Board game introduces pathways to a competitive bioeconomy using hemp & bamboo

By Derek Markham | December 9, 2015 This Monopoly alternative is designed to act as a walkthrough of the concepts of a new economically and ecologically viable “Industrial Evolution” based on a renewable bioeconomy. To get from here, with here being a global economy based on petroleum and non-renewable resources that is literally killing us, to there, with there being a cleaner future with a livable climate and a high quality of life for all, we’re going to have to make some …

New business offers locally grown, organic and pre-prepared food for the soul – Northfield MN: Local

By Kevin Krein | July 3, 2015 From an early age, Northfield resident Rael Rodning always had an interest in working with food. “I wanted to be a chef before it was ‘cool’ to want to be a chef,” she said. However, at the urging of her father, she played it safe career-wise, receiving a business degree, eventually going on to work in finance and corporate IT consultation. But the desire to work with food never left Rodning. “I need to do this now, or I will take this …

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 …

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

By Caroline Scott-Thomas | May 4, 2015 Proponents of organic agriculture say it leads to better soil management, uses fewer pesticides and fertilisers, and is a better protector of biodiversity. However, when it comes to increasing food production for a growing global population, others argue that organic’s lower average yields would mean clearing more land for agriculture. According to a 2012 meta-analysis, organic crop yields average about 80% of those of conventional crops – but there is …

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 …

Farmers who switch to organic face strict rules, costs, red tape – Times Union

By Madeline St. Amour | April 26, 2015 As a cardiorespiratory therapist in an intensive care unit and later as a nutritionist, Pamela Schreiber saw many people with grave ailments. Working in rehabilitation, she helped long-term smokers, asthmatics, people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and postoperative cardiac surgery patients. “I worked with people who hadn’t taken care of themselves their whole lives through smoking or poor diet,” she said. After doing a lot …

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 …

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 …

What Food Labels Really Mean

By Sylvia Booth Hubbard | April 2, 2015 If you’re like many Americans, you’re reading more food labels than in the past. Perhaps you look for foods labeled “all natural,” “organic,” “free-range,” “GMO-free,” or “0 trans fats.” But what do those labels really mean? Some terms, such as organic, are regulated by the FDA and USDA. Others, such as “all natural,” aren’t regulated at all, and may not mean what you …

Major lift in Danish organic chicken sales prompts investment

By Gerard O’Dwyer, Posted 17 March 2015 New domestic and foreign suppliers are entering the growing organic meat sector in Denmark, encouraged by its long-term prospects, strong consumer demand and government backing. Growth in both production and sales of organic chicken has been particularly impressive in Denmark since 2010, achieving a 26% increase in 2014. Organic chicken is now the fastest growth sector within Denmark’s chicken meat segment, a market where production of non-organic …