China promises boost to African bamboo expertise 

… France, will be overseen by INBAR, a China-based intergovernmental organisation that seeks to use bamboo and rattan to reduce poverty and environmental damage. Part of a 20 billion renminbi (US$3.1 billion) fund that China launched in September to increase South-South cooperation on climate change will be spent on the initiative. Bamboo’s quick growth and easy care make it ideal for removing carbon from the atmosphere, and being a raw material for biofuel and consumer products, the …

Vermont’s GMO labeling law could cost grocers up to $10 million per day in fines – Business Insider

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms could cost the nation’s grocers up to $10 million a day in fines, according to a letter from an industry organization that is suing the block the law. The letter to Gov. Peter Shumlin from the head of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, dated Wednesday, said companies could be fined up to $1,000 a day per unlabeled item — a can of soup or a box of …

Growing food heals communities – Valley Morning Star : Tu Salud

By Lisa Mitchell-Bennett Tu Salud | April 12, 2015 Ron Finely gave a TED Talk a couple of years ago that spread around social media like, well, weeds. Finely is an urban gardener, local food forest advocate and one of those “regular” people who do extraordinary things because they are committed to a cause. In his TED Talk, he describes his hometown. “South Central Los Angeles — Home of the drive by, and the drive through.” He continues, “Funny thing is more people are dying from the …

Which fruits, vegetables are most likely to be exposed to pesticides? – WTOP

… Consumer Reports says. Fruits Peaches and tangerines are the two most high-risk fruits, according to the Consumer Reports data. Researchers recommend always buying them organic and to be particularly cautious of peaches from Chile and the U.S., as well as tangerines from Chile, South Africa and the U.S. Plums are high risk if they are from Chile, but scientists give the green light to buy conventional if the plum is from the U.S. Researchers says shoppers should always buy organic for peaches, …

US Agencies, Gates Foundation, and Monsanto Trying to Force Unwilling African Nations to Accept Expensive and Insufficiently Tested GMO | Global Research

By Friends of the Earth, posted March 19th 2015  JOHANNESBURG, South AFRICA – US agencies, funders such as the Gates Foundation, and agribusiness giant Monsanto are trying to force unwilling African nations to accept expensive and insufficiently tested Genetically Modified (GM) foods and crops, according to a new report released today. [1] “The US, the world’s top producer of GM crops, is seeking new markets for American GM crops in Africa. The US administration’s strategy consists of …

5 ways Congress could affect S.D. farmers

By Christopher Doering, USA Today, Posted March 15 2015 WASHINGTON – The enactment of a five-year, $500 billion farm bill last winter was the culmination of almost three years of debate in Congress. But while the farm bill — long viewed as the pinnacle of agriculture policy — was finally complete, lawmakers in Washington could address a number of topics this year that could be just as important to the farmers and ranchers across South Dakota. “The farm bill is just like agriculture’s …

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

… last week cancelled a coal seam gas exploration licence that covered the majority of the metropolitan Sydney. PEL 463 covered over 189,000 hectares from Bundeena in the city’s South to Rooty Hill in its west and as far north as Gosford. CSG is set to be a heated topic in the lead up to the state election on March 28, with the opposition promising to cancel or suspend indefinitely coal seam gas exploration licences in the Northern Coast if elected, and to do so without compensation. Metgasco, …

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

… the current movement to a 1999 medical ecology class he taught in which he discussed how megafarms feed a huge population but require a huge land mass to do it. The world’s population is now pegged at 7.2 billion, and farms cover an area the size of South America. That agriculture is a major source of polluted runoff. To finish reading this article, click on this link: via ASU talk focuses on vertical agriculture to save space, help environment | savannahnow.com. …

CNN Explores the World’s Most Endangered Places – MensJournal.com

On Sunday March 1 at 10:00 p.m. EST, CNN will debut The Wonder List with Bill Weir, which sends the primetime news anchor into some of the world’s most far-flung destinations — from the obscure volcanic islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific to the vacation hotspot of Venice, Italy. But The Wonder List is not your typical travel show. Each destination is on the brink of massive disruption, either from an environmental force, like climate change, or from the pressure of human development, …

Rising Tide Vermont Turns Up The Heat In Climate Change Fight | Vermont Public Radio

When I met Sara Mehalick in late May, she had a bike lock around her neck. She’d chained herself to the front door of the Vermont Gas Systems headquarters building in South Burlington. Audio from this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2. “I’m here today in defense of a livable planet and because the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure like the proposed fracked gas pipeline is really the exact opposite direction that we need to be …