UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only…

… essentially said organic and small-scale farming is the answer for “feeding the world,” not GMOs and monocultures. According to the new UN report, major changes are needed in our food, agriculture and trade systems, with a shift toward local small-scale farmers and food systems recommended. To continue reading this article, please click on the link below: Source: UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only… …

Internships support new concentration in agroecology and sustainable food systems

… and Sustainable Food systems (CASFS) to integrate undergraduates into the seasonal work of the campus’s 33 acres of organic farmland and market gardens. With support from the Clarence E. Heller Foundation and a U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Challenge Grant, CASFS staff and UCSC faculty have crafted an internship program that complements the environmental studies major’s new concentration in agroecology and sustainable food systems. To continue reading this article, please …

UW-Madison receives endowment to support organic crop research

… on agricultural research, organic crop research receives less than 1%, Clif Bar said in a joint news release with Organic Valley on Tuesday. Clif Bar, based in California, says it’s working with various organizations to raise $10 million to endow a total of five faculty chairs at universities across the country to support organic plant breeding research. Research will generally focus on developing crop varieties adapted to organic systems. It also will aim to improve the nutrition and …

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 …

In debate over organic or conventional, is there third way to feed growing, warming world? | Genetic Literacy Project

… any move toward more organic systems therefore would need to reduce land use, rather than increase it – a big challenge when the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that food production will need to double by 2050. A third way? While debate over organic’s role in future food production tends to pit organic against conventional farming, conservation farming may provide a compromise. It doesn’t explicitly prohibit any farming practices, but encourages soil and water …

The Dutch Are Planning a Giant Wind-Turbine Tourist Attraction – CityLab

By John Metcalfe | April 7, 2015 The bladeless “Windwheel” would have a hotel and an odd kind of roller coaster. Medium-level boosters of ecofriendly living might power their homes with residential wind systems. But for those who want to go all the way, nothing screams “green” more than using wind turbines and residing in one, too. Making this sustainable habitat is the dream of the Dutch Windwheel Corporation, a group of Rotterdam companies that wants to install homes on …

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

  Oregon could join the list of states to ban microbeads, a popular exfoliating agent found in face wash and other hygienic products. House Bill 3478 would phase in restrictions on the plastic beads, which often slip past water treatment systems and into the ocean. There, fish mistake them for food, eat them and become contaminated with toxins. Oregon’s ban would not apply to the sale of over-the-counter drugs. Effective immediately, neonicotinoids can no longer be used on Portland …

Biotech foes keep up the pressure for GMO labelling

… direct manipulation of plant and animal DNA can choose to buy certified organic products or foods with the newer Non-GMO Project verified label. Sharatt says it is those systems — which can include product testing regimes and farm-to-fork traceability — that should become the standard for all foods. It’s a big job. Testing would be required for every product on every farm, in addition to segregated transport and processing to limit cross contamination. A U.S. study on the feasibility of …

Insect-inspired eye may allow drones to navigate their environment more naturally

By Colin Jeffrey, posted March 11, 2015 Most modern aircraft, cruise missiles, spacecraft – in fact, almost all flying vehicles – use an accelerometer for flight stabilization. Living creatures that fly, on the other hand, rely on their own innate sense of balance determined by environmental observation and inbuilt organ-based systems. Now French researchers have designed a bio-inspired, sight-based system that could be used in conjunction with accelerometers to vastly increase the …

Dark Horse May Outdo Lithium-Ion Battery Storage

… except for comparatively narrow and strictly defined cases. A developer of vanadium-flow battery storage systems, Imergy Power systems, is taking its case to the market. Flow batteries for utilities and large-scale end users On Feb. 17, Fremont, California-based Imergy announced the introduction of its largest line of vanadium-flow batteries to date: the ESP 250 series. Capable of operating 20 years or more without the need to replace electrolytes and with only a couple of moving parts, …