farming environmental footprint reduction Articles

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...


  • GHG quantification reporting and lifecycle assessment: does one size fit all?

    Corporate and government entities have been developing and reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventories, some for well over a decade. The basis for developing these inventories has evolved from voluntary mechanisms (e.g., sustainability reports; registries like the DOE 1605(b) or The Climate Registry) to regulatory requirements (e.g., EU Emissions Trading Scheme, US EPA Mandatory Reporting ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Climate change & clean technology: from challenge to opportunity

    Over the past few years, climate change and sustainability have been catapulted to the forefront of headline news. As ongoing public pressure for improved environmental stewardship continues to mount, governments are actively pursuing legislation, including regulations, to accelerate positive change. We have already witnessed significant regulatory, policy and legal changes related to lower ...

  • Case study – bio-diesel application

    More than a decade of research and development by a network of soybean farmers, backed by an environmentally responsible food processor, a local soybean association and the formation of a farmer (majority) owned firm, resulted in the construction of a biodiesel facility in the central United States. Using soybean oil as its primary feedstock, the facility planned to produce 40 million gallons of ...


    By Clean Water Technology, Inc.

  • Practical Plan For Hospital Food Waste Recovery

    Americans throw away an estimated 40 percent of the total U.S. food supply. Hospitals are a major contributor to this waste stream, with food waste making up 10 to 15 percent of the 6,600 tons of waste they dispose each day. For hospitals with a mission-driven commitment to sustainability, tackling food waste at all levels — from purchasing to food recovery — brings multiple ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Turning waste into power

    Economic, social and environmental factors dictate the necessity to manage waste to a new level. Wastewater plants, landfills, farms and food plants are all the owners of biomass that can be digested to produce biogas and turned into power. Biogas can be burned directly in boilers for heat recovery and used for manufacturing, heating or cooling; this is the simplest method of direct biogas ...


    By Hurll Nu-Way

  • Can the Internet save the planet?

    Last October, environmentally conscious Netheads everywhere got some excellent news. The pervasive use of broadband Internet connections and the tools and practices they enable could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by some 1 billion tons over the next decade, according to the American Consumer Institute. Widespread adoption of broadband in the United States alone would cut energy use by the ...


  • Wind & solar energy and nature conservation

    Climate change and the degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity cannot be solved in isolation. Land and marine ecosystems play a crucial role in the climate system, capturing roughly half of carbon dioxide emissions generated by human activities (UNEP, 2009). Protecting biodiversity preserves ecosystem services that are important for regulating the climate and helping us to adapt to the impacts ...

  • BioCycle world

    Composters and organics recyclers are encouraged to lend support to the U.S. Composting Council’s education campaign (See “Composting Council Advocates Carbon Offsets In Climate Change Bill,” BioCycle September 2009) by signing an online petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/uscc2009/petition.html. The Solid Waste Association of North America ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • If everybody hates wasting food, why do we do it (and how can we stop)?

    When it comes to reducing consumer food waste, guilt doesn’t cut it. Here’s what does. It was bound to happen. When I first got the assignment to write a story on reducing consumer food waste, I was feeling just a little smug. I’m the one who wraps up breadsticks at the restaurant to take home, slurps the last bit of soup from the bowl, cuts the soft spots out of an ...


    By Ensia

  • If carbon pricing is so great, why isn’t it working?

    Political hurdles and low prices have made carbon pricing a low-impact affair. But there’s still hope it can help limit climate change. Earth’s atmosphere has long served as a free dump for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases generated by humans. That is changing as policy-makers embrace economists’ advice that the best way to cut greenhouse gas emissions is to charge an ...


    By Ensia

  • Greening the Built Environment

    ASTM Standards and Products Form the Foundation of Sustainable Construction Efforts Today, a major focal point for the worldwide building industry is the growing demand for sustainable construction. Sustainable, or “green,” construction is focused on the more effective use of resources and ultimately the creation of healthier, energy efficient, more environmentally ...


    By ASTM International

  • Can saltwater quench our growing thirst?

    An increasingly water-stressed world takes a new look at desalination. It seems simple enough: Take the salt out of water so it’s drinkable. But it’s far more complex than it appears at first glance. It’s also increasingly crucial in a world where freshwater resources are progressively strained by population growth, development, droughts, ...


    By Ensia

  • Sustainable food production: Facts and Figures

    Farming must feed more people more sustainably. Zareen Bharucha looks at scientific approaches past and present. Advances in agricultural science and technology (S&T) have contributed to remarkable increases in ...


    By SciDev.Net

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