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Are mushrooms the future of packaging?

January 3rd, 2014

CNN Money reports on Ecovative Design, a company in Green Island, NY, that turns agricultural waste and mushroom fibers into a styrofoam packaging replacement.

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Wind energy subsidies blew away with 2013; will anyone bring them back in 2014?

January 2nd, 2014

Congress’ on-and-off romance with wind energy is back off. Tax credits for wind expired – again – with the close of 2013. This isn’t the first time the industry has broken up with its Congress. Every year or every other year for the past decade lawmakers have acted like a reluctant fiancee, extending a hand but always holding back on a full-fledged support for the wind industry.

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Organic farms help mitigate climate change

December 18th, 2013

Organic agriculture, long considered healthier for soil, water and wildlife, also helps mitigate climate change, according to a study done by European agriculture experts.

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Angora sweaters — just don’t

December 17th, 2013

The latest travesty being reported by PETA reminds us of the pate matter, which intrinsically requires suffering on the part of the enlisted animals. It’s easy to understand and needs no special PR campaign. In fact, it’s so cruel and needless, that we couldn’t bear to watch the video.

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US oil producer says the Keystone XL pipeline is not needed by US oil firms

December 17th, 2013

A story posted by Reuters today quotes an oil company chief saying his firm no longer considers Keystone XL a viable way to transport crude oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota to refineries in Texas.

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Farm Kings will make you feel guiltier than The Biggest Loser, but you also may get inspired

December 16th, 2013

Cops. Lawyers. Doctors. Even ice road truck drivers have all received their due on TV, either in fictional or “true life” series. It was about time farmers got some exposure. Meet the inordinately attractive and active King family of Freedom Farms in western Pennsylvania. They’ll get you learning about CSAs, family farms, and as a bonus, show what biceps look like when they’re used every day. Indeed, you may get healthier just watching this show on Great American Country TV.

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Why the FDA’s plan to reel in antibiotics for livestock puts Americans at risk

December 13th, 2013

Antibiotic-resistant diseases are depriving Americans of good health every year, with 23,000 people dying from diseases that were untreatable because antibiotics failed to work.

This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sprang into action – 30 or so years into this growing problem — to take aim at a major culprit, perhaps the major culprit, the livestock producers who routinely administer antibiotics to make animals…

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How Russia may force the US to produce healthier meat

November 23rd, 2013

The USDA allows livestock to be fed controversial growth enhancers that are banned in the European Union. This year Russia joined the countries that won’t accept meat that was raised with beta agonists, forcing US authorities to come up with some quick answers if they want to recover this large export market. A collateral effect could be that Americans get meat that’s free of growth hormones, or not.

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Animal rights advocate Peter Singer explains how inhumane factory farming exacerbates poverty and climate change

November 21st, 2013

Animal rights advocate Peter Singer says shifting our diet away from meat could relieve human, as well as animal suffering. Speaking at UT-Dallas last week, he showed how factory farming and our inability to effectively fight world hunger are entwined.

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Italian company shows how bales of hay can turn into energy

November 11th, 2013

Beta Renewables, a biochemical company in Italy, is running the world’s firstcommercial-scale plant for the production of non-food biofuels. It makes more sense economically and for the environment.

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Water recycling picks up in oil and gas fields

November 11th, 2013

Oil and gas drillers faced with scarce water supplies and other related issues turn to recycling to resolve their problems.

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Is there a place for the green economy in China’s economic development?

October 29th, 2013

What does the “good life” entail? Clearly, at one level, it is about growth, rising incomes for the population as a whole, and correspondingly higher living standards. But “living standards” are not simply a question of dollars and cents. In China, the country’s quantum leap in growth has long been associated with a corresponding degradation of the environment.

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