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International Compost Awareness Week Slated May 5-11

This year’s theme is COMPOST … Nature’s Climate Champion

https://www.morningagclips.com/international-compost-awareness-week-slated-may-5-11/

‘Just Eat It’ explores food waste and surplus

Documentarians Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer took on the challenge. In the documentary “Just Eat It,” the pair challenged themselves to rely only on discarded food for six months to prove just how much food is wasted every single day.

https://www.videtteonline.com/arts_life/just-eat-it-explores-food-waste-and-surplus/article_a2024aee-0e37-11ef-83c4-237d2ed0cf44.html

Greensboro expands program to combat 2.7 million tons of food waste from N.C. 

By Sydney McCoy Greensboro 

PUBLISHED 5:00 PM ET May 06, 2024 

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2024/05/06/greensboro-compost-program-expands-

EVERYBODY EATS: Homemade compost increases harvest quantity and quality

Made from decomposing food waste, using your own compost can increase your garden success

https://www.guelphtoday.com/lets-eat/everybody-eats-homemade-compost-increases-harvest-quantity-and-quality-8673262

New Orleans receives funding to increase composting capacity

The city received $398,500 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Compost and Food Waste Reduction Program.

https://www.wastetodaymagazine.com/news/new-orleans-recieves-compost-funding/

Food Matters Partners’ Food Waste Reduction Strategies, July – December 2023 

Through NRDC’s Food Matters initiative, partners were required to submit mid-engagement progress reports that highlight successes between July and December 2023

https://www.nrdc.org/bio/anya-obrez/progress-update-food-matters-partners-food-waste-reduction-strategies

North Providence will be first RI district to compost food waste at all schools 

https://www.wpri.com/news/local-news/northwest/north-providence-will-be-first-ri-district-to-compost-food-waste-at-all-schools/

USDA debates synthetic biodegradables in organic compost 

https://www.ehn.org/usda-debates-synthetic-biodegradables-in-organic-compost-2668131555.html

Environmental initiatives in NOLA: Composting — The key to maximizing New Orleans’s rich cuisine

https://www.vianolavie.org/2024/05/02/digital-civic-engagement-spring-2024-environmental-initiatives-in-nola-composting-the-key-to-maximizing-new-orleans-rich-cuisine/

Electricity from farm waste: How biogas could help Malawians with no power

https://techxplore.com/news/2024-05-electricity-farm-biogas-malawians-power.html

From “who should?” to “who could?”: Navigating the messy problem of food waste

How do we move away from guilt-inducing moral superiority to actually solving the problem?

https://nowthenmagazine.com/articles/from-who-should-to-who-could-navigating-the-messy-problem-of-food-waste

Growing Mushrooms From Food Waste

https://dnyuz.com/2024/05/07/growing-mushrooms-from-food-waste/

A Tale of Two Banana Peels: Composting in R.I. vs Washington

https://ecori.org/a-tale-of-two-banana-peels-composting-in-r-i-vs-washington/

Pilot program to test autonomous robots’ potential for picking up food waste for compost in Corktown

https://www.secondwavemedia.com/metromode/devnews/Food-waste-pilot.aspx

Food scrap collection services growing, but not in all suburbs 

https://www.dailyherald.com/20240508/environmental/food-scrap-collection-growing-but-not-in-all-suburbs/

The Twin Cities Has a Trash Problem. Can We Compost Our Way Out of It?

Inside the plan to reduce waste and cut emissions, one pale green bag of scraps at a time.

https://racketmn.com/minneapolis-st-paul-organics-recycling-statistics-composting

Australasian Bioplastics Association offers verification for compostable items

https://wastemanagementreview.com.au/australasian-bioplastics-association-offers-verification-for-compostable-items/

University Farm’s Sarah Warner shares ways to use orange peels in the backyard

https://thedaily.case.edu/university-farms-sarah-warner-shares-ways-to-use-orange-peels-in-the-backyard/

Food waste to power Scenic Rim Agricultural Industrial Precinct

https://wastemanagementreview.com.au/food-waste-to-power-scenic-rim-agricultural-industrial-precinct/

Now More Ways to Compost 

https://www.easthamptonstar.com/government/2024511/now-more-ways-to-compost

South Florida composters eye opportunities as region faces disposal crunch 

A growing number of subscription haulers in Miami-Dade, Broward and other counties are signing up residential and commercial customers as local officials debate landfill and incinerator expansions.

https://www.wastedive.com/news/florida-compost-miami-dade-broward-landfill-incinerator/714642

Turning Food Waste Into Renewable Energy And More (CT.) 

https://ctnewsjunkie.com/2024/05/13/turning-food-waste-into-renewable-energy-and-more/

Spotlight on Mecbio in-vessel composting systems

https://wastemanagementreview.com.au/spotlight-on-mecbio-in-vessel-composting-systems/

Navotas LGU inaugurates greenhouse facility

https://mb.com.ph/2024/5/13/navotas-lgu-inaugurates-greenhouse-facility

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O-Town Compost collects food scraps from UCF dining to turn into compost

https://www.nicholsonstudentmedia.com/news/o-town-compost-collects-food-scraps-from-ucf-dining-to-turn-into-compost/article_528d1454-ecad-11ee-b653-ff477e43800e.html

 

Food Scrap Composting Offers Wellington Businesses An Easy Way To Take Climate Action

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU2404/S00020/food-scrap-composting-offers-wellington-businesses-an-easy-way-to-take-climate-action.htm

 

Price Farms Organics creates compost from Columbus Zoo and community scraps

https://www.farmanddairy.com/news/price-farms-organics-creates-compost-from-columbus-zoo-and-community-scraps/819224.html

 

Modular Insect Farms Successfully Turn Organic Waste Into Sustainable Protein

https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/modular-insect-farms-successfully-turn-organic-waste-into-sustainable-protein-1033234488

 

The world wastes more than a billion meals a day

https://www.pressenza.com/2024/04/the-world-wastes-more-than-a-billion-meals-a-day/

 

Why Asia must solve food waste to hit its environmental goals

Food waste is a worldwide problem but is particularly pressing in Asia, which is home to hundreds of millions of hungry people

Not only is wasted food not getting to the people who urgently need it, that which ends up in landfills produces methane which exacerbates climate change

https://www.scmp.com/opinion/asia-opinion/article/3258613/why-asia-must-solve-food-waste-hit-its-environmental-goals

 

Compostable Packaging Disintegration at Composting Facilities

https://www.closedlooppartners.com/research/compostable-packaging-disintegration-at-composting-facilities/

 

Something’s fishy with composting at D.C. farmers markets

https://wamu.org/story/24/04/05/dc-composting-farmers-markets/

 

PCFWC & ReFED find ‘real food waste reductions at scale’ in a new study of West Coast US grocery retailers

https://agfundernews.com/pcfwc-refed-find-real-food-waste-reductions-at-scale-in-a-new-study-of-west-coast-us-grocery-retailers

 

Bellevue High Schools go green with composting initiative

https://omaha.com/news/community/sarpy/bellevue-high-schools-go-green-with-composting-initiative/article_33ac217e-7d24-53a9-83af-3fafea286d86.html



“field-to-fork-to-field.”

A closed loop makes for open doors at Durham College

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/adv/article-a-closed-loop-makes-for-open-doors-at-durham-college/

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Green Mission News – June 2024

  What will it take to get companies to embrace reusable packaging?  Inside the effort to standardize the design of returnable containers. https://grist.org/business/what-will-it-take-to-get-companies-to-embrace-reusable-packaging/   Green

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Compost Happens Now – May 2024

International Compost Awareness Week Slated May 5-11 This year’s theme is COMPOST … Nature’s Climate Champion https://www.morningagclips.com/international-compost-awareness-week-slated-may-5-11/ ‘Just Eat It’ explores food waste and surplus

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Green Mission News – May 2024

Insects and Other Animals Have Consciousness, Experts Declare A group of prominent biologists and philosophers announced a new consensus: There’s “a realistic possibility” that insects,

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Compost Happens – Earth Month 2024

Earth Month UWS Explainer: How to ‘Compost’ Food Scraps and Why It Matters https://www.westsiderag.com/2024/04/11/earth-month-uws-explainer-how-to-compost-food-scraps-and-why-it-matters Navigating the Compostable Packaging Landscape: Insights from BPI Executive Director Rhodes

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Green Mission News – Earth Month 2024

‘Nature Has Rights’: Aruba Could Become 2nd Country to Recognize Rights of Nature in Constitution https://www.ecowatch.com/aruba-nature-rights-constitution.html   In Libya, one person’s garbage is another person’s

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Compost Happens – March 2024

Opportunities for scaling compost strategies help farms’ soil health https://www.agdaily.com/features/opportunities-for-scaling-compost-strategies-help-farms-soil-health/   GrowNYC prepares layoffs as city shifts to curbside composting https://www.crainsnewyork.com/politics-policy/grownyc-cut-54-workers-city-shifts-curbside-composting   Local farmers discuss

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Compost Happens – February, 2024

Unlocking the Power of Composting: Enhancing Soil Health and Boosting Crop Yields https://medriva.com/health/eco-health/unlocking-the-power-of-composting-enhancing-soil-health-and-boosting-crop-yields/   Chance Farm pursues ‘closed loop’ agriculture with composting group https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/agriculture/chance-farms-pursues-closed-loop-agriculture-with-composting-group/article_0011a7a0-c6c7-11ee-9c20-abf130d4d6b4.html  

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Green Mission News – February, 2024

    Five Ways to Develop “Ecoliteracy”.Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett, and Zenobia Barlow explain how we can teach kids to care deeply about the environment.https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/five_ways_to_develop_ecoliteracy

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Green Mission News – November, 2023

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION LAUDATE DEUM OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS TO ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/20231004-laudate-deum.html   The in-depth assessment presented

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Green Mission News – October, 2023

A Love Letter to My Compost Heap https://atmos.earth/a-love-letter-to-my-compost-heap/   The Organic Urban Farm Growing Healthy Food for One of Chicago’s Most Underserved Neighborhoods For two

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Green Mission News – September, 2023

4 factors driving 2023’s extreme heat and climate disasters https://theconversation.com/4-factors-driving-2023s-extreme-heat-and-climate-disasters-209975   True regenerative economies help everyone prosper https://www.nationalobserver.com/2023/08/09/opinion/true-regenerative-economies-help-everyone-prosper   The Tragedy of Misunderstanding the Commons Twelfth-century

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Green Mission News – August, 2023

One seed at a time: Lebanese project promotes agroecology for farmer autonomy https://news.mongabay.com/2023/06/one-seed-at-a-time-lebanese-project-promotes-agroecology-for-farmer-autonomy/   On the Cusp of Cleaning Up “Cancer Alley,” the EPA Caved

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Green Mission News – June, 2023

Time to pay the piper: Fossil fuel companies’ reparations for climate damages https://www.cell.com/one-earth/fulltext/S2590-3322(23)00198-7   Body lotions, mothballs, cleaning fluids and other widely used products contain

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Green Mission News – May, 2023

Discussing systems changes and the circular economy with Dr Anna Birney (5:39 minutes video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU-1Jnlg5V4   What Has the Pandemic Taught Us About Vaccines? Should

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Green Mission News – January, 2023

  New Report Reveals Pesticide Industry’s Disinformation and Science Denial Playbook Monsanto’s Tactics to Defend Toxic Weedkiller Glyphosate Exposed https://foe.org/news/merchants-of-poison/   2022 Sustainability ReportTetra Pak

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Green Mission News – November, 2022

John D Liu  Ecological Restoration (10 min, video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=hEEFXABFwrY How could positive “tipping points” accelerate climate action? As catastrophic climate change tipping points loom, could

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Green Mission News – October, 2022

Keep it green and lean. Chevron Ad Adam McKay (video 1 min, 40 sec) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2XTGteritE   The Campaign to Criminalize Ecocide https://theglobalobservatory.org/2022/03/the-benefits-challenges-and-limitations-of-criminalizing-ecocide/ and www.stopecocide.earth/leading-states Beyond

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Green Mission News – June, 2022

Following Record Growth in 2021, Renewables on Track for New High in 2022 https://e360.yale.edu/digest/following-record-growth-in-2021-renewables-on-track-for-new-high-in-2022   The Insanity of Expanding Nuclear Energy https://boogiegreen.com/2022/05/12/the-insanity-of-expanding-nuclear-energy/   Greenpeace’s Russel Norman

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Green Mission News – March, 2022

  Is Earth Smart?We came up with a way to measure the intelligence of entire planets. Things aren’t looking great for ours.https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2022/02/biosphere-planetary-intelligence-evolution/622867/ Can a planet

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Green Mission News – February, 2022

Just What Is a ‘Resilient’ Forest, Anyway? https://www.ucdavis.edu/climate/news/just-what-resilient-forest-anyway California redwood forest returned to Indigenous guardianship, conservation https://news.mongabay.com/2022/01/california-redwood-forest-returned-to-indigenous-guardianship-conservation/ Trees are important for cleaner air in cities

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Green Mission News – November, 2021

Agrovoltaics = Agriculture + Solar Photovoltaics = Win For Everyone https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/10/11/2057534/-Agrovoltaics-Agriculture-Solar-Photovoltaics-Win-For-Everyone Stella Vita: The newest solar-powered vehicle.Our Self-sustaining House On Wheels.https://solarteameindhoven.nl/ Cooking with the sun:

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