Board game introduces pathways to a competitive bioeconomy using hemp & bamboo

By Derek Markham | December 9, 2015 This Monopoly alternative is designed to act as a walkthrough of the concepts of a new economically and ecologically viable “Industrial Evolution” based on a renewable bioeconomy. To get from here, with here being a global economy based on petroleum and non-renewable resources that is literally killing us, to there, with there being a cleaner future with a livable climate and a high quality of life for all, we’re going to have to make some …

Creating a market for their products – The Hindu

From www.thehindu.com | December 7, 2015 Sympathy and charity are the last things a self-respecting individual, especially a person who has survived a tough phase of her life, would appreciate. She would want to stand up on her feet and make a living of her own despite the odds. Punarjani Cancer Crusaders Society, being a forum of cancer survivors, is well aware of this, of her insecurities and pride. When Punarjani joins hands with Narmatha-Elegance on Fabrics to find a market for the handmade …

Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

… positioned exactly at the tip of the penis. This condition arises during fetal life, and is surgically corrected after birth. This study shows that mothers who report eating organic food within one or more of six food categories, had less than half the probability of delivering boys with hypospadiascompared with women who reported “never or seldom” eating organic food. From the data, organic vegetables emerge as the food category with the greatest impact on the result. The analyses …

Nora Pouillon and the Birth of the Farm-to-Table Movement

By Diane Leach | July 8, 2015 Chef Nora Pouillon earned the first organic restaurant certification in the United States. Her memoir, My Organic life, leads readers from her early years in postwar Vienna to her role in the American organic food movement. Co-written with Laura Fraser, My Organic life staggers a bit before finding its rhythm. After a rocky start, we learn that Pouillon’s family were avid outdoorspeople, passionate about exercise and healthy diet. The family spent a great deal of …

Green efforts of youth gather steam – The Hindu

… final-year M.Sc. (Computer Science) student of Madurai Kamaraj University, can be seen leading a team of youngsters in bringing 15 acres of land at Kattamankottai, a village 12 km from Madurai, back to life. Wielding the farm implements along with him are K. Naveen, final-year M.Sc. (E-Media Communication) student of MKU; M. Madhan of Kadamalaikundu; K. Nagore Meeran of Bank Colony; and Vijayan Ayyasamy of Thumbaipatti. More students join them every day. All of them volunteer to work in the …

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

… superchilling, so that superchilled food can start to be accepted by consumers. This makes it a rather idealistic project,” says the SINTEF scientist. For organic companies, it is particularly important that their products can be given a longer shelf life without the need for chemicals. This method will enable them to even out seasonal variations and supply their customers all the year round, since many of them do not produce continuously and therefore need to warehouse more stock, and for …

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 …

FlyPunch! founder builds brand for natural fruit fly killer from Greenville

By Lillia Callum-Penso | May 10, 2015 A mere nine years ago, Mat Franken’s life was on a very different trajectory. Then, he worked in private finance, lived in Naples, Florida and thought little about what he ate. Fast forward to now, and the 37-year-old father of two lives in Greenville, he and wife, Jodi, are very careful about what the family eats and Franken himself is making a go at running his own company. “You have to have an openness to, not to be too hippy dippy, but to the …

How the food you eat affects how you feel

From Statesman Journal | May 9, 2015 You’ve heard it a million times — “You are what you eat”. “We all know that eating nutritiously is important to overall health and well-being. But did you know that what you eat, even if it’s considered healthy, may increase or decrease the pain you feel? Food has changed a lot since the 1930s and ’40s, when we were an agricultural society. Buying local wasn’t a trendy thing to do; it was a way of life. The food you …