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Nature in the News contains interesting, entertaining and educational articles about wildlife, nature and ecology issues. This news page contains information on everything from Yosemite rock slides and mountain lion legislation, to global warming, climate change and tiny little hummingbirds.

If you aren't sure where you stand on the issues, don't feel alone. The world we live in becomes more complex every single day. Is the earth as fragile as some would have us believe or has it endured because it's quite resilient? You decide. These issues are not going away and will continue to plague us with complex problems that will require us all to make hard decisions.

You will find plenty of food for thought and information to contemplate. Be sure to check back often.

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by Nick Meyer

April 7, 2014

Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm.

According to the new UN report, major changes are needed in our food, agriculture and trade systems, with a shift toward local small-scale farmers and food systems recommended. Diversity of farms, reducing the use of fertilizer and other changes are desperately needed according to the report, which was highlighted in this article from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

by Nick Meyer

September 5, 2013

The glaring problem with Monsanto's "website promise" not to sue. Early in 2013, a verdict was reached in the OSGATA (Organic Seed Growers and Traders Association) v. Monsanto lawsuit by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.

The organic farmers association was seeking protection from patent infringement in the case of accidental drift from GMO pollen for its members. The result was a disappointing one for OSGATA, as a three-judge panel ruled that the lawsuit would not be allowed to continue due to the explanation that "Monsanto has made binding assurances that it will not 'take legal action against growers whose crops might inadvertently contain traces of Monsanto biotech genes (because, for example, some transgenic seed or pollen blew onto the grower's land)."

by Nick Meyer

September 4, 2013

There are times when the elusive "tipping point" toward the end or at least containment of genetically modified foods seems light years away, and then there are times when it seems like all the momentum is on the other side and a real change is imminent.

The percentage of people who want to see labels has consistently polled in the 90 percent range, with one 2013 poll conducted by the New York Times showing a final result of 93 percent in favor of the "Yes" crowd. The same study also found that about 75% of Americans are concerned about the number of GMOs, while 26 percent said they aren't safe to eat and 13 percent said they're worried about the environmental effects.

July 15, 2014

You can never know when disaster will strike, but you can be prepared. One of the best ways to prepare for unexpected disaster is to have and prepare a bug-out bag. So what is a bug-out bag and what should go into a bug-out bag?

Wikipedia defines a Bug-out Bag as a portable kit that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours when evacuating from a disaster. First things first, you need to choose your bag. When deciding on what kind of bag you are going to use you should consider size, functionality, color and durability/quality. You want to make sure that your bag is big enough to carry everything you need and that you utilize every compartment accordingly. You should consider using a high quality back-packing type of bag as oppose to a book bag that you would use for school. Back packing type bags are specifically designed for outdoor use. They are also designed in such a way so that the weight of your bag is properly and evenly distributed throughout your hips, back, chest and shoulders. This is done through the use of straps and buckles. Make sure you learn the right way to strap your bag on before going out.

by Dr. Joel McDurmon

October 16, 2013

Thus saith, at least, 25 professors on the faculty of the University of Iowa, who penned a short letter of protest to the campus news, IowaNow, for daring to allow a fellow faculty member to publish any doubt whatsoever upon "the *fact* that life on Earth has evolved" (my emphasis). Indeed, this university's band of thought police has decreed that no debate of this topic is allowed anymore: "we no longer debate the central principles of evolutionary theory..."

by Dr. Joel McDurmon

July 12, 2013

Can the government just take you property for its purposes? Of course not. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires just compensation at least.

But governments get creative with how they manipulate property owners in regard to their property usage in various banner1ways. A marquee Supreme Court case, building on two previous cases, has just made it even harder for State and local governments to bully property owners. reports, "Nearly unnoticed among the marquee decisions by this year's Supreme Court session is Koontz v. St. John's Water Management District. The decision granted the plaintiff the right to sue a governmental agency that required a payment - or 'exaction' - for public facilities miles away from his property as a contingency for approval of a building permit."

by Joel McDurmon

February 4, 2013

A local dairy owner is cheesed over how the Missouri Milk Board ordered 15 tons of cheese destroyed after a 2 1/2-year legal dispute.

Joseph Dixon, owner of Morningland Dairy near Mountain View, Mo., told KYTV he "sees the destruction" of a livelihood his family "worked to build" for years in southern Missouri. On Friday, heavy moving equipment dumped nearly 30,000 pounds of raw cheese into a dumpster headed to a landfill. How the product got there is the dramatic end to a long struggle. Dixon's website tells his side of the story, making some interesting claims as to the behavior and candid comments from the Milk Board inspectors: "Don Falls, our inspector, told us that NO amount of testing would stop our cheese from being 'suspect'."

by Joel McDurmon

May 15, 2012

Who says we need government for roads and bridges?

Their livelihood was being threatened, and they were tired of waiting for government help, so business owners and residents on Hawaii's Kauai island pulled together and completed a $4 million repair job to a state park - for free. Polihale State Park has been closed since severe flooding destroyed an access road to the park and damaged facilities in December.

by Joel McDurmon

February 8, 2012

In a ruling last fall, Wisconsin judge Patrick Fiedler ruled against a family that produced raw milk. In his ruling, he held that the plaintiffs "operate a dairy farm," and thus had to comply with State law in that regard.

Much more disturbingly, however, Fiedler ruled that the plaintiffs had "no fundamental right" to consume foods of their choice, or even to "own a cow" and "consume milk from their own cow." In a clarification to his ruling, the judge wrote that the plaintiffs (and thus people in general)...

Ammo Land

August 29, 2009

Idaho -- After they were nearly wiped out in the lower 48 states, wolves in Idaho were declared endangered in 1974 under the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 1987 recovery plan for wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains included reintroducing them in central Idaho in 1995 and 1996. Since then, Idaho has been involved in wolf management as directed by the Legislature. [Video Report]

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