Internships support new concentration in agroecology and sustainable food systems

By Martha Brown | December 1, 2015 As their peers settle into lecture hall seats, two dozen UC Santa Cruz interns grab a harvest bucket, a set of pruners, or a digging fork and head out to the fields and orchards of UC Santa Cruz’s organic farm and gardens. They’ll spend the morning working at whatever the season demands: planting, harvesting, pruning, making compost, or packing crops for the campus dining halls. The interns are part of an evolving effort by UCSC’s Center for Agroecology …

Method keeps salmon fresh for a month without the use of chemicals

… ‘conventional’ food producers, because supermarket chains tend to prioritise the cheapest and simplest methods of chilling. Joint research effort for small companies SINTEF is going to test the method on Norwegian ecological raw materials among other products, as part of the European Union project SUS-Organic, which is aimed at helping smaller companies that produce organic food. “These small companies don’t have the resources to develop and demonstrate the potential of …

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

… – As stated above, we already live in a toxic environment. From the physical toxins to the emotional ones (think stress) it’s surprising that we feel as good as we do. Why eat organic? Why would anyone ingest pesticides? People often rinse off their apples with hardly any effort. “Everyone has cancer cells, but it depends on whether you feed them or not” explains Dan Cheung, owner of Nourish Vancouver, a local cafe operating a fully organic menu. Nourish Vancouver supports local but …

An Organic Food Retailer Is Calling Its New Campaign The Most Eco-Friendly Ever | Co.Create | creativity + culture + commerce

… message. Instead of the traditional ad production, the brand went all eco-friendly, using bikes instead of cars during production, pinhole cameras instead of a electricity-hungry camera set-up, veggie-based paints for outdoor posters, even doing post-production on a homemade computer and launched the campaign using recycled tweets. The effort ended up using up three times less CO2 than a typical ad production, and generated more than 30 million ad impressions. To continue reading this article, …

Non-GMO products’ sales soaring amid latest long-term trend – Finance Post

By Melody Dareing | April 9, 2015 Those looking for a new hot product to invest in might find money put into non-GMO products worth the effort. Non-GMO foods are becoming the latest hot products, and younger entrepreneurs are learning to take advantage of the new demand. With spring here and many buying seeds, predictions state that growth in the niche market is here to stay for several years. The term genetically modified organisms (GMO) refers to the artificial means in which food – all …

GMO bill intensifies federal food fight | TheHill

… proposals to create mandatory labeling laws. The bill is an effort to block all of those efforts in a single stroke, said Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs at the Environmental Working Group. “Clearly this is a legislative Hail Mary designed to not only block states like Vermont from giving people the right to know what they’re eating, but make it much harder for the FDA to craft a national mandatory labeling solution,” he said. Faber said the Pompeo-Butterfield bill would …

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

… can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars. In recent years, Georgia farmers were often encouraged to take the less costly Certified Naturally Grown route—developed in 2002 as an alternative to U.S. Department of Agriculture organic certification—if they were concerned with sustainable practices. In an effort to help Georgia farmers take advantage of the growing organic market, Georgia Organics and the Georgia Department of Agriculture have teamed up to launch the 100 Organic …

What Effect Does Environment Have On Size? Researchers Study Ants To Find Out : SCIENCE : Tech Times

By James Maynard, Tech Times | March 11 Environment can affect the size of animals, a new study on ants has shown. Height and weight, as well as intelligence and tendencies toward developing some diseases, have long been known to be influenced by both genetic as well as environmental factors. However, it is not known exactly how the two factors interact to produce these different characteristics in living beings. McGill University researchers studied ants in an effort to determine how …

Huge New Holes In Siberia Have Scientists Calling For Urgent Investigation Of The Mysterious Craters

… collecting data in an effort to learn why the holes formed. The leading theory is that the holes were created by gas explosions triggered by underground heat or by rising air temperatures associated with climate change, the Siberian Times reported last December. Since scientists can’t predict when or where gas explosions will occur, it’s dangerous to study them, according to Bogoyavlensky. But he said his team is planning to launch a new expedition, and to put stations in the area to …

Can a new form of accounting save animals from extinction? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

… emissions, improving water conservation, and preserving biodiversity and ecosystems services to help improve crop yields. But for all this effort, programs to cut water use, waste and carbon footprints have not prevented the continued loss of species. Animal populations have dropped by half since 1970, and between 500 and 36,000 species are lost each year. Steve Elliot, a professor at the University of Sydney Business School, says that there’s “a lot of talk and hand waving and international …