<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulderganic]]> <![CDATA[Conference puts food economy on table]]> <![CDATA[Bee:cause]]> The Western Apicultural Society conference, in Boulder Oct. 1–3, will host the key players in regional pollinator issues including beekeepers, industrial agriculture companies, ecosystem biologists and policy makers. These groups don’t always get along or see eye to eye, but the conference is an important forum to host the vital discussions of how to promote pollinator health. It is a rare opportunity for apiculturists and bee enthusiasts to be a part of the conversations that are forming our national and state level policies to protect pollinator health.]]> <![CDATA[Drifting toward answers on lost crops]]> If you shop with any regularity at the Abbondanza stall at the farmers’ market, you might have noticed some gaps in their inventory this fall. Dried beans and winter squash are mostly what Shanan Olson, co-owner, says people have commented on missing. They ask why, and she’s not sure how to reply. Pesticide drift on their organic-certified farm in 2010 cost most of their fall harvest, a $250,000 loss. At least, that’s what they can piece together. What really happened to their crop has been a complicated puzzle to solve. ]]> <![CDATA[Envelope, please]]> Fueled by federal grant dollars and powered by a team of advisors, the EnergySmart program is proving catalytic in the way it helps people take action after receiving an energy audit.]]> <![CDATA[BIFF 2013: Buying some time for a climate change movement]]> Tim DeChristopher was a 27-year-old University of Utah economics student who’d spent five years teaching at-risk kids and was just beginning to get involved in activism around climate change when he found himself at a Bureau of Land Management land sale bidding on $1.8 million in leases.]]> <![CDATA[Are flame retardants causing toxic couches?]]> Flame retardants in U.S. furniture are on the rise, with a new study finding them in nearly all couches tested. The findings, published Nov. 28, confirm that household furniture remains a major source of a variety of flame retardants, some of which have been building up in people’s bodies and in the environment.]]> <![CDATA[Climbing for change]]> In 2003, while hiking miles through the Himalayas of Southern China, Travis Ramos realized he needed to make a change. He traveled door-to-door through a community of potato farmers known as the Nuosu people, who carve out their homes high on the mountainsides of Yunnan.]]> <![CDATA[Race to waste]]> With the costs and difficulties often associated with recycling, especially in Colorado’s rural communities, our state’s 72 solid waste landfills are filling up and expanding.]]> <![CDATA[Mosquito control]]> It’s an unfortunate fact of life that along with those endless dog days of summer — perfect for barbeques, biking, hiking and swimming — also comes the height of mosquito season. While these blood-sucking members of the fly family are often little more than nuisances, certain species of mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases, such as West Nile.]]> <![CDATA[Green cycling]]> Diet and exercise are staples of a healthy lifestyle. So naturally, cycling to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to school age children makes sense. On Oct. 19-22, 50 riders from the natural foods industry will participate in the second annual Tour de Fresh and Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) will be one of the beneficiaries.]]> <![CDATA[Where’s the beef (coming from)?]]> <![CDATA[Governor’s Water Plan could ignite water war]]> In May of last year, Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order to create the Colorado Water Plan. As a part of the process established by the governor’s order, nine regional roundtables were empowered to create water plans for the river basins in their particular areas.]]> <![CDATA[The art of having a green Christmas]]> And if you investigate further, you can find an even greener benefit. Among the Open Studios artists are people recycling discards and outright junk into jewelry, pottery, garden sculptures, paintings and more. Take Mary Barron, owner of Adagio Art Glass in Boulder (www.]]> <![CDATA[Who’s heard of HERS?]]> Walk onto any car lot and you’ll find every vehicle’s fuel economy rating plastered to its window, just like you’ll see a yellow EnergyGuide tag on every large appliance in any department store. Whether for cars or fridges, these tags showcase simple numbers that communicate long-term costs and savings from energy usage.]]> <![CDATA[Emissions threaten age of uncertainty for carbon dating]]> Climate change driven by increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide will not just damage the health of the planet. A UK scientist now warns that it will also make life increasingly difficult for archaeologists, forensic scientists, art experts, fraud and forgery detectives and people who detect ivory poachers.]]> <![CDATA[Conserving water, energy and food on campus]]> “It’s supposed to save water and save energy, and people also take less food when they don’t have a tray, because they can’t stack it up as much. So you don’t have as much food waste,” says Courtlyn Carpenter, a sophomore who researched trayless dining during her freshman year at the University of Colorado Boulder.]]> <![CDATA[Tiny homes and tiny roadblocks]]> An entrepreneur and construction expert, Fears says he thinks the Aspen has used its square footage optimally. The 24 feet by 7 feet of space occupied by this “Tiny,” as Fears affectionately refers to all super-small dwellings — otherwise known as tiny homes, tiny houses or micro-homes — is permanently mounted to a specially designed steel trailer.]]> <![CDATA[Stirring the dust at Rocky Flats]]> When the 23-year-old Joe Daniel was assigned to cover the Rocky Flats protests in 1978 as a reporter and photojournalist for the Colorado Daily, he didn’t realize the story he was sitting on. He couldn’t foresee that a one-day protest would turn into an anti-nuclear-weapons movement, and that it would result in him publishing not one book, but two.]]> <![CDATA[Pitching ideas for a new planet]]> <![CDATA[So-called organic marijuana]]> We only use 100 percent organic soil and nutrients.” “Quality medication, which is … chemical free.” “Consistently high-quality, organic medical marijuana.” “All natural.” These are a few claims made by some of the 10 marijuana-growing companies that Colorado investigated for pesticide-related violations this spring on the Front Range.]]>