By BRIDGET BUSH
Emmet County’s recycling program has been recognized as one of four model programs in the state for having a high quality service that matches the needs of the community.
The Michigan Profile of Recycling Programs and Potential Recycling studied recycling programs across the state, concluding that the level of participation among residents and businesses is a strong social cue to encourage others to recycle. The study was done by the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments with a grant from the Department of Environmental Quality.
Under a recent law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, beginning October 1, establishments that recycle 100 tons or more per year must collect data and report their activities to the state. The law requires the Department of Environmental Quality to operate a statewide database of recycling efforts, exclusive of food waste, by the facilities, which will be published annually online. Continue reading Northern Michigan pioneers effort to reduce food waste
By Eric Freedman
Eating Great Lakes fish that contain mercury may threaten your health, but the nutritional benefits may outweigh the risks, according to a new study of lake trout and lake whitefish consumption by members of Native American tribes with high rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases. Continue reading Nutrition may outweigh risk when eating fish containing some mercury
By David Poulson
In this lesson we demonstrate several techniques for telling a research story.
First we’ll tell you a story about some interesting research. Then we’ll go back and highlight the techniques used in telling it. They’re all simple ideas that you can adapt yourself as you seek to connect your research with the public
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By Karen Hopper Usher
In the past few weeks, 35-year-old John Krohn estimates his urban farm in Lansing has donated 40 pounds of food to people in need.
But don’t call it giving back.
“I don’t feel like I’m giving back because I don’t owe anybody anything,” Krohn said.
Call it community. A community Krohn said he relies on as a market, and the community where he has chosen to live.
Continue reading Young farmers excited about working with communities
A few powerful actors decide what we eat and how much gets to us.
As much as 40 percent or more of the market at every key stage in the U.S. food system is controlled by four firms, according to Philip Howard, an associate professor in community sustainability at Michigan State University. Continue reading New book examines power, concentration in the food system