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 …

Can organic foods and GM-like technologies ever go hand in hand?

… asked by FoodNavigator whether feeding nine billion people by 2050 would mean that organic production methods and GM would have to find a way to go hand in hand, Stopes suggested that some biotechnologies and certain genetic modification methods could be acceptable in organic production – while others never will be. “I think it’s worth distinguishing genetic modification and the introduction and manipulation events across species,” said Stopes – adding that cross-species manipulation …

GMO Critics Vindicated: Biotech Corporations Were Pushing Fraud All Along | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

By Ethan A. Huff | March 31, 2015 The sordid sequence of events that opened the floodgates for the genetic takeover of the American food supply — that is, the mass introduction of untested genetically-engineered (GE) food ingredients on the sly — is outlined in an eye-opening new book by American public interest lawyer Steve Druker, entitled Altered Genes, Twisted Truth. Drudging up several decades’ worth of historical facts surrounding genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and the way …

Dark Horse May Outdo Lithium-Ion Battery Storage

… except for comparatively narrow and strictly defined cases. A developer of vanadium-flow battery storage systems, Imergy Power Systems, is taking its case to the market. Flow batteries for utilities and large-scale end users On Feb. 17, Fremont, California-based Imergy announced the introduction of its largest line of vanadium-flow batteries to date: the ESP 250 series. Capable of operating 20 years or more without the need to replace electrolytes and with only a couple of moving parts, …

Coal seam gas is not worth risk | The Border Mail

… the state and I believe areas like Holbrook, Culcairn, Corowa and Oaklands must be protected. “If I am elected I will fight the introduction of fracking in our region. “I don’t believe it has been proven safe, and above all we must protect our precious ground- water.” Cr Jackson said NSW Labor’s policy was clear on this issue and it would impose a moratorium on coal seam gas and not lift it unless all aquifers were mapped and the industry was scientifically proven to be safe. …

Toyota follows Tesla, makes hydrogen patents open source

… means if you’re interested in building your own Mirai H2 car, you can now get some of the instructions. There’s a catch, though, in that Toyota’s H2 vehicle patents will only be free, “through the initial market introduction period, anticipated to last until 2020.” Patents about making and selling hydrogen will be free “for an unlimited duration.” Toyota’s Senior VP of Automotive Operations, Bob Carter, said that, “At Toyota, we believe that …