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Think global act local: Food CSA’s in a Nutshell

by Patrick Morency CSA’s (short for Community Supported Agriculture) are basically subscription-based farms. A local farm produces a harvest and the local community buys shares. Shares are generally paid for before the season, creating a ‘shared risk’ and a deeper feeling of community. Each shareholder accepts the possibility of a lean harvest, but also has… Continue Reading

Bee Aware of Neonicotinoids

by Patrick Morency I’m writing this blog in favor of the Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R.2692)- introduced by Representatives John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) in July of 2013- which would suspend the use of neonicotinoid pesticides until a full review of scientific evidence indicated they are safe and a field study demonstrates no… Continue Reading

John Bullard Shares the Realities of Climate Change

by Jessica Garrity Our team meeting this past Halloween left me feeling incredibly motivated and inspired. John Bullard, Northeast Regional Administrator for NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and  former mayor of New Bedford, recently came and spoke to the Challenge interns about the effects of climate change, and the part we all play… Continue Reading

What Do the Stickers on Your Fruit and Vegetables Mean?

by Patrick Morency Those stickers on your produce are more than little nuisances to be peeled off and occasionally bit into by accident.The numbers on the stickers are called PLU numbers, and they contain very important information regarding how your fruit and vegetables are grown. PLU stands for “price look-up” number. The PLU system is… Continue Reading

Worldwide Groundwater Depletion: What it Means

by Patrick Morency “Groundwater depletion the world over poses a far greater threat to global water security than is currently acknowledged.”  Nature Publishing Group, Nature.com An alarming satellite-based analysis from NASA, released last month, finds that the world is depleting groundwater — the water stored underground in soil and aquifers — at an unprecedented rate.… Continue Reading

A “Renewable” Partnership

by Miles Flisher Media coverage of renewable energy development in Russia and China has been scarce. Coverage of these countries usually has a more political focus. However, there is talk of these two giants joining forces to increase their renewable energy production. Russia has plans to match the Chinese share of the renewable energy market.… Continue Reading

The Aurora Borealis

by Malena Buker There is more to the Aurora Borealis than what meets the eye. The display of colors, colloquially termed the Northern Lights, occurs at the Earth’s northern magnetic pole and is created by the interaction between Earth’s magnetic field and protons and electrons from the sun. The charged particles stream in different directions… Continue Reading

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