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Hemp-Based Batteries Could Change the Way We Store Energy Forever

Hemp-Based Batteries Could Change the Way We Store Energy Forever

By Marco Torres,

HEMP-FIELD-570As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors.They’re presenting their research, which a Canadian start-up company is working on scaling up, at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the…

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How neonicotinoid pesticides are poisoning Canada’s agriculture

How neonicotinoid pesticides are poisoning Canada’s agriculture

BY OLE HENDRICKSON,

pesticides_wheatAgriculture in Canada is heading down a dangerous path, promoted by Health Canada’s willingness to continue to approve the use of neonicotinoids despite the harm done by these chemicals. On July 24, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) registered a “seed protectant” with the neonicotinoid clothianidin, manufactured by Valent Canada, Inc. for commercial use…

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Organic education efforts continue as farmers markets grow

Organic education efforts continue as farmers markets grow

Nathan Phelps, Press-Gazette Media,

photo via onmilwaukee.com

photo via onmilwaukee.com

With the number of farmers markets growing around the region and across the country, agricultural officials continue working to educate producers and consumers about organic certification and growing practices.

Organic growers are split into two camps under federal rules. Certified organic growers must undergo an annual inspection of…

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Don’t let Americans put hormones and pesticides in our dinner, warns Jamie Oliver as he launches latest food offensive

Don’t let Americans put hormones and pesticides in our dinner, warns Jamie Oliver as he launches latest food offensive

By KIERAN CORCORAN FOR MAILONLINE,

TV chef opposes ‘dangerous’ trade deal between EU and U.S.
Says Translantic Trade and Investment Partnership could lower standards
Agreement could let in food additives the U.S. allow but which the EU bans
Such substance include pig growth hormones and chicken feed with arsenic Crusade: Oliver, pictured with a chicken, will campaign against a trade deal

Crusade: Oliver, pictured with a chicken, will campaign against a trade deal

Jamie…

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Eco-Friendly Agriculture Puts Down Roots in Spain

Eco-Friendly Agriculture Puts Down Roots in Spain

By Inés BenítezInter Press Service,

organic-farming-spainMalaga, Spain – José María Gómez squats and pulls up a bunch of carrots from the soil as well as a few leeks. This farmer from southern Spain believes organic farming is more than just not using pesticides and other chemicals – it’s a way of life, he says, which requires creativity and respect for nature.

Gómez, 44, goes to organic food markets in Málaga to…

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Japanese Farmers Just Got a New Pesticide: The Flightless Ladybug

Japanese Farmers Just Got a New Pesticide: The Flightless Ladybug

by Melissa Hellmann,

Ladybugs can do the work that nasty chemicals used to

Researchers in Japan have discovered a way to selectively breed flightless ladybugs to be used as a “biopesticide” — a natural alternative to chemical pesticides.

Ladybugs have long been considered natural pest-control for gardens and crops, but their ability to fly away encouraged many agriculturalists to instead rely on…

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Toigo Organic Farms building greenhouse in Middlesex Township

Toigo Organic Farms building greenhouse in Middlesex Township

 By Joshua Vaughn, The Sentinel,

photo via cumberlink.com

photo via cumberlink.com

MIDDLESEX TOWNSHIP — A large greenhouse meant to grow organic produce is beginning to take root in the Midstate.

Toigo Organic Farms LLC, of Shippensburg, has begun construction on the first of potentially three greenhouses in the 300 block of Old Stonehouse Road North with an estimated cost of construction of nearly $1.8 million,…

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How safe is your morning tea? Greenpeace reports pesticides in packaged tea

How safe is your morning tea? Greenpeace reports pesticides in packaged tea

by Meryl Sebastian,

pesticide-spraying-teaGreenpeace India today released its report Trouble Brewing on the level of pesticides in the tea sold by the leading national and international brands in India.

The report says that the tea sold by the top tea brands in India contained chemicals deemed moderately and highly hazardous by the World Health Organisation (WHO). These brands include those of Hindustan Unilever…

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Indoor Farming: Future Takes Root In Abandoned Buildings, Warehouses, Empty Lots & High Rises

Indoor Farming: Future Takes Root In Abandoned Buildings, Warehouses, Empty Lots & High Rises

By Jeff Wells,

Organic basil thrives under grow lights at a FarmedHere location. Courtesy FarmedHere

Organic basil thrives under grow lights at a FarmedHere location. Courtesy FarmedHere

In a 90,000-square-foot warehouse not far from Chicago’s Midway Airport, the future of urban farming has taken root. Long shelves thick with fresh herbs and salad greens sit beneath hundreds of fluorescent grow lights. There are planters of basil, watercress and kale stacked in neat rows reaching…

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Making wine a greener enterprise

Making wine a greener enterprise

By Kelowna Capital News

greener_viticultureFrom Bogota, Colombia, to Mexico City, to the wineries of the Okanagan, PhD student Camilo Peña has been on a round-the-world research journey aimed at better understanding and documenting the relationship between marketing, consumer motivation, and social and environmental sustainability in agriculture.

His ambitions led him to Quail’s Gate winery in West Kelowna, where…

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