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Environment

Ozone's harsh harvest

Ground-level ozone doesn't just hurt people, it's bad for plants, too. MIT researcher John Reilly tells host Steve Curwood about ozone's global and rural reach on crops.

Environment

Fueling the food crisis

Some agriculture experts say demand for ethanol is to blame for the global crisis in food prices. They want Congress to back away from aggressive targets. But Living on Earth's Jeff Young finds little appetite for that on Capitol Hill.

Environment

Lower-emitting livestock

In order to meet its Kyoto Protocol obligations, New Zealand must limit greenhouse gases from its biggest contributors, sheep and cattle. Mark Aspin (Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium) is developing livestock that produce less methane.

Environment

Manure magic

Dealing with large amounts of manure on industrial livestock farms has never been easy, environmentally sustainable, or profitable, but that's starting to change. Living on Earth reports on a growing industry that capitalizes on the power poop.

Environment

Beans vs. trees in the Amazon

European consumer demand for ethically grown food has forced a moratorium in Brazil that will drastically reduce new deforestation for growing soy beans. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Lindsey Allen, a forest campaigner for Greenpeace.

Business, Economics and Jobs

Food profiteering

With the higher costs of staple foods like corn and wheat some are making record profits. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with The Economist's John Parker about what's causing the global food crisis and who benefits from high prices.

Environment

Farm Bill food fight

President Bush's veto of the massive farm bill was plowed under by Congressional members eager to bring home some election year bacon. Guest: Daniel Imhoff, author of "Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill," for the big picture.

Environment

On the farm with the Farm Bill

The farm bill gives mixed messages to farmers when it comes to the environment ? boosting conservation programs at the same time it subsidizes harmful farming practices. Living on Earth's Jeff Young spent some time down on the farm to learn more.

Environment

A village to reinvent the world

Four decades ago, a group of South Americans joined together to create an ecological utopia. The village, called Gaviotas, was based on the idea that they could use limited resources to create a sustainable community. Guest: Journalist Alan Weisman