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 …

Russia confirms GMOs won’t be used to boost agriculture | Genetic Literacy Project

… other latest technologies in agriculture,” said Dvorkovich. At the same time, he added, the land resources of the country allow Russia to achieve “good results”, using less fertilizer in comparison with some other countries. President Putin said in 2014 that Russia must protect its citizens from over-consumption of products containing genetically modified organisms. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev followed this with a statement that Russia has no intention to import GMOs, however there …

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 …

Organic farming can actually be more profitable than using fertilizers and pesticides – Quartz

… farmers can make more money than their conventional counterparts, even with their lower yields, because consumers are willing to pay more for organic foods. (Consumers pay extra, apparently, even when they don’t know what “organic” means.) The researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 44 studies representing 55 crops grown in 14 countries on five continents over 40 years, and found that organic farming was actually 22-35% more profitable than conventional agriculture. Organic foods, the …

Countries That Ban GMO Foods

By Morgan Chilson | June 2, 2015 Numerous countries around the world restrict the growing or importing of GMO crops. These international restrictions are always held up as examples pointing to the lack of regulation of genetically modified organisms in the United States. The reality is that many nations in the world are in flux about whether to allow or ban GMOs. While countries may ban the growing of GMO crops, most don’t completely ban imports of GMO foods. And some countries that banned …

Is Your $40 Skirt Hurting the Environment?

… of the problem. (Ever dipped into Topshop to grab a new dress for a party because “It’s only $60!” even though you have five perfectly pretty dresses already hanging in your wardrobe?) To keep prices low and meet demand, fashion giants now outsource 97 percent of production, paying workers as little as $1 a day and hurting the environments and economies of already unstable and impoverished developing countries. To continue reading this article and to view the video, please …

Organic seafood standards coming in 2015

… “trying to play catch-up on organic aquaculture,” says Miles McEvoy, who heads up USDA’s organic program. The European Union and Canada, along with other countries, have been exporting their own organic products to the United States. Retailer Wegmans already is selling organic seafood imported from Norway and elsewhere. Organic shoppers “skew to higher income and education which makes them extremely desirable,” says Dave Wagner, the company’s vice president of …

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

… Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program to determine the risk of pesticide exposure from eating fruits and vegetables from 14 different countries. The researchers found that peaches and green beans are some of the most high-risk produce when it comes to pesticides exposure. “It’s not realistic to expect we wouldn’t have any pesticides in our bodies in this day and age, but that would be the ideal,” says Michael Crupain, director of Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and …

Claims that GMOs Will “Feed the World” Don’t Hold Up | EWG

… wonder consumers are increasingly skeptical.” Traditionally bred varieties have been the major source of improved crop yields in recent years, her report concludes, and this trend is likely to continue. Moreover, investment in genetic engineering is no substitute for solving the real causes of food insecurity and poverty, such as improving access to basic resources and infrastructure in developing countries. “Seed companies’ investment in improving the yields of GMOs in already …