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

… are selectively harvested annually without the destruction of the grove or stand. Unlike traditional hardwood, bamboo can be harvested every year without destroying the plantation, with the bamboo stems sprouting new shoots during the next rains. Bamboo can grow to its full maturity in four to six years while it takes a tree decades or even hundreds of years. Strong and enduring Bamboo ply is stronger and harder wearing than most hardwoods. Bamboo’s tensile strength is 28,000 per square …

Dow Crop Chemical Labeled “Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans” | EWG

… there is “strong evidence that 2,4-D induces oxidative stress that can operate in humans and moderate evidence that 2,4-D causes immunosuppression, based on in-vivo and in-vitro studies.” “We have known for decades that 2,4-D is harmful to the environment and human health, especially for the farmers and farm workers applying these chemicals to crops,” said Mary Ellen Kustin, senior policy analyst for the Environmental Working Group. “Now that farmers are planting 2,4-D-tolerant …

Could you sleep, eat, work and bathe in 86 square feet? Introducing the Ecocapsule – The Globe and Mail

By Valerie Howes | June 10, 2015 The tiny-house movement has been gaining traction ever since U.S.-based architect Sarah Susanka published her bestseller The Not So Big House almost two decades ago. And a growing number of people are rejecting the mortgage trap to live pared-down lives in 100- to 400-square-foot spaces. But in early 2016, the small-minded can go next level, in an off-the-grid, 86-square-foot micro-house. Slovakian architecture firm Nice Architects Studio is taking pre-orders for …

India’s Independent Farmers Embrace Organic | Al Jazeera America

By Ankita Rao & Bibek Bhandari | May 31, 2015 CHAINA, India — For two decades, Mahender Singh grew his vegetables without chemicals on his 10-acre plot of land in Pipal Mangoli, a village in southeastern Punjab. Then in 1967, an official from India’s Agriculture Department arrived in the nearby city of Patiala with a bag of chemical fertilizer, and farming in Punjab changed radically. With the introduction of chemicals such as urea, phosphate and pesticides as well as new farming …

Is Your $40 Skirt Hurting the Environment?

… fashion,” explains Morgan. “I don’t want people to think, ‘I should feel guilty if I love the things that I wear.’ We just need to take a step back from our incessant consumption of mediocre stuff. Let’s go back to a place where we invest in pieces that we love, that we’re going to wear and hold on to.” Today, we consume 400 percent more clothing than we did two decades ago. That quantity of consumption, and our carelessness of purchasing, is part …

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

… “Biotech companies and proponents of conventional, industrial agriculture have touted genetically engineered crops as the key to feeding a more populous, wealthier world, but recent studies show that this promise has fallen flat,” wrote Emily Cassidy, the EWG research analyst who authored the report. She points out that while genetically engineered crops have been a mainstay in conventional agriculture in the U.S. for roughly two decades, they “have not substantially improved global food …

Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors | Food & Water Watch

… captured by the industry. As I outlined in my book Foodopoly, Monsanto’s roots in the biotech game date back decades, and they have a long history of subverting public policy. In effect, the company used its relationship with the Reagan Administration to create a weak regulatory process that would help the company bring its products to market quickly and smoothly. A 1985 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruling that allowed for plants to be patented further entrenched Monsanto’s power in …

Agricultural Production Affects Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Cycle | Climatology, Geophysics | Sci-News.com

… decompose after their growing season. Over the past five decades, the size of this seasonal swing has increased by as much as half, for reasons that aren’t fully understood. “In the Northern Hemisphere, there is a strong seasonal cycle of vegetation. Something is changing about this cycle; the ecosystems are becoming more productive, pulling in more atmospheric carbon during the summer and releasing more during the dormant period,” said study senior author Prof Mark Friedl of Boston …