Intervale Center Settles Compost Dispute;”More than just Compost” is new Intervale ThemeBurlington, Vermont – The Intervale Center and the Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) approved a settlement in principle with the Vermont Attorney General to allow for continued compost operations in the Intervale and the settling of environmental violations related to composting in the Intervale.In a separate agreement, the Intervale Center will lease the Compost operations on its current site in the Intervale to CSWD for a period of up to three years, after which the CSWD will relocate the compost facility to a new site in Chittenden County. This outcome preserves five local jobs in the compost operation and provides a more stable situation for the Intervale Center to continue its core focus on the development of local food systems. The partnership between the Interval Center and CSWD offers a firm foundation for a continued local system to divert organic wastes from landfills. “Having gone through this arduous and expensive regulatory process, I am pleased that we have come to an agreement that will ultimately mean improved and expanded organic waste diversion in our region, while enabling two organizations to do what they do best,” said Intervale Center Executive Director Glenn McRae. “The Intervale Center will now be able to focus its full attention on building a robust and sustainable local food system.”McRae also offered that, “A lot of credit goes to the Chittenden Solid Waste District for their efforts past and present in making this work. The Intervale Center established and ran Vermont’s largest compost operation for 21 years. Now the Chittenden Solid Waste District will take the recycling of food and organic waste to where it needs to be for the future.”The Intervale Center’s mission is to develop farm- and land-based enterprises that generate economic and social opportunity while protecting natural resources. Through the Center’s 20 years of operation, almost 350 acres of formerly abandoned, historically significant agricultural land in Burlington’s Intervale have been reclaimed and put to productive agricultural, recreational, and conservation use. The various enterprises in the Intervale support approximately 100 full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs in agriculture and farms in the Intervale. The agreement with the CSWD will enable the Intervale Center to focus anew on programs that help support viable farms, increase access to fresh local produce, protect water quality through stream bank restoration, and educate young people about agriculture and healthy food.While media attention has been focused on the compost operation’s regulatory strife, much more has continued to grow and happen in the Intervale.–The Intervale Center stewards 350 acres of land with 12 successful, independent farms, which supplied more than 1 million pounds of fresh organic foods to Burlington and the region last year.–The Healthy City Program, employing 25 at-risk youth for the summer, ran a farm operation and won national recognition-the World Hunger Year Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Award-for its creative approach to hunger prevention. The youth project ran a successful community-supported agriculture (CSA) effort despite summer flooding challenges and became the largest local supplier of fresh fruits and vegetables to the Burlington School District.–This year the Intervale Center launched the Food Basket, a multi-farm drop-box program that brings together high-quality vegetables, fruits, meats, and cheese from some of the best farmers in Vermont, and delivers this produce weekly to 120 members at their places of employment.–The Intervale Conservation Nursery survived a devastating fire in its storage area in the spring, and proved quite nimble in salvaging inventory for sale and stabilizing its position so that it could continue its growth toward self-sufficiency. The Nursery worked throughout the state with multiple partners to protect miles of stream and river frontage in cooperation with agricultural uses.–Success on Farms, a support and consulting operation for Vermont farms in partnership with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, continued its efforts to aid Vermont farmers in growing independent and successful enterprises throughout the state.–The Intervale Center and the Association of Africans Living in Vermont launched New Farms for New Americans, a market garden project that helps the immigrant and refugee population develop farming enterprises and feed their families.–Efforts to enhance community access and recreational enjoyment of the riches of the Intervale continue as a result of the work of the Intervale Center.”In the last year, with so much focus on compost, it was easy to forget that the Intervale Center, now celebrating 20 years of operations, is so much more and will continue its work in a number of new and exciting ventures connected to our local community,” said Executive Director Glenn McRae.###
Aug 9 FDA enforcement report that lists animal feed recall Canada reported two BSE cases in July. The CFIA said it expects that a report on the investigation of the seventh case, a 50-month-old cow from Alberta, will be finalized in a few days. That case raised concerns in Canada and the United States because it was born after 1997 when Canada banned the use of cattle protein in feed for cattle and other ruminants. Meanwhile, in the United States the US Food and Drug Administration announced two animal feed recalls on Aug 2 because both products were suspected of being contaminated with ruminant protein or bone meal. On Jun 26, Canada announced that it has toughened its feed ban by prohibiting cattle parts from all animal feeds, pet foods, and fertilizers, making Canada’s restrictions tighter than those in the United States. The CFIA reviewed the feed and management practices on the farm where the animal lived and determined that the farm’s cattle had access only to feed products that were appropriate for cattle. Investigators traced 21 herd mates that had been purchased with the animal; one was still alive and tested negative for BSE. Investigators suspect the cow was exposed in 1989 or 1990 when the cow was very young and when meat and bone additives in cattle feed were accepted and legal. Cattle are most susceptible to BSE infection during their first year,. The disease was detected through Canada’s ongoing BSE surveillance program. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in an Aug 8 announcement on the investigation, said that the advanced age of the cow, believed to be at least 16 years, limited the CFIA’s ability to collect information about the animal’s early health history, including its birth farm. The carcass and hide from the infected cow, along with other contaminated materials, were placed under control and deep buried according to provincial environmental regulations, the CFIA report said. No part of the animal’s carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems. One recall affected about 27 million pounds of dairy feed made between February 2005 and Jun 16 by Gagetown, Mich.based Vita Plus Corporation for distribution in Michigan. The recall involves an undetermined amount of a custom animal feed made by Burkmann Feeds, LLC, based in Glasgow, Ky. for distribution in Kentucky. The feed contains an ingredient called Pro-Lak that may include ruminant meat or bone meal. Two female calves born to the cowone in 2004 and one in 2005that investigators attempted to trace were presumed dead. Neither was registered by birth date in the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency database, which some countries require for export. Aug 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) Canadian authorities have concluded their investigation of the sixth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), confirmed on Jul 3 in a cow from Manitoba. Aug 8 CFIA complete investigative report on sixth BSE case See also:
Hurricane Maria is being blamed for at least one death on the French-speaking Caribbean nation of Guadeloupe on Monday, prior to making landfall in Dominica.According to government officials, one person was killed when a tree fell and two others went missing in a shipwreck off the coast of the French territory. Maria still a Category 5 stormThe Miami based National Hurricane Centre in its advisory issued at 5pm on Tuesday, said Maria which was downgraded to a Category 4 after making landfall in Dominica, has regained strength and is once again a powerful Category 5 system.Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday night.On the forecast track, the eye of Maria will move near or over the U. S. Virgin Islands late Tuesday cross Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and then pass just north of the coast of the Dominican Republic Wednesday night and Thursday.The Hurricane Centre says some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or so, but Maria is forecast to remain an extremely dangerous Category 4 or 5 hurricane as it moves near or over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. However, slow weakening is expected after the hurricane emerges over the Atlantic north of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles. No major damage in MartiniqueThe French government on Tuesday reported that there was no major damage on the island of Martinique, another French territory in the region, although 50-thousand homes lost power and 10-thousand are without water.Two people sustained minor injuries. Hurricane watches Meanwhile, the Meteorological Service of the Bahamas has issued a Hurricane Watch for the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas.In Antigua and Barbuda the Tropical Storm Warning has been discontinued and a Hurricane warning has been discontinued for Dominica.However, a hurricane warning remains in effect for St. Kitts Nevis, Montserrate, the US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques.A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Anguilla, Guadeloupe, West of Puerto Plata to the northern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas,
Imminent Hearts of Oak supporter, Adu Brown Nyame popularly known as Saabrown was part of hundred middle level supporters of the club unveiled on Monday at the Accra International Conference Centre. The renowned philanthropic fan of the club joins the group with the aim of strengthening the club’s supporting base with the innovation of the data registration of all Hearts of Oak supporters across the globe.The introduction of the new look executive group of the club was made known by the club board chairman, Togbe Afede XIV during the unveiling of the current MD of the club Gerald Ankrah back in August this year. According to Saabrown this innovation will allow numerous generous supporters of the club purchase players for the club without relying on the board in times of hardship.“We will do our best to gather resources to furnish the club with some financial support and strengthen the Public Relations of the club”. He saidHearts of Oak are putting structures together in order to end their 5-year league drought after the appointment of Gerald Ankrah as the club MD, Joe Addo as the club corporate affairs and Marketing manager.
There are 5 more days left until the beginning of the World Handball Championship. The best selections of the world will fight for the title in Qatar, among which B&H too.Our national team is already several days in Doha where 3 matches were held so far.Ambassador of B&H to Qatar Tarik Sadović and the first secretary of the embassy Sanita Lisica visited yesterday our players.In a pleasant conversation with the selection’s director Mirza Muzurović, the selector Dragan Marković and his assistant Zuhdija Korkarić, they wished success to our selection which will try placing itself into the second round during its first performance at the WC.The way to get there leads through group B which contains of the selections of Iran, Croatia, Macedonia, Tunis and Austria. B&H’s first match will be against Iran on January 16.(Source: Oslobodjenje)