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Turning chicken poop and weeds into biofuel

Chicken is a favorite, inexpensive meat across the globe. But the bird’s popularity results in a lot of waste that can pollute soil and water. One strategy for dealing with poultry poop is to turn it into biofuel, and now… read more

Costs and benefits of organic farming:

Yields Benefits: Some studies suggest that the stability of yields might be higher under organic management. Costs: Yields under organic management are on average 19 to 25 per cent lower than under conventional management. Context: Many cereals show higher yield… read more

Organic is only one ingredient in recipe for susta..

Many people choose organic thinking it’s better for humans and the planet, but a new UBC study published in Science Advances finds that might not always be the case. “Organic is often proposed a holy grail solution to current environmental… read more

Grasslands, the lesson

The big ecosystems on Earth where people can live are mainly forests and grasslands. Grassland, savanna,  is where our species started and lived maybe 2 million years. Many natural grasslands are now agricultural areas (many forests too). Somehow people seem… read more

Can urban gardeners benefit ecosystems while keepi..

Do you live in a city? Do you have a garden? Or a balcony full of plants? Many people do not realize that it is possible to grow food in a city garden or even on a balcony. Urban gardens… read more