Engineer Creates First Local Organic Bamboo Kiln 

By Douglas McIntosh | November 29, 2015 Jamaica’s emerging bamboo industry has been further boosted with the creation of the first locally manufactured organic bamboo charcoal kiln. The furnace was designed and developed at a cost of $1.4 million by Jamaican engineer, Gentle Wallace, a member of the Bamboo and Indigenous materials Advisory Committee (BIMAC), in support of the multimillion dollar Peckham Bamboo Project, being implemented in North West Clarendon. Funding for the kiln was …

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

… huge changes in the way we do things. These changes are starting to happen in some sectors, such as renewable energy, but considering how huge our total energy appetite is right now (I think the technical term is “boat-load”), it’s a slow process. And that only affects the energy side of the equation, not the materials side, so even if we were to go 100% renewable energy tomorrow, our stuff, of which we are so fond of buying and using and disposing, will still be made mostly …

FSSAI to tighten noose on meat and poultry industry – The Times of India

… meat and poultry products in respect of animal-based organic food products are yet to be approved and notified. Food safety officer posted in Indore, Manish Swami said, “Various consumer organisations/NGOs have recently raised issues that meat-producing animals/poultry birds are fed feed containing meat/bone meal including internal organs, blood meal and tissues of bovines and porcine-origin materials”. He said that concern was expressed about presence of veterinary drugs including …

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 …

Maine Organic Farmers Group Joins Lawsuit Against USDA | Maine Public Broadcasting

… set standards for organic certification. It also created the National Organic standards Board to oversee – in the absence of healthier alternatives – which synthetic materials could be used in the production and processing of organic food. Under USDA rules, these materials would automatically exit a National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances after five years – unless, after considering public comment, two-thirds of the members of the organic standards board voted to …

Oxygen absorbing material may allow us to breathe underwater

By Colin Jeffrey, posted October 4, 2014 Using specially synthesized crystalline materials, scientists from the University of Southern Denmark have created a substance that is able to absorb and store oxygen in such high concentrations that just one bucketful is enough to remove all of the oxygen in a room. The substance is also able to release the stored oxygen in a controlled manner when it is needed, so just a few grains could replace the need for divers to carry bulky scuba tanks. The key …

Groundbreaking biofuel project brings new life to Cornish mine | Environment | The Guardian

… group Veolia, is taking untreated mine water samples from the Wheal Jane tin mine in Cornwall and growing algae in them in a laboratory. The alliance is exploring whether the algae is effective in removing harmful materials, such as arsenic and cadmium, from the mine water. Researchers hope to convert the algae into a solid from which heavy metals can be extracted and recycled for use in the electronics industry. The remaining solid waste will then be used to make biofuels. “It’s a win-win …