Macedon Ranges Permaculture program eliminates food waste 

… trees. Mr Bush, a qualified permaculturist and broadcaster of Triple R’s Greening the Apocalypse program, said in a matter of weeks a system has been bedded down eliminating food waste from Macedon and Mt Macedon eateries. “I was originally collecting food scraps from a restaurant to feed to my chooks when I thought, ‘Let’s get all the food places in my community on board’,” he said. “Collectively, I think the project is not just about reducing waste, but trying to change the …

China promises boost to African bamboo expertise 

… France, will be overseen by INBAR, a China-based intergovernmental organisation that seeks to use bamboo and rattan to reduce poverty and environmental damage. Part of a 20 billion renminbi (US$3.1 billion) fund that China launched in September to increase South-South cooperation on climate change will be spent on the initiative. Bamboo’s quick growth and easy care make it ideal for removing carbon from the atmosphere, and being a raw material for biofuel and consumer products, the …

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

From www.architectureanddesign.com.au | December 8, 2015 Hardwood has been relied upon by designers and builders for centuries as a proven and flexible building material across architecture, furniture and interior design projects. However, the increasing international demand for tropical hardwood has led to the destruction of rainforests in countries such as Brazil and Indonesia, contributing to climate change. Contractors, architects and builders today have access to timber products from …

Green efforts of youth gather steam – The Hindu

By S.Annamalai | July 6, 2015 Madurai youth’s aim to green the city branches off into a movement to promote organic food An initiative launched by Madurai youth to green the ancient city has now branched off into a movement to promote organic food. Maram Madurai and Organic Good, the twin efforts of a youth brigade, primarily made up of students, have seamlessly merged to become complementary. They are poised to change the way Madurai eats and treats its environment. S. Alex Pandian, a …

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

… former European Commission President Barroso as stating, “restrictions in Europe on genetically modified crops would not be up for discussion” in the negotiations.[1] The TTIP Q&A website set up by the European Commission, in reply to the question “Will TTIP force the EU to change its laws on genetically modified organisms?” says: “No. The EU basic law on GMOs is not up for negotiation. It will not change as a result of TTIP.” [2]The @EU_TTIP_team on …

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 …

Special Report: The war on big food – Fortune

… mouth, or made your lips purse with disdain, you are part of Big Food’s multibillion-dollar problem. In fact, you may even belong to a growing consumer class that has some of the world’s biggest and best-known companies scrambling to change their businesses. Lest you think this is hyperbole, consider the commentary in February at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference, the packaged-goods industry’s premier annual gathering. To continue reading this article, please click on this …

Just Because Your Chicken Is Organic Doesn’t Mean It Was Raised Humanely | Mother Jones

By Twilight Greenaway & Adrien Schless-Meier | April 23, 2015 The USDA’s organic standards don’t prevent animal cruelty—but that may soon change. This piece was originally published by Civil Eats. Do you ever wonder why so much organic food also carries animal welfare labels? The short answer is that while the US Department of Agriculture’s organic standards are very precise about pesticides and other growing practices for the crops that people and animals eat, it doesn’t …