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Gotham Greens Is Pushing The Scale Of Urban Agriculture With Their Tasty, Pesticide-Free Veggies 25.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When you think of farming, New York City may be one of the last places that come to mind. But Gotham Greens, an urban greenhouse business, is reversing that mindset and linking urban areas with agriculture. Co-founded in 2008 by Viraj Puri and Eric Haley with the goal of advancing urban agriculture, Gotham Greens works to provide high-quality, pesticide-free produce to grocery stores, restaurants and other local retailers. By using advanced technology and providing a climate-controlled environment, Gotham Greens is able to provide produce year-round -- something that sets them apart from rooftop or conventional farms around New York. In January, Gotham Greens opened its second urban greenhouse on top of Whole Foods Market in Gowanus, Brooklyn. This 20,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility harvests 200 tons of organic, non-GMO produce a year, and supplies grocers like Whole Foods, Fresh Direct and Key Foods. This facility uses the hydroponic technique , meaning plants receive nutrients from their ...
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Science of the Small With a Big Sustainable Impact: Interview With Novozymes' Adam Monroe 24.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As modern society evolves and the global population swells from 7 billion to more than 9 billion by 2050, the density of people and sprawl is shifting toward cities and coastlines. That change will have a profound impact on natural resources. Finding solutions for problems tied to runaway growth will be paramount in how we live, work, and sustain. Water, food, and the energy we consume and pollute, as a byproduct of industrialization, are not limitless. They resource networks are fragile. When we talk about resiliency in Hurricane Sandy terms, we need to think beyond facilities and infrastructure and make the natural resources we use more resilient, as well. Sustainability is one reason why "Europe plans to decarbonize by 2050," Connie Hedegaard stated at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Summit held in New York City this month. The Danish politician is the European Commissioner for Climate Action in the European Commission. The panel discussion she sat on, Geopolitics of Phase Change, covered the ...
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Green Cheese: One Blogger's Search for Sustainable Creameries 24.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sustainability can be a problem at many dairies, but in this blog series intern Alicia gets the deets on some eco-friendly cheesemakers from across the map. Find out what makes each cheese green, and learn about the weekly contest for a chance to win an issue of culture. When we first set out on this Green Cheese journey together, I told you about my catch-22: I love cheese, but I want to be kind to animals and the environment, too. The ugly truth is, those things aren't always compatible. So we've spent the last two months talking with cheesemakers across the country and globe, each focusing on a different aspect of sustainability. While many of us have a preconceived notion of what "sustainability" is, these cheesemakers not only all took a unique route towards reducing their impact on the environment and improving their animals' quality of life, but also incorporated aspects of sustainability I hadn't considered before: such as sustaining their communities. Some creameries took it one step farther, ...
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Farm to Fork Across America: Technology and Healthy Food for Emotional Well Being, Google and Adobe Style 23.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This post is co-authored by Lee Glenn "We must learn to balance the material wonders of technology with the spiritual demands of our human nature." -- John Naisbitt At least that is how he phrased the concept of High Tech/High Touch as a minor thought in his 1982 futurist manifesto Megatrends. By 1999, the idea had blossomed into a complete book, High Tech/High Touch, Technology and Our Search for Meaning, elaborating on the growing distinction between the two and its importance to our emotional well being. By 2014 we found the concept real and present at Adobe and Google on Seattle's Lake Union. We were there to meet to Buzz Hofford, District Manager for Bon Appétit Management Company (BAMCO) and Chef Seth Caswell, Executive Chef for Google's Kirkland Campus. The rain was incessant, drumming on the window panes, as we sat first with Buzz in Adobe's employee cafeteria. Bamco has been the manager of Adobe's food services since 2012. Setting them apart is a commitment to fresh and seasonal ingredients and ...
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9 Planet-Happy Trips To Book On Earth Day 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Without nature, travel wouldn't exist. We greedy humans can engineer high-rise hotels and curate five-star restaurants and organize luxury tours, but these things would be absolutely impossible if it weren't for the beautiful bounty our planet gives us to work with. Celebrate Earth Day -- and the mind-blowing natural wonders this orbiting rock shares with us -- by booking an Earth-friendly getaway instead of an Earth-greedy one today. Go WWOOF-ing It stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms . As a WWOOF-er, you'll choose from farms around the world and sign up to lend your hand in exchange for free food and lodging . It's the best way to learn the ropes of agriculture, serve the planet, AND travel for free. Stay at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji If preserving Fiji's stellar coral reefs is important to you (and it should be ), stay at this hotel named for French environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau. The resort's beach is a protected marine reserve , and there are no reef fish or farmed ...
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Can this app make an organic gardener out of you? 21.4.2014 TreeHugger
If the desire to start an organic garden in your yard hits you, but you feel like you don't yet have the skills or knowledge to begin, this garden planning site has you covered.
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Meatless Monday: Earth Day With Eco-Chef Bryant Terry 21.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earth Day just tastes better with self-described eco-chef Bryant Terry in the kitchen."I started calling myself an eco-chef in 2002,"says the author of the new cookbook "Afro-Vegan.""I knew I wanted to commit to healthy food and sustainability issues, helping people to understand the choices we make as consumers have an impact on our health and on the environment." He wasn't always clear about the best way to deliver the message. Back in his teens,Terry heard "Beef," Boogie Down Productions' hiphop tutorial on the horrors of factory farming. "That was it," he says. He went vegan with a vengeance, turning into "an overzealous preacher of benefits of plant-based diets, yelling, screaming, haranguing," and throwing out the chicken meant for the family dinner. Not a convert-winner. Amazing plant-based eats, though, "moves everyone across the bar, whatever race, class, status or diversity." A loving, modern mashup of traditional African foods from spring-bright slaw to pumpkin-peanut fritters, big-flavored ...
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Organics: Are they worth the price? 20.4.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Organic or conventional? It’s a choice many grocery shoppers are faced with, over and over. The price difference is easy to see; it’s right there on the product. The quality difference is much murkier. Is organic milk better for your kids? Is conventional lettuce more likely to carry pathogens? Here’s a rundown of the evidence on nutrition and contamination levels for organic and conventional products.
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Can Wal-Mart really make organic food cheap for everyone? 19.4.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper, but a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.
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Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone? 19.4.2014 NPR News
The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.
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Dispute between organic dairy farm and power grid project to test Minnesota 'Buy the Farm' law 19.4.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Shopping for sustainable food in the L.A. area 19.4.2014 L.A. Times - Food & Dining
Community Seafood, Grist & Toll, Good Eggs and Belcampo offer ways to get sustainable food.

There's no way around it. In most cases, eating sustainably is probably going to be more expensive and less convenient than simply running down the street to your neighborhood grocery. But if you're interested in where your food comes from and how it gets from the field to your kitchen, here are some Southern California organizations that are making it easier to cook responsibly.
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Maine Farmer to Speak at United Nations on International Mother Earth Day 16.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Jim Gerritsen, a Maine organic seed potato farmer, has accepted an invitation to participate on a guest panel at the United Nations in New York City on April 22, 2014.  The event will be the fourth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature which commemorates International Mother Earth Day.

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IPCC Report Underscores Need for Global Sustainable Agriculture 16.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

The prestigious United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report this week, detailing how governments can avert the most severe consequences of climate change, if they act quickly and decisively.

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Just Say No to Illegal Pirate Fish: Support Sustainable Seafood 16.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
How to support sustainable seafood and #eatbetterfish It is a sad state of affairs that 91 percent of all seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported, with more than half of that farmed, often in dubious conditions. A scathing report to be published in Marine Policy says that up to 33 percent of all imported wild fish was from illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. Study co-author Tony Pitcher says those results surprised his team. "We didn't think it would be as big as that. To think that one in three fish you eat in the U.S. could be illegal, that's a bit scary." Pirate fishing is devastating wild fish stocks worldwide, supporting human slavery , and fomenting political tensions, while unregulated fish farming is causing worldwide environmental mayhem to produce cheap seafood with serious health concerns that tastes bad. What's a girl to do? The answer is surprisingly simple: source seafood from domestic wild fisheries. Protects the fish U.S. fisheries management is the world's beacon, with ...
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What does Rainforest Alliance certification mean for palm oil? 15.4.2014 TreeHugger
We all know the palm oil industry has a horrible reputation for deforestation. The Rainforest Alliance, however, believes that change can happen from within and that sustainable palm oil production is attainable.
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Nestle reports sales slump, blames strong Swiss franc 15.4.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
The world's leading food industry group Nestle saw its sales plunge 5.1 percent in the first quarter, it said on Tuesday, blaming the effect of exchange rates and strength of the Swiss franc. During the first three months of the year, the maker of Nespresso capsules and baby food and many other products, said it had taken 20.8 billion Swiss francs ($23.6 billion, 17.1 billion euros) in sales. Paul Bulcke, who heads the Swiss company, maintained that currency rates were to blame for the drop and stressed Nestle had seen organic growth of 4.2 percent during the quarter. "Our organic growth in the first months of the year was in line with expectations and driven by volume rather than price," he said in a ...
Updates on Calhoun Square, Urban Organics 15.4.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Both projects moving along
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Organic Food: It's Not Just for Yuppies Anymore 14.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Tracie McMillan

A man who applies pesticides to Iowa fields for $14 hour might not seem a likely organic enthusiast. But when I met Jim Dreyer last fall, and he mentioned the backyard patch he and his wife had planted with vegetables in the spring, he told me he didn’t use any pesticides. When I asked him why, Dreyer surprised me: “I don’t want to eat that shit,” he said.

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From fish to pipes, Minnesota firms see opportunity in growing water challenge 14.4.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Rising concern over the supply of clean water, both in Minnesota and worldwide, is turning into what some technology companies think is a chance to grow.
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