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Ben Grossman-Cohen writes about the hunger, climate change and the looming challenge of feeding 9 billion people without breaking the planet. He will be attending the UN Climate Negotiations in Durban, South Africa in November.

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Kellogg and General Mills Should Come Clean About Their Climate Lobbying

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 2:40 PM


This week the Obama administration announced its most ambitious effort yet to crack down on dangerous carbon pollution from U.S. power plants. As the Washington Post reported on Monday, "the regulation has prompted heavy lobbying from industry and...

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Action > Anger

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 12:18 PM

If you spend any time reading about food policy, you might have felt a strong wind at your back pushing you vaguely in the direction of Zuccotti Park last week. Some of my favorite food bloggerati including Jane Black, Mark Bittman, Tom Philpott, and

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April Fool's Month

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2011 | 6:17 PM

This article was written by Gawain Kripke of Oxfam America, it originally appeared on The Hill's Congress Blog.


Good news! Congress finally does what U.S. voters say they want and dedicates 13 percent of the federal budget to life-saving international poverty-fighting assistance.

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Secretary Vilsack's Defiant Defense of Ethanol

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2011 | 2:17 PM

Earlier this week US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack took to the pages of the Financial Times to offer up his recommendations on "How to avoid a global food price crisis." Many of his ideas, like improving weather monitoring, his admonition of irresponsible export bans, panic buying and...

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Having My Quinoa and Eating it Too

(14) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 3:49 PM

Last Sunday's New York Times offered up a heaping plate of complexity to its readers in their analysis of the impact on farmers and other Bolivians of quinoa's growing popularity with richer American and European consumers.

But while Bolivians have lived off it for centuries, quinoa remained little...

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Is Big Beautiful?

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2011 | 10:59 AM

The contentious battle between the bigger-is-better evangelists for large-scale, industrial agriculture and the "local-only" believers that small, organic farming can meet all of our future food needs took an interesting turn last week with a new report from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food,...

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Teetering on the Edge

(2) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 11:15 AM


When the UN Food and Agriculture Organization announced January 5 of this year that food prices had reached an all time high, my colleague Gawain Kripke warned that, "the record rise in food prices is a...

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A Hostage Situation

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 6:22 PM

File this one under the Department of Following Your Own Advice. In the daily U.S. press conference yesterday afternoon Todd Stern, lead negotiator for the American delegation, opined on the need for countries working towards a global climate deal to avoid letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.

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Step Up: Wonky Cancun Edition

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 4:45 PM


Negotiators from around the world arrived in Cancun last week seeking not a comprehensive legally binding agreement - as was sought in Copenhagen - but a "balanced" package that would address key areas of the negotiations. This - it was hoped -...

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The Storm before the Storm

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 7:51 AM


Things are percolating here in Cancun. For the first few days it felt as if we were in the calm before the storm. But a comment here, a draft text released there and all of a sudden the rain began to flow...

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Success in Cancun Starts with a Global Climate Fund

(3) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 9:44 PM

Before kicking off the UN climate negotiations in Cancun today, it was easy to get bogged down in the skepticism many express about what can be achieved. Certainly, the pace of progress has been frustratingly slow and the level of ambition has been, at times, dangerously low.

But negotiators...

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A Bad Climate for Food

(3) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 3:29 PM

Every day seems to bring a new story of the impacts of climate change on poor farmers and families around the world. Last week, the New York Times brought us a dramatic report of scorched farmland in the "heartland of the Fertile Crescent" where hundreds of thousands of...

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The Year From Hell

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 2:30 PM

For many people around the world, this has been a year from sheer hell as floods, droughts, fires, storms and other extreme weather events have wiped out crops and destroyed the livelihoods of some of the poorest people in the world. Military leaders have warned that these conditions pose a...

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