We Can End Hunger With Six Billion Pounds Of Edible Produce, But We Don’t Because It’s ‘Ugly Food’

… a solar-powered floating farmthat uses aquaponics to grow 20 tons of vegetables. Organic farmers living in the city figured a way to do vertical farming so that organic food can be grown in urban areas. Finally, Japan has created the world’s largest indoor farm, one that produces over 100 times more food than conventional farms. With such advancements in organic farming, organic food should be at the forefront of ending world hunger. However, there is one issue that is preventing that and it …

TTIP could open EU to ‘new biotech’ GMO seeds and foods – The Ecologist

… Twitter also vigorously echoes this assertion. Yet serious doubts have been raised about these statements. For one, a trade agreement similar to TTIP, the Canada-EU free trade agreement (CETA), explicitly mentions lifting“trade barriers” for biotech crops. And where CETA goes, TTIP is very likely to follow. Indeed, it would be surprising if this were not the case, given that the EU’s GMO rules are a burning issue for the US (see below, GM rules as ‘barriers to …

US Agencies, Gates Foundation, and Monsanto Trying to Force Unwilling African Nations to Accept Expensive and Insufficiently Tested GMO | Global Research

… maize (corn). Only four African countries -South Africa, Egypt, Burkina Faso and Sudan- have released GM crops commercially but the issue of genetically modified maize is deeply controversial, given that maize is the staple food of millions of Africans. Unlike Europe and other regions where strong biosafety laws have been in place for years, most African countries still lack such laws. Only seven African countries currently have functional biosafety frameworks in place. “African governments …

Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors | Food & Water Watch

… is wisely skeptical of. Does this mean that it’s game over for the GMO labeling movement or that we should trust Monsanto’s word? Of course not. In fact, it means we should be more suspicious than ever. Companies like Monsanto hope that casting doubt on the GMO labeling debate will cause us to get caught up in the proverbial weeds of the issue. So let’s get something straight: the debate over GMOs isn’t just about GMOs. It’s about the current and future state of our food system—who …

An apple a day: Recent industry news | Food Dive

… genetically modified foods, but with the Arctic variety, apples are now another type of GMO product approved by the USDA. The Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden are two types of apples that control browning, which apples quickly suffer from as soon as their flesh is exposed to the air. Normally anti-browning additives might be used, which can be costly and use controversial chemicals, but these apples have been genetically engineered to get around the browning issue. Once the USDA gave the Arctic …

‘Man-made’ climate change a major woman’s problem – Business Insider

By Marianne Barriaux, AFP – Posted 7th March 2015 Geneva (AFP) – Men and women may not always be on the same footing but you would think both sexes would be equal in the face of gigantic floods, typhoons or droughts. Think again. Countless studies show that natural disasters on average kill more women than men — 90 percent female fatalities in some cases, prevent girls from going to school, increase the threat of sexual assault. And the list goes on. This issue has leapt to the …

Film to highlight CSG dangers prior to election | Echonetdaily

… that the people who will see the film first are in communities who are likely to be impacted the most. ‘Coal seam gas is a major issue in the coming NSW election, and we expect the film to provoke an important debate and put all parties on notice that they dare not ignore this crisis,’ he said. The film will have its world premiere at the Byron Bay Community Centre as party of the Byron Bay Film Festival on March 7 at 7.30pm. It will also screen at the Birch Carroll and Coyle complex in …

Abbott’s support for Old King Coal is worse than knighting a prince – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… Australia”. It does not. It is a dying industry reliant on a resource that must be left in the ground if we want to maintain a liveable planet. But politics can move painfully slowly. On this issue Parliament House is stuck in slow-motion, while the rest of Australia is charging ahead. There are thousands of people working as solar installers; farmers are including renewable energy on the balance sheet by getting a stable income from wind turbines; communities are coming together against …

AGL’s Camden coal seam gas claims spark transparency fears

… at the company’s 144-well Camden Gas Project. They include a rig manager who worked 21 days’ straight and a sudden release of gas that injured workers. Coal seam gas is shaping as a hotly fought state election issue in rural and regional NSW, amid public concern over the pollution of land, water and air. Radio host Alan Jones, whose castigation of Queensland’s LNP government over coal mining is likely to have contributed to the party’s electoral walloping, is a vocal …

Coal seam gas is not worth risk | The Border Mail

Australian news story. LABOR candidate Ross Jackson has backed the party’s opposition to coal seam gas exploration in the Albury electorate. His commitment to farming areas in the electorate comes as the NSW Resources and Energy Minister Anthony Roberts visits Albury today. “Since nominating in December I have been contacted by many people, particularly farmers, who are deeply concerned about this issue,” Cr Jackson said. “The electorate of Albury contains some of the best farmland in …