China promises boost to African bamboo expertise 

By Keya Archarya | December 11, 2015 [PARIS] China aims to increase Africa’s expertise in novel bamboo products through a new knowledge exchange network, it was announced at the COP 21 summit. The country plans to team up with African states to start a partnership that would see knowledge about bamboo growth and products, such as bamboo-based biofuels and charcoal briquettes, transferred to other bamboo-growing nations. The partnership, which was launched at an event on 9 December in Paris, …

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 …

Trailblazer Foods Launches First All-Inclusive Organic Coconut Product Line

… collection of products under one label, removing the need for multiple suppliers and invoices. All the coconut products are available to grocers as of July 1, with the exception of coconut milk, which will be available in September. Trailblazer is marketing the products under the Trailblazer Foods brand, but retailers can also order private-label versions. For pricing details please call the sales team at 503-666-5800. For more information on Trailblazer Foods, its history in the Pacific …

Green efforts of youth gather steam – The Hindu

… final-year M.Sc. (Computer Science) student of Madurai Kamaraj University, can be seen leading a team of youngsters in bringing 15 acres of land at Kattamankottai, a village 12 km from Madurai, back to life. Wielding the farm implements along with him are K. Naveen, final-year M.Sc. (E-Media Communication) student of MKU; M. Madhan of Kadamalaikundu; K. Nagore Meeran of Bank Colony; and Vijayan Ayyasamy of Thumbaipatti. More students join them every day. All of them volunteer to work in the …

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

… research, education and extension project, which is showing several environmental and economic benefits for an integrated cropping and livestock system, according to Perry Miller, MSU professor of land resources and environmental sciences who is part of the research team. Miller said that in a typical organic farming system, tillage is used to terminate cover crops and to get rid of unwanted weeds. However, frequent mechanical tilling can disrupt soil structure and reduce organic matter, …

Choose smart & organic – Focus Health – Susie Ponici

By Susie Ponici, R.H.N. | April 9, 2015 Did you know many studies have shown that organically grown vegetables and fruit have been found to have higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals than those that are cultivated inorganically? According to a 2008 report by the Organic Center, a team of scientists concluded that organically grown plant-based foods have an average of 25 percent more nutrients than conventionally grown plants. Chemical fertilizers such as pesticides, herbicides and …

True Food Kitchen chef favors healthy, ethnic foods

… plane or drive a race car or anything, but the thrill of a busy service and driving the team to greatness is a rush that I just can’t get enough of. What’s your new favorite ingredient? I’ve been playing a lot with Moroccan flavors lately, and finding a multitude of uses for preserved lemons. There’s really no flavor profile quite like them, and they play so well with rich spices, whether with vegetables or proteins. I’m hoping to introduce them into my cooking in …

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

… BeeRotor. As such, the members of the BeeRotor research team, Fabien Expert and Franck Ruffier, are of the opinion that the demonstrated abilities of their robot to orient itself spatially without resorting to standard accelerometers may provide a hypothesis to explain how insects achieve this feat using similar biologically-based feedback mechanisms, also not reliant on gravity-based sensors. Regardless of whether this hypothesis proves true, the optic flow technology realized in the research …

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

… Previous ice sheet simulations used the activity of four well-studied glaciers – Jakobshavn, Helheim, Kangerlussuaq and Petermann – to forecast how the entire ice sheet will dump ice into the oceans. But the current study shows that activity at these four locations may not be representative of what is happening with glaciers across the ice sheet. Dr Csatho’s team identified areas of rapid shrinkage in southeast Greenland that today’s models don’t acknowledge. “The ice sheet could …

Huge New Holes In Siberia Have Scientists Calling For Urgent Investigation Of The Mysterious Craters

… collecting data in an effort to learn why the holes formed. The leading theory is that the holes were created by gas explosions triggered by underground heat or by rising air temperatures associated with climate change, the Siberian Times reported last December. Since scientists can’t predict when or where gas explosions will occur, it’s dangerous to study them, according to Bogoyavlensky. But he said his team is planning to launch a new expedition, and to put stations in the area to …