Macedon Ranges Permaculture program eliminates food waste 

By Barry Kennedy, Macedon Ranges Leader | December 7, 2015 UP TO 300kg of food waste from businesses in Macedon and Mt Macedon is being used to feed hungry chooks, pigs and goats each week. The food loop project was launched by Macedon man Ben “Bushy” Bush in September. Those with animals can participate in the program by taking the scraps to feed their livestock and further complete the cycle by collecting animal waste to add to compost piles and gardens, helping to grow vegetable and fruit …

Appetite for organic food grows and found its presence in Indian supermarkets

By Niharika Verma | December 7, 2015 Breaking the barriers, Indian consumers are shifting towards organic food purchases, making the supermarkets and big retail outlets its hub. With growing awareness and health conscious Indian consumers, appetite for organic food has grown and found its presence in supermarkets. Though, available on high price, its demand and sale has seen a sharp rise says supermarkets and food associations. Some experts believe that better product availability and a powerful …

Internships support new concentration in agroecology and sustainable food systems

By Martha Brown | December 1, 2015 As their peers settle into lecture hall seats, two dozen UC Santa Cruz interns grab a harvest bucket, a set of pruners, or a digging fork and head out to the fields and orchards of UC Santa Cruz’s organic farm and gardens. They’ll spend the morning working at whatever the season demands: planting, harvesting, pruning, making compost, or packing crops for the campus dining halls. The interns are part of an evolving effort by UCSC’s Center for Agroecology …

Engineer Creates First Local Organic Bamboo Kiln 

By Douglas McIntosh | November 29, 2015 Jamaica’s emerging bamboo industry has been further boosted with the creation of the first locally manufactured organic bamboo charcoal kiln. The furnace was designed and developed at a cost of $1.4 million by Jamaican engineer, Gentle Wallace, a member of the Bamboo and Indigenous Materials Advisory Committee (BIMAC), in support of the multimillion dollar Peckham Bamboo Project, being implemented in North West Clarendon. Funding for the kiln was …

Board game introduces pathways to a competitive bioeconomy using hemp & bamboo

By Derek Markham | December 9, 2015 This Monopoly alternative is designed to act as a walkthrough of the concepts of a new economically and ecologically viable “Industrial Evolution” based on a renewable bioeconomy. To get from here, with here being a global economy based on petroleum and non-renewable resources that is literally killing us, to there, with there being a cleaner future with a livable climate and a high quality of life for all, we’re going to have to make some …

Creating a market for their products – The Hindu

From www.thehindu.com | December 7, 2015 Sympathy and charity are the last things a self-respecting individual, especially a person who has survived a tough phase of her life, would appreciate. She would want to stand up on her feet and make a living of her own despite the odds. Punarjani Cancer Crusaders Society, being a forum of cancer survivors, is well aware of this, of her insecurities and pride. When Punarjani joins hands with Narmatha-Elegance on Fabrics to find a market for the handmade …

Manipur Women Bamboo and Weaving Products hit market in Delhi 20151202

From e-Pao.net | December 13, 2015  Manipur Women Survivors Exquisite Bamboo and Weaving Products hit market in Delhi Control Arms Foundation of India along with Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network organised successfully two exhibitions in Delhi. The first exhibition was held as a part of Women of India Exhibition organised by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India from 12th November to 23rd November at Dilli Haat, INA, New Delhi. After the successful completion of …

Vegan café sees greater demand for local food

By Daniela Marin | July 9, 2015 Tucked away in the heart of Orlando along the Mills 50 district of downtown stands a green 1920s-styled house, neighboring several holistic businesses along Thornton Avenue. Dandelion Communitea Café is an organic and eco-friendly eatery that has been offering vegan and vegetarian fare, as well as premium loose-leaf tea, since its opening in 2007. “Dandelion is very unique because from the very beginning, we’ve had a very strict policy on sourcing …

Nora Pouillon and the Birth of the Farm-to-Table Movement

By Diane Leach | July 8, 2015 Chef Nora Pouillon earned the first organic restaurant certification in the United States. Her memoir, My Organic Life, leads readers from her early years in postwar Vienna to her role in the American organic food movement. Co-written with Laura Fraser, My Organic Life staggers a bit before finding its rhythm. After a rocky start, we learn that Pouillon’s family were avid outdoorspeople, passionate about exercise and healthy diet. The family spent a great deal of …

Reusable bags encourage shoppers to buy junk food, Harvard finds – Telegraph

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor | July 7, 2015 Taking reusable shopping bags to the supermarket encourages people to buy chocolate and crisps because they feel they deserve a treat Canvas shopping bags might be good for the environment but they could be bad for your waistline, Harvard University has found. Researchers have discovered that a customer’s choice of shopping bag influences purchasing. And while canvas or hessian bags are more likely to encourage shoppers to choose …