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  • Organic food provides significant environmental benefits to plant-rich diets
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    A study of the diets of 34,000 people confirms that a diet high in fruit and vegetables is better for the planet than one high in animal products. The study also finds that organic food provides significant, additional climate benefits for plant-based diets, but not for diets with only moderate contribution from plant products. This is the first-ever study to look at

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  • Smog-Forming Soils
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    A previously unrecognized source of nitrogen oxide is contributing up to about 40 percent of the NOx emissions in California, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis. The study traces the emissions to fertilized soils in the Central Valley region.

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  • The Foundation of Plant Intelligence
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    Intelligence is defined for wild plants and its role in fitness identified. Intelligent behaviour exhibited by single cells and systems similarity between the interactome and connectome indicates neural systems are not necessary for intelligent capabilities. Plants sense and respond to many environmental signals

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  • First global atlas of the bacteria living in your dirt
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    What lives in your dirt? Researchers are one step closer to finding out after compiling the first global atlas of soil bacterial communities and identifying a group of around 500 key species that are both common and abundant worldwide.

  • Are non-toxic food preservatives having an adverse effect on our gut bacteria?
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    Inside our digestive tract is a giant and complex bacterial community. Called the gut microbiome, this ecosystem of organisms has been found to

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