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 …

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 …

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 …

The prison garden supplying organic ingredients to Bali’s healthy eateries

By Jewel Topsfield | June 7, 2015 Bali: While high-end hotels in Bali often insist on importing foie gras, wagyu beef, salmon and truffles, Ubud’s Locavore is the sort of right-on restaurant that has slow food movement devotees salivating. Locavore chef Eelke Plasmeijer sources most of his ingredients in Indonesia, including from his own vegetable garden. (Locavore, the 2007 word of the year in the Oxford American Dictionary, means a person who eats food grown locally.) Critics on the …

Growing food heals communities – Valley Morning Star : Tu Salud

By Lisa Mitchell-Bennett Tu Salud | April 12, 2015 Ron Finely gave a TED Talk a couple of years ago that spread around social media like, well, weeds. Finely is an urban gardener, local food forest advocate and one of those “regular” people who do extraordinary things because they are committed to a cause. In his TED Talk, he describes his hometown. “South Central Los Angeles — Home of the drive by, and the drive through.” He continues, “Funny thing is more people are dying from the …

The potential for organic food in Middle East

… MENA organic food leader board with a sector valued at $67.1m in sales in 2014 compared with $46m in 2009. The UAE follows at $18.1m versus with $11.9m in 2009 and in Egypt, the market was worth $9.5m last year, up from $5.3m in 2009. Liron Kriaf, contributing analyst for Euromonitor International, explains in Israel a range of factors have led to the growth of the market. Kriaf points to the greater awareness of the organic movement and its purported benefits, broader media coverage and …

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

From SW News media, Posted March 16 2015 Lakewinds Food Co-op, a natural foods co-op, has announced the recipients of its 2015 Lakewinds Organic Field Fund Grant Program (LOFF). LOFF began in 2011 as a way for Lakewinds to deepen its commitment to providing local, organic food to the communities it serves. Since its inception, the program has given over $100,000 to support local farmers and farm associations. “The financial burden these farmers face to maintain their commitment to sustainable …

Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors | Food & Water Watch

… this area. Since 1999, the fifty largest agricultural and food patent-holding companies and two of the largest biotech and agrochemical trade associations have spent more than US$572 million in campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures, much of it to create a favorable political context to allow GMOs to proliferate. Just because the industry has launched a charm offensive in the media when it comes to GMOs doesn’t change the basic facts: GMOs are largely untested, and their long-term …

Drastic Climate Change Carved Up Mars, and May Still Be Happening : Environment : Nature World News

… impact craters located along the mid-latitudes of Mars. “These recent climate cycles have been predicted by computer models, but have not been documented with widespread geological evidence until now,” lead study author, Jay Dickson, said in a recent statement. “This research shows that gullies have been episodic across the entire southern hemisphere, a distribution that is required for this to be a signal of global climate change.” Despite what popular media might lead …