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 …

City to push for more organic recycling | Capital New York

… 2030. The city will take comments from the public on the proposal and hopes to enact the measures in the fall, though it would provide a six-month grace period for businesses to comply. The new rules would apply to places like Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, the Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden, as well as the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in the Bronx and more than 100 hotels. The new rules would double the amount of organic waste that’s now collected by the city to roughly …

‘Alternative’ Investments: Marijuana and Climate Change

By John Kimelman | June 9, 2015 Most investors can do just fine by buying a fund pegged to the S&P 500 or focusing on a list of 10 stocks with solid dividends. But that would be so square, man. Indeed, most investment stories churned out each day are the kind your parents’ generation could easily relate to. But sprinkled in amidst the conventional fare are occasional stories that play on themes that might have once seemed suited only for the counterculture. In recent months, for example, …

Organic Food Finds Footing in Growing Chinese Market : News : Yibada

… I’m willing to make for my family’s health,” Liu Rui, a frequent shopper in Beijing’s Ole supermarket, told China Daily. Consumers like Liu are propping up China as the world’s fourth-biggest consumer of organic products. “China is a market that attracts great attention from the world’s organic traders,” Wang Yunhao, director of China Green Food Development Center (CGFDC), said at an organic food fair on May 28. To continue reading this article, …

Choose smart & organic – Focus Health – Susie Ponici

By Susie Ponici, R.H.N. | April 9, 2015 Did you know many studies have shown that organically grown vegetables and fruit have been found to have higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals than those that are cultivated inorganically? According to a 2008 report by the Organic Center, a team of scientists concluded that organically grown plant-based foods have an average of 25 percent more nutrients than conventionally grown plants. Chemical fertilizers such as pesticides, herbicides and …

Which fruits, vegetables are most likely to be exposed to pesticides? – WTOP

… Sustainability Center, said in a news release. “We just don’t know enough about the health effects.” Studies have linked long-term pesticide exposure to increased risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, prostate, ovarian and other cancers, as well as depression and respiratory problems, Consumer Reports says. The analysis is based on the risk to a 3 1/2-year-old child because kids are especially vulnerable to the dietary risk from pesticides. The risk to adults would be lower, …

What Food Labels Really Mean

… think — or what the manufacturer wants you to think. You may merely be paying more money. “Much of the terminology that is used to describe various food products is extremely confusing to customers,” says Alison Massey, registered dietitian and diabetes educator at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Some labels, she told Newsmax Health, are strategies to make consumers feel that a product is healthier. “I think it is important for consumers to make informed …

GMO bill intensifies federal food fight | TheHill

… director of government affairs for the Center for Food Safety. “I think we’re going to get to that rubber meets the road point where members realize they are being sold on a bill that doesn’t solve anything consumers are asking for, which is a mandatory labeling standard.” Still opponents fear the sway — and vast resources — of the bill’s industry backers. Groups representing major agriculture and biotechnology interests have poured millions of dollars into battles over state …

Will Going Organic Help You Lose Weight?

… apple and a conventionally grown apple may both contain the same number of vitamins and antioxidants, the organic apple is much smaller, meaning that it contains more of them per ounce, says study co-author Charles Benbrook, a research professor at Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources. Why the size difference? The funny thing is, the reason may be because organic, nitrogen-rich fertilizer is so expensive, meaning that organic farmers can’t …

Greenland Ice Sheet Yielding its Secrets | Geophysics | Sci-News.com

… thinning near coastal regions is shown in green, blue and purple; blue/white flows indicate the direction and speed of the ice movement. Image credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “The great importance of our data is that for the first time, we have a comprehensive picture of how all of Greenland’s glaciers have changed over the past decade,” said Dr Beata Csatho of the University at Buffalo, who is the lead author of a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of …