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

… huge changes in the way we do things. These changes are starting to happen in some sectors, such as renewable energy, but considering how huge our total energy appetite is right now (I think the technical term is “boat-load”), it’s a slow process. And that only affects the energy side of the equation, not the materials side, so even if we were to go 100% renewable energy tomorrow, our stuff, of which we are so fond of buying and using and disposing, will still be made mostly …

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

… regret to my grave,” she said. Rodnings’s venture, Jiva Bites, finds her putting together pre-prepared meals and delivering them to your door. She said what separates her service from other national services is her emphasis on local and organic food. She said that the name is a play on the term “soul food.” “‘Jiva’ is one sanskrit word for ‘soul,’” she said. “I came up with the name after spending weeks calling the business ‘The …

Monarch Power Granted Patent for Solar Powered Turbine | 2015-06-11 | ACHRNEWS

… air conditioned. The sun is our ubiquitous power source. Our natural gas grid provides backup energy security more reliably than overhead power lines.” Hui predicts that the current power grid with centralized generation of electricity will be replaced by personal energy, a term he coined for local sourcing, generation, storage, and use of energy. “Energy isn’t just about electricity. Energy is for home heating and cooling, cooking, driving, communicating, lighting, and watering. …

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

… huge variation depending on the region and crop variety. The researchers found that while organic fruit trees, beans and alfalfa delivered just 5% lower yields, major cereal crops and vegetables yielded about 25% less than their conventionally grown counterparts. Reducing non-renewable inputs But while much of the debate has focused on whether organic can match the yields of conventional agriculture, advocates suggest organic foods offer more long-term viability even if yields are lower. But …

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 …

Can organic foods and GM-like technologies ever go hand in hand?

… cultivation is very real, the organic food regulation and certification expert said. Even in countries where the chance of cultivation is seen to be low, and the government or regulatory agencies have pushed for bans for several years, Stopes suggests that simply by having the ultimate power to ban or allow crop cultivation many countries have a high chance of accepting them in the long term. Hand in hand So, could organic food production and biotechnologies like GM ever work together? When …

Choose smart & organic – Focus Health – Susie Ponici

… fungicides greatly reduce the quality of nutrition, and have also been shown to cause numerous long-term health risks such as cancer, birth defects, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Immediate health risks can attribute to acute intoxication such as vomiting, diarrhea, blurred vision, tremors, convulsions, and nerve damage. Further research shows that young children with higher levels of pesticide residue in their urine were more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. …

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

… Sustainability Center, said in a news release. “We just don’t know enough about the health effects.” Studies have linked long-term pesticide exposure to increased risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, prostate, ovarian and other cancers, as well as depression and respiratory problems, Consumer Reports says. The analysis is based on the risk to a 3 1/2-year-old child because kids are especially vulnerable to the dietary risk from pesticides. The risk to adults would be lower, …