The Dirt on Growing Food in Water: Some Think It Can’t Be Organic | TakePart

… comment sections—the dynamic is a part of how federal organic standards are determined. Case in point: In late April, the National Organic Standards Board, a 15-person board appointed by the secretary of agriculture, recommended to the Department of Agriculture that hydroponics, a method for growing plants in a nutrient-rich water solution instead of soil, be banned from receiving official organic certification. The USDA promptly ignored the recommendation, which has organic advocates furious. …

GMO Critics Vindicated: Biotech Corporations Were Pushing Fraud All Along | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

… truths about GMOs, including that they have never undergone appropriate safety testing; have never been shown to be safe for human consumption; and were not even approved in accordance with federal law. GMOs are illegal: Their secret introduction into the food supply was an illicit con from the very start When they were first being developed back in the early 1980s, GMOs were hailed as the solution to world hunger. Their proponents argued, and still do, that conventional and organic food crops …

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, …

Greek Yogurt’s Popularity is Harmful to the Environment « CBS DC

… can only produce one ounce of yogurt. The rest becomes acid whey, which is a runny, toxic substance. Acid whey is so harmful it could turn a waterway into a “dead sea” and destroy aquatic life if it is dumped, the report says. Not surprisingly, the state best known for dairy production is leading the way to find a solution. Refinery 29 reports that researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are finding practical applications, such as “fancy filters” to separate the components of …

Dark Horse May Outdo Lithium-Ion Battery Storage

Andrew Burger | Tuesday February 17th, 2015 Leading battery storage technology developers and emerging market players, including Elon Musk’s SolarCity and Tesla, are investing billions of dollars to improve the performance and lower the costs of manufacturing lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Along the way, they are promoting Li-ion battery storage as a cleaner, more efficient, sustainable and significantly less costly solution across a wide range of applications, from electric vehicles, homes …

Call for “equal rights” for landholders dealing with miners | Fraser Coast Chronicle

… landowners and communities are not being recognised, not compensated for or no priority given over resource activity when there is no current solution to unrepairable damage to things of fundamental value such as the very small percentage of high quality soils,” Mr Stiller said. “The ability of the productive capacity of the land should not be impaired nor impacts to enjoy prior amenity of life residing on that land be left not resolved. “All parties and candidates must commit …

Groundbreaking biofuel project brings new life to Cornish mine | Environment | The Guardian

… solution to a significant environmental problem,” said Dr Chris Chuck from the University of Bath’s Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies. “We’re putting contaminated water in and taking out valuable metals, clean water and producing fuel.” The Wheal Jane mine, near Truro, closed in 1992. But the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs is still spending £2m a year on cleaning it up and combating its polluting effects. The project to clean up its acidic water using …