Archive for June, 2010

  • Three groups that influence corporate environmental policies

    Thursday, June 17th, 2010

    Community stakeholders have substantial control over corporate resources and decisions companies make about the environment. Three groups often drive improvements in firm environmental performance: those who are wealthy, those who care about the environment, and those who live in densely populated areas. Applying these findings can help companies understand how stakeholders influence environmental policies.
    Background
    Companies in [...]

  • USDA identifies gaps in food systems

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a preliminary study revealing existing gaps in the regional food systems regarding the availability of slaughter facilities to small meat and poultry producers.
    The study by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is a first attempt to identify areas in the [...]

  • Intensive Farming Left Out of Nitrates Plan

    Thursday, June 10th, 2010

    IRELAND – The Department of Agriculture is calling on all parties to provide feedback on the proposed Nitrates Action Plan. The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has expressed concerns about its impact on intensive livestock sectors, especially dairy, poultry and pig producers.
    A six-week consultation period on the new [...]

  • Contaminants in US groundwater

    Friday, June 4th, 2010

    According to a new study by the USGS, more than 20% of untreated water samples from 932 public wells across the US contained at least one contaminant at levels of potential health concern. About one-third of the US population receive their drinking water from such a system.
    The USGS study (Contaminants in Groundwater used for Public [...]

  • Billions to be gained from sewers

    Friday, June 4th, 2010

    Although wastewater sewage sludge is usually considered an expensive nuisance to be disposed of, it can actually be a source of energy, phosphorus and other products. Water treatment facilities are currently exploring technologies to extract this value. Research shows that the potential of recovery grows from USD25 billion today to USD45 billion in 2020.
    The treatment [...]

  • Put More Nitrogen into Milk, Not Manure

    Friday, June 4th, 2010

    The more efficient dairy farmers are in managing nitrogen, the more milk their cows will produce and the less nitrogen will be wasted in manure and urine, according a study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and cooperators. ARS soil scientist J. Mark Powell at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison, Wis., [...]