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Misgivings About How a Weed Killer Affects the Soil

While regulators and many scientists say biotech crops are no different from their conventional cousins, others worry that they are damaging the environment and human health. The battle is being waged at the polls, with ballot initiatives to require labeling of genetically modified foods; in courtrooms, where lawyers want to undo patents on biotech seeds; and on supermarket shelves containing products promoting conventionally grown ingredients.

Dirt in two fields where biotech corn was being grown was hard and compact. Prying corn stalks from the soil with a shovel was difficult, and when the plants finally came up, their roots were trapped in a chunk of dirt. Once freed, the roots spread out flat like a fan and were studded with only a few nodules, which are critical to the exchange of nutrients.

Read full New York Times article.

September 21, 2013 at 4:35 am Leave a comment

Free Two-day Rain Garden Workshop

A free two-day workshop on design and creation of Rain Gardens for K-12 Educators, School Garden Coordinators, County representatives, and the interested public will be presented at UHMC by the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM), the Water Institute for Sustainability Education (WISE), and Roth Ecological Design International LLC.

On April 27 and 28, from 9am to 4pm, attendees will learn the ins and outs of rain gardens and how they can be applied as tools in the management of storm water.  The second day will be completely hands-on, as attendees learn teaching strategies while helping with the installation of a rain garden in the new SLIM UHMC Community Garden at UHMC. 

The instructor, Lauren Roth, of Roth Ecological Design International, works exclusively in creative water management.  She has won numerous prizes for her innovative designs for beautiful and effective storm water harvesting. 

The first day of the workshop will be held in a classroom, and the second day will be held in the SLIM Community Garden. Attendees can sign up for either day or both days.  Call 984-3379 to register and for further information.

April 16, 2013 at 8:54 pm Leave a comment

How to Reverse Climate Change by Greening the Worlds deserts


In this March 3, 2013 TED talk, Allan Savory proposes that most global climate change is due, much more than from use of fossil fuels, to grasslands becoming deserts in over half of the land mass of the world. But, he also shows how, contrary to our preconceptioins, grazing animals can, and are actually restore the deserts back to grasslands.

March 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm Leave a comment

100% Wood-free Paper Made from Wheat Straw

Step Forward Paper is created using 80 per cent waste wheat straw and 20 per cent wood fibres. It’s currently available in more than 330 Staples stores across Canada and was found to have the least amount of environmental impact among North American copy papers, including 100% recycled paper. Woody Harrelson is a major backer of Prairie Pulp and Paper Inc., North America's First Non-Wood Paper Mill.

Read full Ecorazzi article and watch video..

October 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Top 100 Sites for Going Green

Read Environmental Science Degree article..

October 25, 2012 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Larry Ellison plans for Lanai to be lab of sustainability

 Lanai was bought by Larry Ellison 3 months ago. In this Interview he states his intention is to have it run on renewable energy and electric cars and have many organic farms irrigated by desalinated water.

Read Hawaii News Now article.

October 6, 2012 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

The Lexicon of Sustainability

Wonderful new website with beautiful, inventive photo-stories about traditional and emerging aspects of food sustainability.

“WORDS ARE THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR NEW IDEAS. For the past year we have conversed with the foremost practitioners of sustainability in food and farming. They have shared their insights and experiences… and contributed their words to our rapidly growing Lexicon of Sustain Ability. To spread their knowledge our photography project has grown to include short films, study guides, traveling shows, a book and lastly a website where people can add their own terms to this ever-evolving lexicon.”

September 26, 2012 at 12:42 am Leave a comment

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