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Thursday, June 25,2015

A picture worth a couple thousand dollars

How drones are changing the image of modern farming

By Emma Murray
Precision agriculture was originally enabled by GPS, allowing farmers to program GPS points into automatic seeders and sprayers so they could micromanage crops — but only after physically surveying the crops, which could take days or even weeks. Using drones, this work can be cut to a matter of hours.
Thursday, June 18,2015

ONE WOMAN, ONE FARM

Audrey Levatino shares her farming knowledge in her new book ‘Woman-Powered Farms’

By Amanda Moutinho
Audrey Levatino is a self-sufficient farmer — she has to be since, she runs it singlehandedly. So when it came to using a chainsaw, she knew she had to overcome her trepidation. “I didn’t start using a chainsaw when I first started farming for three or four years because I was afraid of it. I always asked my husband to do it. But once you learn how, it’s easier than a lot of things women do every day,” Levatino says. “It’s intimidating because it always seems like it’s been in the realm of the man’s world, but it’s not. It’s just another tool.”
Thursday, June 11,2015

Under pressure

Documents reveal EPA consented to industry demands on study into fracking’s effect on drinking water

By Mollie Putzig
Fracking has no “widespread, systematic” impacts on drinking water, according to a draft of an Environmental Protection Agency study released June 4, but industry influence on the study invites skepticism. The study began in 2010 when Congress directed the EPA to investigate whether fracking poses a threat to drinking water. Five years and $30 million later, internal documents obtained by Greenpeace via an open records request show the energy industry has been extensively involved since day one — paying for tests, supplying data and editing drafts.
Thursday, June 4,2015

Talking about the environment

CU Environmental Studies Program hosts conference on environmental communication

By Mary Reed
When it comes to environmental issues like climate change, where do you get your information? Unless you’re a scientist, it’s likely that someone is relaying the information to you — say, a newspaper journalist, a TV meteorologist or your Facebook friends.
Thursday, May 28,2015

So-called organic marijuana

Nobody in Colorado’s cannabis industry can stop a grower from calling its weed organic, but plans for certification may soon change that

By Christi Turner
We only use 100 percent organic soil and nutrients.” “Quality medication, which is … chemical free.” “Consistently high-quality, organic medical marijuana.” “All natural.” These are a few claims made by some of the 10 marijuana-growing companies that Colorado investigated for pesticide-related violations this spring on the Front Range.
Thursday, May 21,2015

From seed to harvest

The story of Boulder’s newest community garden

By Mary Reed
It’s late April and Polly Ruff pulls a few weeds growing from the outside edge of her raised bed at Living Harvest Garden. The 30 plots surrounding her are in various stages of preparation for the first season of this freshly minted community garden..
Thursday, May 14,2015

Temporary nature

Artist uses drawings to start the conversation on climate change

By Amanda Moutinho
In the past, Rice has dabbled in several art forms, but he says when he started doing performance art he began exploring political themes. For this show, he says he wanted to address the serious environmental crisis happening in the world.
Thursday, May 7,2015

Getting to ‘zero’

A new ordinance requiring businesses to recycle and compost could propel Boulder toward a zero waste future

By Steven Grossman
Despite initiatives aggressively geared toward making Boulder earn its green reputation, the new Universal Zero Waste Ordinance, which got universal approval during a first reading in front of the Boulder City Council on May 5, suggests the community may need an extra push to achieve its zero waste aspirations.
Thursday, April 30,2015

Cultivating community

Longmont food activists teach communities the significance of growing your own food

By Devin Blomquist
After one year of labor intensive farm work, August Miller and his wife decided to pack up and take the knowledge and experience they learned while working on a farm in Paonia, Colo., to their own community in Boulder County. Their mission: to offer residents backyard gardenbuilding and coaching that reconnects people with the nation’s agrarian roots.
Thursday, April 23,2015

Scientists warn solvents may impact hormone systems

Common chemicals may cause harm at levels deemed ‘safe’ by feds

By Brian Bienkowski
Four chemicals, present both inside and outside homes might disrupt our endocrine systems at levels considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to an analysis released on April 15.
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