Meating Expectations: Challenges of Meat Production and a Growing Population
As the human population grows, the task of producing enough food for everyone becomes increasingly difficult; by 2050 we will need to produce enough food for 2 million more people. To meet current food demands, an industrialized agricultural system has been created including concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Concentrated animal feeding operations make it possible…
Old Habits Out and New Habits In: The New Way to Waste Food
Throughout my life I have had my fair share of wasteful habits. I have thrown food out because I thought it looked funky, to simply being too full and not wanting to eat another bite. In the moment, I never stop to think about the impact it may have on the world. However, try to…
Precision Agriculture: Feeding the Future
Agriculture has faced its fair share of adversity. In the 1930’s and 40’s, it was the dust bowl. The 1980’s Farm Crisis was a byproduct of overproduction, poor investments, and bad decisions made during the boom years of the late 1970’s. As a result, farmers were pushed to the brink of bankruptcy and many lost…
Takeover of Invasive Species Due to Climate Change: The Bush Honeysuckle
The Midwest region of the United States is composed of a variety of organisms that come from many different species and origins. From the western bank of the Mississippi River, to the eastern ridge of the Rocky Mountains, life of all forms thrive across this region. Some of these life forms originated here in the…
Out of the Water and Onto Our Plates: Combating Asian Carp Invasion with Cutlery
A Flying Fish Frenzy Fishing trips in the Midwest are typically associated with tranquil waters and relaxing, daylong excursions. But more and more often, horror stories are being told about unsuspecting boaters and fishermen who have been attacked aboard their vessels by armies of oversized fish that are forcefully hurling themselves up out of the…
Proposed Hydroelectric Mega-Dam Project in Chilean Patagonia
Imagine a place where everything is measured by its majestic beauty: where bountiful nature exists in a pristine, untouched form, and discovery and exploration are encouraged among some of the most primitive, remote communities and man co-exists with fertile valleys, snow-capped mountains, winding rivers and streams, magnificent glaciers, and a slew of unique forest ecosystems.
Preventative Programs Targeting Aggression among College Students
This study researches the association between higher levels of aggression, as measured by an aggression scale, and participation in aggression prevention programs during adolescence.
Protecting the Rainforests of the Oceans
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see a coral reef system in person? They are very beautiful and are among some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on planet Earth. Often called, “rainforests of the sea”, they are underwater living structures composed of calcium carbonates that over time are secreted by animals called coral polyps.
From Pioneer Forest to Political Prop: Power Geographies of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways
The whole place was damned from the beginning. Long before becoming a national park, the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR, Ozark Riverways, or Riverways) has been subject to intense competition and controversy. Located in southeastern Missouri, the boundaries of the ONSR comprise of parts of the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers.
Rocky Mountain Valleys of Southern Colorado
Rolling hills, mountain views, plenty of sunshine and history that blows through the wind—it is no secret as to why the peaceful residential mountain park of Garden Park Valley, Colorado is a primetime destination for a variety of people.