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Laurel Wilt – Bay Tree Deaths: Surprising Losses in New Port Richey

Sep 08, 2015 No Comments by

Laurel Wilt, Bay Tree Deaths: Surprising Losses in New Port Richey Dell deChant Chair, Environmental Committee, City of New Port Richey Citizens of New Port Richey, Florida, in the southwest corner of the Springs Coast Watershed, may have recently noticed an unusually large number of dead and dying trees, some of which are huge, once […]

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Defending Our Monarchs: Action Can Help Butterflies

Feb 24, 2015 1 Comment by

Ecology Florida Staff Ecology Florida supports the addition of Monarchs to the Endangered Species List A timely report from Organic Consumers Association has been released with an emphatic headline:  “Save the Monarch from Monsanto.” The report advocates support for a petition generated by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Food Safety, which seeks protection for […]

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Multiple Stressors Impacting Honey Bee Colonies

Dec 04, 2014 No Comments by

by Melissa Gunter Pollen can be transferred via wind, gravity, water, mammals, birds, bats or insects. Out of the approximately 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of the world’s food, 71 are pollinated by bees. Pollination is necessary to begin seed and fruit production in flowers. Approximately 90 percent of all plant species require […]

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Organic Heirloom Seeds Coming Soon to New Port Richey

Nov 02, 2014 3 Comments

Friendship Farms & Fare and Ecology Florida to Team with Market Off Main to Bring Seed Savers Exchange Seeds to New Port Richey. Ecology Florida Staff Florida’s West Coast finally has a source for heirloom, organic seeds from Seed Savers Exchange. Through a cooperative arrangement with Friendship Farms & Fare and Ecology Florida, the Market […]

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Seeds of Love Celebrated as CARES Grower of the Year

Oct 26, 2014 1 Comment

Ecology Florida Feature by Don Saunders Friendship Farms & Fare Partner, “Seeds of Love” Organic Farm, was awarded CARES Grower of the Year for their best management practices for use of water earlier this month at the Strawberry Festival Grounds in the Charlie Grimes Building, Plant City. CARES is the acronym for County Alliance for […]

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Plastic Water Bottles: One-Use Commodities We Do Not Need

Sep 11, 2014 No Comments

Plastic Water Bottles: One-Use Commodities We Do Not Need  Editorial Ecology Florida This past March, San Francisco became the first major city in the US to prohibit the sale of plastic water bottles on public property.[5] We commend this positive decision, and encourage Florida municipalities to take similar action. There are numerous reasons for reducing […]

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EDITORIAL: New Toxins and GMOs Headed Our Way

May 13, 2014 4 Comments

New Toxins and New GMOs Headed Our Way: The Next Roundup for the GMO Corral Summary A new poison may soon be coming to an ecosystem near you.  This is Dow Chemical’s Enlist Duo, a close relative to Monsanto’s aggressively marketed and wildly popular Roundup.  Dow’s powerful herbicide is on the fast track to approval […]

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FEATURE: Key West Votes “NO” to Sanctuary Dredging

Mar 30, 2014 No Comments

Key West Votes NO to Sanctuary Dredging by Lynn-Marie Smith Residents of Florida are used to battling developers and businesses that threaten the environment and quality of life in their communities.  Key West is certainly no exception.  Even if the City Commission tries to pass laws to protect things of value here, some with deep pockets […]

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Florida Loquat Festival: Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit

Mar 16, 2014 10 Comments

The Florida Loquat Festival: Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit Inaugural Event April 5, 11:00 – 2:00 Market Off Main, New Port Richey Hosted by Market Off Main, Ecology Florida, and Friendship Farms & Fare The Inaugural Florida Loquat Festival is a learning and sharing event dedicated to expanding knowledge and appreciation of the Loquat Tree and […]

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FEATURE: Waking Up to the Demise of the Indian River Estuary

Sep 09, 2013 1 Comment

Written by Scott P. Roberts My earliest memory of Florida is waking up to the view out a window of the Holiday Beach motel on Seaway Drive in Ft. Pierce.  A gleaming white ship was passing just outside, moving quickly and quietly.  As it glided out of sight my focus jumped to its white foam […]

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