Archive for the ‘food and water’ Category

window farm

Food for Life Global welcomes Windowfarms as one of our affiliates. Windowfarms are vertical, hydroponic, modular, low-energy, high-yield edible window gardens built using low-impact or recycled local materials. A Windowfarm makes it easier for anyone to get started growing hydroponically even in the limited space of an apartment, during fall, winter, and spring months. Newly […]

Solar Cells Made From Bioluminescent Jellyfish

Solar Cells Made From Bioluminescent Jellyfish

Swedish researchers have devised a way to turn bioluminescent jellyfish into solar cells. It works like this: the green fluorescent protein (GFP) that makes the Aequorea victoria glow is simply dripped onto a silicon dioxide substrate between two electrodes. The protein works itself into strands between the electrodes. When ultraviolet light is shined on the […]

german sewage plant speeds up waste breakdown with mozart’s music

german sewage plant speeds up waste breakdown with mozart’s music

A German waste treatment facility found a unique way to speed up the sewage process and curb energy costs – by playing Mozart to microorganisms that break down sludge, the Märkische Allgemeine newspaper reported. Located in Treuenbrietzen, southwest of Berlin, the sewage plant plays classics such as The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro […]

canadian standards for farm-animal transport dangerously lax

canadian standards for farm-animal transport dangerously lax

Inspection records show animals arriving to slaughterhouses dead or diseased, with few repercussions for transporters Poultry workers opened the doors of a chicken truck at a Toronto slaughterhouse in December, 2008, to find that nearly 1,500 birds had frozen to death in sub-zero temperatures during their final journey from the farm. At about the same […]

biofuel: the false promise

biofuel: the false promise

The wide range of fuels derived in some form or other from biomass are gaining fame and popularity. Although there may be some forms of biofuels that will make sense at some point in the future, especially if produced and used locally, regarding this form of power as the Holy Grail of green energy is […]

greenpeace rebrands BP with oil-slickened graphic campaign

greenpeace rebrands BP with oil-slickened graphic campaign

The rabblerousers at Greenpeace know that a company’s logo is sacrosanct — it’s the brand’s visual identity to the world. That’s why they’ve decided to hit BP where it hurts. With a new Web site calling for public submissions, Greenpeace wants graphic-design-savvy activists to reimagine the lively green-and-yellow BP logo in the wake of the […]

feast + famine: shifting to a sustainable food system

feast + famine: shifting to a sustainable food system

A panel discussion on developing a sustainable food system, followed by a Q&A session. Tue Jun 01 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Seeley Hall (second floor) Trinity College, University of Toronto 6 Hoskin Avenue Speakers Jo-Ann Davis Moderator Canadian International Council Harriet Friedmann Speaker Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs Rosemary McCarney Speaker President & […]

midway, message from the gyre

midway, message from the gyre

These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September 2009 on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring […]

biotek activity book for kids

“Welcome to the Biotechnology Basics Activity Book (PDF – 1.72 MB). This is an activity book for young people like you about biotechnology — a really neat topic. Why is it such a neat topic? Because biotechnology is helping to improve the health of the Earth and the people who call it home.” http://www.whybiotech.com/resources/activity-book.asp This […]

subtle technologies art cruise

subtle technologies art cruise

Subtle Technologies – In Water Colours An art and science cruise aboard the Pioneer Princess Join us for Subtle Technologies – In Water Colours, an art and science cruise over our glistening lake on board the classic HMS Pioneer Princess. Highlights include a recital by Gordon Monahan on his new instrument, the “Sauerkraut Synthesizer” and […]