Archive for the ‘Without category’ Category

  • Animal Waste Converted into Protein Feed Source in Finland

    Sunday, November 27th, 2016

    FINLAND – The Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) has developed a solution for converting even small sources of methane-rich biogas into raw materials for animal feed or bioplastic on farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants.
    Methane-rich biogas is generated on farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants in anaerobic digestion of biological material. Until now, the [...]

  • Don’t bypass Brazil’s environmental protections

    Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

    Brazil has had its ups and downs when it comes to protecting the environment, but on paper, at least, many of the country’s policies are admirably green. The right to an “ecologically balanced environment” is even enshrined in the Brazilian constitution. Now, however, a loose-knit coalition of agricultural and industrial interests is working to undermine [...]

  • How food affects political regimes

    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

    Apparently, a richer diet is associated with an increase in the middle class, which tends towards economic and political independence and democracy-fostering values.
    Andrey Shcherbak, Senior Research Fellow, Laboratory for Comparative Social Research of the Higher School of Economics, has found, based on a cross-country comparative study using data on 157 countries, that a change in [...]

  • Smithfield Foods tops table in water management report

    Thursday, May 14th, 2015

    Not-for profit organisation Ceres awarded Smithfield 33 out of a possible 100 points in four categories – governance andmanagement, direct operations, manufacturing supply chain, and agriculture supply chain – with the next meat industrycompetitor, JBS, gaining only 12 points. Hormel Foods Corp (3rd) scored 11, Perdue Farms Inc (4th) achieved nine points,Tyson Foods (5th) scored [...]

  • EPA tracking its own carbon footprint

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change impacts such as flooding, sea level rise, severe weather and temperature extremes. The initiative includes a Climate Change Adaptation Plan and a Sustainability Plan.
    According to a news release, the EPA Climate Change Adaptation Plan identifies priority actions the Agency [...]

  • Deforestation increases water treatment costs 100-fold

    Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

    Agência FAPESP – In addition to altering the rainfall cycle, compromising the replenishment of underground aquifers and consequently reducing the water resources available to humans, deforestation of watershed vegetation is having a huge impact on the quality of the water itself, making the treatment required to turn it into potable water 100 times more expensive.
    This [...]