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Canada's organic demand going up, marketers say
20 November 2018 - As sales of organic fruits and vegetables continue a steady rise in the U.S., growth may be even more dramatic in Canada, marketers say. 'We definitely continue seeing interest in organics grow, with demand outpacing supply,' said Jill Guerra, research and special projects coordinator with the Ottawa, Ontario-based Canada Organic Trade Association. Organic production has increased with demand across Canada, Guerra said. (more)

A new study strongly suggests eating a diet of organic foods can lower cancer rates
20 November 2018 - A major study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found what many people have long suspected: Eating organic food appears to reduce the risk of cancer. Among some 69,000 people tracked by French scientists over several years, those whose diets contained more organics had about 25 percent fewer cancers overall ... (more)

Global demand for India's organic food products on constant increase
20 November 2018 - The demand for Indian organic food products is on constant increase world wide as India exported organic products worth $ 515 million in financial year 2017-18, from $ 370 million in 2016-17, say officials from Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). Registering an increase of 39 percent, the total volume of export during 2017-18 was 4.58 lakh tonne, they added. (more)

US: These groups are bringing together women of different generations.
19 November 2018 - Women of various ages don't often mingle outside the modern American workplace. But informal, cross-generational gatherings are hoping to change that. One of them, Moxie!, a free network, aims to share stories, concerns, and triumphs in real-life meetings. At a recent gathering in Chicago, guests ranged from 29 to 93. Another group, Travel Circles, helps women of all ages take trips to meet other women around the world. (more)

India: Farmers in Peren receive organic farming training
19 November 2018 - District Agriculture Officer (DAO) Peren and subordinate officers and staff successfully carried out training programs under Mission Organic Value Chain Development (MOVCD) ... in all four selected villages under Peren sadar administrative Circle ... from November 12 to 15. AO Mapeuheile Ndang spoke on the principles and practices of organic farming. She ... highlighted various health and environmental benefits of organic farming. She also reminded the farmers that to farm organic is cheaper because they do not have to pay for chemicals and in turn they earn higher profits for their produce. (more)

India: Deputy Commissioner Pulwama felicitates organic farmers in Pulwama
19 November 2018 - Department of Agriculture today (19 November) organized a function to felicitate the farmers of Bangund hamlet which was declared first model Organic vegetable village in the State in 2017. Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, G M Dar was the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, DDC said that Organic farming is evolving in all the countries around the world and the culture of organic farming would usher a movement towards sustainable development. He reiterated that organic farming would enhance the income of farmers and lead to a healthy lifestyle and better food habits amongst people. (more)

Ruined UK castles spring back to life
19 November 2018 - Exploring one of the UK's many abandoned castles, you might find yourself imagining what the fortress looked like back when its turrets were intact and its moat was filled with water. Content marketing agency NeoMam Studios took this idea and digitally restored six abandoned castles to their former glory . . . NeoNam chose six derelict castles across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. They chose castles that hadn't really been restored for tourist purposes, were pretty dilapidated and weather beaten, in an array of styles, and with plenty of archaeological research available to recreate the structures accurately. (more)

US: She thought flowers were a waste of money. Until selling them brought in millions
19 November 2018 - Christina Stembel used to think flowers were a waste of money. But when the economy spiraled into a recession, she started seeing things differently. 'I saw a big opportunity,' Stembel says. At the time, she was overseeing alumni relations and events for Stanford University's law school. The recession was forcing the school to tighten budgets for things like floral arrangements. (more)

US: Stories of resilience inspired readers to support Neediest Cases Fund
19 November 2018 - In its 106th campaign, The New York Times raised $5.8 million and again showed how small gifts can make a big difference for struggling New Yorkers. The Times Company pays all the administrative costs for the fund. It invests unrestricted contributions of $100,000 or more from trusts and estates in an endowment. The income flows into the next year's campaign. Many readers donated to the campaign, while others gave directly to those profiled. Some reached out to help people along their desired career paths. (more)

US: Growing the Future - Organic farming establishes Registered Apprenticeship Program
19 November 2018 - While Registered Apprenticeship has been thriving in Wisconsin for over 100 years, and informal apprenticeships are common for diversified organic vegetable farmers, it was not until recently that the two came together. Born out of the need for skilled workers, the Organic Vegetable Farm Manager Registered Apprenticeship program was established in August of this year and is the first of its kind in the United States. (more)

Study shows Transcendental Meditation helps vets with post-traumatic stress disorder
18 November 2018 - Transcendental Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of Defense. The study was published Thursday (15 November) in the journal Lancet Psychiatry. When researchers accounted for other factors, meditation was better than the classes and equally effective as exposure therapy. The type taught to vets in the study was Transcendental Meditation, or TM, which involves thinking of a mantra or sound to settle the mind. TM was developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. (more)

US: California recommends restrictions for popular pesticide
18 November 2018 - California regulators recommended new restrictions Thursday (15 November) on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies. The Department of Pesticide Regulation issued temporary guidelines for chlorpyrifos that include banning it from crop dusting, discontinuing its use on most crops, and increasing perimeters around where it's applied. (more)

Invasive trees targeted by new South Africa anti-drought fund
16 November 2018 - Big business is backing a South African fund to eradicate invasive trees around Cape Town and yield billions of liters of water as the city emerges from its worst drought in a century, officials said on Friday (16 November). Alien species, such as eucalyptus trees which are largely native to Australia, are thirstier than indigenous vegetation and draw more groundwater through their roots. Preliminary studies estimate 1.8 billion liters of water is lost each year due to alien plants on one aquifer north of Cape Town. (more)

Therapy through song: Choir helps Hungarian lung patients breathe more easily
16 November 2018 - A Hungarian doctor has prescribed her lung disease patients a new form of physical and spiritual therapy -- singing in public as part of a choir. Its members, many seriously ill with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and drawn from hospitals across Hungary, say the singing has improved the quality of their lives. (more)

A slew of electric truck plans may deliver the goods for China's EV ambitions
15 November 2018 - For a growing number of automakers operating in the world's biggest vehicle market, it's time to invest in electric vans and trucks. They're convinced by increasingly stringent restrictions aimed at reining in pollution, generous subsidies, as well as robust demand for light-duty trucks as e-commerce flourishes. (more)

Social enterprise restaurant offers Hong Kong's senior citizens job opportunities - and dishes up new careers
14 November 2018 - Mdm Kitty Li Siu-yin, 69, says she enjoys working in a social enterprise restaurant that has helped many elderly Hongkongers to restart their careers. The eatery [Gingko House] ... is known for its Vietnamese cuisine. The restaurant chain Mdm Li works for is one of a growing number of employers offering job opportunities to the city's senior citizens. Gingko House general manager Kenneth Choi Man-kin said he also helped run the social enterprise's partner, Everbright Concern Action, which was opening an organic frozen food production line to offer simple jobs to the city's retirees. (more)

30 under 30 2019 Social Entrepreneurs: Leveraging business smarts to save the world
13 November 2018 - Fourth-generation beekeeper Leigh-Kathryn Bonner is just one of 30 innovative ventures on this year's Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs list using business acumen to make an lasting impact on the world. The list was judged by a blue-ribbon panel of judges: Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation; Lisa Curtis, Founder of Kuli Kuli; Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green; and Randall Lane, Chief Content Officer of Forbes Media. Here are the inspiring startups to keep an eye on in 2019: (more)

India: Union minister inaugurates the Global Cooling Prize Innovation summit
13 November 2018 - Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan inaugurated 'The Global Cooling Innovation Summit' on November 12, 2018, in New Delhi. The Global Cooling Prize is an international competition to encourage the development of a residential cooling technology which impacts the environment five times lesser than the standard Room Air Conditioning (RAC). (more)

Organic products still on growth track worldwide
12 November 2018 - There's a good outlook for the international organic food industry -- both in Europe and worldwide. European and international markets remain on a growth track. Experts currently put global revenues above USD 95 billion; Europe accounts for more than EUR 33 billion. The market is now growing very vigorously in many European countries. 'We're seeing lively growth in North America and Europe, but the Asian market is also catching up fast,' notes Amarjit Sahota of the London market research and consulting firm Ecovia (formerly Organic Monitor). (more)

Pennsylvania ranks 2nd in US in organic production
12 November 2018 - 'Pennsylvania has grown phenomenally in organic sales, doubling from 2015 to 2016 alone, and we are now second in the nation in organic production,' Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. 'We are not a leader by accident, but because of public and private investment in taking a strategic approach to industry growth. These funds support that forward-thinking innovation by those seeking to grow and sustain their businesses, respond to consumer trends, and diversify their operations.' (more)

Branson backs $3 million cooling challenge
12 November 2018 - British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson is backing a new $3 million initiative to find a more efficient residential cooling technology. 'Air conditioning needs to become acceptable to all. It should not be a luxury as it is today,' Sir Richard Branson said at the competition's launch. 'If we carry on using the same outdated air conditioning technology the temperature of the planet will rise by 0.5 degrees by air conditioning use alone.' (more)

France: Greater Paris to ban old diesel cars from summer 2019
12 November 2018 - The Greater Paris region will become a low-emission zone from next summer, which will limit the circulation of old diesel cars, the regional authority decided on Monday (12 November). The council plans to gradually tighten regulations in order to allow only electric or hydrogen-fueled cars on Greater Paris roads by 2030. In central Paris, pre-2000 diesels have been banned since July 2017. (more)

Germany: Stuttgart to ban older diesel engined cars after court ruling
12 November 2018 - Stuttgart will enforce a ban on older diesel vehicles by 2019 following a local German court ruling on Monday (12 November), the latest German city to fall into line with moves to cut pollution. Diesel bans have now been allowed in Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Berlin. (more)

Ideas on organic agriculture from around the globe sought, shared at UW-Madison Harvest of Ideas forum
12 November 2018 - For Kate VandenBosch, dean of UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, holding an event like the Harvest of Ideas comes back to the Wisconsin Idea, which signifies a general principle that education should extend beyond the classroom. The October 31 event, a forum that brought together people from around the globe to explore organic agriculture and how the University of Wisconsin can best contribute to the advancement of organic agriculture, also served as a venue to share ideas and create more cooperative solutions world-wide. (more)

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