Could you sleep, eat, work and bathe in 86 square feet? Introducing the Ecocapsule – The Globe and Mail

… its Ecocapsule, “the world’s first truly independent micro-home.” The egg-shaped dwelling for two has a sleeping area, kitchenette, workspace, compostable toilet and shower room. Its spherical form collects rainwater and morning dew, which membrane water filters purify, to make them potable. Solar panels and a silent wind turbine power the micro-house, with a manual water pump for back-up. “There were always caravans with solar cells and small houses with wind turbines, but we’ve …

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

… that area. If I’m supporting those farms and those people are at risk, then I don’t want to support that. Some people don’t have a choice in many of those countries, and we are in a position where we can change that.” We are privileged to live here, and forking out an extra couple bucks ensures that these farmers can live safer, less chemical infested lives. In regards to affordability lets be honest, can we really not afford a couple extra dollars for organics? If we are buying …

‘Alternative’ Investments: Marijuana and Climate Change

… brand new phase of the marijuana industry, focusing on a broad infrastructure of related services, particularly in the area of financing. “First comes the product itself, second come ancillary products, and third comes the infrastructure of related services,” writes Fortune’s Jennifer Alsever. “By that measure, the legal cannabis business is rapidly accelerating into stage three, as an ecosystem of financial and other services quickly grows up.” It’s not surprising given that sales …

Hy-Vee composting food waste at Nebraska stores : Lincoln, NE Journal Star

… as fertilizer. In four months, the 20 Des Moines-area Hy-Vee stores diverted more than 1 million pounds of food and organic waste from landfills and created 250 tons of compost, Hy-Vee said. In March, two Omaha-area Hy-Vee stores started the program in Nebraska and diverted about five tons of waste that month. Employees from the five Hy-Vee stores in Lincoln trained on the recycling program on Thursday, said Whitney Brown, manager of general merchandise at the Williamsburg Hy-Vee, 6001 Village …

The potential for organic food in Middle East

By Hannah Abdulla | April 10, 2015 The demand for organic food in the Middle East and North Africa is increasing, in part, prompted by ex-pat consumers. However, at present, the sector is only valued at US$110.1m compared to mature markets like the US, where organic food is worth billions. However, there is also a reliance on imports, pointing to some opinion that there is a big opportunity for international organic food manufacturers. Hannah Abdulla explores. Organic food is becoming an area of …

The ‘accidental’ quarry in the middle of a food bowl – ABC Southern Queensland – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

From ABC Southern Queensland | March 30, 2015 A mine-turned-quarry in the heart of a famous southern Queensland food growing area is “on the cusp” of making it big according to its owner Guy Lewington lives a dual life. He physically splits his time living in an eco-village on the Gold Coast and the hills around the Lockyer Valley. He also straddles the two very different worlds of organic farming and mining. He admits it is an odd pairing, but it doesn’t create any internal …

Claims that GMOs Will “Feed the World” Don’t Hold Up | EWG

… security” and have instead increased the use of toxic herbicides and led to herbicide-resistant “superweeds”. Over the last 20 years, yields of both GE corn and soy have been no different from traditionally bred corn and soy grown in Europe, where genetically engineered crops are banned, she found. Corn and soybeans account for roughly 80 percent of the global land area devoted to growing GE crops, and both are overwhelmingly used for animal feed and biofuels, not for food. This is …

Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors | Food & Water Watch

… this area. Since 1999, the fifty largest agricultural and food patent-holding companies and two of the largest biotech and agrochemical trade associations have spent more than US$572 million in campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures, much of it to create a favorable political context to allow GMOs to proliferate. Just because the industry has launched a charm offensive in the media when it comes to GMOs doesn’t change the basic facts: GMOs are largely untested, and their long-term …

Insect-inspired eye may allow drones to navigate their environment more naturally

… autonomous capabilities of drones by endowing them with more natural flying abilities. To this end, researchers working at Aix-Marseilles University’s Institut des Sciences du Mouvement Etienne-Jules Marey in France have built a bee-inspired flying robot that incorporates what is known as optic flow visual navigation. This is where, in a compound insect eye, the area to the front of a flying insect remains relatively stable in the sight, but to either side, objects and terrain as they …

What Effect Does Environment Have On Size? Researchers Study Ants To Find Out : SCIENCE : Tech Times

… applies to a key gene in each area, the change is so enormous that it’s hard to even imagine right now how it will influence research in everything from health to cognitive development to farming,” Ehab Abouheif of McGill University said. Study of how environment interacts with genetics to produce growth in ants was published in the journal Nature Communications. via What Effect Does Environment Have On Size? Researchers Study Ants To Find Out : SCIENCE : Tech Times. …