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  • Sam’s Club to Sell Fair Trade Certified Coffee from Brazil

    Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

    From Walmart:
    Sam’s Club Introduces New Fair Trade Certified Coffee from Brazil

    Brazilian coffee farmers link with mass market coffee consumers

    Today, Walmart, TransFair USA, SEBRAE-Minas Gerais and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that a new Fair Trade Certified coffee from Brazil will be sold to Sam’s Club members across the country. The two new […]

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    Electricity from Chicken Poop

    Friday, March 13th, 2009

    Usually you hear of biodigestors being employed in farms raising cows or pigs. But one farm in Brazil is working to adapt the technology for poultry farming.
    Raimundo Alves Ferreira runs a poultry farm in Tocantins state about 477 kilometers from the state capital, Palmas, that handles 42,000 birds every 60 days.  Raimundo first became […]

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    Turning Manioc Production Wastewater into New Products

    Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

    The young Brazilian men pictured at right, Leandro Aguiar and Alexsandro Pereira, remind me strongly of a trio of Córdoba, Argentine students I wrote about early on this blog for a reason: they looked at a local waste problem and figured out a way not only to reduce or eliminate the waste, but turn it […]

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    Greening Pizzerias?

    Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Brazilians are serious about their pizza, especially in São Paulo. In the state capital alone there are an estimated 5,850 pizzerias and about 8,000 bakeries that offer pizzas. About 40,000 pizzas are made every hour in the capital, and in the metro São Paulo area 42.9 million units are produced […]

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    Ecological Bricks Update

    Thursday, August 30th, 2007

    One of the most popular posts here on The Temas Blog, judging by stats, is one from many months ago entitled “Ecological Bricks.” It still receives a hit (sometimes several) every day.
    A rather unique version of “ecological bricks” discussed in that post involved entombing whole empty PET bottles filled with air. This brick was […]

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    IDB/MIF to Support Sustainable Wood Use in the Brazilian Amazon / BID/FMI ajudará uso sustentável da madeira na Amazônia brasileira

    Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    SEBRAE will receive US$2.1 million for sustainable development of wood and furniture supply chain in Brazil’s Amazon Region
    MIF support will bring together public and private stakeholders to identify new technological solutions for sustainable economic use of wood in Amazonas and Pará
    The Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund announced today the […]

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