California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.
"We go to each vendor, choose our produce, then we go back to our car and put it into our fresh nation bags, store it in our car in coolers and take it straight to the customers." Just five dollars. That's how much it costs to have organic, locally grown food from the Westport Farmers Market delivered to your house. "It's just providing a great service for people who can't make it to the market," said Mary Murray. The market is held here every Thursday, erupting into a bustling scene with vendors coming from all over in Connecticut. And now, those stuck at work can still be apart of the action, by logging onto the Fresh Nation website and ordering their selection with a few clicks of a button. "We've actually been approached by a few different companies over the years," said Cochran. Fresh Nation is now the first company to enter into a partnership with this market. Lori Cochran, the president of the Westport Farmers Market, says she was skeptical at first, worried a delivery service could jeopardize the high standard of quality central to this market. "They believe in this local food and why it's so valuable and they are willing to not charge as much as it may for the delivery and really support a farmer in the long run," said Cochran. "She really saw what we were doing could be great for the market and great for the customers that came to the market and the vendors," said Madeline Franklin. Madeline Franklin and her husband own Fresh Nation. They both saw the need for a fresh local delivery service while running their own farmers market. "You can't get fresher than this. It literally goes from the farmers markets, usually picked that morning or the night before, straight to the customer. There's no warehouse or nothing," said Franklin. Fresh Nation currently serves markets in Connecticut, New York and Los Angeles.
MONTREAL, Canada — In 1999, Dickson Despommier, a professor of environmental health sciences and microbiology at Columbia University, popularized the idea of large-scale urban agriculture by releasing a conceptual model for vertical farms. Crops would grow inside tall city buildings, using very little land to produce bounties of food that would not need to be shipped far to be eaten.
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By Deirdre Smith, Strategic Partnership Coordinator It was not hard for me to make the connection between the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, and the catalyst for my work to stop the climate crisis. It’s all over the news: images of police in military gear pointing war zone weapons at unarmed black people with their hands...
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