In debate over organic or conventional, is there third way to feed growing, warming world? | Genetic Literacy Project

… huge variation depending on the region and crop variety. The researchers found that while organic fruit trees, beans and alfalfa delivered just 5% lower yields, major cereal crops and vegetables yielded about 25% less than their conventionally grown counterparts. Reducing non-renewable inputs But while much of the debate has focused on whether organic can match the yields of conventional agriculture, advocates suggest organic foods offer more long-term viability even if yields are lower. But …

The potential for organic food in Middle East

… increasing interest in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2014, the organic sector in the region was valued at US$110.1m compared with $72.4m in 2009, according to Euromonitor International. Compared to a mature market like the US, where sales of organic food and beverages were – according to Packaged Facts – forecast to reach $53.5bn in 2014, the organic food movement in MENA’s is in its early stages. Growth varies from country to country too. Israel has remained top of the …

The ‘accidental’ quarry in the middle of a food bowl – ABC Southern Queensland – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

… [they] use rock mineral dust as an alternative to chemical fertilisers.” He believes mineral-based insecticides and fertilisers are the future for farming. But the application to extract 100,000 tonnes of basalt from the mine, turning it into a quarry, has not been universally accepted in the region. A neighbour took the application to the Land and Environment Court and eventually sold the property to Mr Lewington’s group. “I’m a miner, yes. But I see a need for an …

10 Nutritious Foods That Won’t Break Your Budget

… not retain its freshness as long as a full head of lettuce. At some stores or farmer’s markets, you can save money by buying seconds or bruised produce, which can be either eaten soon after purchase or frozen for soups or smoothies. Shoppers with all types of budgets can appreciate a wholesome bargain. Exact prices, of course, depend on the store and the region, but no matter where you shop, the following foods tend to be a great deal when you consider their nutritional value. If you add these …

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

… which operates in the Northern Rivers region, said the Labor policy increased the growing perception that NSW had serious sovereign risk. “This can only discourage companies from investing in NSW, and not just in resources, as they know that commitments from government can be overturned at a whim, for political opportunism,” managing director Peter Henderson said. “Investment requires government that — above all else — can be trusted.” via AGL sells back ‘unviable’ coal seam gas …

Huge New Holes In Siberia Have Scientists Calling For Urgent Investigation Of The Mysterious Craters

The Huffington Post  |  By Macrina Cooper-White – Posted: 02/23/2015 4:25 pm EST Scientists were baffled last July when they discovered three giant holes in the ground in the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. Now, with the help of satellite imagery, researchers have located four additional craters–and they believe there may be dozens more in the region. That has them calling for an urgent investigation to protect residents living in the area. “I am sure that there are …

Santos LNG expansion: Independent Expert Scientific Committee report sounds warning over Queensland coal seam gas plans – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… covers 10,676 square kilometres and has the potential to include more than 6,000 gas wells across central Queensland. “The scale, the early stage and the geographic extent of the proposed project development, together with other significant coal seam gas projects in the region, creates considerable scientific uncertainty about impacts on surface water and groundwater and associated ecosystems,” the IESC report said. via Santos LNG expansion: Independent Expert Scientific Committee …

Coal seam gas is not worth risk | The Border Mail

… the state and I believe areas like Holbrook, Culcairn, Corowa and Oaklands must be protected. “If I am elected I will fight the introduction of fracking in our region. “I don’t believe it has been proven safe, and above all we must protect our precious ground- water.” Cr Jackson said NSW Labor’s policy was clear on this issue and it would impose a moratorium on coal seam gas and not lift it unless all aquifers were mapped and the industry was scientifically proven to be safe. …

Evidence CSG project may be in danger | Daily Liberal

… part of a memorandum of understanding with the NSW government. “The Narrabri Gas Project is a dud for north west NSW residents, it’s a dud for Santos shareholders, it’s a dud for the NSW government,” Phil Herbert, a farmer from Mary’s Mount, said. “Santos has failed yet again to meet a commitment they made. Santos offer no certainty for our region, just broken promises and a long list of pollution events. “It’s time the government takes note that …