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Research suggests eating beans instead of beef would sharply reduce greenhouse gasses. The crew of cyclists turning Florida’s lawns into farms. The future of the immaculate British lawn is under threat, claims a new report from the Royal Horticultural Society: rising temperatures will deliver a triple-threat of dryness, weeds and pests that gardeners will have to navigate if they want to maintain their manicured emerald rectangles.

The crew of cyclists turning Florida’s lawns into farms

Some reports have even suggested we do away with lawns altogether and just substitute them with fake green turf (gasp!) To avoid the inevitable hassle. But will it be worth it? Let’s be honest, what do lawns really do, anyway—other than satisfy that odd part of the human ego that thrives off the sight of evenly-clipped grass? In fact, how about we really shake things up and just turn our lawns into vegetable patches, instead? That’s the idea behind Fleet Farming, a group of amateur farmers in Florida who are slowly transforming people’s lawns into food gardens in the city of Orlando.

Their approach is simple. It’s also giving lawns an eco-conscious makeover. Recently, they got a grant from the U.S. Decoding Demand for Local Food - Part 2 (Health) In our current series, Localize is exploring the underlying drivers behind local food preferences and the characteristics of local food that are grabbing the attention — and dollars — of consumers.

Decoding Demand for Local Food - Part 2 (Health)

Check out the first post in the series where we discuss: How to give consumers what they want when there is no single definition of 'local.' How local product labeling differs from from fresh to center-store. In this post, we are discussing Health as one of five underlying attributes that drives local product purchasing. There is no concrete evidence that eating local results in better health. . • Plant Variety: Large farms prioritize planting crops that offer the highest yeild, grow the quickest, and survive the best when transported long-distances.[2] Short and bitter-sweet — they are choosing quantity over nutritional quality.

In 2008, Montclair State University found that locally sourced broccoli had double the vitamin C content compared to broccoli that had to travel far distances.[5] Cowspiracy: stampeding in the wrong direction. By focusing on veganism to the exclusion of all else, Cowspiracy implies that anyone who eats meat isn’t a ‘proper’ environmentalist.

Cowspiracy: stampeding in the wrong direction

This is deeply offensive and elitist, and it harms the movement we need to build. Danny Chivers is a professional carbon analyst, performance poet, climate activist, and author of the No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change and No-Nonsense Renewable Energy. This article is republished, under a Creative Commons License, from New Internationalist. by Danny Chivers “Why do you keep talking about fossil fuels? If you’ve posted anything online about fossil fuels and climate change lately, the chances are you’ve seen a response like this. This is not the enemy. Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change. Köppen climate classification. An updated Köppen–Geiger climate map[1] Köppen climate classification is one of the most widely used climate classification systems.

Köppen climate classification

It was first published by Russian German climatologist Wladimir Köppen in 1884, with several later modifications by Köppen, notably in 1918 and 1936. Later, German climatologist Rudolf Geiger collaborated with Köppen on changes to the classification system, which is thus sometimes called the Köppen–Geiger climate classification system. In the 1960s, the Trewartha climate classification system was considered a modified Köppen system that addressed some of the deficiencies (mostly that the middle latitude climate zone was too broad) of the Köppen system.

The system is based on the concept that native vegetation is the best expression of climate. Scheme[edit] The Köppen climate classification scheme divides climates into five main groups (A, B, C, D, E), each having several types and subtypes. Group A: Tropical/megathermal climates: (Note. Oceanic climates[edit] The ethical wardrobe: Is it OK to wear leather? Whether or not you chose to wear leather usually depends on your stance towards meat, be it vegan, vegetarian or carnivore.

The ethical wardrobe: Is it OK to wear leather?

The issue of whether or not you are at ease with the practices of the meat industry is one for your own conscience: this column aims merely to provide some facts in an area where there is frequent misconception. Many people happily wear leather on the grounds that it's a byproduct of animal slaughter for meat and therefore a form of recycling - waste not, want not.

But is leather really a byproduct? Yes and no. It might be more accurate to describe it as a subsidy. Farmers don't sell hides for tuppence ha'penny out of the kindness of their hearts or from a desire to minimise waste. Take ostrich, for example - in South Africa, ostrich farms are a developing industry. Another oddity is that demand is rising for organic or free-range meats, as an increasing number (though still a tiny minority) of people try to source their food as ethically as possible. Home — Precious Plastic. JohnnyAppl BETA - Play Trivia & Plant Real Trees. EcoGeek - Brains for the Earth.

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