Solano Coalition for Better Health: Sustainable food system better for all

… communities partner to create a more locally based, self-reliant food economy. Adopting even one seemingly small and simple habit can make a difference in promoting a more sustainable food system. Here are the top five sustainable food habits: 1. Plant-based. A plant-based diet, which focusses on including more plant foods than animal foods in your diet, can have an impact on the environment. Producing billions of pounds of animal meat and dairy each year takes pesticides, chemical fertilizer, …

Lakewinds announces grants to local farm groups – Chanhassen Villager: Business

From SW News Media, Posted March 16 2015 Lakewinds Food Co-op, a natural foods co-op, has announced the recipients of its 2015 Lakewinds Organic Field Fund Grant Program (LOFF). LOFF began in 2011 as a way for Lakewinds to deepen its commitment to providing local, organic food to the communities it serves. Since its inception, the program has given over $100,000 to support local farmers and farm associations. “The financial burden these farmers face to maintain their commitment to sustainable …

‘Cap and Trade’ Could Bring Millions for Environmental Projects – Times of San Diego

… energy-efficient housing upgrades, and new affordable housing. ‘There will likely be millions and millions of dollars made available to communities throughout San Diego,” said Alvarez. “This is all new money…without increasing taxes.” The funding comes from a process known in environmental circles as “cap and trade.” The state sets a cap on greenhouse gas emissions, then sells permits — the “trade” — that allow industries to release pollutants. Industries that find …

Film to highlight CSG dangers prior to election | Echonetdaily

… that the people who will see the film first are in communities who are likely to be impacted the most. ‘Coal seam gas is a major issue in the coming NSW election, and we expect the film to provoke an important debate and put all parties on notice that they dare not ignore this crisis,’ he said. The film will have its world premiere at the Byron Bay Community Centre as party of the Byron Bay Film Festival on March 7 at 7.30pm. It will also screen at the Birch Carroll and Coyle complex in …

Abbott’s support for Old King Coal is worse than knighting a prince – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… Australia”. It does not. It is a dying industry reliant on a resource that must be left in the ground if we want to maintain a liveable planet. But politics can move painfully slowly. On this issue Parliament House is stuck in slow-motion, while the rest of Australia is charging ahead. There are thousands of people working as solar installers; farmers are including renewable energy on the balance sheet by getting a stable income from wind turbines; communities are coming together against …

Call for “equal rights” for landholders dealing with miners | Fraser Coast Chronicle

… landowners and communities are not being recognised, not compensated for or no priority given over resource activity when there is no current solution to unrepairable damage to things of fundamental value such as the very small percentage of high quality soils,” Mr Stiller said. “The ability of the productive capacity of the land should not be impaired nor impacts to enjoy prior amenity of life residing on that land be left not resolved. “All parties and candidates must commit …