farming environmental footprint Articles

  • Renewable, clean energy: the petroleum footprint - wind farms under analysis

    This paper presents a methodology to assess projects for the generation of clean, renewable energy. Such methodology is applied here to estimate the consumption of fossil fuels (referred to as 'oil'), required for the construction, operation and maintenance of a wind farm consisting of 97 turbines of 3 MW each. Results show that such consumption represents a conservative 8–9% of the total energy ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • How Communities Are Reducing Ecological Footprints

    MUNICIPAL LEADERS from San Francisco to Melbourne are engaging in sustainability actions from banning plastic bags and bottled water to making commitments to address climate change. But within and beyond cities, growing numbers of local communities are also going green, according to a new Vital Signs Update from the Worldwatch Institute. Worldwide, the 379 “ecovillages” currently registered with ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Development and testing of a European Union –wide farm‐level carbon calculator

    Direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture accounted for around 10% of total European Union (EU) emissions in 2010. To reduce farming‐related GHG emissions, appropriate policy measures and supporting tools for promoting low‐carbon farming practices may be efficacious. This paper presents the methodology and testing results of a new EU‐wide farm‐level carbon footprint calculator. ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • The economics of global environmental sustainability

    We will soon be at a global crossroads when it comes to sustainability, and Dr. Wiebe believes that creating more resilient cities and sustainably responsible countries will reshape the world as we know it. Mediaplanet: People are often overwhelmed by the environmental challenges facing the world. How do you maintain optimism in the face of so much adversity? Dr. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Balancing Environmental Concerns with Beach Attractiveness

    Maintaining beaches that are free of human debris often creates a challenge, because synthetic debris often mixes with natural organic deposits from the ocean, like seaweed. For many beach owners and locations, removing seaweed and other debris at the tide line using mechanical beach cleaners is no problem, and actually, preferred. This creates a pristine beach for visitors to enjoy. In addition ...


    By H. Barber & Sons, Inc.

  • Between field and table: environmental implications of local food distribution

    Local food has been championed as a sustainable alternative to the industrial food system for many reasons, including a perceived environmental benefit through an expected decrease in the energy needed for transport from farm to market. The environmental benefit of local food, however, has been clouded by questions surrounding the energy footprint of small–scale distribution methods that do ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Waste Water Treatment Plant sees Economic and Environmental Return on Investment with Biosolids Drying System from Therma-Flite

    Therma-Flite, a resource recovery technology company, releases a new case study that provides municipalities with a look at how one mid-sized city has achieved its goals of eliminating transportation and landfill costs associated with biosolid waste disposal. Regulatory, economic and environmental pressures prompted the plant operations leader to seek equipment and systems that could transform ...


    By Therma-Flite Inc.

  • Food, the carbon story

    What do milk, bread and orange juice have in common? One answer is that they have all had their carbon footprints assessed and the products have been labelled by the Carbon Trust. Over the last five years, the Carbon Trust has certified the carbon footprints of a wide range of food products, and worked with a variety of companies to help them understand the carbon content of their food. As a ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Standard Process Industrial Case Study

    The Standard Process company is a vitamin and food supplement manufacturer in business since 1929 located in an environmentally sensistive area called the Kettle Moraine basin. The basin is an area containing rare species with diverse habitats. The Standard Process company realizes this and has helped preserve this area with their organic farming techniques, waste reduction methods and now with ...


    By Biowater Technology

  • How 5 Global Brands Use Renewable Energy

    According to the Renewable Energy Policy Network, about 22.1% of the world’s energy needs are satisfied by renewable energy. Hydro power accounts for most of this (16.4%) and the remainder (5.7%) comes from solar, wind, biomass, and other renewable sources. While many governments are undertaking initiatives to keep the percentage share of renewable energy sources increasing, there are also ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • The Climate is Changing. Food and Agriculture Must Change Too.

    On October 16th, we celebrate World Food Day. It is a day of action against hunger, which is one of the biggest global challenges. Since we expect that global population will reach 9.6 billion by 2050, we need to act now. Our global goal is to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. This is because, food is the basic human need and without addressing climate change, we cannot produce sufficient quantities ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Industrial Palmyra, Wisconsin, US case study

    Project Name: Standard Process WWTP Location: Palmyra, Wisconsin Type of Plant: Industrial - Food Processing Supplier: Environmental Health and Safety Products (EHS) Technology Used: Biowater (IFAS) CFAS Biomedia Used: BWT-X Operational Since: 2009 ...


    By Biowater Technology

  • Foxconn scandal offers supply chain lessons

    What do Apple, HP and Dell have in common – apart from making computers? They all source electronics from Foxconn, the beleaguered Chinese company under fire for working conditions at its factories. There is a clear lesson to be drawn from the ongoing Foxconn ...

  • Don`t forget water in the true cost of biobased packaging

    The additional 3 billion middle-class consumers expected by 2030 presents one of today’s greatest challenges, but they also provide one of the business community’s greatest financial opportunities. Against the backdrop of an increasingly resource-constrained world and volatile commodity prices, business as usual is not an option. The scalable, resource-efficient business ...


    By Trucost Plc

  • The DMT Carborex® MS Small scale biogas upgrading plant

    Introduction As we are all aware, fossil fuels are depleting rapidly and the energy consumption is growing. Due to increasing fossil fuel prices other types of fuels become more interesting. Nowadays technology enables us to use renewable fuels in an economically profitable way. An easy technique to produce fuel is the digestion of green waste; sewage sludge, manure and agricultural ...

  • Community Wind Power for Renewable Income

    CONSIDERING its incredible history and environmental benefits, wind power is one of the most underutilized sources of renewable energy. Stretching back as early as 200 BC, communities have been harvesting the wind for power. However, the scale and popularity of wind power is only now starting to reach critical mass as concerns of climate change rise and energy usage continues to soar. While ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Improved Water Management Propels Growth of Ontario Cheese Maker

    Like all farmers, the Van Bergeijk family works hard from ‘sun up to sun down’ to run their farm in southwestern Ontario. Everything in the dairy farming operation is interconnected. They grow corn on their 325 hectare farm to feed 400 dairy cows. The cows produce 11,000 litres of milk a year. That milk is used to make the prize-winning Mountainoak ...


    By BLOOM

  • Time to take a stand

    With summer approaching its end, the UAE is preparing to get back to work. And for many that means slapping on a name tag, putting up a stand and showing off their business in one of the country’s cavernous exhibition halls. The period between now and the end of the year is perhaps the busiest for exhibitions – with high-profile annual events like tech extravaganza GITEX and real ...

  • Opinion: Implementing Climate Change Policy For Agriculture – What Role For The Law?

    Identifying instruments to implement climate change adaptation and mitigation policy has become a pressing issue both for environmental law and for environmental lawyers. We have seen the beginnings of a legislative approach (and an innovative one at that) in the UK with the Climate Change Act of 2008. The 2008 Act initially set 'legally binding targets' for carbon dioxide reduction from 1990 ...


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