My latest for Takepart.com:
You probably don’t think agricultural intensification could ever be a good thing. And you certainly wouldn’t expect an argument for more of it in a column about wildlife. But here’s the deal: If we don’t figure out how to grow more food on less land, we’re going to have to plow under what little remains of the natural world and turn it into farmland.
The answer, according to a lot of agricultural experts, is sustainable intensification. Basically it means growing more food on less land, but…
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From its butter to its water—the mighty coconut may be the perfect food.
Considered a fruit, a nut, and a seed (though technically in the drupe family), the coconut is one of those addicting foods that you can never get enough of. The palm is also called the “Tree of Life” because every single part of the plant can be used to make everything from milk to musical instruments. It’s a good thing the coconut lives up to its weighty name, providing the world with delicious retreats into coconut-food heaven. Here’s the low-down on the health benefits, how to bake up delicious coconut cake, and whip up beauty applications, and why everyone is obsessing over this fuzzy, brown food.
Coconut water is getting more grocery attention, and not only at the health-food stores. The refreshing drink comes from young, green coconuts and has been touted as electrolyte-packed and…
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PATTON TWP., CENTRE COUNTY, PA- A three month old female bear cub was found wandering a parking lot of a Home Depot near State College on Sunday.
Local police initially brought the cub to Centre Wildlife Care, which turned the bear over to the PA Game Commission Monday morning.
The bear is believed to have been separated from her mother because the mama bear was moving her babies near a busy road.
The 5 pound cub was found in good health and the Game Commission was able to place it with a surrogate litter within two hours of picking her up.
A radio collared mother that already had two cubs was located in Clinton County, and the last report from the Game Commission was that the family accepted the cub.
Centre Wildlife Care told us that there was no way to track the bear’s biological family, and it was important to place the bear back in the wild with a bear family as soon as possible.
If you ever spot a bear that needs help, please contact the PA Game Commission or police for assistance.
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An Australian sheep dog named Maggie, believed to be the world’s oldest dog, died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday.
Her owner and lifelong companion, dairy farmer Brian McLaren, said he found Maggie curled snugly in her bed when he arrived at his farm in Woolsthorpe, in the southern-Australian state of Victoria.
“She was 30 years old, she was still going along nicely last week, she was walking from the dairy to the office and growling at the cats and all that sort of thing,” McLaren told the Weekly Times. “I’m sad, but I’m pleased she went the way she went.”
McLaren says he wasn’t been able to officially verify the Kelpie’s age after losing her paperwork, but says he first got Maggie when his son was just 4 years old. He’s now 34.
If true, Maggie, would have been an incredible 210 years old in dog years. That’s at least double the life expectancy of most breeds, which generally live between 8 and 15 years.
McLaren said Maggie was going strong but went downhill over the last two days.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest dog was Bluey, an Australian cattle dog that also lived in Victoria. Bluey was put to sleep in November, 1939 at the age of 29.