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‘Kombit’ Documents the Struggle to Reforest Haiti (Film Review)

We were recently treated to a preview screening of the film “Kombit” which unpacks the work being done by way of a partnership between the non-profit “Smallholder Farmers Alliance” and the Timberland company in Haiti. Haiti has a major issue with deforestation with over 98% of the nation stripped of trees as a direct result of […]

January 31st

Compounds That Give Plants Their Vibrant Colors Improve Brain-Functioning In Older Adults, Research Finds

Many people find the bright, vibrant colors of various fruits and vegetables to be culinarily appealing, and an apparent appetite stimulant. Interestingly, new research has suggested that these same compounds, that give plants their visual appeal (to the eyes of humans, and various other animals), help to improve brain-functioning in older adults. The new research, […]

November 23rd

Eating Bugs Helps Curb Both Hunger And Climate Change

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recently suggested that eating bugs (yes, insects) could help feed the world’s fast-growing population. Along these lines, Anna Jansson, professor of animal science at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, has shown how nutrient-rich insects can make a big contribution to diet in poor countries. Surprisingly, they can also help […]

October 15th

Solar Farms Improve Local Biodiversity

The solar transition is well underway in the UK. Our sister site SolarLove has reported that solar energy generation surged by around 153% over the last year in the UK (2014–2015). So, without much ado, research about the effects of solar farms on biodiversity continues. The fertile news is that after a conclusive study of solar farms, the […]

May 11th

CU-Boulder & NREL Scientists Make Ammonia For Fertilizers From Sunlight

A group of scientists led by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Colorado-Boulder has developed a new, eco-friendly method to produce ammonia, the main ingredient of fertilizers, using light. This study also included researchers from Utah State University (USU) and Montana State University (MSU). Discovery details The […]

April 25th

8 Million Lives And $1 Trillion Could Be Saved By Vegan Diet

A research study has found that 8 million human deaths and $1 trillion in healthcare costs each year could be saved if more people adopted a vegan diet. Oxford University researchers examined four different diets and found that vegan one was better for human health and the planet. “We do not expect everybody to become vegan. But climate […]

April 21st

A Vegan Diet May Reduce The Risk Of Serious Diseases

Many Americans suffer from serious diseases like heart disease and cancer, and hundreds of thousands of lives are lost each year, but some medical research has indicated that it may be helpful to try a plant-based diet. People who have vegan diets do so for a number of reasons: they don’t want to harm animals, […]

April 7th

LED Greenhouse Lighting Treatments Test Well For Tomato Quality

Originally published on Green Living Ideas If you want a greenhouse tomato, ask whether it has been grown with LED lights. Recently, a number of commercial tomato growers have considered money saving LEDs to grow their crop. But money savings aside, how do the tomatoes taste? Recent research from the American Society for Horticultural Science shows […]

December 28th

Cooking Data To Hate On Plants

Originally published on Chomping Climate Change. Walking by fruits, vegetables, or other plant material growing in sunshine, the fragrance is often exhilarating.  That’s in part because plant material in sunshine creates oxygen, at the same time as it absorbs greenhouse gas from our atmosphere. But walking by livestock, the opposite happens, either in daylight or nighttime;  there’s normally an unpleasant […]

December 21st

3D Rhino Horns – Conservation or Exploitation?

If waves of cheap rhino horns 3D-printed with real rhino DNA are flooded onto the Asian markets, is this a form of rhino conservation or capitalistic exploitation? This critical question is gnawing at the root of a controversial business venture to use real rhino DNA in the commercial production of 3D-printed rhino horns. In a […]

July 6th

Effects of Global Warming on Humans – From 2015 IPCC SYR Data

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, and infrastructure assets to […]

June 30th

Socially Responsible Chocolate Truffles?

Originally published on InspiredEconomist.com On a mission to transform the globe “through ethical relationships with small-scale farmers, and an integral sustainability orientation at every point on the supply chain,” Alter Eco Foods has bitten off a big bite to chew on. But it sure looks delicious. Especially those chocolate truffles. Organic, fair trade truffles! In […]

Combatting Climate Change With Small Scale Farms

Fair World Project (FWP) has released a new 17 minute documentary highlighting the role of industrial agriculture in climate change, as well as detailing how small scale farms are combating climate change through regenerative organic agriculture. Narrated by Fair World Project’s Political Director Ryan Zinn, the documentary traverses through a series of interviews with activists, farmers, […]

April 8th