UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only…

By Nick Meyer | December 14, 2015 Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the urgent need to return to (and develop) a more sustainable, natural and organic system. That was the key point of a new publication from the UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) titled“Trade and environment …

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… be soaked into mud, dried or smoked. “Why bamboo? Bamboo bikes can absorb shocks better than the bikes with metal-made bodywork, thanks to the bamboo’s elasticity and shock absorption capability,” he explained. Besides, he said bamboo is a type of material friendly to the environment. The bamboo used needs to be treated with chemicals friendly to the environment to make it resistible to woodeaters. After that, it is dried to a certain level of humidity to ensure rigidity and protect …

Reusable bags encourage shoppers to buy junk food, Harvard finds – Telegraph

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor | July 7, 2015 Taking reusable shopping bags to the supermarket encourages people to buy chocolate and crisps because they feel they deserve a treat Canvas shopping bags might be good for the environment but they could be bad for your waistline, Harvard University has found. Researchers have discovered that a customer’s choice of shopping bag influences purchasing. And while canvas or hessian bags are more likely to encourage shoppers to choose …

Green efforts of youth gather steam – The Hindu

By S.Annamalai | July 6, 2015 Madurai youth’s aim to green the city branches off into a movement to promote organic food An initiative launched by Madurai youth to green the ancient city has now branched off into a movement to promote organic food. Maram Madurai and Organic Good, the twin efforts of a youth brigade, primarily made up of students, have seamlessly merged to become complementary. They are poised to change the way Madurai eats and treats its environment. S. Alex Pandian, a …

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

… to be tested on ecological salmon and meat, and the hope is that it will make a difference to the shopping habits of ‘purpose-driven food consumers’. The underlying thinking is that people who buy ecological food are more concerned about the environment and thus are more aware of emissions and resource utilisation than those who buy ‘ordinary’ raw materials,” says project manager Michael Bantle of SINTEF. In fact, the technology is not widely used by …

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 …

Solano Coalition for Better Health: Sustainable food system better for all

By Denise Kirnig, Coalition for Better Health | June 19, 2015 Sustainable food habits that support a more environmentally and socially responsible food system are a growing interest in our efforts to protect the environment. A sustainable food system is a collaborative network that integrates sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management in order to enhance the environmental, economic and social health of a particular place. Farmers, consumers and …

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

… hardly stop to think about what we are putting in our mouths. Why eat organic? People often ask. We might be busy, but we have the resources available to learn more about our food. More importantly, we are lucky enough to be in the position where we can choose to act out against poor practices. Let’s face it: eating organically might be the only savior for our bodies, the environment and our society. Listed below are important considerations as to why we should all be eating organic. Toxins …

Peru’s Organic Workers Call for Food Sovereignty | News | teleSUR English

… to organize organic farmers to promote organic food and demand government action in their favor. The National Association of Ecological Producers groups 172 local organizations and more than 12,000 small farmers. It promotes an alternative agricultural model that includes techniques free of pesticides, harmonious with the environment and independent of foreign inputs. The organisation believes that such methods will lead to the preservation of the Peruvian natural resources and to a healthy life …

Peru’s Organic Workers Call for Food Sovereignty | News | teleSUR English

… to organize organic farmers to promote organic food and demand government action in their favor. The National Association of Ecological Producers groups 172 local organizations and more than 12,000 small farmers. It promotes an alternative agricultural model that includes techniques free of pesticides, harmonious with the environment and independent of foreign inputs. The organisation believes that such methods will lead to the preservation of the Peruvian natural resources and to a healthy life …