Non-GMO products’ sales soaring amid latest long-term trend – Finance Post

By Melody Dareing | April 9, 2015 Those looking for a new hot product to invest in might find money put into non-GMO products worth the effort. Non-GMO foods are becoming the latest hot products, and younger entrepreneurs are learning to take advantage of the new demand. With spring here and many buying seeds, predictions state that growth in the niche market is here to stay for several years. The term genetically modified organisms (GMO) refers to the artificial means in which food – all …

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

By Sarah Beth Hensley | March 30, 2015 WASHINGTON — It’s a question many people ask themselves while shopping for produce at grocery stores: should I buy organic? Experts at Consumer Reports say that buying organic is the best choice because it is better for your health, the environment and those who grow the food. Also, there is a diminished risk for pesticides exposure. Earlier this month, Consumer Reports scientists and a Washington state University researcher analyzed data from the …

GMO bill intensifies federal food fight | TheHill

… director of government affairs for the Center for Food Safety. “I think we’re going to get to that rubber meets the road point where members realize they are being sold on a bill that doesn’t solve anything consumers are asking for, which is a mandatory labeling standard.” Still opponents fear the sway — and vast resources — of the bill’s industry backers. Groups representing major agriculture and biotechnology interests have poured millions of dollars into battles over state …

Legislature considers banning microbeads: Oregon environment news | OregonLive.com

… of public land. California’s drought has gotten so bad, the state’s governor is imposing mandatory water restrictions. Gov. Jerry Brown announced the restrictions Wedesday at a snow survey where surveyors the lowest level of Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping. The restrictions include mandatory curtailments for campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large users. It also calls upon local governments to replace lawns with drought-resistant landscapes and charge …

Will Going Organic Help You Lose Weight?

… apple and a conventionally grown apple may both contain the same number of vitamins and antioxidants, the organic apple is much smaller, meaning that it contains more of them per ounce, says study co-author Charles Benbrook, a research professor at Washington state University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources. Why the size difference? The funny thing is, the reason may be because organic, nitrogen-rich fertilizer is so expensive, meaning that organic farmers can’t …

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 …

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

Published in The Australian by Sarah-Jane Tasker, Reporter, Sydney, March 9th 2015 AGL Energy has sold back a coal seam gas licence to the NSW government because it was not “commercially viable”. The Australian-listed company said it had taken advantage of the state government’s petroleum exploration licence (PEL) voluntarily buyback scheme, which forms part of the state’s NSW gas plan. AGL (AGL) said it had deemed that the PEL it was selling back to the government was not commercially …

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

… people living in the built environment,” said Despommier, a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University. He’s written a book on the subject titled “The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century” and will lecture at Armstrong state University on Tuesday evening. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, Scientific American and Popular Science. The idea of vertical farming has cropped up before, but Despommier traces the beginning of …

‘Cap and Trade’ Could Bring Millions for Environmental Projects – Times of San Diego

… energy-efficient housing upgrades, and new affordable housing. ‘There will likely be millions and millions of dollars made available to communities throughout San Diego,” said Alvarez. “This is all new money…without increasing taxes.” The funding comes from a process known in environmental circles as “cap and trade.” The state sets a cap on greenhouse gas emissions, then sells permits — the “trade” — that allow industries to release pollutants. Industries that find …

Film to highlight CSG dangers prior to election | Echonetdaily

A film highlighting the invasive nature of coal seam gas will screen throughout the northern rivers and other areas in the lead-up to next month’s state election. Called Frackman, the film tells the story of accidental activist Dayne Pratzky and his struggle against the expansion of international gas companies in Queensland’s Darling Downs. Dayne embarks on a journey that transforms him from conservative pig-shooter to sophisticated global activist. Producer Simon Nasht said it was vital …