Thursday News: Farmers Play Key Role in Climate Change, Mexico City Rewards Recycling with Food Vouchers, Climate and Food Crisis

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Our Thursday green news bring you the latest on green architecture, climate change, energy and communities.

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  • Farmers play key role in climate change: With climate changes advancing,  farmers can play a key role in adapting our natural environment. From reducing fertilizers and replacing them with organic ones, not using damaging pesticides, planting tree barriers by streams to reduce nitrogen runoff, and much more.
  • Mexico City rewards recycling with food vouchers: The heavily-populated Mexico City of almost 9 million people has been dealing with a serious garbage issue. Last year the city closed one of the world’s largest landfills and trash has started accumulating waist-high in the streets. The city came up with a program that encourages residents to recycle and provides food vouchers as an incentive for doing so. The experimental program was designed to educate residents about the importance of recycling and to significantly reduce trash that has to be discarded.
  • Climate changes and food crisis: The extreme drought that has continued in the West over the past few years with temperatures 10 to 20 degrees higher than normal have already used up much more water to sustain its agriculture than in average years. Year 2012 was the hottest year on record in American history resulting in increased food prices. Most surface water and groundwater supplies have already been eliminated requiring additional costs to bring water from other locations. Once these costs are passed on to consumers, we should expect rising food prices once again, mainly for beef and lamb meat.
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