Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Organic Versus Non-GMO Labeling

Organic Versus Non-GMO Labeling

For people who have become more conscious of what goes into what they eat, the good news is that an escalating amount of food manufacturers are proposing organic options, making organic food one of the quickest-growing sectors of food production in the United States. The bad news is that all of those options can be unclear, especially when factoring in food made without GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Some people could be trying to eat an all-organic diet, and others may simply be trying to dodge GMOs. Although foods may be labeled as USDA-certified organic or Non-GMO, consumers may not understand the difference. In some cases, there is an overlap between the USDA Organic and Non-GMO labels, but there are some key differences consumers should be aware of when trying to make the distinction between organic foods and foods made without GMOs.

Commonly, foods with the USDA Organic label have been manufactured without the use of GMOs as well as other criteria that certify that the food has been produced with at least 95 percent organic ingredients. Foods that have been labeled as Non-GMO, on the other hand, only need to meet the criteria that they contain less than 1 percent of GMO content. Foods certified as Non-GMO may have been exposed to fertilizers or chemical pesticides, animals may have been subjected to hormones or antibiotics, and livestock may not have been fed using 100 percent organic feed. In short, all USDA Organic certified foods are Non-GMO, but not all Non-GMO certified foods are organic.

The enlarged variety and selection obtainable at the grocery store today may be more confusing, but anyone who is concerned about what goes into their favorite organic chocolate brands will need to know the difference between the labeling and what the labels mean. The following chart helps delineate the differences between USDA Organic and Non-GMO labels, so review it the next time you check the labels on your favorite snacks.


Check out the useful infographic that PacMoore has put together below:

Organic vs. Non-GMO Labels credited to PacMoore

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GreenChill Webinar: ASHRAE 1615 RP - Fault Detection and Diagnostic Methods for Supermarkets

Topic: ASHRAE 1615 RP - Fault Detection and Diagnostic Methods for Supermarkets
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00pm (Eastern time)

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Please join us for a GreenChill webinar on Tuesday, May 23 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern. Alireza Behfar, Graduate Research Assistant, and David Yuill, Assistant Professor, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will present on an ASHRAE-funded research project studying the current state of automated fault detection and diagnosis (AFDD) methods for supermarkets. The presentation will include a background on what faults are common (e.g. iced-up evaporator, refrigerant leakage, etc.), a description of what AFDD is and how it typically works, and conclusions of a review of existing AFDD methods. Behfar and Yuill will show results of two industry surveys about characteristics of typical equipment in supermarkets, and common faults and repairs during service. Finally, they will describe an analysis of some existing AFDD methods that were assessed using data gathered from measurements in supermarkets. The conclusion from the analysis is that supermarket-focused AFDD is still in its early stages of development, but that potential exists for significant benefits for owners and operators of supermarkets.

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20 Fascinating Facts About Water


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Friday, April 14, 2017

What Food Expiry Dates Really Mean? Food Waste Epidemic- Visual Asset

Did you know that 33% of the world’s food is wasted and lack of knowledge about expiry dates plays a big role in that? In the United States, $218 billion is spent every year on food that is never eaten.



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GreenChill Webinar: Strategies for Reducing Refrigeration System Charge Size

GreenChill Webinar: Strategies for Reducing Refrigeration System Charge Size


Topic: Strategies for Reducing Refrigeration System Charge Size
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00pm (Eastern time)
 
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Please join us for a GreenChill webinar on Tuesday, May 9 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern. Representatives from Meijer, a food retailer with stores in six states, will describe how the company has reduced the amount of refrigerant used in their commercial refrigeration systems, and the benefits of these reductions.
 
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Friday, March 31, 2017

IEEE International Conference on Networks & Advances in Computational


With great pleasure, we hereby inform you that Computer Society of India Trivandrum Chapter and Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology, Trivandrum, Kerala, India is jointly organizing an IEEE International Conference on Networks & Advances in Computational Technologies (NetACT 2017) during 20-22, July 2017, in association with Bowie State University USA, Gannon University USA, Malardalen University Sweden and IEEE Kerala Section. 
  
The technical program of the conference consists of three parallel tracks in the following broad areas: 
1.      Distributed and Parallel Processing 
2.      Advanced Software Engineering 
3.      Computer Graphics and Image Processing 
4.      Network and Security 
5.      Data Analytics 
  
The conference papers will be published in IEEE Xplore. The conference will include a number of invited talks on important and current topics from eminent speakers. 
  
NetACT 17 is envisaged to provide a platform for researchers, academicians, professionals and students to share and explore innovative ideas and technological advancements in the area of Computer Science and Engineering. 
  
Authors are invited to submit original unpublished full papers by electronic submission. All papers should be submitted through 'Easychair' using the link http://netact17.in/call_for_papers.html . Accepted papers MUST be presented at the conference by one of the authors. In case, if none of the authors is able to attend, it should be done by a qualified surrogate. 
  
For more details, refer to the conference web site   http://netact17.in/
Direct your queries if any, regarding the paper submission or any other matter to the email id:  netact17@gmail.com
  
Thanks 
  
Vishnukumar S 
(Technical Programme Chair, NetAct 17)    

Thursday, March 30, 2017

What’s the current impact of construction on the environment?

It is thought that around half of all non-renewable resources we use are used in construction. It’s this fact that makes it one of the least sustainable industries on the globe.
But construction is of course, is a complete necessity. Everything from the roads we travel on to the houses in which we live need to be constructed, and usually, the materials needed to construct them are non-renewable. So how do we pivot and change our construction methods and materials to have less of a damaging effect on the environment around us and create a sustainable world for future generations?
Here, Raised Floor Solutions, look at sustainable building and its future.
What’s the current impact of construction on the environment?
Traditional construction methods are affecting the environment in a number of ways:
Global warming and climate change: Over the past 100 years the Earth has warmed. This can be attributed to an increase in the concentration of certain greenhouse gases, chief of which is carbon dioxide, which is most often produced when a fossil fuel is burnt to produce energy. In the UK around half of the national energy use is related to the construction industry. Fossil fuel energy is used in producing materials, the construction process, and by the occupants of a building throughout its life.
Resource depletion: Construction, as an industry, often uses stone and primary aggregates. Through extracting these resources major damage to the ecosystem, local habitat, and landscape occurs.
Pollution to the natural environment: Within construction, pollution to the environment happens in a number of ways. From sewage & waste from a construction site to pollution caused by the manufacturing of materials for a construction site - each activity poses a risk of introducing pollutants and potentially toxic materials to the local environment, workers on site, the neighbourhood, and the wildlife.
Land-use and conservation: Through construction and interaction with land-use the biodiversity of particular sites can be ruined. Quarrying operations can push traffic numbers up and even in completed developments the day to day use of new buildings or projects can severely harm a fragile local environment.
What is sustainable construction?
For the first time in human history, over half the world’s population now live in urban environments, urban environments that heavily rely on construction that drains resources and severely impact the surrounding environment. The problem is that it’s getting worse. Urban populations are growing the world over, requiring more and more from construction. There has never before been such a need to consider new ideas in the way we construct houses, shopping centres, roads, offices, car parks, train stations, and more.
Sustainable construction is all about utilising the latest in these ideas to create buildings that do little to no harm to the environment. The aim is to meet our present-day demands for infrastructure, housing, and places of work without compromising the environment for future generations. Sustainable development looks to take on three broad themes known as the ‘triple bottom line’. They are: environment, social, and economic accountability.
The payoff and the drawbacks
The benefits of sustainable construction are obvious, but one issue often cited is that of cost. Modern technologies, appliances, and methods often cost more money to use and implement. The reality, however, is that while the up-front cost is higher the overall life-cycle cost is significantly lower. Not to mention the broader advantages of reduced greenhouse gases.  Studies have also found that productivity in workers operating within green buildings is higher - a cleaner, healthier, and brighter workspace makes a much happier workforce.
Overall sustainable development, when implemented correctly, can improve water efficiency, material efficiency, reduce waste, optimise maintenance operations, reduce the impact upon electricity networks, and minimise damage to the surrounding wildlife.
What’s the current state of sustainable construction?
Worldwide there are currently a number of organisations that have developed codes, rating systems, and standards. Governments can now use these codes and standards to help implement sustainable construction into their practices.
There are rating systems used within each country. For example, the UK has a system called BREEAM. The United States uses one named LEED and Spain, VERDE. These systems award credits for optional features of a building that support green initiatives such as water conservation or building materials.
What does the future hold?
Now we understand the importance of green & sustainable building, it’s time to look to its future. What trends could emerge? Which countries will embrace the technologies and skill-sets that sustainable buildings require? Whose technology could change the construction industry?
In the past few years we have seen a stronger increase in retrofit energy efficiency rather than energy efficient new-builds. This signifies that even in existing building sites we’re looking to adapt ourselves to help create a sustainable world. It also shows that there’s a better understanding than ever before that, in the long-run, sustainable buildings sap less energy, which in turn saves homeowners, businesses, and governments money. 
We mentioned earlier the rating systems used around the world. As sustainable construction moves forward, the competition amongst such rating systems can only help move them forward. BREEAM, for example, isn’t just used within the UK, but is marketed across Western Europe, Mexico, and could soon enter use in the US.
As we start to really feel the impact of global warming it’s becoming clearer how important it is to implement greener methods. Because of this, governments the world over are putting the pressure on construction companies to implement greener methods and technology with every build. This, we hope, should help influence a rapid increase in sustainable builds in cities across the globe.


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Apps for your Health - Infographic

Apps for your Health - Infographic


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Infographic – What can we learn from the Flint Water Crisis?

Infographic – What can we learn from the Flint Water Crisis?
The Michigan city of Flint is only beginning to recover from the water crisis which has seen thousands of children fall sick from lead contamination after drinking from the Flint River’s water supply and almost $400 million worth of aid granted to the city to remedy the crisis.
What’s most shocking about the crisis, though, is the unscrupulous catalogue of actions from local, state and federal governments in response to the problem. The city switched its water supply from Detroit to the local river to save $5 million, a miniscule amount considering the potential health risks posed to its population from an unsafe water source. There was also an abundance of buck-passing from people in authority, whose unwillingness to accept responsibility and take timely action exacerbated the crisis. Indeed, some state officials even railed against citizens who took a stand and spoke out about their plight.

This infographic from The Water Filter Men (https://www.thewaterfiltermen.ie/) looks at how the crisis unfolded and attempts to explain how it was let to develop to such an epidemic degree. It also highlights important lessons that other cities and states can learn from the failings of those who should have handled the Flint Water Crisis in a far more competent and responsible manner. This was a sorry tale of greed being valued over people’s health and welfare.

Please find the infographic at the following link.

http://www.sustain2green.com/2017/03/what-can-we-learn-from-flint-water.html

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