Green efforts of youth gather steam – The Hindu

… leading textile showroom, Pothy’s. Its Managing Director S. Murugesan funds its activities, besides providing space in his showrooms to showcase organic products, says Mr. Prasanth. Card system Organic Good has introduced a card system to maintain monthly supply of rice, millets and pulses; weekly supply of vegetables; and daily supply of greens to consumers. The card is in limited use now and it will be widely used once the production picks up. Efforts are on to form a network of nodal points …

Farmers who switch to organic face strict rules, costs, red tape – Times Union

… hills, squealing pigs and wide-open space, the attraction of organic farming is easy to see. But being an organic farmer isn’t as simple as enjoying a romanticized landscape. The process is cumbersome, the upkeep expensive and the profits minimal, she said. Despite the challenges of going organic -— the transition time, the added costs, the longer maturing time — more farmers are making the switch. To finish reading this article, please click on this link: via Farmers who switch to …

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

… organic farms “have access to outdoor pasture and fresh air throughout the day.” Similarly, 67 percent said they believe “animals have significantly more space to move than on non-organic farms.” But as Meerman, whose family runs a 90-cow farmstead cheese operation, can attest, organic certification doesn’t require either full-time pasture access or more space for the animals. That’s one reason his family has chosen to add the Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) …

Growing food heals communities – Valley Morning Star : Tu Salud

… forest including a fruit orchard. His volunteer group met with some resistance when the city gave him a citation for gardening in the public space. But with a bit of press coverage and 900 signatures on a petition, they fought it and won. And why shouldn’t they? South Central LA has many vacant and unsightly lots, as we do in the Valley. What better way to use that land for something positive and productive. Finely’s prophetic voice has touched millions of people. He “preaches” that …

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. …

Greenland Ice Sheet Yielding its Secrets | Geophysics | Sci-News.com

… thinning near coastal regions is shown in green, blue and purple; blue/white flows indicate the direction and speed of the ice movement. Image credit: NASA’s Goddard space Flight Center. “The great importance of our data is that for the first time, we have a comprehensive picture of how all of Greenland’s glaciers have changed over the past decade,” said Dr Beata Csatho of the University at Buffalo, who is the lead author of a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of …

Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet: SMAP observatory ready for launch

The launch of NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29. Liftoff from space Launch Complex 2 aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is targeted for 6:20:42 a.m. PST (9:20:42 a.m. EST) at the opening of a three-minute launch window. If needed, a backup launch opportunity is available on the Western Range on Jan. 30 with the same launch window. SMAP is the first U.S. Earth-observing …