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Silicon Valley-backed voter plan for new California city qualifies for November ballot

Jun. 11, 2024 21:19 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Silicon Valley-backed initiative to build a green city for up to 400,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area has qualified for the Nov. 5 ballot, elections officials said Tuesday. Solano County's registrar of voters said in a statement that the office...

A brew of ancient coca is Bolivia's buzzy new beer. But it's unclear if the world will buy in

Jun. 11, 2024 11:57 AM EDT

TRINIDAD PAMPA, Bolivia (AP) — If it were anywhere else in South America, the nondescript house with buckets of coca leaves soaking in liquid could be mistaken for a clandestine cocaine lab. But this is La Paz, Bolivia, and the fruity aroma of coca steeping in barrels signals that...

Bureau of Land Management shrinks proposed size of controversial Idaho wind farm project

Jun. 10, 2024 23:21 PM EDT

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management’s preferred alternative for a proposed large-scale wind energy farm in southern Idaho would shrink its size by nearly half and move it farther from a national historic site. The proposed Lava Ridge wind farm has...

The UN says more aquatic animals were farmed than fished in 2022. That's the first time in history

Jun. 07, 2024 20:29 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The total global volume of fish, shrimp, clams and other aquatic animals that are harvested by farming has topped the amount fished in the wild from the world's waters for the first time ever, the United Nations reported Friday. The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture...

Oil-Dri: Fiscal Q3 Earnings Snapshot

Jun. 06, 2024 16:31 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — CHICAGO (AP) — Oil-Dri Corp. of America (ODC) on Thursday reported net income of $7.8 million in its fiscal third quarter. On a per-share basis, the Chicago-based company said it had net income of $1.07. The maker of products for soil in the...

Yes, you can have a tidy native-plant garden. Here are some tips

Jun. 04, 2024 08:38 AM EDT

For decades, native plants were relegated to the “weed” section of many American gardeners' minds. Most nurseries didn’t stock them. But that’s slowly changing. Native plants provide food and shelter for bees, butterflies, birds and other beneficial critters. They...

She's the world's most expensive cow, and part of Brazil's plan to put beef on everyone's plate

Jun. 04, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

UBERABA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil has hundreds of millions of cows, but one in particular is extraordinary. Her massive, snow-white body is watched over by security cameras, a veterinarian and an armed guard. Worth $4 million, Viatina-19 FIV Mara Movéis is the most expensive cow ever...

In Indonesia, women ranger teams go on patrol to slow deforestation

Jun. 03, 2024 21:06 PM EDT

DAMARAN BARU, Indonesia (AP) — In a lush jungle at the foothills of a volcano in Indonesia's Aceh province, the song of gibbons in the trees mixes with the laughter of the seven forest rangers trekking below them. An hour into their patrol, the rangers spot another mammal in the forest with them....

Cattle are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Hawaii seaweed could change that

Jun. 03, 2024 12:07 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Limu kohu is most traditionally destined for poke bowls, but the distinctive-tasting seaweed is now increasingly in demand for cattle to reduce the amount of methane they burp into the atmosphere. Parker Ranch cattle are among the first of Hawaii’s livestock to...

Lab-grown meat isn't on store shelves yet, but some states have already banned it

May. 30, 2024 14:12 PM EDT

Lab-grown meat is not currently available in any U.S. grocery stores or restaurants. If some lawmakers have their way, it never will be. Earlier this month, both Florida and Alabama banned the sale of cultivated meat and seafood, which is grown from animal cells. In Iowa, the...