Sustainability

Future Food Security and Sustainable Food Production Could Depend on Small Farmers

It is generally assumed that "big is best" because of the financial savings that can be made from economies of scale, and this has been one of the drivers of the trend to large-scale farming.

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Getting Started With Natural Cleaners

If you're new to the world of natural cleaning products for your house, it can seem a bit overwhelming at first, especially if you've still got a cupboard full of commercial cleaners. You possibly feel a bit unsure as well. Can these products really do the job of killing germs? Can you really clean the toilet with natural products? Do you have to spend a small fortune shopping online for soap nuts and Enjo cloths (which, incidentally, are sold on the party plan)? What do you actually need to get started cleaning naturally?

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Growth in Energy Efficiency Software Market

For energy, the only way is up ' at least as far as our bank balances are concerned. It's hardly a surprise that the market is calling for energy efficiency software so much these days. The UK research organization Verdantix predicts rapid growth throughout 2011 and 2012. They looked at the entire market of companies that provide energy management solutions to the typically dispersed organization. Market leaders were identified and solutions and needs revealed for the difficult path ahead. One of the top 10 providers in this field was shown to be Verisae, an organization that focuses particularly on energy management.

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Climate Change is Reducing Crop Yields When We Need to Produce More Food

Scientists in the USA have found that global warming is having an adverse effect on crop yields and is reducing them significantly in some countries.

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Restructure Your Approach To Energy Supply Management Before It's Too Late

Utility companies are scrambling to come up with different ways to charge consumers for energy. The current business environment where companies use legacy systems to determine straightforward tariffs and usage data is batched in monthly billing cycles isn't effective anymore.

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The Cost of Nitrogen Pollution Outweighs the Benefits in Increased Food Production

A new European study has found that 70% of the pollution from reactive nitrogen comes from agricultural processes and estimates the annual cost of the damage it causes is between £55 and £280 billion.

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Have Corporations Hijacked the Word 'Sustainable'?

Why we should not let Monsanto and friends decide the standards for sustainability.

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Shoppers Should not Have to Choose Between Affordable and Healthy when Buying Food

The UK's Soil Association has just released figures showing that sales of organic food dropped by around £ 100 million in 2010 in stark contrast to its earlier predictions that the sector would recover by between 2% and 5% in 2010.

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Creative Recycling

One of the more important parts of "acting locally" to do your bit towards helping Planet Earth is by reducing waste. You are probably aware of the negative effects of landfills: more and more valuable land being taken up just by rubbish, and the associated problems of groundwater being contaminated by leachate. Yes, the people who design landfills take leachate into account, but do you really want to take this risk?

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Tackling Economic Growth, Climate Change and Food Scarcity Cannot be Separated

While the global economy continues to struggle to recover from the 2008 financial crash and as the UK Government prepares to consult on selling off many of the countries currently protected ancient woodlands pressure is growing for economic reform towards sustainable economics to protect the planet from climate change.

Read more: Tackling Economic Growth, Climate Change and Food Scarcity Cannot be Separated

   

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