Since 2007, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has given away “free organic biosolids compost” to gardeners and school gardens in San Francisco. Of course, their “organic” compost could not be legally applied on an organic farm because its made of sewage sludge – what the sewage industry likes to euphemistically call “biosolids.” Sewage sludge is minimally regulated by the EPA and its use as fertilizer for food crops has resulted in human and animal deaths in the past. Of course, usually it doesn’t result in such acute toxicity, but those are the chances you take when you play with such a minimally regulated chemical soup.
Federal politicians from the government and opposition benches have mysteriously cancelled an 18-month investigation into oilsands pollution in water and opted to destroy draft copies of their final report, Canwest News Service has learned.
On Tuesday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency effectively shut down an innovative green financing program called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, by restricting the ability of homeowners to take out loans to install solar panels and make other energy efficiency improvements.
We don’t produce enough fresh fruits and vegetables in the United States for everyone to eat a balanced and nutritious diet,” says Jon Scholl, President of American Farmland Trust (AFT).
After decades of pushing nations to surrender more power to Brussels, the European Union is about to throw in the towel on one highly contentious issue: genetically modified foods.
Monsanto Co. and BASF said Wednesday they would develop genetically modified wheat as part of an expanded joint venture.
The world’s largest seed maker and the German chemical giant had dropped earlier plans for biotech wheat in 2004, concerned some export markets would not accept it, but declining production in the U.S. has sparked renewed farmer interest in developing a stronger variety of wheat.
Robert Jensen writes about reader responses to his essay asking people to report on how they cope with the anguish of living in a world in collapse. He’s reminded that, “The unjust social systems and unsustainable ecological practices of contemporary society started with the agricultural revolution 10,000 years ago, when humans began dominating each other and the planet in evermore destructive fashion, and intensified dramatically over the 250 years of the industrial revolution. And for nearly that long, some people have resisted the power of elites and tried to protect the land.”
Bamboo houses combat climate change, encourage economic growth and protect the poor from natural disaster. Why aren’t there more of them?