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February 27, 2017

Dousing Flames with Low-Frequency Sound Waves

A new type of extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out fires has been built by two engineering students in the US. Both chemical- and water-free, the invention offers a relatively non-destructive method of fire control, which could find applications in fighting small fires in the home, and the researchers now hold a preliminary patent application for their device.

While the concept of using sound waves to extinguish flames is not new, previous attempts to realize the principle – including efforts by teams at West Georgia University and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – had not been successful.

Undeterred by this, as well as initial [...]

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April 7, 2015

MSU Organic Farming Study Explores Benefits of Using Sheep

Montana State University (MSU) and North Dakota State University conducted a two year study on using domestic sheep versus traditional farming equipment to manage fallow and terminate cover crops.Montana is the third largest producer of organic crops and livestock in the US.Organic Farmer Benefits:Save money Reduce tillage Manage weeds Manage pests Reduce the risk of soil erosion The study’s preliminary results are showing several environmental and economic benefits for an integrated cropping and livestock system.Tillage is used to terminate cover crops and rid unwanted weeds for the organic farm. Continuous mechanical tilling can upset soil structure and reduce organic matter. [...]
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April 7, 2015

Organic Milk Supply is in Demand

Organic milk sales for 2014 were up 9.2% from 2013. 2014 sales of conventional mail were down 3.6% from last year. Milk sales were estimated by the USDA to be 50.12 billion. 2.47 billion came from organic milk sales.The consumer demand for fluid organic milk is increasing and the stores are having a hard time keeping their shelves stocked to meet this demand. Reports of the shortage of organic milk were mostly coming from independent natural food stores and regional supermarket chains in the Midwest.Wisconsin has the most organic dairies and stores in the state had to post signs warning of the milk shortage. Many store managers in Madison claims milk sales have doubled in the past [...]
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April 7, 2015

Goodbye Cow Milk, Hello Goat Milk

Goat milk still trails distantly behind cow milk in the American marketplace and mindset. It just isn’t that easy to swap out one of the most basic essentials in the American kitchen (just ask those who eat gluten-free, or drink tea rather than coffee). But goat milk has had a renaissance in the past decade or so, pushed by a variety of disparate factors, according to the AP. Could it eventually compete with cow milk?One factor in the uptick in goat milk sales are its purported health benefits. Though it’s not substantially different, chemically speaking, from cow milk, it has some advantages: more calcium, magnesium, potassium and Vitamin C, for example. Though goat milk still has [...]
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April 7, 2015

Taiwan Expanding into Indoor LED-lit, Pesticide-Free Farms

Chang Chen-kai is part of Taiwan's new generation of high-tech farmers that is harnessing the island's technological edge in light-emitting diodes to grow vegetables indoors under bright LED lights.
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April 6, 2015

The Future Of Food: MIT’s City Farm

The Future Of Food: MIT's City Farm. A new and original look at the future of food.
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April 6, 2015

Sustainable Food Trust

Earlier this year, US soil microbiologist Elaine Ingham, of Soil Foodweb Inc. fame, caused several gasps at the Oxford Real Farming Conference with her controversial lecture, ‘The Roots of your Profits’. I recommend anyone interested in joined-up thinking about health to listen to this and view her slide presentation.Put bluntly, Ingham’s message is that if you are interested in health, you have to be interested in soil. This lecture, and her work in general, brilliantly explains why.Time to take a deep breath, prepare to have conventional thinking about soil turned on its head and find out why soil biology should matter to you.Soil vs dirt As most of us have realised, soil is not [...]
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January 2, 2015

Victory is in sight! Donate Today!

The growing consumer and food industry rejection of GMOs has not been random or accidental—it has been engineered. IRT has been a leading force in the coalition that has made this happen.

Based on our experience in motivating people to avoid GMOs, we know exactly what to say, who to say it to, and how to say it, in order to drive the complete tipping point.

I invite you to help us achieve the tipping point and eliminate GMOs from our food supply by making a financial contribution to our efforts. Your one-time gift or monthly commitment will make the critical difference! Donate. Join. Share.

Safe Eating!

Jeffrey Smith, [...]

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December 17, 2014

The Color Orange: the color of nightmares

Another orange, Agent Orange, conjuring images of horrific death and suffering, is also in the news again as farming takes on more and more the appearance of chemical warfare.

Wednesday, September 17th was a very black day for consumers and environmentalists as the USDA plowed ahead with a highly controversial decision to deregulate new seed varieties of “Agent Orange” corn and soybeans, so-called for its ability to withstand the weed killer 2,4-D, a major component in the infamous dioxin-laden defoliant used in Vietnam.  The USDA environmental impact study predicted that approval of the crops would lead to a 200 to 600 percent increase in the use of 2,4-D [...]

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December 17, 2014

The Color Orange: Monarch butterfly threatened with extinction

Orange is beautiful on pumpkins and butterflies.  Every summer, the familiar beauty of the Monarch butterfly with its striking orange color graces lawns and gardens and fields across the U.S.  But this iconic butterfly now faces possible extinction due to severely shrinking areas of natural habitat that have been converted to fields of GMO corn and soybeans.

Last winter the cluster of Monarchs wintering in Mexico shrunk to the smallest area in 20 years of record-keeping, from nearly 45 acres in their peak in 1996, to 1.65 acres–approximately the size of one and a quarter football fields.  The yearly migration widely noted as one of the world’s [...]

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December 17, 2014

More highly toxic compound superweed-killers on the way!

Monsanto’s new GMO cotton will unleash a triple whammy of toxic herbicides

If you are still reeling from the news of the latest round of approvals for “Agent Orange” corn and soy, please sit down. More hopped up toxic combinations are on the way. Monsanto has a new “triple stack” GMO cotton up for deregulation with tolerance to dicamba, glyphosate, and glufosinate herbicides. They call it another “tool” for fighting superweeds. These glyphosate-resistant weeds have more than doubled since 2009 and are currently spread over 70 million acres.

Dicamba is a strong herbicide that has been associated with a [...]

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