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Term Definition
land clearing

deforestationconverting rainforests, peatlands, savannas, or grasslands for agriculture.  Clearing new land increases the net amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere for many decades.  It also results in biodiversity loss and in water, soil, and air pollution.


a plant genetically modified via selective breeding. See crop domestication, flood-tolerant rice.


soybean, canola, cotton, and corn plants genetically engineered to be tolerant to the broad-spectrum herbicide glufosinate (Ignite, etc). LL crops allow farmers to use glufosinate against most weeds. LL crops support usage of no-till farming techniques. The Germany-based company Bayer CropScience markets LL seeds.

life cycle impact assessment

a methodology identifying the environmental impact associated with all stages of agricultural production from field to market (i.e. crop supply chains) using a suite of outcome-based metrics.


locavoresomeone who prefers to eat locally grown/produced food in an attempt to reduce their own carbon footprint and to support locally based, self-reliant food economies.


Ludditea social stance against technological change (vs. technophobia, the fear of technological change).

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