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Tech innovations that could reduce food waste

From The Guardian, July 14, 2016 –  Cutting-edge technology – from intelligent food labelling to mobile phone-controlled apps and even smart fridges – is set to transform the way consumers shop and control their domestic food waste. On sale for the first time in the UK this autumn is a highly anticipated smart fridge from […]


Paying Farmers to Go Organic, Even Before the Crops Come In

From the New York Times, July 14, 2016, DENAIR, Calif. — The last time Wendell Naraghi tried to make money from organic nuts, in the 1980s, he failed miserably. “Basically, we stopped because no one paid me,” said Mr. Naraghi, whose father started the family’s large nut orchards here in the Central Valley in the […]

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Residents stranded, roads remain closed after torrential rains

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 14, 2016 –  Residents in northern Wisconsin are grappling with the aftermath of extreme storms and flooding that swept through the area earlier this week, leaving three people dead, roads washed out and some residents still stranded in their homes. Authorities on Thursday confirmed that a third person had died […]


Study: Your Kids’ Energy-Saving Habits Are Having An Impact On You

From OPB, July 14, 2016 – Oregon State University and Stanford University developed an energy conservation program which showed that children’s energy-saving behaviors impact their parents’ own habits. The program, called Girls Learning Environment and Energy, or GLEE, was tested on 30 Girl Scout troops in Northern California, and the results were positive, not only for […]

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Jonco Industries opens largest rooftop solar system in Milwaukee

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 13, 2016 – Jonco Industries has opened the largest rooftop solar system in the city of Milwaukee, with more than 1,100 solar panels atop the roof of its factory at the corner of N. Custer and N. 27th streets. The $1 million solar installation will offset some of the energy […]


Beginning Farmers Institute cultivates the next generation of farmers

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 9, 2016 –  On a 10-acre farm near New Glarus, Drew and Jaime Baker raise chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs and sheep. They also grow vegetables for 30 families that are regular customers. That’s a lot for a young couple on a small farm, especially considering they both work off-farm jobs. […]

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5 Things Wrong With Your Deodorant

From Time, July 5, 2016 – Experts warn about ingredients in underarm products. Should you worry? You wouldn’t swallow a spoonful of toxic cosmetic ingredients. But in some ways, smearing them under your arms in the form of deodorant or antiperspirant may be worse. “When you eat something, it’s broken down by your liver and digestive […]


Helpless to Prevent Cancer? Actually, Quite a Bit Is in Your Control

From The Upshot, July 5, 2016 – Americans seem very afraid of cancer, with good reason. Unlike other things that kill us, it often seems to come out of nowhere. But evidence has increasingly accumulated that cancer may be preventable, too. Unfortunately, this has inflamed as much as it has assuaged people’s fears. As a physician, […]

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How to Sell Kids on Vegetables

From the New York Times, July 5, 2016 – The same marketing techniques used to convince children to eat junk food are highly effective in promoting fruits and vegetables, a new study has found. Researchers assigned 10 elementary schools to one of four groups. In the first, they posted vinyl banners around the salad bar depicting […]


Only the oak stands alone

From Agri-View, June 29, 2016 –  The oak tree might stand alone in the pasture at Lonely Oak Farm, but farmer Joel Kuehnhold certainly doesn’t. It’s anything but lonely at the highly diversified direct-market operation in Wood County in north-central Wisconsin. Lonely Oak is all about building community around food. To that end, Kuehnhold invites the […]


Hidden Costs of American Food Revealed

From PR Newswire, April 21, 2016 – The hidden cost of seemingly cheap food production is damaging the planet, driving human disease and jeopardizing food workers exposed to toxins every day. Experts who gathered at the True Cost of American Food conference in San Francisco this past weekend said for every dollar American consumers pay for […]


Focus on Energy Programs Save Wisconsin Millions

From Focus on Energy, June 1, 2016 – An independent evaluation report prepared by The Cadmus Group has verified that Focus on Energy programs are cost-effectively delivering significant energy savings, and achieving high customer satisfaction. Focus on Energy is Wisconsin utilities’ statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy and was established in 2001 to help […]


How to Revive Local Agriculture in the United States

From the Atlantic, June 27, 2016 –  “I think this administration has really missed their chance to do some innovative things, but also to help the rural economy,” Representative Chellie Pingree said on Monday. The Maine Democrat is upset that even as demand for local, sustainable, and organic agriculture has boomed, the Obama administration has done […]