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Organic Farming gets a Break

Organic Farming gets a Break

Are you an organic farmer trying to avoid paying promotion and marketing fees? Until recently you were straight out of luck; with only certified exclusive organic farmers being exempt from those fees. However, a new rule was just developed in which all organic farmers, are exempt from these frustrating fees. Some of you may be asking what exactly are program and marketing fees? Well, they go towards paying organizations including […]

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Establish ‘GE-Free’ Zones, Organic Farmers Say

Establish ‘GE-Free’ Zones, Organic Farmers Say

The Organic Farmers who are pushing for the establishment of ‘GE-free zones’ across the US got a boost from Jackson County, Oregon. The ‘GE-Free Zones’ seeks to establish areas in which the growth and farming of genetically engineered plants will be restricted. This makes the Jackson County to be the eighth county in the US establishing such an ordinance. Already pressure is already building up calling for other counties in […]

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Despite UK Flooding, a Yorkshire Town Remains Dry

Despite UK Flooding, a Yorkshire Town Remains Dry

Despite widespread flooding in The North of Britain last week, Pickering, Yorkshires main flooding region, beat the weather and stayed dry. Notwithstanding, the town had been refused financial aid for a defense mechanism, so it tackled it with wringing success. The town prevented the frequent inundation by using what many will call an “old-fashioned” method. On their own, the citizens worked with nature to control the floods. The towns triumph […]

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Raw Milk Available for Sale and Delivery in NZ

Raw Milk Available for Sale and Delivery in NZ

The New Zealand government have heard their people, allowing public access to raw milk that is packed with health boosting properties. The New Zealand government have not simply taken the assumption that raw milk is inherently bad, the way that many people do as soon as they hear the word “bacteria”. Instead they have made the effort to allow their people the choice. Those in NZ can decide for themselves […]

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Mercury Found in Fog a Threat to the Eco-system

Mercury Found in Fog a Threat to the Eco-system

During a recent research meeting with the American Geophysical Union on Dec 16 2015, an announcement was made regarding the increasing amount of coastal fog coupled with increased amount of monomethylmercury being found in the fog which has caused a lot of concern among the scientists. A lot of fog is acidic and it converts some of the gaseous mercury that escapes during ocean upwelling, commonly seen in Northern California’s […]

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Solar Panels have just taken a Step Forward

Solar Panels have just taken a Step Forward

For many years, researchers have been looking for ways to improve cost-effectiveness and efficiency of solar cells. The solar cells are about fifteen per cent efficient, which means that eighty five per cent of the sunlight is lost. Therefore, scientists have been testing new technologies to increase light capture and conversion. Abu Dhabi researchers, in a why wasn’t this thought of earlier moment, have come up with a low-cost machine […]

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Organic Agriculture Systems Continue to Outshine Conventional Systems in Multiple Studies.

Organic Agriculture Systems Continue to Outshine Conventional Systems in Multiple Studies.

Though organic agriculture currently occupies a surprisingly low 1% of global cropland, several agricultural studies have recently favored organic systems over conventional systems in terms of profitability, crop yields, and environmental safety and health concerns. Rodale Institute has conducted one of the most substantial studies of organic and conventional agriculture. The Farming Systems Trial consists of more than 30 years worth of side-by-side comparison of conventional chemical based systems vs […]

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Permaculture Research Institute Proud to Be Recognized with UNCCD Accreditation!

Permaculture Research Institute Proud to Be Recognized with UNCCD Accreditation!

The Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) recently received notice that the organization has been accredited as a Civil Service Organization by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This accreditation is no empty honour; it demonstrates both PRI’s commitment to finding ever-more effective ways to carry out its mission as well as recognition of the importance of that mission by a body as important as the UNCCD. Furthermore, as an […]

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Fossil Fuel the Tipping Point – Structural Decline of Coal

Fossil Fuel the Tipping Point – Structural Decline of Coal

Coal is being squeezed out by an increased tightening of environmental laws which might give a future outlook for other fossil fuel markets globally. Unprecedented changes and events are changing the world biggest energy markets and this scenario is poised to have significant effects on the future of the coal industry. Several reports such as: A New Balance of Power, A Short Gas Bridge to Renewables, and Global Thermal Coal: […]

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Millions in Southern Africa at Risk of Food Insecurity

Millions in Southern Africa at Risk of Food Insecurity

Special alert issued this week estimates that nearly over 6.3Million people in Southern Africa will experience food shortages and drought attributed to the strongest El Niño weather phenomenon in 18 years. This alert was issued by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday, warning that a reduced crop and livestock production just after last year’s failed season that led to higher food costs and “could acutely impact the […]

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Food Standards Australia and New Zealand on the Brink of GM Decision

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand on the Brink of GM Decision

It’s an important issue, because without the classification, there will be no impetus—legally or otherwise—for fresh food providers to let consumers know whether or not the fruits, vegetables, and grains they’re eating have been subjected to genetic editing.

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Whose Space is Space? Asteroid Mining Rights Raise Questions

Whose Space is Space? Asteroid Mining Rights Raise Questions

President Barack Obama ushered in a new era of U.S. law—an era in which the American President has taken a stand on how mining rights in space may work in the future. The new law grants private companies the right to any materials they mine from the moon and asteroids, potentially painting space as a capitalistic free for all. Ostensibly, the bill is intended to serve as motivation for the […]

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