Reusable bags encourage shoppers to buy junk food, Harvard finds – Telegraph

… environmentally friendly organic products, they also make people feel more virtuous and so deserving of a sugary or fatty treat. In fact, a study showed that people who took their own reusable bag into supermarkets were 33 per cent more likely to pick up unhealthy snacks than those who used the shop provide film bags. “Grocery store shoppers who bring their own bags are more likely to purchase organic produce and other healthy food,” said study author Uma Karmarkar, assistant Professor …

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 …

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

… research, education and extension project, which is showing several environmental and economic benefits for an integrated cropping and livestock system, according to Perry Miller, MSU Professor of land resources and environmental sciences who is part of the research team. Miller said that in a typical organic farming system, tillage is used to terminate cover crops and to get rid of unwanted weeds. However, frequent mechanical tilling can disrupt soil structure and reduce organic matter, …

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

By Aarian Marshall | April 4, 2015 Chez Panisse, the famed, ultra high-end Berkeley restaurant that has built its reputation on clean, local, organic food, could hardly feel further away from West Oakland, where fresh produce can be hard to find and the median household income is just under $36,000 per year. That’s something that the UC Berkeley statistics Professor Philip Stark, who heads the Open Source Food project, readily acknowledges. “There’s not a direct connection,” he says, …

Will Going Organic Help You Lose Weight?

… apple and a conventionally grown apple may both contain the same number of vitamins and antioxidants, the organic apple is much smaller, meaning that it contains more of them per ounce, says study co-author Charles Benbrook, a research Professor at Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources. Why the size difference? The funny thing is, the reason may be because organic, nitrogen-rich fertilizer is so expensive, meaning that organic farmers can’t …

Slippery slope? Heated debate in Uganda over super crops | Zee News

… Uganda`s parliament to pass a contentious bill permitting the use of GMO crops in the hope it will deliver disease-resistant bananas. Supporters of the GMO bill argue that the crops are both safe and vital for the health of Ugandans. “We are interested in solving a problem,” said Professor Wilberforce Tushemereirwe, director of research at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories. Uganda has been conducting trials of disease-resistant GMO bananas since 2007. In 2010 government …

Oxygen absorbing material may allow us to breathe underwater

… chemisorptive process,” said Professor Christine McKenzie from the University of Southern Denmark. “The material is both a sensor, and a container for oxygen – we can use it to bind, store, and transport oxygen – like a solid artificial hemoglobin.” Varying the constituent structure of the material can also bind and release oxygen at different rates. This means it could be used to regulate oxygen supply in fuel cells or create devices like face masks that use layers of the …

ASU talk focuses on vertical agriculture to save space, help environment | savannahnow.com

… people living in the built environment,” said Despommier, a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University. He’s written a book on the subject titled “The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century” and will lecture at Armstrong State University on Tuesday evening. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, Scientific American and Popular Science. The idea of vertical farming has cropped up before, but Despommier traces the beginning of …

Can a new form of accounting save animals from extinction? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

… emissions, improving water conservation, and preserving biodiversity and ecosystems services to help improve crop yields. But for all this effort, programs to cut water use, waste and carbon footprints have not prevented the continued loss of species. Animal populations have dropped by half since 1970, and between 500 and 36,000 species are lost each year. Steve Elliot, a Professor at the University of Sydney Business School, says that there’s “a lot of talk and hand waving and international …