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The Complicated Equation of Attracting Young Farmers

Young farmers will need access to land and partnerships to help them learn how to be successful in a changing agricultural landscape. That was the central message emerging from a series of panelists at Investing in Discovery: 2017 Food Tank Summit Boston.  Matthew Dillon, Director of Agricultural Policy and Programs at Clif Bar, says that, to […]

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What Is Sustainable Development?

Sustainable development is economic growth which meets the needs of the present without damaging the lives of future generations. In other words, it doesn’t cause so much damage that people in the future might not be able to live healthy lives. It also means that we don’t destroy so much of the natural world that other

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Effects of Global Warming on Humans – Based on the 2015 IPCC AR5

Originally published on Planetsave.com Not only posing significant risks for Earth’s natural systems, the effects of global warming on humans and human systems have only recently begun receiving the expanded attention they critically require. From hazardous effects causing potential loss of life, injury, or other negative health impacts, to the potential exposure of social, economic,

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ITC 5-Year Extension Supported in "New Energy for America Act"

ITC Investment Tax Credit 5-Year Extension Supported in “New Energy for America Act”

Originally published on SolarLove.org Announcing its support for legislation extending the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for both residential and commercial solar installations, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said it will provide a big boost to the US economy, while also helping to fight pollution and climate change. Introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5), the

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Stevia Helps US Lose Weight & Quit Smoking, Too

As more Americans quit smoking, estranged tobacco farmers are coping with their grief by switching to growing domestic stevia, instead. Approved for commercial use in the U.S. five years ago, stevia extracts are fast becoming the more popular choice of sugar substitutes in America. Although most stevia is currently grown in China and South America,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Agricultural Innovation Prize Asks Students to Reinvent Food and Ag Ecosystems

In order to help encourage the development of cutting-edge technology for agricultural and food ecosystems, the Agricultural Innovation Prize is looking for ideas that can transform our global food systems into ones focused on resilience and sufficiency. To that end, the competition is offering cash prizes and support to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students across

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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

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Lyfe Kitchens cuts into Lean Cuisine’s market share with wholesome quick meals

LYFE Kitchens founder Steve Sidwell knew nothing about the grocery retail market, but he knew what demand was. Sidwell, who said he’d struggled with finding healthy, quick meals for years and battled weight issues as a result, was looking for a good tasting, healthy, quick meal plan that he could stock up in his fridge.

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Attention to Erectile Dysfunction Could Save The U.S. Billions in Health Care Costs

Men experiencing a high level of erectile dysfunction may hold the secret to dramatically reducing our nation’s health care costs and the burden to taxpayers. It’s a lot more than ED, of course, but ED is one of the early warning signs of cardiovascular disease, which has been a leading cause of death in most

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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

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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 for  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

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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

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Social Business Good, Corporate Social Responsibility “Largely Nonsense”

A New York Times business feature on PepsiCo’s support of Mexican corn farmers has thrust a glowing light on the firm’s business practices, while simultaneously beating the anachronistic drum against the value of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Reporter Stephanie Strom provides an interesting overview of how over 300 poor farmers in San Gabriel, Mexico have

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The Meat on the Bone: More Details on Whole Foods’ New Animal Welfare Label

Now that the news of Whole Foods’ adoption of the Global Animal Partnership’s animal welfare certification is a week old, it’s time to look a bit deeper at both the market demand for this new information, and what costs suppliers must pay to become certified. A few readers expressed their concerns about the economic cost

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Whole Foods Announces Animal Welfare Rating System

Today, Whole Foods has announced in a press release the adoption of a five-step animal welfare rating system in partnership with the NGO Global Animal Partnership. The system is designed to provide consumers with incentives to purchase animal proteins from sources that are constantly committed to improving the conditions of farmed and ranched animals. The

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Certified Organic Turkey Market Up 4,000% Since 2000

While agricultural experts and other environmental policymakers still debate the overall merits of organic produce and livestock versus their conventional counterparts, Americans are eating more organic turkeys. According to a USDA data set, certified organic acreage for turkey production was up over 4,000% between 2000-2008. Although this accounts for only 0.15% of overall turkey acreage

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Debunking Locavore Nation: U of C Professor Searches for the Truth — With Data!

The national conversation on local food systems continues to evolve in complexity, intrigue and now, rigor. On the front page of today’s Chicago Tribune is a story about a University of Chicago geophysics professor who is examining the  merits — in carbon intensity terms —  of local versus conventional farming. Professor Pamela Martin along with

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