Engineer designs system to put wastewater to work

Sustainable Living
In the midst of the worldwide energy crisis, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have been continuing their work on a microbial fuel cell that generates electricity from wastewater. Advances in the design of this fuel cell in the last year have increased the power output by a factor of 10 and future designs, already in the minds of the researchers, hope to multiple that power output by 10 times again. More...
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Professional Skateboarder Teaches Sustainability

Sustainable Living
In late April, at the first of a series of planned sustainability events at California Whole Foods markets, professional skateboarder Bob Burnquist performed stunts for his audience of young skateboarders and taught them about organic food, renewable energy, and green living. Sponsored by the Action Sports Environmental Coalition (ASEC), the event also drew environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill, and included skateboarding music blasting from solar-powered speakers.
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How to Build a Worm Bin

How to Build a Worm Bin

Self Sufficiency, Vermicomposting
Why Build a Worm Bin? Reduces waste disposal costs. Raises worms for fishing. Has no foul smell or pests. Provides a convenient method for converting kitchen vegetable wastes into a rich organic fertilizer for house and garden plants. Build a worm composting bin by following these five steps: Build your worm bin Wooden, plastic or metal boxes or tubs may be used. The container should be 8"-12" deep and of a size to accommodate the amount of garbage you produce. Approximately one square foot of surface area is needed for each pound of kitchen vegetable wastes per week. For example, a 1'×2' × 3' box will serve a family of 4 to 6.  Add Bedding Bedding is the living medium and also a food source for the worms. Bedding holds…
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Community Food Security

Community Food Security

Community, Food Supply, Self Sufficiency
This PSA could have been from any town.... the information is notable. Community gardens and community food security is important. Teach a man to fish... Tulsa Food Security Council and Local Economic Development Katie Plohocky was April's featured guest for First Thursdays! at Elote Cafe on Thursday, April 5 from 12:30-2:00 PM. She presented about ongoing projects and outreach with the Tulsa Food Security Council and its mission to help the Tulsa-Metro community and economy become more sustainable and locally dependent. Katie currently specializes in economic and community development in low income and under served urban areas. She is very passionate about sustainable issues and plugs them in to all of her projects. Her leadership positions related to food initiatives include Tulsa Food Security Council Chairman, Oklahoma Food Policy Council…
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The High Cost of Animal Agriculture

Farm Animals, Food Supply, Healthy Eating
Thanks to Susan Weiner at Farm Sanctuary for pointing us to that organization's network of websites -- this has to be one of the most comprehensive resources available on factory farming, animal rights, vegetarianism, and many other related topics. Some of the more interesting resources found were the information from FactoryFarming.com on the environmental and human health costs of factory farming, and the environmental case for vegetarianism at VegforLife.org. I've just scraped the surface at this point, but there's much more information here that I'll be coming back to read. Susan particularly asked all to point to the organization's campaigns on behalf of "Downed Animals," and against the production of foie gras and veal. Farm Sanctuary has also targeted Chef Wolfgang Puck for his "huge hand in promoting both foie…
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Integrated Pest Management Benefits Farm and Consumer

Organic Gardening, Organic Pest & Disease Control, Small Scale Farming
Today's consumer is educated and more and more people want to know about how their food is treated and where it comes from. Words such as "organic" and "sustainable" that were once reserved for a small population of foodies or environmentalists are now making their way into everyday vocabulary. As a result, farmers are reacting to this new shift in food culture and are learning about alternative growing and treatment methods. For three generations, The Orr Family Farm has been owned and operated by George S. Orr & Sons, Inc. Today, this 1,000-acre farm is managed by Mike and Mark Orr. And, two years ago, Katy Orr-Trenary returned to manage the farm's market. "Our family has a responsibility to the future stewards of our land, and to future customers," she…
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