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 …

City to push for more organic recycling | Capital New York

… 2030. The city will take comments from the public on the proposal and hopes to enact the measures in the fall, though it would provide a six-month grace period for businesses to comply. The new rules would apply to places like Yankee Stadium, Citi field, the Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden, as well as the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in the Bronx and more than 100 hotels. The new rules would double the amount of organic waste that’s now collected by the city to roughly …

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

… outdoors, grazing in grass pastures. Steve Getz, who manages the milk supply in most of New England for Organic Valley, sees Maine’s potential whenever he drives through the state. “You go past field after field after field of grasslands,” he said. “Let’s put the land to use.” He’s not the only one thinking that way. Wisconsin-based Organic Valley and New Hampshire-based yogurt-maker Stonyfield Farm are running campaigns in Maine to persuade conventional dairy farmers to switch to …

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 …

Maine Organic Farmers Group Joins Lawsuit Against USDA | Maine Public Broadcasting

By Jay field | April 8, 2015 UNITY, Maine – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association has joined groups across the country in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In the suit, the groups charge that the department changed a key rule, without public comment, governing how synthetic and prohibited natural substances can be used in the production of organic food. This story begins with the Organic Foods Production Act. Congress passed the measure in 1990. It …

Lakewinds announces grants to local farm groups – Chanhassen Villager: Business

From SW News Media, Posted March 16 2015 Lakewinds Food Co-op, a natural foods co-op, has announced the recipients of its 2015 Lakewinds Organic field Fund Grant Program (LOFF). LOFF began in 2011 as a way for Lakewinds to deepen its commitment to providing local, organic food to the communities it serves. Since its inception, the program has given over $100,000 to support local farmers and farm associations. “The financial burden these farmers face to maintain their commitment to sustainable …

Oxygen absorbing material may allow us to breathe underwater

… oxygen, the scientists realized that once the oxygen has been absorbed it can be stored in the material until it is released by heating the material gently or subjecting it to a vacuum. “We see release of oxygen when we heat up the material, and we have also seen it when we apply vacuum,” said Professor McKenzie. “We are now wondering if light can also be used as a trigger for the material to release oxygen – this has prospects in the growing field of artificial …

Insect-inspired eye may allow drones to navigate their environment more naturally

… drone’s altitude by responding to visual information to make it follow either the floor of the test rig or the ceiling of a tunnel on the same setup. The other two feedback mechanisms managed the robot’s velocity based on optimum speeds required to navigate a specific tunnel size, and the orientation of the optic sensor eye in regard to the slope over which it was traveling, so that the unit was afforded the optimum field of view, regardless of pitch. The latter mechanism also …

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

… detect earthquakes that might strike when the craters open up. “We need to answer now the basic questions: what areas and under what conditions are the most dangerous?” he told the Siberian Times. “These questions are important for safe operation of the northern cities and infrastructure of oil and gas complexes.” Experts in the U.S. echoed that sentiment. Dr. Carolyn Ruppel, a research geophysicist at the Woods Hole field Center in Massachusetts and chief of the U.S. …

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