Engineer Creates First Local Organic Bamboo Kiln 

By Douglas McIntosh | November 29, 2015 Jamaica’s emerging bamboo industry has been further boosted with the creation of the first locally manufactured organic bamboo charcoal kiln. The furnace was designed and developed at a cost of $1.4 million by Jamaican engineer, Gentle Wallace, a member of the Bamboo and Indigenous Materials Advisory Committee (BIMAC), in support of the multimillion dollar Peckham Bamboo Project, being implemented in North West Clarendon. Funding for the kiln was …

Maine following path to organic dairy farms – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

By Tom Bell, Staff Writer | June 28, 2015 WHITEFIELD — A national shortage of organic milk – the result of changing American diets – is fueling interest in Maine among dairy processors eager to increase supplies and meet growing demand. As many dairy farms in the West struggle under drought conditions that have dried up pasturelands, Maine is seen as promising territory. Its abundance of water and land gives the state an advantage because organic dairy cows spend much of their lives …

Farmers turn to GMO-free crops to boost income

… in my opinion, has sent a clear message that a certain percentage of our customers are willing to pay more for the non-GMO lines,” Dammann said. “This non-GMO thing has seemed to take hold and gain a lot of traction.” Consumers, particularly on the West and East coasts, have demanded more GMO-free products because of health and safety concerns. And a number of major food companies have responded. • General Mills announced last year it will no longer use bioengineered …

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

By Aarian Marshall | April 4, 2015 Chez Panisse, the famed, ultra high-end Berkeley restaurant that has built its reputation on clean, local, organic food, could hardly feel further away from West Oakland, where fresh produce can be hard to find and the median household income is just under $36,000 per year. That’s something that the UC Berkeley statistics professor Philip Stark, who heads the Open Source Food project, readily acknowledges. “There’s not a direct connection,” he says, …

AGL sells back ‘unviable’ coal seam gas licence to NSW government | The Australian

… last week cancelled a coal seam gas exploration licence that covered the majority of the metropolitan Sydney. PEL 463 covered over 189,000 hectares from Bundeena in the city’s south to Rooty Hill in its West and as far north as Gosford. CSG is set to be a heated topic in the lead up to the state election on March 28, with the opposition promising to cancel or suspend indefinitely coal seam gas exploration licences in the Northern Coast if elected, and to do so without compensation. Metgasco, …

Evidence CSG project may be in danger | Daily Liberal

As candidates for the seat of Dubbo argue about the merits and dangers of coal seam gas and the stance government should take on the issue, one CSG project in the state’s north West is looking more in danger. Anti-CSG campaigners are claiming a win in their long running battle with gas giant Santos over the controversial Narrabri Gas Project in the Pilliga Forest. Organisations including the North West Alliance and Wilderness Society Newcastle are claiming Santos missed a deadline that was …