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  • Anaerobic Digestion: a Clean Energy Solution for Your Business [Infographic]

    Anaerobic digestion – extracting methane from organic wastes – doesn’t get the love of, say, solar and wind: it’s not nearly as sexy, and definitely more smelly. But it’s also a renewable energy technology with plenty of available feedstock: all of that food waste we discuss regularly could go towards the creation of biogas. More

  • Food to Fuel… the Right Way [Infographic]

    The phrase “food to fuel” often refers to production of corn-based ethanol or soy-based biodiesel… not exactly most efficient use of these commodities. But there are situations when food to fuel represents a smart use of resources: when that food will go to a landfill. While the capture of landfill gas has become more prevalent, why spend the money and other resources shipping it there? Why not just direct food waste to energy production? More

  • Could the Kitchen of the Future Run on Kitchen Waste Alone?

    Ideas are where all innovation begins. The environment is not only becoming a big part of the public dialogue, it is also fueling research, education, and business. The green job sector is amongst the fastest growing in a fairly unstable and stagnant economy. More

  • Oregano May Help Reduce Methane Gas Produced by Cows

    Researchers have found that oregano may reduce methane gas produced by cow flatulence. Methane gas is a potent greenhouse gas – it has more than 20 times the potential of carbon dioxide to cause global warming. More

  • Study of Human Methane Emissions Proposes Radical Action

    While carbon dioxide receives most of the attention in the debate over greenhouse gas emissions, climate scientists warn that methane is about 30 times more potent than CO2 in terms of contributing to a warmer climate. You’ve likely already seen concerns expressed about methane emissions from geological sources, as well as from cattle and other […] More

  • Bacteria Made Your Lunch

    [social_buttons] I was thinking of doing a post with a title like ‘In defense of cows’ or something along those lines.  This is not just because I’m a sort of carnivorous and contrarian guy (which I am), but because cows can actually do something that is objectively remarkable.  I know that lots of the readers on […] More

  • Problems With Claims That Organic Farming Can Mitigate Climate Change

    [social_buttons] In November of last year, two writers working for the Soil Association (the major Organic organization in the UK) published a 212 page document titled: “Soil Carbon and Organic Farming:  A review of the evidence on the relationship between agriculture and soil carbon sequestration, and how organic farming can contribute to climate change mitigation […] More

  • Laboratory Grown Meat: Coming Soon To Your Dinner Plate

    Scientists in the Netherlands recently announced that they have grown meat in a laboratory for the first time.  Though no one has yet to taste this laboratory meat, there is speculation that it could be commercially viable, and on your dinner table within the next five years. The process of creating artificial meat started with […] More

  • Grass to Gas: Landfills Want Yard Waste

    A landfill gas-to-energy plant in Conestoga, Pennsylvania. When it comes to corporations fighting climate change, landfill owners don’t necessarily leap to mind. But in Michigan, the landfill industry is working to repeal a 19-year-old ban on the disposal of grass clippings and tree trimmings in dumps — on the grounds that the yard waste, mixed […] More

  • Organic Farming Would Be Better In Terms of Climate Change Impact. Right?

    [social_buttons] I’m probably going to irritate some people with this post.  I apologize in advance because that is not at all my intention.  For those readers that don’t think climate change is a real problem, I respect the fact that there is uncertainty in that science, but if the majority position of climate scientists is true, the […] More

  • Putting The "Carbon Footprint" of Farming in Perspective

    [social_buttons] When thinking about “carbon footprints” it helps to have real numbers to put things in perspective. The EPA estimates that for the US, agriculture represents about 8% of total human-related greenhouse gas emissions. The following is a list with a little of the detail of what makes up the footprint of an acre of […] More

  • Followup to "An Inconvenient Truth about Composting"

    [social_buttons] My earlier blog about greenhouse gas emissions from composting generated a lot of good discussion so I am writing to respond. Yes, composting is certainly better than some outcomes like food scraps going into a garbage dump which does not do anything to capture the methane Yes, an anaerobic digester would be a very […] More

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    An “Inconvenient Truth” about Composting

    Composting is a really green thing to do, right? I’ve always thought so since my Grandfather taught me to do it in the early sixties. Large-scale composting is getting to be quite the rage. The City of San Francisco attracted a great deal of attention with it’s mandatory food scrap recycling program and lots of local […] More

  • Prevention of Global Warming: Understanding The Main Causes

    With Congress deep in debate over legislation aimed at the prevention of global warming, and skeptics ramping up their rhetoric, it seemed like a good time to take a step back to some basics — more accurate information is critical here. Step one in figuring in out how we can help in the battle against […] More

  • Dairy – The Udder Truth

    Gooey melted cheese on pizza, a glass of cold milk with freshly baked cookies, ice cream on a hot summer day… who hasn’t at one time or another enjoyed something made from milk? Dairy products are part of most American diets on a daily basis, but what is the health and environmental impact of this […] More

  • South African Farmer Pulls Power from Poop

    Chicken poop ain’t pretty, but it’s potential as an energy source has a number of large-scale poultry operations taking a second look at the smelly stuff. The price tags on such projects can climb pretty high, though: Georgia’s Green Power EMC project, for instance, was projected to cost $20 million when announced in early 2006. […] More