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The Greening of Lunch
By Deborah Song | Entrepreneur Magazine
October 2009

When we researched it, we discovered that 67 pounds of lunchtime trash is created by esach school-age child each school year,” Claxton says. She saw a need for a waste-free lunch and teamed with Lynn Julian to launch Kids Konserve

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Biotech's Plans to Sustain Agriculture
By Editors | Scientific American Magazine

If environmental and economic sustainability is ultimately a matter of balancing the human race’s consumption and productivity, then the agricultural industry leans heavily on both sides of that scale. Its drain on the earth’s resources is enormous: it claims 70 percent of all freshwater taken by our species and more than 40 percent of the planet’s solid surface (nearly all the arable land), with attendant casualties in bio­diversity.
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Published on November 9th, 2009

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Top 12 Foods
to Eat Organic:
6.Sweet Bell Peppers


During a simple trip to the grocery store, you make hundreds of decisions that can have real environmental impacts. With just a few easy changes, you can make a positive difference in the world.

Instead of regular aluminum foil or plastic wrap, purchase recycled aluminum foil.
It uses just 1/20th of the energy needed to produce regular foil.
Look for items without extensive packaging.
Most food packaging material uses some petroleum-based plastic. There are several ways to cut down on the energy and waste this produces. Look for minimally or unpackaged items instead. Experiment with bringing your own packaging or buying in bulk. Purchase brands that use bio-based instead of petroleum-based plastic. Recycle or reuse packaging materials you end up having to buy.
Bring a cloth bag to the grocery store instead of using its plastic bags.
An estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year. That's 1 million bags used per minute. And, according to the EPA, more than 380 billion of those are discarded in the U.S. Less than 1 percent of those are actually recycled. Instead, these bags will clog landfills, create litter, choke streams and harm marine wildlife, like whales, seals and sea turtles.
  Natural and Organic Foods

"Organically grown" food is food grown and processed using no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Pesticides derived frsom natural sources (such as biological pesticides) may be used in producing organically grown food.

Surging demand for natural and organic products has transformed a small market niche into a double-digit growth sector. U.S. sales of such foods and beverages reached $28.2 billion in 2006, according to the Nutrition Business Journal. Sales of organic foods and beverages alone increased by 22 percent to $16.9 billion. These foods are a key component in the major consumer trend known as whole health solutions — diets that promote health and wellbeing, prevent disease, help cure illnesses and protect the environment. Retailers, suppliers and producers —natural and mainstream — are meeting this demand with new foods and organic alternatives to conventional products. Download .pdf file to read entire document
  Environmental Impact

Several surveys and studies have attempted to examine and compare conventional and organic systems of farming. The general consensus across these surveys is that, in the short term, organic farming is less damaging for the following reasons:

Organic farms do not consume or release synthetic pesticides into the environment — some of which have the potential to harm soil, water and local terrestrial and aquatic wildlife.
Organic farms are better than conventional farms at sustaining diverse ecosystems, i.e., populations of plants and insects, as well as animals.
When calculated either per unit area or per unit of yield, organic farms use less energy and produce less waste, e.g., waste such as packaging materials for chemicals.
However, many critics of organic farming methods believe that the increased land needed to farm organic food could potentially destroy the rainforests and wipe out many ecosystems. Learn More...


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