Creating a market for their products – The Hindu

… stall featuring the handmade products by cancer survivors such as bamboo products, bags, soaps, decorations and candles. The stall also distributes pamphlets on various types of cancer to visitors at the exhibition. “We started from Kozhikode two years ago and has now completed 40 exhibitions across the state. This has helped the cause of Punarjani a lot, as in many places the visitors at the stall have come forward ready to help in whatever way they could,” Narmatha Nangai, who runs the …

Green efforts of youth gather steam – The Hindu

… at important locations such as Surya Nagar, K. K. Nagar and Palanganatham from where consumers can pick up organic food. Mr. Prasanth is confident of supplying organic food to about 2,000 households by September. Like Maram Madurai, which has taken roots elsewhere as Maram Paramakudi, Maram Perambalur, Maram Coimbatore and Maram Dharmapuri, Organic Good also hopes to expand its wings all over the state in the coming months. To continue reading this article, please click on this link: Source: …

FSSAI to tighten noose on meat and poultry industry – The Times of India

… antibiotics and growth promoters in food-producing animals/birds’ feed. “state drug-licensing authorities are empowered to take action against violators and food safety officers have also been asked to ensure enforcement under FSSAI,” said Swami. FSSAI in its previous meetings has considered proposal for a policy for addressing concerns regarding standards of meat and poultry products in Indian market. Food authority approved the proposed policy with a view to sending it to WTO …

Maine following path to organic dairy farms – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

By Tom Bell, Staff Writer | June 28, 2015 WHITEFIELD — A national shortage of organic milk – the result of changing American diets – is fueling interest in Maine among dairy processors eager to increase supplies and meet growing demand. As many dairy farms in the West struggle under drought conditions that have dried up pasturelands, Maine is seen as promising territory. Its abundance of water and land gives the state an advantage because organic dairy cows spend much of their lives …

The Food Project in Lincoln grows more than crops – News – Lincoln Journal – Lincoln, MA

… agriculture. He attended college in Minnesota in the 1990s, and with two friends, started one of the first CSAs in that state. A CSA, or community-supported agriculture, program sells farm shares to customers who are entitled to a fresh box of produce every week. The Minnesota CSA is still in operation, although Harrison said he sold his stake in the business to his friends after three years and moved on to other jobs. “I have always had a passion for the land, and knew my vocation would be in …

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

… cereal, for instance — that mistakenly ends up on store shelves. The law is due to take effect next year. “Even with the best of intentions, excellent supply chain logistics and herculean efforts, product will be in the wrong place at any given time, resulting in millions upon millions of dollars in potential fines,” said GMA President Pamela G. Bailey. She estimated more than 100,000 items sold in the state would require Vermont-specific labels, a companies could quickly amass …

Monarch Power Granted Patent for Solar Powered Turbine | 2015-06-11 | ACHRNEWS

From www.achrnews.com | June 11, 2015 The turbine uses solar energy stored in molten salt for power generation day or night SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Monarch Power announced it has been granted a U.S. patent for a new turbine that can power, heat, and cool homes and businesses using solar energy or natural gas. The Hui turbine is the invention of Monarch CEO Joseph Hui, professor emeritus at Arizona state University. Hui, aka Solar Man on social media, believes his turbine will be a “game …

India’s Independent Farmers Embrace Organic | Al Jazeera America

… technologies and irrigation systems, this fertile northern Indian state quickly became the seat of the country’s agricultural revolution in the 1970s and 1980s. And farmers like Singh, now a vibrant 69-year-old with a snow white beard, started to see their harvests multiply. But alongside this burst of prosperity came the harrowing side effects of pouring chemicals into the ground: People’s health deteriorated rapidly, as did water and soil quality, and neither the government nor consumers …

MSU organic farming study finds diverse benefits using sheep : Ag Weekly

By Jenny Lavey, MSU News Service | May 2, 2015 BOZEMAN, Mont. – Using domestic sheep rather than traditional farming equipment to manage fallow and terminate cover crops may enable farmers who grow organic crops to save money, reduce tillage, manage weeds and pests, and reduce the risk of soil erosion, according to Montana state University and North Dakota state University faculty members. The preliminary results are from the first two years in a long-term U.S. Department of Agriculture …

U.S. forced to import corn as shoppers demand organic food : Business

By Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News | April 15, 2015 WASHINGTON • A growing demand for organics, and the near-total reliance by U.S. farmers on genetically modified corn and soybeans, is driving a surge in imports from other nations where crops largely are free of bioengineering. Imports such as corn from Romania and soybeans from India are booming, according to an analysis of U.S. trade data released Wednesday by the Organic Trade Association and Penn state University. That shows a potential …