Managing on-farm plastic waste and growing bioeconomy

first_imgManaging on-farm plastic waste and growing bioeconomy From: Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaCanadian farmers are looking to reduce waste, and plant-based plastics are an increasingly popular alternative as part of a growing Canadian bioeconomy. Creating exciting new options for Canadian farmers, while supporting them in responsibly managing on-farm plastic waste, is helping to build a healthier economy and environment.Canadian farmers are looking to reduce waste, and plant-based plastics are an increasingly popular alternative as part of a growing Canadian bioeconomy. Creating exciting new options for Canadian farmers, while supporting them in responsibly managing on-farm plastic waste, is helping to build a healthier economy and environment.Today the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced funding of more than $4.5 million for five new projects that will improve plastic waste management and on-farm sustainability, and advance bioplastics research. These green agricultural projects will help Canadian farmers remain leaders in sustainable, climate-smart agriculture.The minister made the announcement alongside Cleanfarms, a national non-profit industry stewardship organization. Cleanfarms will receive up to $1.1 million through the Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program to develop a strategy to responsibly manage the estimated 60,000 tonnes of plastic waste generated on Canadian farms every year. Their project will increase farmer access to recycling programs and explore ways to deliver long-term, permanent programs that will help Canadian farmers continue to improve the sustainability of their operations.The other recipients are:EcoEnviro Labs Inc., which will receive up to $1 million through Innovative Solutions Canada to advance testing of a new organic bioplastic mulch made from poultry feathers. This could serve as a lower-waste, fully biodegradable and compostable way to produce mulch needed in Canada’s agriculture sector.Titan Clean Energy Projects Corp., which will receive up to $1 million through Innovative Solutions Canada to test a food-grade quality bioplastic, ideal for fruit or prepared vegetable containers, that biodegrades more quickly and will result in less landfill and more sustainable options for grocery stores and shoppers.TerraVerdae Bioworks Inc., which will receive up to $1 million through the Agricultural Clean Technology Program to develop a new generation of biodegradable bioplastic film and injection molded products that target agriculture applications such as mulch film and seed trays. The project intends to displace conventional petroleum-based agricultural plastics.Red Leaf Pulp Ltd., which will receive up to $495,000 through the Agricultural Clean Technology Program to support research and product trials for a straw pulp bio-polymer for use within the wood and pulp industry, and in the production of low carbon fuels and renewable natural gas. The project intends to displace plastic and Styrofoam packaging.Today’s announcement complements Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s broader commitment to Canada’s bioeconomy. Together, these investments highlight the Government of Canada’s commitment to sustainability while growing the bioeconomy and creating economic opportunities and jobs.Quotes“Canada’s agricultural sector continues to develop innovative tools and approaches to ensure their operations are sustainable. Today’s funding will support farmers looking for ways to better manage their plastic waste, and help advance the necessary work to turn crop residues and other agricultural by-products into renewable energy. This is a win-win for our hardworking farmers, the environment and Canada’s bioeconomy.”– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food“Our Government wants to support entrepreneurs and small businesses whose ideas address some of today’s biggest challenges. By investing in innovative and sustainable work in bioplastics testing from small businesses like EcoEnviro Labs Inc. and Titan Clean Energy Projects Corp., our government contributes to the economy, and supports Canadian farmers as well as Canada’s fight against global warming.”– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry“The Government of Canada is committed to sustainability and growing the bioeconomy. Today’s announcement will not only create new recycling programs and opportunities, but it will improve sustainability and operations within farming. These new projects will help local farmers continue to be leaders in sustainable, climate-smart agriculture.”– Yvan Baker, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre“Plastics are a valuable tool in modern farming operations enabling them to work efficiently and productively. But when farmers no longer have a use for these materials, they want more opportunities to manage them in an environmentally responsible manner. With this support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Cleanfarms can develop practical on-the-ground recycling solutions for agricultural materials like bale wrap, grain bags and twine. New options for managing materials like this help farmers operate sustainably and contribute to a healthier environment and a circular economy for plastics.”– Barry Friesen, Executive Director, CleanfarmsQuick factsAccording to Statistics Canada, there are already over a quarter of a million clean tech jobs in Canada, with an average salary of over $90,000.Alongside these investments, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has invested close to $20 million in research and development through the Bioproducts and Biomass AgriScience research clusters.The funding announced today under Innovative Solutions Canada builds on Innovative Solutions Canada funding of $150,000 for each of these companies announced in August 2019. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. 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Funerals underway of County Louth crash victims

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Let us reflect briefly on the spirit of generosity in the lives of Margaret and Mairead, and how we are all the richer for having known them.Margaret McGonagle, née McKennaBorn, Sligo 1948.Married and moved to Bruckless, Co Donegal in 1970.Three children: Roger, Geoffrey and Mairead.Dedicated her life to the home and children.When all children were reared Margaret returned to education and became an accredited counsellor.She was to the fore setting up the Donegal Rape Crisis in her early work and proceeded to work in different areas helping others with their trauma and difficulties.An example of Margaret’s work was captured in the following tribute which is indicative of the sterling work she did with her clients, which I received in the past few days:“Mags Facebook Funerals underway of County Louth crash victims Google+ By News Highland – July 24, 2017 Born 1 October 1979.Lived in Bruckless all her life, a real home-bird, at the age of 18 Mairead moved to nearby Glenties, but after three days returned home to Mammy homesick!Mairead was a champion Irish dancer and danced in both the Ulster and All-Ireland competitions.In 2002 Mairead married Declan and they had a baby boy, Caoimhin, sadly Declan passed away in 2009.Several years later she was blessed to meet Pauric and they began a happy life together with Caoimhin.Having just celebrated their first wedding anniversary, it was tragically cut short by last week’s accident.  Mairead was much loved by many people, especially by Caoimhin, Pauric, her family and her friends.  Mairead will be sorely missed in all our hearts.Rest in peace Mairead, a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. Pinterest Twitter The deaths of three Donegal women in a car crash has devastated their local community.The funeral mass of Margaret McGonigle and her daughter Mairead Mundy has been taking place this morning in the Church of St Joseph and St Conal, Bruckless. The funeral of their close friend Rachel Battles will take place in the same church at 2.30 this afternoon.The three women in a car crash in Co Louth in the early hours of last Friday morning.Parish priest Fr James Sweeney told the congregation this morning that the death of the three women has been a huge blow to everyone who knew them……………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/frsweeneyfuneral1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homily notes of Father James Sweeney PP for the Funeral Mass of Margaret McGonagle and Mairead Mundy RIP Church of Saint Joseph and Saint Conal, Bruckless, Co Donegal, Diocese of RaphoeToday we gather as a community to commend the souls of Margaret McGonagle, her daughter Mairead Mundy and friend Rachel Battles to the care and mercy of God.We, as a community give thanks today for the gifts of their lives.Death is always difficult to deal with but the death of two members of one family and a family friend leaves with us a very acute pain.The sense of loss can almost be overwhelming and indeed very difficult for the human mind to comprehend.The community has rallied together over the last few days to support all the families involved.  The sense of community spirit has brought the parish together helping to provide all the support and assistance we can humanly give.This tragedy has devastated the community and a sense of shock permeates the parish.This tragedy has reminded us of the goodness and kindness and generosity of this rural community here in south Donegal.We are today united in prayer for the deceased and continue to remember those injured in the accident.Margaret, mother and grandmother.  Mairead, wife to Pauric, mother to Caoimhin, were well known members of the community.  They have been taken away very unexpectedly.It is to our faith we turn for consolation and to the love and support of the community to help us at this difficult time.We pray as one:O LordBe my rock in this tumbling worldBe my strengthFor I have none of my own Google+ 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleTransatlantic flights from Knock to New York may soon be a reality againNext articleStapleton and Muldoon named on Ireland World Cup squad News Highland Pinterest Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady “I don’t know where to start, how to express how grateful I am to you.“I have battled with my mental health for many years and thought it was something I would just have to accept to live with, that was until I met you.  You have changed my life completely, saved me as a person.“You are an incredible woman.  Absolutely amazing at what you do!“It’s a pleasure to have met you and I have enjoyed every second.  You have inspired me so much and helped me to smile again.  I will be forever grateful, you’ve been my butterfly!  (I say a butterfly is an angel helping you find your way) thank you so much for everything.“I will never forget you.“All my love forever.”………….. Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford Mairead Mundy, née McGonaglelast_img read more