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December 17, 2014
Former Guatemala gum growers live off sustainable jungle
Peten, Guatemala (AFP) Dec 17, 2014
Waving his hands as if conducting an invisible orchestra, Juan Trujillo sings an old song known to Carmelita settlers living deep in northern Guatemala's Mayan jungle. He walks through the hundred-year-old community, whose roots are deeply intertwined with that of the sapodilla tree, whose chicle resin was once widely used in chewing gum. But the people of Carmelita now have a new livelihood: protecting the largest nature reserve in Mesoamerica. Nestled deep within the Maya Biosphere Reserve ... read more

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Home on the Range
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New insights into the origins of agriculture could help shape the future of food
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India's secret gardener reveals 18-year labour of love
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In Lebanon, a garden blooms on former 'trash mountain'
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An organic garden of plenty in Mali's arid soil
In a strikingly green corner of Mali, one man is leading an agricultural revolution, using organic farming methods to get the most out of the land - and pass his techniques on to others in west Africa. ... more
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China farmers washed away as Beijing taps water from south
Before their villages were submerged beneath a gargantuan scheme to move water hundreds of kilometres to China's arid north, government officials promised farmers better lives far from their ancestral homes. ... more
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Lethal control of wolves backfires on livestock
Washington State University researchers have found that it is counter-productive to kill wolves to keep them from preying on livestock. Shooting and trapping lead to more dead sheep and cattle the f ... more
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Cover crops can sequester soil organic carbon
A 12-year University of Illinois study shows that, although the use of cover crops does not improve crop yields, the practice does increase the amount of sequestered soil organic carbon using three ... more
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Toronto chemists identify role of soil in pollution control
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Egypt reports four new bird flu deaths
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Alarm sounded over attacks on defenders of land rights
As populations grow and land becomes scarcer, attacks on those trying to defend their land are becoming increasingly frequent, a top rights group warned Tuesday, citing Latin America and Asia as the main problem areas. ... more
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Circumstances are right for weed invasion to escalate
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Brazil's Amazon region houses latex 'love factory'
Deep in Amazonia, Raimundo Pereira expertly cuts a gash in a rubber tree to collect white sap destined for the nearby factory at Xapuri, the world's only producer of contraceptives made from tropical forest latex. ... more
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In first, Ontario may regulate bee-killing pesticides
Canada's Ontario province announced Tuesday plans to restrict the use of controversial pesticides believed to be responsible for mass deaths of bees, in order to safeguard crops. ... more
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Cambodian capital's only working elephant to retire in jungle
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