Appetite for organic food grows and found its presence in Indian supermarkets

… organic marketing campaign, set up by growers and retailers, have played a significant role in boosting growth of organic food demand. “Indian market happens to be at very nascent stage. However, the trend is picking up really fast and Organic Harvest has seen a growth of over 300 per cent in the last one year. So, growth has been outstanding. It will keep on growing in the next five years to come,” said Rahul Agarwal, CEO, Organic Harvest. Supermarkets pushing the growth The mass-market …

Nora Pouillon and the Birth of the Farm-to-Table Movement

By Diane Leach | July 8, 2015 Chef Nora Pouillon earned the first organic restaurant certification in the United States. Her memoir, My Organic Life, leads readers from her early years in postwar Vienna to her role in the American organic food movement. Co-written with Laura Fraser, My Organic Life staggers a bit before finding its rhythm. After a rocky start, we learn that Pouillon’s family were avid outdoorspeople, passionate about exercise and healthy diet. The family spent a great deal of …

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

… any move toward more organic systems therefore would need to reduce land use, rather than increase it – a big challenge when the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that food production will need to double by 2050. A third way? While debate over organic’s role in future food production tends to pit organic against conventional farming, conservation farming may provide a compromise. It doesn’t explicitly prohibit any farming practices, but encourages soil and water …

GMO bill intensifies federal food fight | TheHill

… increased role of biotechnology in growing crops. “This isn’t a messaging bill, this isn’t something the House intends to do so we can say we did it,” he told reporters. “The idea is to get the Senate to move on roughly the same timeframe that we’re proceeding on.” Food safety advocates say lawmakers will ultimately balk at the bill once they discover its implications. “Members of Congress are really looking for a federal solution here,” said Colin O’Neil, …

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

… three-quarters of all the insects in a given colony are related to each other, providing a genetic base with little diversity. This allowed researchers to study the effect of the environment on the insects with a standard genetic influence. The genome of C. floridanus has already been mapped, aiding the research. A gene called Egfr plays a vital role in growth, and its expression is controlled by a biochemical process known as DNA methylation. This can act to either enhance or diminish the role …

Agricultural Production Affects Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Cycle | Climatology, Geophysics | Sci-News.com

Nov 21, 2014 by Sci-News.com Crop production may generate up to a quarter of the increase in the seasonal cycle of atmospheric carbon dioxide, with corn playing a leading role, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. Intensification of agriculture is a driver of changes in the seasonal characteristics of the global carbon cycle. Each year in the Northern Hemisphere, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide drop in the summer as plants inhale, and then climb again as they exhale and …

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

… Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2009. “The NSW Government announced an expanded compliance role for the EPA in November 2014 as one of the key measures in the NSW Gas Plan. All gas exploration, assessment and production activities, including conventional gas, coal seam gas, tight gas and shale gas are now required to hold an environment protection licence issued by the EPA. “An environment protection licence contains legally enforceable site specific conditions, …