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Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa

Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Danielle Nierenberg and Daniel Bornstein say conservation is the way to get through the drought, and the state needs to be open to lessons.
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"Farmers in Mali, for example, convened a "citizens' jury" with the help of the International Institute for the Environment and Development, and proposed that crop researchers hone in on traditional seed varieties. These crops are typically better at withstanding drought--and can offer more resilience for farmers' livelihoods than so-called high-yielding varieties that often get touted as the solution for African food insecurity."

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Applying Compost To Soil Can Help Cut Carbon Pollution

Applying Compost To Soil Can Help Cut Carbon Pollution | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
According to research, if compost were applied to 5 percent of California’s land used for livestock grazing, it could result in a year’s worth of emissions from farm and forestry industries being captured.
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Another article describing the great properties of compost.


Not only can compost cut carbon pollution, but it can help store water and protect against drought. For more, listen to our podcast episode on how compost can help Californian cities fight drought, and how we can best communicate this message.

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Cut and Dry: Stop Wasting Water

Cut and Dry: Stop Wasting Water | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"A poll released earlier this month by the Los Angeles Times showed that while nearly 90% of the over 1,500 registered voters who were surveyed agreed that water shortage was a “Crisis/major problem”, 82% felt it had a minor or no impact on their daily lives."

The Organic Stream's insight:

This article provides some insight into human behaviour and shows clearly that changing habits and mindsets requires much more work than simply raising awareness of an issue. It remains clear that public outreach and education is crucial in order to make a real impact:


“We think that everything that we and other water utilities in California should be focusing on at this point is public education to change human behavior; to educate the public on how serious of a crisis this could be.”


We at Compostory agree. For more insights, check out our interview with Robert Reed of Recology talking about building compost & water saving awareness campaigns in Californian cities.

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Landmark Plastic Bag Ban Officially On Hold

Landmark Plastic Bag Ban Officially On Hold | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags will not go into effect this summer after all. The California secretary of state’s office announced Tuesday that a referendum to overturn the measure has qualified for the Novemb...
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 “Every poll shows that Californians strongly support the law, and the $30 million to $50 million it will cost the plastics industry to launch a full-fledged campaign in 2016 will be proven to be an act of political malpractice, particularly since nearly half the state will no longer have plastic bags by election day.”


People are in favour of a ban and are aware of the dangers of plastic for our environment. The plastics industry are swimming against the tide!

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Updated: Compromise Deal Reached on Oakland Garbage Contract

Updated: Compromise Deal Reached on Oakland Garbage Contract | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said this morning that a tentative deal has been reached to settle the dispute over the city’s garbage contract. Under the...
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It seems the city's attempt to move away from working with large-scale hauling companies has been unsuccessful this time around. As this story shows, there are many challenges in negotiating contracts for waste services.

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