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  • Urban SkyFarm Soaring With Sustainability

    Inspired by the ecological system of giant trees, the Urban Skyfarm is a prototype vertical urban farm project. Designed to support local food production and distribution, it also improves environmental quality through water and air filtration and renewable energy production. First Place Winner in the 2013 Green Dot Awards Concept category, The Urban Skyfarm is […] More

  • New Bioeconomy Market Grows From Biodegradable Paper

    Across the globe, there is a bioeconomy beginning to mature. For example, approximately 15 million hectares of agricultural land are covered every year with horticultural plastics. Every year, in labor intensive and expensive efforts, all of these plastic covers must be removed after the growing season is over. The land must be cleaned, plowed and […] More

  • New PBS Series Highlights US Urban Agriculture Innovators and Pioneers

    Beginning in September, a half hour PBS series will take us on a journey across America, focusing on the “food rebels” who are helping to transform our food system by turning toward sustainable (and traditional, in many cases) methods. This 13 episode series, which highlights farmers, ranchers, chefs, scientists, teachers and fishermen in over 50 […] More

  • Moringa Trees Fight Deforestation, Improve Food Security in Rural Kenya

    By introducing and cultivating the fast-growing drought tolerant moringa tree in villages in rural Kenya, the Green World Campaign (GWC) is helping villagers reverse deforestation, improve soil fertility, and increase their food security. Between deforestation and short-term farming tactics that don’t replenish soil nutrients, farmland in Kenya has been severely depleted, and when combined with […] More

  • Element Media’s Print Publications Go Carbon Neutral

    Element Media, publishers of a variety of magazines focused on the Honolulu market, this week announced a partnership with Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods to plant native koa trees on the Big Island of Hawaii in order to offset the carbon emissions and paper use from their periodical Pacific Edge. The move bucks a trend, as many […] More

  • The Economics of GMOs

    A group called Stop Costly Food Labeling (SCFL) is fighting Prop 37, California’s ballot initiative that would require genetically engineered food (GMOs) to be labeled as such. The group, mainly funded by biotech companies and GMO food distributors, is pouring millions of dollars into the campaign, begging the question: what are the economics of GMOs? […] More

  • You Think You Might start a Green Business?

    Our aching planet just needs you to be thoughtful as you plow into your next venture. If you are, everyone wins, and wins sustainably into the indefinite future. A sustainable business considers the impacts of every facet of its operation and then attempts to address each, from paper consumption to human resources, in a way […] More

  • US Takes a Step to Expand Fish Farming in Federal Waters

    On Friday, the Obama administration took a major step in the long anticipated process of making it easier forĀ  commercial aquaculture firms to operate in federal waters. Currently there isn’t any fish farming — the cultivation of everything from bivalves like oysters and mussels to predators like salmon — in federal waters. Only states allow […] More

  • Scientists Create Genetically Modified Cows to Produce “Human” Milk

    Last week, I was stunned to read an article in The Telegraph claiming scientists in China “created genetically modified cattle that produce ‘human’ milk in a bid to make cows’ milk more nutritious.” Hold on. Did I read that correctly? Unfortunately… yes. According to the piece, the scientists successfully introduced human genes into 300 dairy […] More

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