Graphene Manufactured Using Tea Tree Extract Paving Way For Cheaper Method: Study

… U.S. found that graphene can be grown from the tea tree plant Melaleuca alternifolia, which is also used to make essential oils for traditional medicine, according to reports Friday. The researchers also found that they could manufacture a significant amount of almost defect-free graphene in a matter of seconds to minutes, while current methods usually take several hours. Also, unlike current methods, the new technique works at relatively low temperatures, without the need for catalysis or …

Wake Up and Smell the Low Carbon Coffee!

… a vital industry. Applying improved fertilization methods, replacing firewood with energy generated from production waste, and increasing tree cover to prepare for a changing climate are some of the techniques used to produce low-carbon coffee. These new production methods will not only lower greenhouse gas emissions they will also provide economic stability for nearly 60,000 coffee producers, and further improve the standards of living for almost half a million Costa Ricans. Initially, the NAMA …

Coffee, chocolate, palm oil: Not without forests, researchers reveal – Global Landscapes Forum

… systems that, while based on somewhat exploitative colonial economies, have changed the very nature (often quite literally) of the very societies we inhabit. Who knew, for example, that the island of Manhattan was actually ceded to the British by the Dutch in return for their monopolistic access to the nutmeg-rich spice islands of Indonesia, making them a European economic heavyweight in the 18th and 19thcenturies? Or that the planting in India of the enigmatic Cinchona tree, endemic to the …

SCVNews.com | Opinion/Commentary: Eat Dark Chocolate | 06-21-2015

By Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel | June 21, 2015 Chocolate comes from the Theobroma cacao tree, which only grows in the tropics of West Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America and South America. These tropical areas are hot and rainy climates that the cacao tree loves. Only a small ring above and below the equator supports the cacao tree. The blossom is orchid-like and has a lovely, mild chocolate flavor. When I was in the Amazon basin, I picked one right off the tree and savored it. Once the tree

DALY: Chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon have botanical origins | Gwinnett Daily Post

… jungles of the Amazon thousands of years ago. The inhabitants of this area roasted it to make a bitter drink. Today, most chocolate is grown in Brazil and in several African nations. The evergreen cacao tree grows to a height of 40 feet and needs a moist tropical environment. Small white flowers bloom on stalks growing out from the main trunk and branches. Within six months, the elongate-shaped fruit develops to 10 to 14 inches in length, with each fruit having 20 to 40 white seeds. After the …