Maine following path to organic dairy farms – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

By Tom Bell, Staff Writer | June 28, 2015 WHITEFIELD — A national shortage of organic milk – the result of changing American diets – is fueling interest in Maine among dairy processors eager to increase supplies and meet growing demand. As many dairy farms in the West struggle under drought conditions that have dried up pasturelands, Maine is seen as promising territory. Its abundance of water and land gives the state an advantage because organic dairy cows spend much of their lives …

Farmers turn to GMO-free crops to boost income

By Christopher Doering | April 18, 2015 WASHINGTON –When Justin Dammann enters his southwestern Iowa cornfield this month, the 35-year-old farmer will sow something these 2,400 acres have not seen in more than a decade — plants grown without genetically modified seeds. The corn, which will head to a processor 20 miles down the road this fall, will likely make its way into tortilla shells, corn chips and other consumable products made by companies taking advantage of growing consumer demand …

Non-GMO products’ sales soaring amid latest long-term trend – Finance Post

By Melody Dareing | April 9, 2015 Those looking for a new hot product to invest in might find money put into non-GMO products worth the effort. Non-GMO foods are becoming the latest hot products, and younger entrepreneurs are learning to take advantage of the new demand. With spring here and many buying seeds, predictions state that growth in the niche market is here to stay for several years. The term genetically modified organisms (GMO) refers to the artificial means in which food – all …

The Locavore: Organic Certification Is Costly, but Help Is on the Way for Athens Farms | Flagpole Magazine | Athens, GA News, Music, Arts, Restaurants

… can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars. In recent years, Georgia farmers were often encouraged to take the less costly Certified Naturally Grown route—developed in 2002 as an alternative to U.S. Department of Agriculture organic certification—if they were concerned with sustainable practices. In an effort to help Georgia farmers take advantage of the growing organic market, Georgia Organics and the Georgia Department of Agriculture have teamed up to launch the 100 Organic …

AGL sells back ‘unviable’ coal seam gas licence to NSW government | The Australian

Published in The Australian by Sarah-Jane Tasker, Reporter, Sydney, March 9th 2015 AGL Energy has sold back a coal seam gas licence to the NSW government because it was not “commercially viable”. The Australian-listed company said it had taken advantage of the state government’s petroleum exploration licence (PEL) voluntarily buyback scheme, which forms part of the state’s NSW gas plan. AGL (AGL) said it had deemed that the PEL it was selling back to the government was not commercially …

Should the UK be subsidising the world’s first tidal lagoons? | Environment | The Guardian

… because of the expertise accrued through the construction of the Swansea plant combined with the economies of scale of building the much larger lagoon. “Full-scale tidal lagoon infrastructure gives the UK an opportunity to generate electricity from our amazing tidal range at a cost comparable to fossil fuel or nuclear generation. We have the best tidal resource in Europe and the second best worldwide. We now have a sustainable way to make the most of this natural advantage,” says Shorrock. …