off the Italian
Ottawa Citizen (blog)
Many are based on agro-ecology, a time-tested science encompassing a vast array of eco-friendly farming techniques that build on farmers' intricate knowledge systems, work with their ecosystems, demonstrate high productivity and innovation, and keep 

Author Saru Jayaraman Discusses “Behind the Kitchen Door” on October 28

On Monday, October 28, from 6-9 pm, author Saru Jayaraman will discuss her book Behind the Kitchen Door at this free event taking place at the Oakes Learning Center at UC Santa Cruz’s Oakes College. Her presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the author along with Gretchen Regenhardt, attorney and representative of the Watsonville-based group, California Rural Legal Assistance, which is launching a survey and research project on low-wage restaurant workers in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.

Click here for details.

Food Week Activity: Cooking for a Crowd

Title: Food Week Activity: Cooking for a Crowd
Location: PICA/Sustainable Living Center, UCSC
Description: On Sunday, October 27 from 11 am – 2 pm, learn how to cook for a crowd with seasonal ingredients at this free workshop. RSVP required! Please contact srcardon@ucsc.edu
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2013-10-27
End Time: 14:00

Food Week Activity: Friends of the Agroecology Network (FoCAN) seminar

Title: Food Week Activity: Friends of the Agroecology Network (FoCAN) seminar
Location: Building A-3, Sustainable Living Center, UCSC
Description: On Tuesday, October 22 from 6-8 pm join the Friends of the Community Agroecology Network (FoCAN) for a seminar on Cultivating a Daily Revolution: Food Sovereignty, Interculturality, and Social Justice
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2013-10-22
End Time: 20:00