Internships support new concentration in agroecology and sustainable food systems

By Martha Brown | December 1, 2015 As their peers settle into lecture hall seats, two dozen UC Santa Cruz interns grab a harvest bucket, a set of pruners, or a digging fork and head out to the fields and orchards of UC Santa Cruz’s organic farm and gardens. They’ll spend the morning working at whatever the season demands: planting, harvesting, pruning, making compost, or packing crops for the campus dining halls. The interns are part of an evolving effort by UCSC’s Center for Agroecology …

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

… to be tested on ecological salmon and meat, and the hope is that it will make a difference to the shopping habits of ‘purpose-driven food consumers’. The underlying thinking is that people who buy ecological food are more concerned about the environment and thus are more aware of emissions and resource utilisation than those who buy ‘ordinary’ raw materials,” says project manager Michael Bantle of SINTEF. In fact, the technology is not widely used by …

4 ways to create a healthful summer diet – The Washington Post

… you might want to consider organic for nectarines, peaches and peppers (sweet or hot), because conventional forms of these foods have a high or very high pesticide risk. Know when to cook it. “Vitamins and minerals are lost when some foods are heated,” says Maxine Siegel, Consumer Reports’ food-testing manager. “But for some fruits and vegetables, cooking makes the nutrients more available, so your body absorbs them better.” To continue reading this article, please click on this link: …

Hy-Vee composting food waste at Nebraska stores : Lincoln, NE Journal Star

… as fertilizer. In four months, the 20 Des Moines-area Hy-Vee stores diverted more than 1 million pounds of food and organic waste from landfills and created 250 tons of compost, Hy-Vee said. In March, two Omaha-area Hy-Vee stores started the program in Nebraska and diverted about five tons of waste that month. Employees from the five Hy-Vee stores in Lincoln trained on the recycling program on Thursday, said Whitney Brown, manager of general merchandise at the Williamsburg Hy-Vee, 6001 Village …

Lakewinds announces grants to local farm groups – Chanhassen Villager: Business

… farming practices and to provide high-quality, natural food to our local communities is considerable,” says Dale Woodbeck, General manager of Lakewinds Food Co-Op. “We hope that by easing this burden we are able to help them diversify their offerings and improve food quality and accessibility for our customers and communities.” Recipients of the grant use the funds to purchase new equipment, expand or upgrade their spaces, increase growing and storing capacity and more. Many groups also …

AGL sells back ‘unviable’ coal seam gas licence to NSW government | The Australian

… viable. “The majority of the surface area is covered by lakes and mining leases leaving only 10 per cent of the PEL area available for exploration,” Scott Thomas, acting group general manager upstream gas, said. “AGL’s current geological understanding of PEL 5 indicates that the technical elements required for a successful gas project are not present in the available area.” AGL has sold PEL 5, which covered an area of 398 square kilometres from Wyong to Morisset. NSW Premier Mike Baird …

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 …