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 …

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 …

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 …

TTIP could open EU to ‘new biotech’ GMO seeds and foods – The Ecologist

From www.theecologist.org | July 7, 2015 The EU Parliament is voting tomorrow on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated between the USA and the EU. But do MEPs realise that the agreement could force European markets open to ‘new biotech’ foods and crops using advanced GM technologies that do not meet current definitions of ‘GMO’ within the EU? The secretive discussions about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment …

New business offers locally grown, organic and pre-prepared food for the soul – Northfield MN: Local

By Kevin Krein | July 3, 2015 From an early age, Northfield resident Rael Rodning always had an interest in working with food. “I wanted to be a chef before it was ‘cool’ to want to be a chef,” she said. However, at the urging of her father, she played it safe career-wise, receiving a business degree, eventually going on to work in finance and corporate IT consultation. But the desire to work with food never left Rodning. “I need to do this now, or I will take this …

City to push for more organic recycling | Capital New York

By David Giambusso | July 1, 2015 Landfills around New York may soon be unburdened of thousands of tons of discarded peanuts and Cracker Jack as the city moves to divert organic waste that’s generated in large ballparks and arenas as well as in hotels and food wholesalers. In an announcement expected Thursday, sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia will begin the first big wave of mandatory recycling of organic material—food, yard waste and some soiled paper products—for stadiums …

Is growing organically just a fad or is it the future of farming? – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

By Marty McCarthy, ABC Rural | June 30, 2015 Is growing organically just a fad or is it the future of farming? That was the topic of the Great Debate at the Ausveg 2015 National Horticulture Convention on the Gold Coast over the weekend. Organic produce might be gaining popularity, but it still only accounts for less than 1 per cent of Australia’s horticulture production. Nonetheless, in a time when consumers are demanding to know more about how their food is produced and the chemicals …