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

… with non-renewable materials (which are often transported vast distances from production to manufacturing to retail). In order to transition our economy from one based on nonrenewable and energy intensive resources, we’ll need to make a shift to other, more eco-friendly, materials which can be grown sustainably and sourced locally. In short, we need to establish and grow a ‘bioeconomy’ that is both regenerative and economically viable. To continue reading this article, please …

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 …

Trailblazer Foods Launches First All-Inclusive Organic Coconut Product Line

… collection of products under one label, removing the need for multiple suppliers and invoices. All the coconut products are available to grocers as of July 1, with the exception of coconut milk, which will be available in September. Trailblazer is marketing the products under the Trailblazer Foods brand, but retailers can also order private-label versions. For pricing details please call the sales team at 503-666-5800. For more information on Trailblazer Foods, its history in the Pacific …

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

From phys.org | June 30, 2015 A new method keeps salmon fresh for a whole month, without the use of chemicals. The technology is called superchilling, and it lies somewhere between freezing the fish and cooling it down. Now it is about to provide useful help to organic food producers. This method of conserving food was developed in order to maintain fresh food quality over a long period of time, thus reducing the amount of food that ends up in the bin rather than in our stomachs. Now it is going …

Solano Coalition for Better Health: Sustainable food system better for all

By Denise Kirnig, Coalition for Better Health | June 19, 2015 Sustainable food habits that support a more environmentally and socially responsible food system are a growing interest in our efforts to protect the environment. A sustainable food system is a collaborative network that integrates sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management in order to enhance the environmental, economic and social health of a particular place. Farmers, consumers and …

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

… organically grown produce, and animal products. These are the types of foods we need to focus on in order to decrease toxins in the body. We are what we eat. If we don’t eat clean and fresh now, how will we feel later? Food Quality – Organic foods have a decrease nitrate content (as fertilizers are not nitrogen based) and increased mineral content. This includes calcium, magnesium, iron and phosphorous. An added bonus in eating organic is that the produce hasn’t travelled for weeks. “If …

Choose smart & organic – Focus Health – Susie Ponici

… reduce levels of some pesticides, it doesn’t completely eliminate them. Peeling reduces exposure, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the peel. The best option is to eat a varied diet consisting of organic produce to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals. But wait –there are still a few more reasons to eat organically. Because of the high standards that organic farmers must adhere to in order to ensure certification, you will learn that they produce significantly less …

Berkeley-Based Wild Food Week Aims to Convince People to Eat Weeds – CityLab

… Source Food and the chefs of some of the Bay Area’s most well-regarded restaurants, kicks off next week. On Wednesday, diners will be able to order a $50 prix fixe meal from the folks behind Mission Chinese Food (“There’s always a line around dinner time,” cautions Yelp) and the Perennial, which hasn’t opened yet but which promises to view all its business  decisions “through the lens of environmental impact.” On Thursday, Chez Panisse will offer a “set menu with wild …

What Effect Does Environment Have On Size? Researchers Study Ants To Find Out : SCIENCE : Tech Times

… compared to adding more or less of a chaser to alcohol in order to make a drink weaker or stronger. Investigators found that by controlling the degree of DNA methylation, they were able to direct the growth of the insects. As the process became more pronounced, the insects grew larger, researchers discovered. “So many human traits, whether they are intelligence, height, or vulnerability to diseases such as cancer, exist along a continuum. If, as we believe, this epigenetic mechanism …

All gas activities in NSW now require a licence from the EPA — Gas Today — The magazine for Australia’s natural gas industry

… which holders must comply with in order to prevent and minimise pollution, and safeguard the environment. This regulatory change gives the EPA direct regulatory oversight of gas activities and ensures effective, consistent and transparent regulation of the gas industry.” via All gas activities in NSW now require a licence from the EPA — Gas Today — The magazine for Australia’s natural gas industry. …