Posted on March 17, 2017 by Envirothink
Editor’s Note: The following article was published in the March-April 2017 issue of AgMag magazine.
The Science Academy of South Texas has a secret – a garden where students learn about growing food
Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley used to mean being surrounded by citrus orchards and farmland. Today, residents are surrounded by strip malls, countless restaurants, pawn shops and automotive repair places, many reminiscent of junk yards.
“There’s a big disconnect between food producers and consumers,” said Brad Cowan, Texas A&M AgLife Extension Service‘s County Extension Agent – Agriculture, Hidalgo County.
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Posted on March 8, 2017 by Envirothink
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the December-January issue of AgMag magazine
Photo courtesy of normanack
Compost – a decaying mixture of organic matter that can include dead leaves, food waste, animal manure, even coffee grounds – is a solution to many soil-related problems.
Filed under: composting | Tagged: compost, Earthwise Organics, EPA, organic matter, soil erosion, soil health, South Tex Organics, USDA, water quality | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 14, 2017 by Envirothink
A growing number of consumers are looking for healthier choices, particularly when it comes to grains. According to a new report from CoBank, a $120 billion cooperative bank that provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states increased consumer demand for organic and non-GMO foods. This led to a sharp rise in organic grain imports in 2016, prompting food manufacturers to explore new incentives for U.S. growers transitioning to organic production.
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Posted on January 24, 2017 by Envirothink
Let’s face it. Almost everyone has at least one old cell phone stuck in a drawer or cabinet somewhere just gathering dust. A lot of us have a few of them – think small flip phones and other such analog devices. As of last 2015, there were roughly 426 million idle or inactive mobile devices in the U.S. Only 100 million would be recycled.
We hang onto them for no good reason other than we forget about them. But why not do something constructive and recycle them?
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: cell phone, consumer electronics, ecoATM, Gazelle, International Mobile Phone Recycling Day, landfills, recycle, technology, toxic chemicals | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 16, 2017 by Envirothink
I had stepped away from posting for these past few weeks for a variety of reasons. These included family responsibilities as well as other factors.
But one big reason – and the thing that had me finally take to the keyboard again – is seeing so much divisiveness and negativity continuing long after the election. We’re only days away from the new President from taking office and still there are polls calling for a special election, celebrities saying how they’re flaunting the inauguration, racial incidents occurring across the country and a pervasive atmosphere of fear and uncertainty that spills out in practically every conversation, article and news item you see, read or hear.
Although I risk being lambasted (at best) by readers and critics alike for what I’m about to offer, still I feel it’s important that it be said.
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Posted on December 13, 2016 by Envirothink
The Lowline – a former trolley area that will be transformed into a unique underground park
New York City is famous for many things – Radio City Music Hall, the Statue of Liberty and, for those in the know, the High Line. This last is an above-ground park on the city’s West side that stretches from its original 14th to 20th Streets now extends to 30th Street.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: Delancey Underground, Lowline Lab, solar, technology, the High Line, The Lowline | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 5, 2016 by Envirothink
San Francisco is known for many things, the Golden Gate Bridge among them. But its San Francisco’s recycling efforts that have brought this amazing city into the national spotlight.
In 2002, the City by the Bay passed legislation that set a goal of diverting 75 percent of its waste from landfills by 2010 and achieving “zero waste” by 2020. And so began its composting and food waste collection program.
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: compostables, composting, innovation, landfill, Recology, recycling, recycling center, San Francisco, waste, zero waste | Leave a comment »