Engineer Creates First Local Organic Bamboo Kiln 

… provided by former Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Jamaica, His Excellency Dong Xiaojun. The high efficiency bamboo charcoal kiln was assembled at the Institute of Nursing, Technology, and Household Management (INTHM), a vocational training institution situated on Swallowfield Road, Kingston, of which Mr. Wallace is a Director. He tells JIS News that the facility, which was assembled over eight weeks during the past summer, is capable of producing approximately 400 pounds of …

Green efforts of youth gather steam – The Hindu

… leading textile showroom, Pothy’s. Its Managing Director S. Murugesan funds its activities, besides providing space in his showrooms to showcase organic products, says Mr. Prasanth. Card system Organic Good has introduced a card system to maintain monthly supply of rice, millets and pulses; weekly supply of vegetables; and daily supply of greens to consumers. The card is in limited use now and it will be widely used once the production picks up. Efforts are on to form a network of nodal points …

Maine following path to organic dairy farms – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

By Tom Bell, Staff Writer | June 28, 2015 WHITEFIELD — A national shortage of organic milk – the result of changing American diets – is fueling interest in Maine among dairy processors eager to increase supplies and meet growing demand. As many dairy farms in the West struggle under drought conditions that have dried up pasturelands, Maine is seen as promising territory. Its abundance of water and land gives the state an advantage because organic dairy cows spend much of their lives …

The Food Project in Lincoln grows more than crops – News – Lincoln Journal – Lincoln, MA

By Betsy Levinson | June 19, 2015 With a new Director and a renewed focus on “bridging the gap,” The Food Project is gearing up for another season of farming, youth development and providing food security from its fields in Lincoln, Boston, Lynn and Beverly. James Harrison, who goes by J., has moved from acting Director to executive Director of the organic farming program that started more than 20 years ago. Harrison is a Lincoln native who knew early on that he wanted to study and work in …

Organic Food Finds Footing in Growing Chinese Market : News : Yibada

… I’m willing to make for my family’s health,” Liu Rui, a frequent shopper in Beijing’s Ole supermarket, told China Daily. Consumers like Liu are propping up China as the world’s fourth-biggest consumer of organic products. “China is a market that attracts great attention from the world’s organic traders,” Wang Yunhao, Director of China Green Food Development Center (CGFDC), said at an organic food fair on May 28. To continue reading this article, …

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 …

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 …

GMO bill intensifies federal food fight | TheHill

… Director of government affairs for the Center for Food Safety. “I think we’re going to get to that rubber meets the road point where members realize they are being sold on a bill that doesn’t solve anything consumers are asking for, which is a mandatory labeling standard.” Still opponents fear the sway — and vast resources — of the bill’s industry backers. Groups representing major agriculture and biotechnology interests have poured millions of dollars into battles over state …

Biotech foes keep up the pressure for GMO labelling

… from.” Multinational food companies often produce non-GMO versions of their most popular products for export to Europe, said Courtney Pineau, associate Director of the Non-GMO Project. “It’s not just feasible, it’s something they already do,” she said. When prompted, nearly every Canadian will tell a pollster that foods created through the manipulation of an organism’s DNA should be labelled, but federal authorities in the United States and Canada have shown little interest in …

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

… Farms Campaign. “We want to get 30 new organic farms in the next 18 months,” says Alice Rolls, the executive Director of Georgia Organics, a nonprofit that promotes organic food and farming. “That’s an aggressive goal, but we’re going for it.” The organizations will help make the ambitious goal a reality by reimbursing the cost of certification to participating farmers getting certified organic for the first time. The Georgia Department of Agriculture will fund 75 percent (as much as …