Engineer Creates First Local Organic Bamboo Kiln 

By Douglas McIntosh | November 29, 2015 Jamaica’s emerging bamboo industry has been further boosted with the creation of the first locally manufactured organic bamboo charcoal kiln. The furnace was designed and developed at a cost of $1.4 million by Jamaican engineer, Gentle Wallace, a member of the Bamboo and Indigenous Materials Advisory Committee (BIMAC), in support of the multimillion dollar Peckham Bamboo Project, being implemented in North West Clarendon. Funding for the kiln was …

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… people for its environmentally friendly material, but also because of it beautiful and fashionable look. “Customers won’t buy your products just because you make products with bamboo. You still need to offer them products that are well designed and diverse for their choice,” he said. However, as the bikes are handmade, the production cost is much higher than metal-frame bikes. One bike made by Tri is priced at $450-1,500. However, the price is 1/3 to half of the prices of similar products …

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

… used in the process, is going organic the way for farmers to win them over? Bang for buck The number one criticism of organic produce is that it is too expensive, according to Dr Ian Musgrave, senior lecturer in farm ecology at the University of Adelaide. “The major barrier to people eating fresh fruit and vegetables is cost and organics cost more,” he said. “You get more bang for your buck from buying conventional vegetables which will have more health benefits.” But …

Vermont’s GMO labeling law could cost grocers up to $10 million per day in fines – Business Insider

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms could cost the nation’s grocers up to $10 million a day in fines, according to a letter from an industry organization that is suing the block the law. The letter to Gov. Peter Shumlin from the head of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, dated Wednesday, said companies could be fined up to $1,000 a day per unlabeled item — a can of soup or a box of …

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

… dying, and they are dying at a rate of 20 percent” Dan added. He also explained about pesticide use and pest resistance. New pesticides need to be updated, changed and new ones are added yearly. Pests become resistant and additional pesticides need to be used. “If the soil was strong, the plants will be strong and be able to resist pests naturally.” The cost of shipping organic foods is still better for the environment than using local GMO crops. The David Suzuki Foundation states an …

Is Your $40 Skirt Hurting the Environment?

From www.elle.com | May 27, 2015 “So, can I ever shop at Zara again?” was my first question to director Andrew Morgan after watching his new documentary, True cost. With the help of Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, and environmental activist Vandana Shiva, the film uncovers the deep impact that cheap, disposable clothing is having on our world today, and is, at times, gut-wrenching and alarming. “Look, I don’t want anyone to walk away from this film thinking less of …

10 Nutritious Foods That Won’t Break Your Budget

… aren’t picky, opting for the produce items currently on sale at the grocery store is a great cost-saving measure. Frozen fruits and vegetables can also be the cheaper option. Some food items are less expensive out of the can, but many shoppers prefer to buy fresh when possible. Plus you might be surprised at how many fruits and vegetables are actually cheapest when bought fresh. Be wary of conveniently wrapped items like bagged lettuce, which comes with a significant upcharge and often does …

Berkeley-Based Wild Food Week Aims to Convince People to Eat Weeds – CityLab

… plants woven into the Chez Panisse experience,” for which reservations alone cost $25, payable by credit card. Friday is Mission Heirloom’s turn, with a $40 dining experience from a restaurant that promises organic and non-GMO foods with “head to tail goodness.” (“This means nothing goes to waste,” the Berkeley restaurant explains). To continue reading this article, click on this link: via Berkeley-Based Wild Food Week Aims to Convince People to Eat Weeds – CityLab. …

The Locavore: Organic Certification Is Costly, but Help Is on the Way for Athens Farms | Flagpole Magazine | Athens, GA News, Music, Arts, Restaurants

… not necessarily mutually inclusive) people eating organic food are often concerned about eating food that’s in season and locally produced. But all moral factors aside, it cannot be debated that in the organic industry, there is money to be made. Organic food sales have skyrocketed in recent years, jumping by double digits for the last four. Herein lies the catch. Although organic farming can be remunerative (comparatively speaking), the cost of becoming certified is prohibitive for many. It …

Certified Naturally Grown: A New Way to Identify Pesticide-Free, Non-GMO Food » EcoWatch

… program. The CNG’s certification and inspection documentation is also available online, thus simplifying the paperwork process for participating farms. “The cost of the new USDA program—both in terms of money and paperwork requirements—is too much for many small farmers to afford,” according to the CNG website. “This is even more true for farmers that grow a wide range of crops all at once, typical of the diversified family farms we serve, but not common among the large mono-crop …