Peru’s Organic Workers Call for Food Sovereignty | News | teleSUR English

By Rael Mora | June 2, 2015 12,000 Peruvian organic farmers are struggling to survive and promote their way of developing sources of food. Demands for Peruvian government policy that prioritizes food security and sovereignty were high on the agenda Tuesday at the National Association of Ecological Producers conference. Vice President of the organization Naida Quispe Farfán said that the government’s emphasis on free trade agreement undermine such a goal. The purpose of the conference is …

Peru’s Organic Workers Call for Food Sovereignty | News | teleSUR English

By Rael Mora | June 2, 2015 12,000 Peruvian organic farmers are struggling to survive and promote their way of developing sources of food. Demands for Peruvian government policy that prioritizes food security and sovereignty were high on the agenda Tuesday at the National Association of Ecological Producers conference. Vice President of the organization Naida Quispe Farfán said that the government’s emphasis on free trade agreement undermine such a goal. The purpose of the conference is …

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

… city property. The Portland City Council voted Tuesday to ban the insecticides, which are responsible for multiple mass bee die-offs in Oregon in the past year and are suspected to contribute to colony collapse disorder. The ban does not extend to private property. The Oregonian’s Andrew Theen reports Portland’s ban follows similar actions in Spokane, Seattle and Eugene. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also pledged to ban the insecticides last year on more than 150 million acres …

ASU talk focuses on vertical agriculture to save space, help environment | savannahnow.com

… people living in the built environment,” said Despommier, a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University. He’s written a book on the subject titled “The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century” and will lecture at Armstrong State University on Tuesday evening. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, Scientific American and Popular Science. The idea of vertical farming has cropped up before, but Despommier traces the beginning of …

Dark Horse May Outdo Lithium-Ion Battery Storage

Andrew Burger | Tuesday February 17th, 2015 Leading battery storage technology developers and emerging market players, including Elon Musk’s SolarCity and Tesla, are investing billions of dollars to improve the performance and lower the costs of manufacturing lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Along the way, they are promoting Li-ion battery storage as a cleaner, more efficient, sustainable and significantly less costly solution across a wide range of applications, from electric vehicles, homes …

‘Cap and Trade’ Could Bring Millions for Environmental Projects – Times of San Diego

With the busy City College trolley station as a backdrop, local government leaders on Tuesday called attention to $2 billion in new funding for environmental projects under California’s innovative “cap and trade” law. Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas, San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez and San Diego Unified Board Member Richard Barrera gathered in support of Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which will provide $2 billion in funding for transit, …

German Environment Ministry seeks unconditional GMO ban | EurActiv

Germany’s Environment Ministry is hoping for a complete ban on green genetic engineering,  but a Green party assessment warns that upcoming free trade agreements like TTIP and CETA could still bring genetically modified plants to the European market. EurActiv Germany reports. After the European Parliament on Tuesday (13 January passed a new Directive on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in Europe, the German Environment Ministry is insisting on a complete ban on green genetic engineering …