Macedon Ranges Permaculture program eliminates food waste 

By Barry Kennedy, Macedon Ranges Leader | December 7, 2015 UP TO 300kg of food waste from businesses in Macedon and Mt Macedon is being used to feed hungry chooks, pigs and goats each week. The food loop project was launched by Macedon man Ben “Bushy” Bush in September. Those with animals can participate in the program by taking the scraps to feed their livestock and further complete the cycle by collecting animal waste to add to compost piles and gardens, helping to grow vegetable and fruit …

Nora Pouillon and the Birth of the Farm-to-Table Movement

… time on their farm, just outside Vienna. There on-site caretakers Nanni and Alois grew all their own food, composted, baked and made their own soap. Everything that could be used or reused was, including human waste. Pouillon lovingly describes home-made cream, corn mush, and a sourdough bread that took all day to bake. Pouillon’s interest in food began early. Besides hanging out in Nanni’s kitchen, she watched her grandmother, Omi, kill chickens neatly and carefully before using every bit …

City to push for more organic recycling | Capital New York

By David Giambusso | July 1, 2015 Landfills around New York may soon be unburdened of thousands of tons of discarded peanuts and Cracker Jack as the city moves to divert organic waste that’s generated in large ballparks and arenas as well as in hotels and food wholesalers. In an announcement expected Thursday, sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia will begin the first big wave of mandatory recycling of organic material—food, yard waste and some soiled paper products—for stadiums …

Solano Coalition for Better Health: Sustainable food system better for all

By Denise Kirnig, Coalition for Better Health | June 19, 2015 Sustainable food habits that support a more environmentally and socially responsible food system are a growing interest in our efforts to protect the environment. A sustainable food system is a collaborative network that integrates sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management in order to enhance the environmental, economic and social health of a particular place. Farmers, consumers and …

Hy-Vee composting food waste at Nebraska stores : Lincoln, NE Journal Star

By Algis Laukaitis, Lincoln Journal Star | May 8, 2015 Hy-Vee plans to recycle thousands of pounds of food and other organic waste from its 25 stores in Nebraska.The grocery chain estimates the stores will divert 75 tons pounds of organic waste from landfills each month. Excess fruit, vegetables, baked goods, solid dairy products and floral clippings will be turned into compost, biogas and animal feed. Some Hy-Vee stores will sell the compost and others that sponsor community gardens will use it …

Choose smart & organic – Focus Health – Susie Ponici

… pollution while enforcing waste water management, crop rotation, animal welfare, and sustainability. Fortunately, organic foods are becoming an important staple among the health-conscious public. Many grocery stores are expanding their organic produce while health food stores have sprung up across the country. Families are learning the value of eating locally by joining community gardens and supporting local farmers. In doing so, you too can support local producers who use sustainable and …

The ‘accidental’ quarry in the middle of a food bowl – ABC Southern Queensland – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

… road base. He says it feels good to make an income from a potential waste product from his mine. “I think you have to look and think about what you are mining to improve the planet,” he said. In keeping with his ‘use it all’ approach, Mr Lewington is excited by a by-product of the by-product, a rock mineral dust he calls palaganite. “It’s primarily organic growers who use it,” he said. “They are constrained in the fertilisers they can use, so …

Berkeley-Based Wild Food Week Aims to Convince People to Eat Weeds – CityLab

… plants woven into the Chez Panisse experience,” for which reservations alone cost $25, payable by credit card. Friday is Mission Heirloom’s turn, with a $40 dining experience from a restaurant that promises organic and non-GMO foods with “head to tail goodness.” (“This means nothing goes to waste,” the Berkeley restaurant explains). To continue reading this article, click on this link: via Berkeley-Based Wild Food Week Aims to Convince People to Eat Weeds – CityLab. …

Claims that GMOs Will “Feed the World” Don’t Hold Up | EWG

… unlikely to change in light of increased consumption of meat around the world and the U.S. biofuels policy requiring production of millions of gallons of corn ethanol to blend into gasoline. “There is a way out of this mess that will produce enough food for the world’s burgeoning population with minimal impact on our environment,” said Cassidy. “In combination, smarter use of fertilizers, a dramatic shift in biofuels policy, a significant reduction in food waste and a better diet could …

Can a new form of accounting save animals from extinction? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

… emissions, improving water conservation, and preserving biodiversity and ecosystems services to help improve crop yields. But for all this effort, programs to cut water use, waste and carbon footprints have not prevented the continued loss of species. Animal populations have dropped by half since 1970, and between 500 and 36,000 species are lost each year. Steve Elliot, a professor at the University of Sydney Business School, says that there’s “a lot of talk and hand waving and international …