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Chew On This: Farmers Are Using Food Waste To Make Electricity

NPR

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Food waste typically ends up on in landfills, which exacerbates climate change, but in Massachusettes, dairy farmers are converting the waste into electricity. Food waste from around the state is gathered, grinded and liquefied and then transported to an anaerobic digester on a dairy farm which i...

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In Addressing HIV, the U.S. Has a Lot to Learn From Namibia

Time

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There are over one million people in the United States living with HIV, reaching a crisis level in states such as Georgia; however, countries like Namibia are offering lessons for how to tackle the problem. By offering a community-centered approach that addresses underlying issues like poverty an...

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How Peru's potato museum could stave off world food crisis

The Guardian

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Climate change is impacting many crops and farmlands, but potato farmers in the Peruvian Andes are experimenting with genetic strains to diversify potatoes to help safeguard the vegetable for further climate changes. Scientists so far have found some success with one particular varietal and are n...

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Turning Farm Workers Into Farmers

The New York Times

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Farm incubators provide aspiring farmers with training, land, and access to business networks. Across the United States, organizations like California’s Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) are working to support small farmers by serving as small farm incubators. Following a ten...

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Can Peer Support Programs Help Those Living With HIV Thrive?

Undark

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An organization aimed at providing peer support for gay black men living with HIV that started in Atlanta, Georgia has now gained an international following. Because the program is not federally funded, data can be difficult to gather; however, "self-reported data from its members including medic...

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America trashes 40% of its food. A Colorado startup is connecting the discards to dinner tables.

The Colorado Sun

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Finding alternatives for uneaten or imperfect food reduces waste. In Denver, multiple initiatives, ranging from the city’s Certifiably Green Denver program to tech startups and nonprofits, are working to tackle the problem of excess and wasted food. The nonprofit organization, We Don’t Waste, red...

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A Sip Of Morphine: Uganda's Old-School Solution To A Shortage Of Painkillers

NPR

Radio / 5-15 Minutes

Liquid morphine offers a low-tech, low-dose alternative to other opioids when it comes to pain management. Uganda has taken steps to increase palliative care by allowing nurses to prescribe doses of morphine to patients, due to the shortage of doctors. The drug is affordable or free to some patie...

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Philadelphia's new toy library lets families save money — and the environment — while forming a community

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Multi-Media / 800-1500 Words

The Rutabaga Toy Library in Philadelphia - which was born out of a borrowed idea from Austin, Texas - helps parents afford to checkout donated toys for their kids by offering low-price memberships to families in the surrounding area. The business addresses the common trend that enables parents to...

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How this North Salt Lake plant will turn table scraps into natural gas

Deseret News

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Food waste often ends up in landfills, but the Wasatch Resource Recovery facility in Utah transforms the thrown-out food into renewable energy instead. Companies such as Kroger, Dannon, and Nestle send their food waste to the facility on a daily basis, where it is liquefied, broken down by microb...

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The recycling program helping migrants cut down contamination in Melbourne's outer west

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Cities in Australia were facing a recycling problem, but realized it was related to a large migrant population and a language barrier with the word "recycling." To help address this problem Melbourne implemented the 'Waste Watcher' program, which provides hands-on education through recycling bi...

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This Turkish chef is fighting climate change with the help of Syrian refugees

Ensia

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The Turkish organization, Living Soil, Local Seed, is working with Turkish women and Syrian refugees to help rebuild and diversify the local agricultural system that was once thriving. Using local knowledge and surveys, the organization has gathered different varieties of native crops which it th...

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Some busy hospitals say they must turn away ambulances. Here's how one state banned the practice

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Baltimore is facing an waiting room problem when it comes to emergency response time, and often diverts paramedics away if they're overwhelmed; however, they may be able to learn from what Boston has seen success with. After the state implemented a ban on emergency diversion, the hospitals were f...

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