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ISSUE #23  |  June 17, 2020
THE ORGANICS RECYCLING AUTHORITY
IN THIS ISSUE
 
Launch!

By Nora Goldstein
BioCycle’s transition from print to digital at the end of 2019
had two components:

  • Launch of BioCycle CONNECT on January 8, 2020
  • Launch of new BioCycle.net in Spring 2020

With Spring ending in 3 days, BioCycle is proud to say, Mission Accomplished! Starting with today’s BioCycle CONNECT, all content takes you to our new website. It took a bit of extra coordinating due to constraints created by the pandemic to continue moving forward to meet our Spring launch. A huge thank you to Altitude Marketing in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, a B2B marketing agency who led us through the design and creation of BioCycle CONNECT, and the new BioCycle.net.

When we first started the design process of BioCycle CONNECT, our goal was to create the look and feel — to the maximum extent possible — of BioCycle in print. With BioCycle CONNECT, the combination of feature articles and BioCycle Briefs are examples of how this was accomplished.

 
Airing Your Laundry


Many of us have spent more time at home in the last three months than in the last three years. Aside from watching the full 11 seasons of Cheers before it leaves Netflix, there are things that you can do that may bring you pleasure and can even have a beneficial impact. One of those things is hanging your clothes to dry rather than putting them in the dryer. It is almost summer here and that is prime clothes
drying season.

Save Organics In Soil

S.O.S. SOIL highlights the importance of soil organic matter and encourages policy makers to develop instruments to move Europe towards implementing sustainable, climate proof soil management practices. “Soil is a vital, nonrenewable resource for ecosystems, playing an essential role in services such as water purification and food production,” explain the organizers. “It is also a major global carbon sink, with significant potential to remove climate-changing gases from the atmosphere. However, the ability of soil to deliver ecosystem services — in terms of food production, as a biodiversity pool and as a regulator of gasses, water and nutrients — is under severe pressure.”

Global Food Donation Policy Atlas

The Global Food Donation Policy Atlas is meant to inspire long-term policy solutions to food waste, hunger, and climate change. In partnership with The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), and with the support of the Walmart Foundation, the Global Food Donation Policy Atlas maps the laws and policies affecting food donation around the globe and provides recommendations to prevent unnecessary food waste and improve food distribution to those in need. The research released by FLPC focuses on Argentina, Canada, India, Mexico, and the United States, the first 5 of 15 countries participating in the project.  The 10 additional countries are Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Guatemala, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Natural Climate
Solution Policies
For Rural America

“Rural Investment: Building a Natural Climate Solutions Policy Agenda that Works for Rural America and the Climate” by Robert Bonnie, Tatjana Vujic, Victoria Plutshack, and Shannon Arata, outlines a menu of policy ideas capable of both garnering the necessary support from rural America and helping the U.S. reach its climate goals through natural climate solutions. “Under any reasonable scenario, meeting aggressive climate goals will require farmers, ranchers, forest owners, and public land management agencies to prioritize climate mitigation across hundreds of millions of acres,” state the authors. “To be successful, the federal government must be prepared to invest billions of dollars in policies to encourage natural climate solutions.”

 
Evolution Of A
Food Waste Digester
By Nora Goldstein
A digester built in 2012 by a rendering company to process its residuals is evolving into a merchant facility to manage all types of food waste streams.

Design Plans For
Low Cost Rotary Drum

By Bob Spencer
A low-tech rotary drum composting unit to compost food waste is in use at several schools. The design is free to download.
THE ORGANICS RECYCLING AUTHORITY
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Jerome Goldstein

Editor/Publisher
Nora Goldstein

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Rill Ann Goldstein Miller

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Doug Pinkerton
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Craig Coker

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Sally Brown

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Ana Carvalho, Peter Gorrie, Michael H. Levin, Robert Spencer

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