Headlines 10.31.12

Happy Halloween!  Here are this week’s headlines.  In honor of the holiday, we have an article about horror films that convey a message of sustainability and environmentalism, methane seeps accelerating global warming, vertical farms, hurricane Sandy and global warming, how America’s corn market is operating upside down, and finally, axolotls. Barry Levinson Makes Eco-Horror –  “The idea behind “The Bay” began after Mr. Levinson was asked to direct a documentary about environmental crises facing Chesapeake Bay. After watching a 2009 “Frontline” broadcast on the topic he opted instead for a graphic fictional treatment. “I don’t know that we pay attention to facts anymore,” he said over lunch in New York recently…  “We have to breathe the air and drink water,” he continued. “If you take one of those common elements, or put something into those elements, and make it the enemy, it becomes terrifying.” Climate Changing Methane Rapidly Destabilizing off East Coast – A changing Gulf Stream off the East Coast has destabilized frozen methane deposits trapped under nearly 4,000 square miles of seafloor, scientists reported Wednesday. And since methane is even more potent than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas, the researchers said, any large-scale release could have significant climate impacts. Sandy Storm Surge, is This What Climate Change Looks Like – Excellent graphics. Vertical Farm in Singapore Produces a Ton of Food a Day – “The vertical farm, which has been developed by Sky Green Farms, consists of 120 aluminum towers, each extending up almost 30 feet in height. It can produce over 1,000 pounds of three kinds of vegetables per day, all of which are...

Future of Food: Part 3

This is part three in a three part interview series with renown philosopher, environmental activist, and eco feminist Dr. Vandana Shiva. In this series she talks about the safety of biotechnology, the ability of all of us to be able to freely use their own seeds, and grow food in the manner that they...

Blog Highlights from 10/22/12 to 10/26/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: The Strangely True Tale Of Johnny Appleseed – The Johnny Appleseed story may be one of legend but it is also one of truth. Obama and Romney, Oil and Science – Andrew Revkin of Dot Earth talks about the Second Presidential Debates mention of gas prices and the President’s lack of ability to do anything about them. Colorado Goes Fracking Free: We Have the Power – Mariel Hemingway of The Guardian gives her plea for Colorado to go “Frack Free.” Antarctic Ozone Hole Is The Second Smallest It’s Been In 20 Years – Our warm year in the arctic has caused the ozone hole to shrink, but how long will it take to disappear? Sweden Plans to Import 800,000 Tons of Garbage Each Year – Sweden is importing trash and getting paid for it, both in energy and in cash! An Airline Fleet Fueled by Natural Gas – Qatar is putting their massive reserves of natural gas to use and have developed a method of converting natural gas into liquid airline fuel. Vital Farms: Raising the Ultra-Organic Egg – Vital Farms is raising chickens and eggs the right way! Electric-Car Maker Tesla Bucks Traditional Dealership Network – Tesla is going against the grain and setting up their own stores to fully promote their electric cars. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...

Headlines 10/24/12

Here are this week’s headlines!  We have news on food prices, expensive farmland, an excellent OpEd by Mark Bittman, the color blue and why you shouldn’t eat Chinese food.  Enjoy! A Simple Fix for Farming – Excellent piece by Mark Bittman about a study proving that more food can be grown without industrial outputs.  A must read. Another Food Crisis is Likely to Spur Revolution in the Developing World – “Some serious research has been done on the correlation between food prices and social unrest. The New England Complex Systems Institute has published several reports (NECSI). Their data show clear correlations during periods of food shortage in 2008 and during the Arab Spring period in 2011. Alarmingly, today the current food crisis is at the same type of levels that led to widespread unrest in 2008 and 2011.” Why China Has the Worst Farms in the World – Pictures and discussion of Chinese farms. Maggots in the Pasta: Why Europe Screens Tainted Chinese Food – “Cypriot inspectors found arsenic in the frozen calamari. The Italians discovered maggots in the pasta. There were glass chips in the pumpkin seeds bound for Denmark, and Spanish regulators blocked a shipment of frozen duck meat because of forged papers. It has been a rough year for Chinese food exports to Europe.” Eating Our Weight in GMOs – “Americans are unknowingly consuming vast amounts of genetically-modified (GMO) foods, reports the nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Environmental Working Group (EWG). According to their analysis released last week, the average adult in America consumes 193 pounds of GMO foods every year…” How Record Food Prices Disrupt World...

Future of Food: Part 2

This is part two in a three part interview series with renown philosopher, environmental activist, and eco feminist Dr. Vandana Shiva. In this series she talks about the safety of biotechnology, the ability of all of us to be able to freely use their own seeds, and grow food in the manner that they...