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New Paths for Skills Training: Lessons From the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival

Thomas J. Duesterberg | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Thomas J. Duesterberg

Corporate Executives regularly lament the lack of workers with the mid-level technical skills required in the modern economy.

Cold War, Ruthless Power, and Toxic Agriculture

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

In 2014, instead of DDT, which thankfully EPA banned in 1972, we have the neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) to satisfy the toxic addiction and practices of agribusiness men.

Global Pioneers Are Inventing a Better Future

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business
Molly Alexander Darden

Beginning with the Revolutionary War, America's capacity to care for our multitude of physically and mentally wounded warriors has proven woefully inadequate.

Snacks and Storms: Standing on the Sidelines

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

As has been proven over and over again, when enough people come together and urge companies to change how they do business, they listen.

Will 'Milk Life' Go Global? Big Dairy Sets Its Sights on Asia

Mia MacDonald | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Mia MacDonald

Could the U.S. dairy processors' new slogan, "milk life," make it big in Asia? If dairy multinationals like Nestlé and Danone have their way, the answer might be yes.

Towards 100 Percent Impact: Do You PYMWYMIC?

Liz Wilson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

How can you align your intentions with actions? This was one of the key questions that the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth (and Meaning) Is Community (PYMWYMIC) discussed at their annual Impact Days from 7-9th April in Amsterdam.

Are Genetically Modified Crops Good for Sub-Saharan Africa? An Overview

April Zhu | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
April Zhu

The model itself is complex, incorporating the activities of multiple countries and goods, but the concept is simple: If all else remains equal, how much more money can we expect sub-Saharan Africans to make if they just switched to GM?

Brazil, and the World, Ought to Invest in Ecological Farming

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

The model of farming we choose can either make us more vulnerable, or help us both to be more resilient to our changing climate and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Difference Between a Farmer and a Global Chemical Corporation

Andrea Brower | Posted 04.13.2014 | Hawaii
Andrea Brower

Whether one is skeptical, hopeful, or a mix of both about the science and technology of genetic engineering, we must differentiate between what is good for Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, Syngenta, BASF and Bayer, and what is good for farmers and farmworkers.

It's Time to Reform Farm Support

OECD | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
OECD

Global food demand is rising so fast that farmers are beginning to have trouble keeping up. Projected world population growth, coupled with the new eating habits of a rising middle class, are likely to continue putting pressure on prices and boosting farm income levels for years to come.

Was 2013 Year of the Hawaii Farmer?

Joni Kamiya | Posted 02.16.2014 | Hawaii
Joni Kamiya

Earlier this year, 2013 was deemed the "Year of the Farmer" on the Dodge Ram Super Bowl commercial, "So God Made a Farmer." Was it really a year for t...

To Feed and Protect the World, Rein In Corporate Ag

Andrea Brower | Posted 02.01.2014 | Hawaii
Andrea Brower

Food production and distribution are not inherently destructive. Agriculture can also be a major source of carbon sequestration and a builder of biodiversity and ecological resilience. But moving in the direction of a sustainable and equitable food system requires reining in the power of transnational corporate agribusiness.

It's Time to Reform Farm Support

Ken Ash | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ken Ash

'Business as usual' is not an option either if the global food and agriculture system is to meet the planet's food, feed and fuel needs amidst competing demands for water, land and biodiversity resources and the uncertain impacts of climate change.

ReThink Review: GMO OMG -- It Came From Inside Your Food!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green
Jonathan Kim

"Conventional" farming -- especially with corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and sugar beets -- now increasingly means using GMOs, which is the subject of Jeffrey Seifert's documentary GMO OMG.

The Monsanto Protection Act Is Back!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The agrichemical companies may have the best lobbyists in town. Last May, the agrichemical giants -- Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, Bayer, DuPont, BASF -- pulled off a stunning maneuver to protect their massive profits.

Farm Bill Folly: The Real Way the Bill Harms the Poor

Lori Sanders | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Lori Sanders

For a party allegedly dedicated to deficit trimming and reducing wasteful subsidies, the bill passed by House Republicans is an outrage, made exponentially worse by the provision that makes its most egregious programs permanent.

Federal Log-Rolling and Agricultural Subsidies: Time to End the Farmers' Dole

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Congress is debating the so-called Federal Agricultural Reform and Risk Management Act. More commonly known as the Farm Bill, it is a looting expedition, roughly 80 percent general welfare (food stamps, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and 20 percent farm welfare (agricultural price supports).

Tea For Me, Not For You

Donald Carr | Posted 07.17.2013 | Green
Donald Carr

By virtually eliminating risk, crop insurance subsidies are encouraging farmers to plow up wetlands and prairies, a trend that is increasing water pollution, releasing more carbon into the atmosphere and destroying wildlife habitat.

Farm Bill Fiasco: What Now?

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 07.14.2013 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

After months of extensions and some breathtaking backdoor dealing, it's time to ask: What are we -- and our rapidly eroding farmlands -- getting out of the bargains being cut between a handful of legislators and the powerful agribusiness lobby?

Civilization Shift

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 07.06.2013 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Large landowners and agribusinesses in the West have been corrupting the county, state, and federal governments. They siphon off billions of dollars of public subsidies while they cannibalize the family farmers and wreck the communities and ecology of rural America.

Guestworker Treatment Should Matter To Immigrants and Citizens Alike

Dawson Morton | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Dawson Morton

Guestworkers, as well as Americans who do or would do farm work, lack lobbyists and talking points. But what happens in rural America to guestworkers and displaced American workers is an untold story of wrong that deserves attention.

From Growing Profit to Growing Food: Challenging Corporate Rule

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

Just outside of the small town of Maumelle, Arkansas sits your run-of-the-mill American strip mall. And as in so many other box store hubs, a Walmart dominates the landscape. But something is a shade different about this one; its big, looming letters are not the standard blue.

Giving Employers Their Cake and Letting Them Eat It, Too

Christopher Dutton, VMD | Posted 05.22.2013 | College
Christopher Dutton, VMD

Colleges can -- and should -- do more to prepare students for "the real world." We can chop up our lessons a bit and create short intense courses that work well with full time jobs. We can create partnerships with employers that offer student programs that are "half work, half school."

What I Tell My Students

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I have taught sporadically at several universities. My latest teaching is at Pitzer College that prides itself for its liberal and environmental value...

Harvesting Justice: Transforming the Global Food Supply Chain -- Food Sovereignty

Beverly Bell | Posted 04.18.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

From community gardens to just global policy, a national and global movement is growing to reclaim food, land, and agricultural systems from agribusiness and put them back in the hands of citizens.