April 18, 2011
Last Tuesday, Winona State's Introduction to Apiculture class visited Beelandia to get their first taste of beekeeping hands-on.
Biologist Bruno Borsari and his bright and eager students, dressed in the 'armor' of the trade, spent a good hour and a half examining both beekeeping equipment and the population of bees in Bee Glad....
September 18, 2010
In our first official public appearance, the Winona Area Hobby Beekeepers Association has a table at Winona State's Blue Sky Fair this morning. Dr. Bruno Borsari, a biologist at WSU, and I manned the table from 8 to the 12:30. We had a variety of informational materials to give the public, as well as posters on honey bees and other pollinators. We even brought some bee equipment and comb from Metpropolis, a top bar hive located in Beelandia.
August 16, 2010
WSU announces the schedule for the 2010 CLASP Lecture series.
All CLASP Lectures will take place at 7 p.m. in Stark Auditorium. This year's theme: The Big Sky.
May 4, 2010
The second year of the Wapahasa Community Garden in Winona, Minn., took off in early April, nearly doubling the amount of plots available to interested gardeners
April 12, 2010
Agriculture can be included among those human activities that are responsible for releasing large amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. About 40 percent of non-renewable oil goes into food production. Consequently, the carbon footprint of food production is significant. The report by the World Watch Institute provides more accurate information about the environmental costs associated with foods and what remediation strategies could be...
March 15, 2010
Conventional food production requires a consistent input of agrichemical products (pesticides). However, these have been losing their efficacy because organisms evolve and natural selection makes crop foes more resistant to these products of synthesis. Thus, genetic engineering has become in the last 30 years a new tool to resolve these and similar problems, but many people (including myself) are not convinced that this technology can resolve...
February 17, 2010
Jeff Boyne, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, and Winona State University biology professor Bruno Borsari discuss the impact climate change may have on the local region
Global warming? What global warming? It's 10 below zero and we just got 10 inches of new snow!
Global warming is an increase in average global temperature. But temperature doesn’t tell the whole story. That’s why scientists use the term climate change when talking about the affect of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
January 24, 2010
Current farming practices are aimed at achieving maximum crop yields while reducing costs of production. This approach in agriculture determined the development of large farming systems that are highly specialized yet biologically very homogeneous. This type of design for modern farms has been possible also because oil has always been available at a relatively cheap price. However, dwindling energy sources that are...
January 3, 2010
Agroecology could be defined as the science of sustainable agriculture. Despite the efforts of the "green revolution" (that aimed at insuring food security on a global scale in the 1960s), famine has not been eradicated from the planet and the availability of high technological tools (e.g.: chemicals GMO's) may not insure the long term sustenance of farming systems. The principles of food production may be easily...
October 29, 2009
Panel agrees: To help end world hunger, start in your own community
2,500 people die of hunger every day, according to the World Health Organization.
Fighting world hunger goes far beyond food production into issues such as education, income, and soil health, according to the founder of an organization for organic farm inspectors.
The Consortium for Liberal Arts and Science Promotion hosted a four-person panel discussion on whether sustainable agriculture can feed the world on the Winona State University campus.