Cover Crops and Compost May Be Key To Improved Soils for Urban Agriculture

Cover Crops and Compost May Be Key To Improved Soils for Urban Agriculture

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer An ongoing study in Detroit on the potential to recondition soils in urban areas to enable locally-grown agriculture is producing promising results, Brian Allnutt reported in Civil Eats. The study out of  Michigan State University-Detroit’s Partnership for Food Learning and Innovation, is working to find the “quickest, cheapest, and […]

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New York fights food waste with ambitious new plan

New York fights food waste with ambitious new plan

After the most pro-environment budget agreements in many years, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature reached an agreement to enact a congestion pricing plan, a new law to ban plastic bags as well as an ambitious new goal to cut food waste.

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One cool thing: start a compost pile this spring!

One cool thing: start a compost pile this spring!

Spring is (hopefully) around the corner and that might mean you’re planning your spring garden. Perhaps this year you also might be compelled to start a compost pile? While they take a bit of effort, once you get the hang of it, compost piles can be a great source of soil for the rest of […]

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Confusion Over Compostables Is Landing Them In Landfills

Confusion Over Compostables Is Landing Them In Landfills

Compostable cups, bags and cutlery were supposed to be the answer to single-use plastic products, but recent news reports say that instead they are causing problems for recycling plants and also ending up in landfills where the conditions are not right for them to decompose.  According to The Wall Street Journal and the Daily Caller, in order to decompose, compostables need high heat and moisture — they were actually intended to be sent to specially designed disposal sites, where they will break down properly and can add nutrients to the soil. 

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