Get “Down to Earth” in April With California Wineries

Photo by iStockphoto/Thinkstock To coincide with Earth Day (April 22), many California wineries are participating in a month-long celebration of Earth-friendly wines throughout April. Participating wineries make their vino sustainably. The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization created by the Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers, created the Certified […]

French Court to Monsanto: Guilty

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto/Thinkstock Monochlorobenzene is a poisonous chemical found in Monsanto’s Lasso pesticide. U.S. agricultural biotech company Monsanto was found guilty of the chemical poisoning of French grain farmer, Paul Francois, by a French court in Lyon. Francois said he endured neurological problems, including memory loss, fainting, headaches and stammering, after accidentally inhaling Monsanto’s […]

Food Shortage for Bees

Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence Honey bees forage on flowers, such as henbit, about a month earlier than usual due to warm winter temperatures. This year’s unseasonably warm winter weather could create a food shortage for honey bees. Beekeepers in many states have been asked to monitor their hives for signs of starvation. Normally, […]

Farmers Market With Beer in Mind

Image courtesy of Lorene Faure Claiming third place in the Famers’ Market Competition, Beer Hops Farm Brewerymarket features a design that was inspired by the hop plant. Titled “Beer Hops Farm Brewerymarket,” London-based designers Lorene Faure and Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui’s project was the third-place winner for the Farmers’ Market Competition, sponsored by Sprocket Design-Build in Denver, […]

Urban Farmers May Get a Tax Break

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto/Thinkstock A new bill proposed in Salt Lake City will give urban farmers a tax break. Urban farmers in Salt Lake City, Utah, might soon be receiving tax breaks on their property. SB22, the measure that will allow this to happen, was sent to the House, thanks to a 29-0 Senate vote. […]

Kentucky’s First Solar-Powered Hospital

Photo courtesy of Rockcastle Regional Hospital Facilities and Materials Management Director Gary Asher and CEO Stephen A. Estes with the new solar panels. The first hospital in Kentucky to lower its reliance on the power grid in a big way is Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Mt. Vernon. On November 30, 2011, the hospital went live […]

Cruise Lines Receive “Dinosaur of the Year” Award

iStockphoto/Thinkstock 2011’s “Dinosaur of the Year” award goes to the cruise-ship industry. Before you book your next cruise, think about what kind of impact you might be making on the environment, depending on which cruise line you choose. Given by the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, 2011’s “Dinosaur of the Year” award goes to the […]

After Closing Massive Landfill, Mexico Looks to Convert Waste to Energy

iStockphoto/Thinkstock Landfills harbor solid waste, the third largest source of anthropogenic methane emissions. The same day the 927-acre Bordo Poniente Landfill in Mexico City, Mexico, stopped receiving solid waste, on December 19, 2011, Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard decided he would like a developer to close the landfill while also capturing its methane gas in […]

Seattle Bans Plastic Bags

Photo courtesy of Comstock/Thinkstock Seattle’s ban of plastic bags begins in July 2012. On Monday, Dec. 19, the Seattle City Council voted to ban plastic bags from grocery, retail and convenience stores, joining Edmonds, Bellingham and Mukilteo, Wash., in the push for more progressive environmental laws. The unanimously approved ban will take effect in July […]

Girl Scouts’ Locavore Badge

Photo courtesy Girl Scouts of the USA As part of the first revamping of badges in 25 years, Girl Scout seniors (grades 9-10) can now earn the new Locavore badge. According to the Girl Scouts of the USA website: “When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know how to prepare a meal of seasonal and locally […]

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