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

… huge changes in the way we do things. These changes are starting to happen in some sectors, such as renewable energy, but considering how huge our total energy appetite is right now (I think the technical term is “boat-load”), it’s a slow process. And that only affects the energy side of the equation, not the materials side, so even if we were to go 100% renewable energy tomorrow, our stuff, of which we are so fond of buying and using and disposing, will still be made mostly …

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… spend a lot of time and had to overcome many difficulties to make the bicycle. The most difficult work he had to do was to find the right material for the bicycle and design bodywork. “I could only create perfect bodywork after three times,” he said. Why bamboo, and not another type of material? According to Tri, bamboo has an isotropic fiber structure and therefore, has high bearing capacity. Bamboo can be treated in different ways to improve the rigidity and resistance to termites: it can …

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 …

India’s Independent Farmers Embrace Organic | Al Jazeera America

By Ankita Rao & Bibek Bhandari | May 31, 2015 CHAINA, India — For two decades, Mahender Singh grew his vegetables without chemicals on his 10-acre plot of land in Pipal Mangoli, a village in southeastern Punjab. Then in 1967, an official from India’s Agriculture Department arrived in the nearby city of Patiala with a bag of chemical fertilizer, and farming in Punjab changed radically. With the introduction of chemicals such as urea, phosphate and pesticides as well as new farming …

How the food you eat affects how you feel

… ate came from your neighborhood, was fresh and consumed right away. Around World War II, the food pendulum shifted significantly when refrigeration and preserving food became the mainstay. MORE: Find more health features and tips. As mass-manufactured foods increased, so did our aches and pains. Although there is no scientific proof that there’s a connection between the two, many experts agree that some correlation exists. We’re starting to shift the pendulum back and seeing an …

We have the right to know what we are putting in our bodies – Columbus healthy living | Examiner.com

… on our food. The USDA has previously set the allowable amount of rat poop allowed in commercial grain shipments. To continue reading this article, please click on this link: Source: We have the right to know what we are putting in our bodies – Columbus healthy living | Examiner.com …

Just Because Your Chicken Is Organic Doesn’t Mean It Was Raised Humanely | Mother Jones

… include very many specific instructions about the way the animals themselves are raised. “When people pick up organic milk, they’re expecting that the cows are out on pasture most of the time,” says Luke Meerman, one of the farmers behind Michigan-based Grassfields Cheese. And he’s right. In a phone survey conducted for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 68 percent of the consumers contacted said they expected that animals raised on …

WHO Says Roundup is “Probably” Cancer-causing | Crozet Gazette

… equivalent” to non-GMO foods and “Generally Recognized as Safe.” This classification exempts them from any pre-market safety testing. And Monsanto wants to keep it that way. In recent days Kansas House Republican Mike Pompeo has reintroduced what has been dubbed the DARK Act, the “Denying Americans the right-to-Know” Act. The bill would prevent states from adopting their own Genetically Engineered/ Modified labeling laws as well as prevent the FDA from requiring companies to label …

True Food Kitchen chef favors healthy, ethnic foods

… more ways. What’s the meal you dream about? I fantasize about cooking a feast alongside a Thai grandmother and taking copious notes and pictures. There’s only one right way to make each Thai dish, and it’s a cuisine that’s been refined over hundreds of years. I want to learn the most authentic preparations from a master, and who knows better than Grandma? Is there anything you would never eat? I’m already hyper conscious about what we buy for our home fridge. …

GMO bill intensifies federal food fight | TheHill

… proposals to create mandatory labeling laws. The bill is an effort to block all of those efforts in a single stroke, said Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs at the Environmental Working Group. “Clearly this is a legislative Hail Mary designed to not only block states like Vermont from giving people the right to know what they’re eating, but make it much harder for the FDA to craft a national mandatory labeling solution,” he said. Faber said the Pompeo-Butterfield bill would …