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

By Tom Bell, Staff Writer | June 28, 2015 WHITEFIELD — A national shortage of organic milk – the result of changing American diets – is fueling interest in Maine among dairy processors eager to increase supplies and meet growing demand. As many dairy farms in the West struggle under drought conditions that have dried up pasturelands, Maine is seen as promising territory. Its abundance of water and land gives the state an advantage because organic dairy cows spend much of their lives …

Could you sleep, eat, work and bathe in 86 square feet? Introducing the Ecocapsule – The Globe and Mail

By Valerie Howes | June 10, 2015 The tiny-house movement has been gaining traction ever since U.S.-based architect Sarah Susanka published her bestseller The Not So Big House almost two decades ago. And a growing number of people are rejecting the mortgage trap to live pared-down lives in 100- to 400-square-foot spaces. But in early 2016, the small-minded can go next level, in an off-the-grid, 86-square-foot micro-house. Slovakian architecture firm Nice Architects Studio is taking pre-orders for …

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

By Leanne Gerich | June 15, 2015 With the majority of us living in cities, our toxin levels are at a high. We are surrounded by pollution from the air, water and wastes and are affected by these toxins on a daily basis. It’s unfortunate to say that our food is no different. With pesticides, herbicides, or antibiotic and hormone fed animals, our diet is also changing from how our ancestors ate. Do you eat organic? An alarming number of us don’t. Our busy lives have us rushing 24/7 and we …

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 …

Farmers who switch to organic face strict rules, costs, red tape – Times Union

By Madeline St. Amour | April 26, 2015 As a cardiorespiratory therapist in an intensive care unit and later as a nutritionist, Pamela Schreiber saw many people with grave ailments. Working in rehabilitation, she helped long-term smokers, asthmatics, people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and postoperative cardiac surgery patients. “I worked with people who hadn’t taken care of themselves their whole lives through smoking or poor diet,” she said. After doing a lot …

The ‘accidental’ quarry in the middle of a food bowl – ABC Southern Queensland – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

From ABC Southern Queensland | March 30, 2015 A mine-turned-quarry in the heart of a famous southern Queensland food growing area is “on the cusp” of making it big according to its owner Guy Lewington lives a dual life. He physically splits his time living in an eco-village on the Gold Coast and the hills around the Lockyer Valley. He also straddles the two very different worlds of organic farming and mining. He admits it is an odd pairing, but it doesn’t create any internal …

Slippery slope? Heated debate in Uganda over super crops | Zee News

… good,” said Semakula, who lives and farms 16 kilometres (10 miles) outside the capital Kampala. “It`s rare not to find it regardless of what part of the country you`re in.” But in recent years a deadly bacterial disease, known as “banana wilt”, has had a devastating impact, driving some farmers to abandon their beloved crop altogether. It has also sparked a Ugandan version of the global row over genetically modified (GMO) foods. Across the world, heated debate …