Macedon Ranges Permaculture program eliminates food waste 

By Barry Kennedy, Macedon Ranges Leader | December 7, 2015 UP TO 300kg of food waste from businesses in Macedon and Mt Macedon is being used to feed hungry chooks, pigs and goats each week. The food loop project was launched by Macedon man Ben “Bushy” Bush in September. Those with animals can participate in the program by taking the scraps to feed their livestock and further complete the cycle by collecting animal waste to add to compost piles and gardens, helping to grow vegetable and fruit …

Monarch Power Granted Patent for Solar Powered Turbine | 2015-06-11 | ACHRNEWS

From www.achrnews.com | June 11, 2015 The turbine uses solar energy stored in molten salt for power generation day or night SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Monarch Power announced it has been granted a U.S. patent for a new turbine that can power, heat, and cool homes and businesses using solar energy or natural gas. The Hui turbine is the invention of Monarch CEO Joseph Hui, professor emeritus at Arizona State University. Hui, aka Solar man on social media, believes his turbine will be a “game …

‘Alternative’ Investments: Marijuana and Climate Change

By John Kimelman | June 9, 2015 Most investors can do just fine by buying a fund pegged to the S&P 500 or focusing on a list of 10 stocks with solid dividends. But that would be so square, man. Indeed, most investment stories churned out each day are the kind your parents’ generation could easily relate to. But sprinkled in amidst the conventional fare are occasional stories that play on themes that might have once seemed suited only for the counterculture. In recent months, for example, …

Organic board busts ‘no synthetic pesticides’ myth, okays new herbicides and fungicides | Genetic Literacy Project

By Peter Whoriskey |May 1, 2015 You might think the USDA “organic” label is reserved for foods produced without any man-made chemicals. But under government rules, “organic” food may be grown or processed with the aid of scores of synthetic substances, as long as those chemicals have been deemed essential. Exactly which chemicals should be allowed? This week, in a process that is largely invisible to consumers but that has become a semi-annual ritual of controversy within the world of …

Tribute: The Man Who Linked Climate Change To Global Health : Goats and Soda : NPR

… effects of climate change. As we look back on the people we lost in 2014, McMichael stands out as a pioneer and prophet. One of his prime motivators was a sense of social justice. Before going to medical school, McMichael spent a summer volunteering at a leper colony in India. Then he trained in Australia as a physician and epidemiologist. He made a name for himself early on by defining the effects of lead on children and establishing some of the basic rules of epidemiology. via Tribute: The man …