Creating a market for their products – The Hindu

… products by cancer survivors, it becomes a novel story on how a commercial endeavour can provide a helping hand to the needy. The All India Cotton Fest organised by the Punarjani-Narmatha team at the Police Club in Kozhikode is a must-visit destination for city women, who loves ethnic fabrics – be it Baluchari, Bagh print, Dhaboo print, Matka silk, Batik, Bandni or Bengal cotton. Most of the profit from the sale of the fabrics goes to the Punarjani fund. The exhibition also features a …

‘Alternative’ Investments: Marijuana and Climate Change

… there have been a spate of stories that discuss and handicap the dozens of marijuana stocks that have come to market, most of which play on the growing legal acceptance of medical marijuana. Indeed, this market now has its own benchmark, the Viridian Cannabis Stock Index, a collection of 75 publicly-traded pot plays. Much has happened to this market since Barron’s featured a cover story two years ago poising the basic question, “Should Pot Be Legal?” A fresh piece this week looks at a …

Maine Organic Farmers Group Joins Lawsuit Against USDA | Maine Public Broadcasting

By Jay Field | April 8, 2015 UNITY, Maine – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association has joined groups across the country in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In the suit, the groups charge that the department changed a key rule, without public comment, governing how synthetic and prohibited natural substances can be used in the production of organic food. This story begins with the Organic Foods Production Act. Congress passed the measure in 1990. It …

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

… biotechnology companies got them onto the market without proper testing, Druker tells the true story about “Frankenfood” that you’ll never hear about on any of the major corporate new networks. From the very beginning, GMOs came to be a thing not because they are superior or safe, but because powerful interests got them there illicitly. In the book’s foreword, award-winning humanitarian and leading primate expert Dr. Jane Goodall lauds Druker for bringing to light a number of important …

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

By Mary Landers For Dickson Despommier and other proponents of vertical agriculture, the future of farming is looking up. Literally. That’s because vertical farming, as the name implies, aims to raise crops in multi-story greenhouses, even warehouses or skyscrapers built or retrofitted for the purpose. “If you farm less on land and more indoors in controlled environments, it has a positive effect on the land by sparing it and returning it to nature, and it also helps to provide food for …

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 …

Coal seam gas is not worth risk | The Border Mail

Australian news story. LABOR candidate Ross Jackson has backed the party’s opposition to coal seam gas exploration in the Albury electorate. His commitment to farming areas in the electorate comes as the NSW Resources and Energy Minister Anthony Roberts visits Albury today. “Since nominating in December I have been contacted by many people, particularly farmers, who are deeply concerned about this issue,” Cr Jackson said. “The electorate of Albury contains some of the best farmland in …

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 …