Agriculture

EPA Requires 800 million Gallons of Biodiesel in the U.S. Domestic Market in 2011
July 16, 2010 01:18 PM - The Green Economy

WASHINGTON, DC – - Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would require the domestic use of 800 million gallons of biodiesel in 2011. This is consistent with the renewable goals established in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which expanded the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) and specifically requires a renewable component in U.S. diesel fuel.

What’s Killing Farmed Salmon? New Virus May Also Pose Risk to Wild Salmon
July 14, 2010 09:20 AM - Science Daily

ScienceDaily (July 12, 2010) — Farmed fish are an increasingly important food source, with a global harvest now at 110 million tons and growing at more than 8 percent a year. But epidemics of infectious disease threaten this vital industry, including one of its most popular products: farmed Atlantic salmon. Perhaps even more worrisome: these infections can spread to wild fish coming in close proximity to marine pens and fish escaping from them.

U.S. farmers can't meet booming corn demand
July 10, 2010 10:07 AM - Charles Abbott, Reuters

Exporters, livestock feeders and ethanol makers are going through the U.S. corn stockpile faster than farmers can grow the crops, the government said on Friday. Despite record crops in two of the past three years and another record within reach this year, the Agriculture Department estimated the corn carryover will shrink to the lowest level since 2006/07. In a monthly look at crop supply and usage, USDA estimated 1.478 billion bushels of corn will be in U.S. bins on August 31, when this marketing year ends, and 1.373 billion bushels will be on hand at the end of 2010/11. The carryover figures are sharply lower from USDA's previous estimates -- down 8 percent for this year and down 12 percent for next year -- but slightly larger than traders expected.

Ensuring Seafood Safety in the Gulf of Mexico
July 1, 2010 10:24 AM - David A Gabel, ENN

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is having a devastating impact on marine wildlife. Fishery stocks are off limits in the affected areas. However, there are still large portions of the Gulf which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has kept open to fishing activities. To ensure the safety of the seafood caught in these areas, federal and state agencies have joined together to implement a comprehensive and coordinated safety program.

Greener palm oil arrives in the United States
July 1, 2010 09:07 AM - mongabay.com, MONGABAY.COM

The first shipment of palm oil certified under sustainability criteria have arrived in the United States, according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). AAK, a vegetable oils and fats manufacturer based in Malmo, Sweden, announced the arrival of the first shipment of segregated RSPO-certified palm oil to its refinery in Port Newark, New Jersey.

NOAA Opens More Than 8,000 Square Miles of Fishing Closed Area in Gulf of Mexico
June 24, 2010 09:52 AM - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Newsroom

NOAA has opened more than 8,000 square miles of previously closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico, because the agency has not observed oil in the area. The most significant opening is an area due south of Mississippi which was closed Monday, June 21. Additionally, some smaller areas were opened off the Louisiana and central Florida coasts.

Nature’s Path: A Quirkily Beautiful Shift Towards Sustainable Branding
June 21, 2010 12:22 PM - Cecilia Lu

North America's largest organic cereal brand, Nature's Path Organic, has unleashed its first integrated multi-channel consumer campaign, and yielded impressive sales results while fomenting cultural change. Nature's Path is serving its cereal with a generous and delicious topping of sustainability. Read about their breakthrough sustainable brand campaign.

Breaking the Cost Barrier on Algae-based Biofuels
June 18, 2010 09:57 AM - Jeff Siegel

It's been a hot topic for a few years now. And certainly the potential for incorporating algae as a key feedstock for future biofuel production is massive. But the sobering fact is that we're at least a good eight to ten years from seeing any kind of real, commercially-ready product… At least at the volumes that could allow for meaningful market penetration. So where does that leave us in the meantime?

Malaria in Brazil linked to forest clearing
June 18, 2010 06:50 AM - Maggie Fox, Retuers

Clearing forests in the Amazon helps mosquitoes thrive and can send malaria rates soaring, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday. They found a 48 percent increase in malaria cases in one county in Brazil after 4.2 percent of its tree cover was cleared. Their findings, published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, shows links between cutting down trees, a rise in the number of mosquitoes and infections of humans. "It appears that deforestation is one of the initial ecological factors that can trigger a malaria epidemic," said Sarah Olson of the University of Wisconsin, who worked on the study.

Toronto Unveils the Futuristic Farmers Market
June 15, 2010 10:32 AM - Susie Kim-Carberry, Matter Network

Toronto has revealed the future of farmer's market by by unveiling this futuristic design proposed by Adamson Associates Architects and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. This industrial design was the winner of the competition held to replace the St. Lawrence Market North in Toronto. By an unanimous decision by the judges, the winner of the competition will bring a more modern approach to the historic district without disrupting the visual appeal of older buildings {according to Inhabitat}.

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