CEMS Students Team with Engineers Without Borders to Recycle a Village’s Greywater

By Kim MacQueen They call it los meses de las vacas flacas – the months of the skinny cows. The phrase refers to the dry months in mountainous Nicaragua, where coffee is the principal crop. During the four rainy months of the year, coffee growers can harvest their cash crop and buy enough food to […]

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Soil Health: Why You Should Worship the Ground You Walk On

By Lynn Zanardi Blevins, M.D., M.P.H. It can be hard to get excited about soil this time of year. I can see my cross-country skiing season come to an end and my mud room is, well, just that. Soil often doesn’t get the credit it deserves for its life-supporting functions, but the 2015 International Year […]

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UVM Expert on Biofuel Energy Applies Research and Industry Advances Through Course, Textbook

In a world facing volatile gas prices and increasingly scarce resources, researchers are scrambling to find new sources of energy. Biofuels, derived from food crops, wood, grass, algae, and other biological matter and agricultural byproducts, offer promising alternatives to fossil fuels. “It’s absolutely essential to keep advancing biofuels because biofuels can play a wider role […]

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What Can You Do to Reduce Food Waste in America?

By Darryl Benjamin “Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.” ― G.K. Chesterton, What’s Wrong with the World Let’s face it: it’s unsexy to talk about food waste. Who wants to hear about garbage, refuse, or rubbish? But talk about it we must. Two ineluctable problems loom that […]

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The Vermont GMO Food Labeling Law Helps Lead a Movement

By David Zuckerman On May 8, 2014, Governor Shumlin signed into law H.112, An Act Relating to the Labeling of Food Produced with Genetic Engineering. This is the first law in the United States to require foods that contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients be labeled. It will also restrict the terms “natural,” “all natural,” and […]

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Vermont Now One of Top 3 States for Lyme Disease

Ten or 20 years ago, most Vermonters never gave Lyme disease a second thought. It was a distant threat, something that people in, say, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey or Massachusetts worried about. Now you don’t even have to leave the Green Mountain state to hear about someone’s experience with Lyme disease. That’s because Lyme […]

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UVM Aims to Ban Tobacco Use and Curb Public Health Risk

Recognizing nicotine addiction as a significant public health issue, the University of Vermont is moving toward becoming a tobacco-free campus, with a target date of January 1, 2015. “Tobacco is still a leading public health issue, and it’s a huge public health issue on college campuses across the country,” said Jan Carney, M.D., M.P.H., associate […]

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Think Your Body is Relatively Toxin Free? Better Think Again

By Lynn Zanardi Blevins Are you compostable? I don’t mean the whole of you, but the pieces and parts you shed as part of normal body functioning. For example, my hair clippings go directly into the garden and nail trimmings are deposited into the kitchen compost crock. Urinating on a compost (usually reserved for men […]

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