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 …

3 reasons why bamboo plywood is better than hardwood | Architecture And Design

… inch versus 23,000 for steel, and the material is 25 per cent harder than Red Oak and 12 per cent harder than north American Maple. It also has 50 per cent less expansion or contraction than Red Oak. Bamboo plywood is made of fine layers of bamboo strips laid in parallel order and kiln dried, sanded smooth and then laminated edge to edge to create a single-ply panel. These panels are then laminated again to each other to create multi-ply bamboo plywood free of formaldehyde emissions. The multi …

MSU organic farming study finds diverse benefits using sheep : Ag Weekly

By Jenny Lavey, MSU News Service | May 2, 2015 BOZEMAN, Mont. – Using domestic sheep rather than traditional farming equipment to manage fallow and terminate cover crops may enable farmers who grow organic crops to save money, reduce tillage, manage weeds and pests, and reduce the risk of soil erosion, according to Montana State University and north Dakota State University faculty members. The preliminary results are from the first two years in a long-term U.S. Department of Agriculture …

The potential for organic food in Middle East

By Hannah Abdulla | April 10, 2015 The demand for organic food in the Middle East and north Africa is increasing, in part, prompted by ex-pat consumers. However, at present, the sector is only valued at US$110.1m compared to mature markets like the US, where organic food is worth billions. However, there is also a reliance on imports, pointing to some opinion that there is a big opportunity for international organic food manufacturers. Hannah Abdulla explores. Organic food is becoming an area of …

The organic way: Finland organization branches out to Mexico | Lake County News Chronicle

When Rose Welch and her husband Ronnie Cummins started the Organic Consumers Association in 1998, it was a tiny grassroots effort headquartered just north of Silver Bay, and formed mainly to pressure the federal government to keep strict organic standards. Now, the organization has seven employees in Finland, Minn., and a handful more spread across the country. Five years ago, they became international after they helped start an organic-focused nonprofit in Mexico. Welch still remembers those …

Defining organic – Parksville Qualicum News

… The NEWS and COABC. Osborne owns Omega Blue Farms, a 10-acre organic farm north of Parksville that specializes in heritage poultry and produce. His products can often be found Saturdays at the Qualicum Beach Farmers’ Market. Organic farming, he explains, at its grassroots level “was basically farmers saying ‘there’s got to be a better way to grow food, we’re not poisoning our customers and our families.’” Osborne said as time went on, organic food gained a sense of commercial …

Certified Naturally Grown: A New Way to Identify Pesticide-Free, Non-GMO Food » EcoWatch

… farms typical of agribusiness operations. This is a shame, because growing many different crops at once is a safer and more ecologically sustainable practice. The soil is worked in different ways, and disease and pest problems are significantly reduced.” There are currently more than 700 CNG farms and apiaries in north Ameri To finish reading this article, click on this link: via Certified Naturally Grown: A New Way to Identify Pesticide-Free, Non-GMO Food » EcoWatch. …

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

… last week cancelled a coal seam gas exploration licence that covered the majority of the metropolitan Sydney. PEL 463 covered over 189,000 hectares from Bundeena in the city’s south to Rooty Hill in its west and as far north as Gosford. CSG is set to be a heated topic in the lead up to the state election on March 28, with the opposition promising to cancel or suspend indefinitely coal seam gas exploration licences in the northern Coast if elected, and to do so without compensation. Metgasco, …

Evidence CSG project may be in danger | Daily Liberal

As candidates for the seat of Dubbo argue about the merits and dangers of coal seam gas and the stance government should take on the issue, one CSG project in the state’s north west is looking more in danger. Anti-CSG campaigners are claiming a win in their long running battle with gas giant Santos over the controversial Narrabri Gas Project in the Pilliga Forest. Organisations including the north West Alliance and Wilderness Society Newcastle are claiming Santos missed a deadline that was …