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

… organic marketing campaign, set up by growers and retailers, have played a significant role in boosting growth of organic food demand. “Indian market happens to be at very nascent stage. However, the trend is picking up really fast and Organic Harvest has seen a growth of over 300 per cent in the last one year. So, growth has been outstanding. It will keep on growing in the next five years to come,” said Rahul Agarwal, CEO, Organic Harvest. Supermarkets pushing the growth The mass-market …

3 reasons why bamboo plywood is better than hardwood | Architecture And Design

… inch versus 23,000 for steel, and the material is 25 per cent harder than Red Oak and 12 per cent harder than North American Maple. It also has 50 per cent less expansion or contraction than Red Oak. Bamboo plywood is made of fine layers of bamboo strips laid in parallel order and kiln dried, sanded smooth and then laminated edge to edge to create a single-ply panel. These panels are then laminated again to each other to create multi-ply bamboo plywood free of formaldehyde emissions. The multi …

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

… environmentally friendly organic products, they also make people feel more virtuous and so deserving of a sugary or fatty treat. In fact, a study showed that people who took their own reusable bag into supermarkets were 33 per cent more likely to pick up unhealthy snacks than those who used the shop provide film bags. “Grocery store shoppers who bring their own bags are more likely to purchase organic produce and other healthy food,” said study author Uma Karmarkar, assistant professor …

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 …

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

… viable. “The majority of the surface area is covered by lakes and mining leases leaving only 10 per cent of the PEL area available for exploration,” Scott Thomas, acting group general manager upstream gas, said. “AGL’s current geological understanding of PEL 5 indicates that the technical elements required for a successful gas project are not present in the available area.” AGL has sold PEL 5, which covered an area of 398 square kilometres from Wyong to Morisset. NSW Premier Mike Baird …

AGL’s Camden coal seam gas claims spark transparency fears

… smelt gas. Emails show that on September 5, AGL told government officials that up to 100,000 standard cubic feet of gas were emitted over about two hours. This figure was not made public. On September 30, AGL publicly released a report into the incident. It said about 10,000 standard cubic feet of gas was released – 10 per cent of its original estimate. AGL supplied that figure to the Environment Protection Authority in mid-September, but took two weeks to release it publicly. A spokesman …