Farming insects too much too fast could create an environmental disaster

January 21, 2019 by  
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The potential of insects as an alternative source of protein is promising. But this week, Swedish scientists warned that more research is needed on the environmental impact of mass rearing insects before large-scale production begins if we want to avoid a potential environmental disaster. Writing in the Trends in Ecology & Evolution journal, the researchers explained that there is currently an “overwhelming lack of knowledge” about insects, especially basic things like what they need for housing and food, how to manage their waste and which are the most suitable species for mass rearing. Related: Modular Cricket Shelter grows edible insects in Brooklyn The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that more than 1,900 species of insects are edible, but the researchers believe that we first need to get answers to those basic questions, so we don’t “risk creating an industry that replaces one environmental problem with another.” Both nutritionists and scientists have advocated insects as being a sustainable and cheap source of protein to feed our constantly growing population. They also have benefits like being high in vitamins, fiber and minerals. Insects produce fewer greenhouse gases than pigs or cattle, and they require a lot less land and water. Businesses have already started to enter the world of edible insects, producing things like sweet potato soup made with bugs, burgers made of buffalo worms and DIY insect farms. But this might be too much too fast, according to Asa Berggren, a conservation biologist at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the paper’s co-author. “How do you produce the feed they eat, where do you produce it, what do you use? There are so many questions,” Berggren said. “Are we going to use fossil fuels for heating and cooling the facilities (where insects are grown)? What about transportation?” She went on to say that one of the biggest threats to both natural and production systems is invasive species . There could be a big problem if insects are accidentally released in a country where they are imported. Other concerns include whether or not farmed insects that get sick will transmit diseases to consumers, and there is also a question of animal welfare . Berggren admitted that there could be a lot of insects that are good for us to eat, but further research is important. Via Reuters Image via Primal Future ( 1 , 2 )

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Morocco to become world solar superpower as new plants come online

October 27, 2015 by  
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Morocco is about to enter the world stage as a solar energy superpower with a massive new concentrated solar power (CSP) plant that’s currently in the works. The desert country is currently powered mostly by imported petroleum, but Morocco is planning to produce half its own energy with renewables by 2020. According to the Guardian , a key to that is the largest CSP plant in the world – currently under construction near the city of Ouarzazate. The first stage of the project, known as Noor 1, is set to go online next month and will produce about 160 megawatts of power through its 800 rows and 500,000 mirrors that follow the sun through the desert sky each day. Read the rest of Morocco to become world solar superpower as new plants come online

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Sheryl Crow’s Vegan-Friendly Cookbook, Ellen DeGeneres Campaigns with PETA, and More

April 15, 2011 by  
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Photo: Jim Spellman/WireImage/Getty Images Sheryl Crow is the latest A-lister to enter the world of celebrity cookbooks: Her effort, called “If It Makes You Healthy,” is a collaboration with her personal chef, Chuck White, and contains 125 recipes — many of which are vegetarian or vegan friendly, says Vegetarian Star . … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Want To Visit Rwanda? Enter the World Environment Day 2010 Blogging Competition!

April 27, 2010 by  
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Logo via UNEP If you love blogging, care about the environment and want to visit one of the most biologically diverse places on earth, then you should join the World Environmental Day 2010 Blogging Competition! We’ve partnered with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to help bring awareness to World Environment Day 2010 (WED 2010). The winner will win a free trip to Rwanda and get to write, blog and tweet about World Environmental Day. Details after the jump……

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Steven Chu Announces $200M+ for Clean Solar and Water Power Technologies

April 27, 2010 by  
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Photo: Flickr , CC A Nice Earth Day Present The planet got an Earth Day present from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this year; Dr. Steven Chu has announced that the DOE will invest more than $200 million over 5 years to “expand and accelerate the development, commercialization, and use of solar and water power technologies throughout the United States.” It’s a welcome investment since the foundation of any sustainable civilization is clean energy; even if you get a lot of the rest right, if you are still powered by dirty sources,..

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Who Owns The Daisy? Clorox, Method or Mother Earth?

April 27, 2010 by  
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So who owns the daisy? Apparently the Clorox Company has since September 2009, when they registered the mark “consisting of a flower with yellow petals with orange shades appearing toward the center of the flower, green center, and black shadow surrounding the green center.” Method has been using daisies on its cleaning products for six years, but as they note in their video below, never bothered to register it, suggesting that Mother Earth held the patent on this one.

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Is Direct Drive the Future? Wind Turbines Without Gears are Lighter, Cheaper, More Reliable

April 27, 2010 by  
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Photo: Flickr , CC Squeezing More Power from the Breeze These days, the wind industry is all about scaling up, cutting costs, and improving reliability. One way to do that, at least according to Siemens and GE, is to replace the traditional gearboxes and high-speed generators with bigger low-speed generators that don’t necessitate a geared transmission (that’s why they call it ‘direct drive’). Here’s why this might be the future of wind turbine design…..

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Ouroboros: The Story of Life From the Big Bang to Lady Gaga – Art Show Extended in NYC

April 27, 2010 by  
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“In the age-old image of the Ouroboros lies the thought of devouring oneself and turning oneself into a circulatory process, for it was clear to the more astute alchemists that the prima materia of the art was man himself.

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