Macedon Ranges Permaculture program eliminates food waste 

… trees. Mr Bush, a qualified permaculturist and broadcaster of Triple R’s Greening the Apocalypse program, said in a matter of weeks a system has been bedded down eliminating food waste from Macedon and Mt Macedon eateries. “I was originally collecting food scraps from a restaurant to feed to my chooks when I thought, ‘Let’s get all the food places in my community on board’,” he said. “Collectively, I think the project is not just about reducing waste, but trying to change the …

Green efforts of youth gather steam – The Hindu

… traditional and non-traditional species. Its activities included tree surveys and procuring quality saplings, besides encouraging residents’ associations to nurture trees in 2013-14. This year, a series of organic food products, bearing the brand ‘Organic Good,’ is being marketed to primarily sustain the environment-friendly activities, explains Mr. Prasanth. The organisation does not get funds from any outside agency and is trying to sustain on its own. At present, its only patron is the …

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 …

Growing food heals communities – Valley Morning Star : Tu Salud

… even more alarming when it comes to obesity, disability and death from very preventable, curable diseases. Finely’s response to the realities around him was to start growing food in his own yard. Actually, he started by planting in that little strip of dirt between the sidewalk and the street, which belongs to the city, but is supposed to be maintained by residents. He and some neighbors then began planting trees in his yard and more vegetables in vacant lots. It quickly grew to become a food …

‘Man-made’ climate change a major woman’s problem – Business Insider

… along and accentuates all of those,” she added on the sidelines of the ongoing UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, where the issue of climate change and rights was debated. – Cannot swim, climb trees – According to the World Bank, 90 percent of some 140,000 victims of the 1991 cyclone that battered Bangladesh were women, as were nearly two thirds of those killed by Myanmar’s 2008 Cyclone Nargis. “There are many reasons but one of them is that they cannot swim, they …