Auto giants around the world are increasingly turning to bio-based materials for their vehicles’ interiors. And while these materials can claim environmental benefits, manufacturers are also discovering they offer many functional advantages. With soy-based seats and coconut-based plastics, manufacturers continue searching for ways to implement bio-based plastics; Mercedes-Benz even envisages car that could one day […]
Mobile phones could help spot counterfeit goods in the future, thanks to Interpol, with Google Ideas. The global police agency has proved the technology is available to create a database filled with descriptions of legitimate products and their security features. Anyone with internet connection, such as a mobile phone, could then access this information, helping them determine […]
Part of my work with the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA in Ottawa earlier this year involved putting together a success story that came out of their Power of Trades Program. I interviewed one of the program’s participants, Elias, and put together a small piece now available in the 2011 Annual Report on page 11. I had the […]
My latest stories are now available at GlobalMeatNews.com: “OECD: meat consumption outpaces other agri commodities” I love meat and, apparently, so does the world. In fact, our love of meat can only grow in the next decade, according to the “Agricultural Outlook 2012-2021″ put out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the […]
China announced last month a new plan to tighten food safety regulations and consolidate conflicting regulations over the next five years. This follows recent food safety scandals in the country, including baby formula found tainted with mercury. Details are on the ONLINE page.
The European Parliament’s rejection of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has affected many industries in Europe, including alcoholic beverages. Take Scotch Whisky, for instance: the industry has been fighting counterfeit Scotch Whisky for years. The Scotch Whisky Association offers its opinion on the parliament’s decision in my article on Just-Drinks.com, available at the ONLINE page.
Finland opened a new waste-to-energy CHP plant this summer that uses clean biogas as its fuel. Lahti Energy is touting this as a showcase for Finland where innovative technology is used to cool the biogas so that impurities can be more easily removed. Find this article on page 32 of Cogeneration and On-Site Power Production’s […]