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Bay Area brothers hope to feed the world with their robotic indoor farming technology

SAN JOSE, Calif. – You’ll forgive the Bertram brothers if their Silicon Valley elevator pitch is as fast-paced as a doubles match. After all, they moved from Melbourne, Australia, to the United States to play collegiate tennis, then developed a love for engineering and robotics – and a lofty goal to meet the world’s nutritional needs.

What are your eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions?

A recent U.N. panel’s report estimates we have about 12 years to get global carbon emissions under control. Its call for “rapid and far-reaching” change seems overwhelming. Here are some realistic ideas for families, maybe marked as your eco-friendly 2019 resolutions.

Fast-growing fish may never wind up on your plate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Salmon that's been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on your dinner plate. That is, if the company that makes the fish can stay afloat. After weathering concerns about everything from the safety of humans eating the salmon to their impact on the environment, Aquabounty was poised to become the world's first company to sell fish whose DNA has been altered to speed up growth.

Program trains farmworkers to be organic farmers

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Bending over beds of shriveled strawberry plants, former farmworker Domitila Martinez pulls pieces of black plastic row covers in preparation for next season's planting. Except this time, she's the boss. Martinez, who escaped the civil war in El Salvador three decades ago, used to pack tomatoes and harvest grapes for long hours and little pay in Central California. Then, one day, she heard an announcement on the radio: She could become a grower herself.

Teenage brothers charged with killing NJ girl, 12

CLAYTON, N.J. (AP) — A teenage boy lured a 12-year-old girl into his house under the guise of getting parts for her treasured bicycle and then, with his older brother, killed her, police said Tuesday. The girl's disappearance had sparked a frantic search by residents of her small town until a tip from the boys' mother led police to her body, stuffed into a home recycling bin. The boys, ages 15 and 17, were charged with murdering Autumn Pasquale, who disappeared while riding her BMX bike Saturday, a little more than a week before what would have been her 13th birthday. She appeared to have been strangled, Gloucester County prosecutor Sean Dalton said at a late-day news conference.

Ignore the myths; focus on making best green choices

Forget “Ghostbusters.” Today, I’m fighting popular green myths to help you get started on going green. With all the misinformation out there, it’s important to zero in on effective ways to save money, save resources and live healthier. • Myth: Organic is the only way to go: False! Organic is one good option when food shopping because it means the food or produce was not created or grown with synthetic chemical pesticides or insecticides. However, locally grown foods are another important way to be eco-friendly. Those foods are from farms within a few hundred miles, not shipped from across the world to get to your table.

Stock shopping list with green gifts

So you’ve gone ahead and bought those hot holiday gifts for that special someone on your list. Now, do your part to make them as eco-friendly as possible. Whether you’ve decided on an iPad or another in-demand gift, I’ve got the scoop on some fun, efficient and oh-so-green accessories.

Certified eco-labels ensure right choice

Are you a green shopper? Do you regularly seek out products that claim to better for the planet? These days, it’s getting harder and harder to know which products are truly better for you and the environment. Terms like “eco-friendly,” “green” and even “natural” are not regulated and have no clearly defined standards.

Do Your Part: Ease away from paper towels, napkins

There is a secret obsession taking place in kitchens across America. It’s an addiction to paper towels and napkins. I know they’re easy and convenient and sanitary, but there are other choices that will help you tread a little more lightly on the planet without sacrificing convenience.

Apartment dwellers can be eco-friendly too

So you’re a renter and you want to green your space, but your landlord won’t splurge on solar panels. Don’t fret. There are plenty of low-cost ways for apartment dwellers to be eco-friendly.

Green it Yourself

When it comes to do-it-yourself projects, the only green most people think about is how much money they will fork over for tools and materials. But choosing eco-friendly, or green, materials for DIY projects can save more green in the long run.

Going Green by the Book

Looking for new ways to go green around the house in 2009? Get out of the house - and into your local bookstore. Books on eco-friendly living are sprouting up all over.