On today’s farms, plastic is as ubiquitous as dirt. From plastic film that wraps silage to leftover pesticide containers to the thin trays that hold seedlings, plastic plays an important role. But in the dark world of agricultural plastic afterlife, the primary destination has been either burning or landfill. Read the full Cornell Chronicle article.
Paper by Mary Schwarz, Jean Bonhotal, Karyn Bischoff and Joseph Ebel published in Trends in Animal & Veterinary Sciences Journal 4(1):1-12, 2013.
“Safe Urban Gardening” The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences newest release in it’s Environmental Health Chat podcast series
The podcast examines why soil contamination makes gardening potentially risky in some areas. Cornell Professor Murray McBride, Ph.D., and Hannah Shayler, an extension associate with the Cornell Waste Management Institute, discuss a recent survey of New York City garden soil and what you can do to protect your family from contamination. Listen to the podcast.
For more information on the research, go to the Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities website.
Proceedings from the 4th International Symposium: Managing Animal Mortalities, Products, By-products and Associated Health Risk: Connecting Research, Regulations & Response
New York City, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, today announced a plan to convert tree debris caused by Hurricane Sandy into reusable materials, including biofuel, mulch and landfill cover…
…Contractors capable of hauling and further processing the wood debris may register with the Army Corps at https://apps.swf.usace.army.mil/Hurricane/. Recipients of the mulch will need to process it to less than one inch in two dimensions before May 1, 2013. The US Department of Agriculture and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets must approve the processing and location to ensure this standard is met.”
Read more from the Press Release
The Cornell Waste Management Institute has developed a web page containing many of their solid waste educational materials that have been translated into Spanish – from compost curriculum for schools and communities to mortality composting to best practices for healthy gardening.
Presented by Rhonda L. Sherman, Extension Specialist, North Carolina State University. This webinar is organized by Keep America Beautiful and the US Composting Council. View the archived webinar.
Compost Science & Utilization, (2012), Vol. 20, No. 3, 141-149. Authors: William Brinton, Jean Bonhotal and Tom Fiesinger.
An interview by the HuffPost Live with Hannah Shayler, Cornell Waste Management Institute, and others discussing how people can address concerns about soil contamination to confidently grow their own vegetables, raise chickens, and reap the many other benefits of urban gardening and urban agriculture.
Watch the full interview here.