Food for Mankind

Nectar Helps Bees’ Medicine Go Down

In addition to fuel, nectar from various plant species contains chemical compounds that reduce the numbers of a common gut parasite in bumblebees. Home-based bird watchers might have mixed up a batch of  ‘nectar’  to  attract the feathered objects of… read more

Bees and malnutrition

Loss of pollinators increases risk of malnutrition and disease A new study shows that more than half the people in some developing countries could become newly at risk for malnutrition if crop-pollinating animals — like bees — continue to decline.… read more

Evolution in our time (the lesson)

Thinking of evolution people mostly think of processes of millions of years and exotic and extinct animals like dinosaurs. But evolution happens all the time, maybe even more than before. There are more and more cases showing that we humans… read more

Smaller Fish – The Decade’s Most Underreported..

What was the underreported environmental story of the decade? In 2000, Nobel Prize winner Paul Crutzen coined the term “Anthropocene” (anthropos = human being)  for the current epoch in recognition of humans as a dominant force for environmental change on… read more

From Waste to Food to Fuel

Rice Production and Green Charcoal in Senegal Inadequate management of human waste is a dire problem in much of the developing world. Swelling urban populations can make matters worse by exposing increasingly dense populations to illnesses carried by human waste.… read more