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Ethiopia - Changing Times for a Timeless Land

Ray Jordan | Posted 02.10.2016 | Impact
Ray Jordan

It is half a century since Irish travel writer Dervla Murphy took a step into the unknown to embark on a 1,000-mile walk through the Horn of Africa, ...

The power of behavioral science for emerging economies: MIT explores Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago

Renée Richardson Gosline | Posted 02.10.2016 | Education
Renée Richardson Gosline

Both social scientists and policy makers have long puzzled over a basic question: Why do humans so often refuse to act in their own best interests? Th...

Climate Change This Week: Cool Landscapes, Hot Futures, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.10.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The Bear Cub Club meets in the Tongass National Forest, which, with the Great Bear Rainforest is part of the Pacific temperate rainforest, the largest such ecosystem in existence.

Supporting Farmers in Syria Now Is Essential for a Sustainable Future

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 02.08.2016 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

The brutal and protracted conflict in Syria has taken an enormous human toll and the surge of refugees has catalyzed a host of worrying collateral effects in the region and beyond. While we all hope for peace, it is imperative to enable those who are in the country to maintain the basic lifelines of the land where wheat was first domesticated.

'World's First' Lab-Grown Meatball Looks Pretty Damn Tasty

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 02.04.2016 | Taste

If you hate the thought of animals getting slaughtered but freaking love the taste of meatballs (we’ve been there), you and the cows may...

Climate Change This Week: The New Coal, Hot Water, Clean Energy Justice, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.04.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When we harm forests, we harm ourselves. Unique Giraffe Beetle, another bi...

Innovation Challenge Developers Turn USDA Data into Ag-Inspired Apps

Brian Milne | Posted 01.28.2016 | Technology
Brian Milne

In true agriculture form, a handful of developers have harvested newly available ag production data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to produce online applications that help aggies be more successful in the face of climate change.

Reinventing Entomophagy for the 21st Century

Olena Kagui | Posted 01.27.2016 | Green
Olena Kagui

"Entomophagy is an evolving term in need of review," says Afton Marina Szasz Halloran, Ph.D Fellow at the University of Copenhagen. Halloran calls for a change in the way we speak about edible insects and entomophagy.

Climate Change This Week: Solar Job Boom, US Blizzard Gloom, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.27.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Save and regrow tropical forests -- says an expert, as nations continue to curb carbon emissions.

From Davos: This Idea Could Transform Global Food Systems

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.25.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

Looking ahead, we are committed to further increasing science capacity in this area and building new business models that incentivize farmers for keeping more carbon in their soil.

Five-Way Food Fight

Judy Frankel | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

With so many assaults on food lately, I had to zero in on the most urgent topics.

The No Deforestation Revolution: Two Years In

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 01.21.2016 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

Two years on, we've seen the beginnings of what could be that revolution: The commitments made in the Wilmar policy have become the new benchmark for responsible commodity agriculture, and have been adopted by major companies.

Climate Change This Week: Future Major Power Disruption, Clean Energy Pays, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.20.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Deforestation is one of the fastest ways that environments are changing dramatically, while climate change is creating vast fast changes on a global scale.

Invest in Ag Tech Education and Return Farmers to Entrepreneurship

Joe Kapp | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
Joe Kapp

Entrepreneurship, like so much of American history, began on our nation's farms. From the moment the first ancestors planted a seed, watered it and wa...

The Next Big Short

Judy Frankel | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
Judy Frankel

Mike Burry, the hedge fund manager featured in the movie The Big Short, anticipated the housing crash by reading loan documents. Similarly, those in the food and agriculture arena predict a massive shift in farming practices by studying the inimical effects of the widely used weedkiller, RoundUp®.

Climate Change This Week: Climate Chaos, an Energy Revolution, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.11.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

One more reason to save forests: The David Bowie Hunter, a spider newly discovered in the Malaysian highlands in 2015. Forests house fascinating forms of life.

Training the Next Generation of Food System Innovators

Pro Journo | Posted 01.09.2016 | Green
Pro Journo

In August 2015, 25 students from 17 different countries spent two weeks on an organic farm in Switzerland, discussing the question of how to feed the world and how to do it without harming human health, the environment or people's communities.

To Feed and Sustain the World, We Need Common Ground

Dr. Robert T. Fraley | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Dr. Robert T. Fraley

Food fights won't solve the challenges we all face as this century unfolds. Collaboration will.

Why Climate Matters to Us

Katharine Hayhoe | Posted 01.08.2016 | Green
Katharine Hayhoe

Although much of the focus at COP21, and in the weeks afterwards, has been on the emission reductions needed to achieve the given targets, for developing nations the real issue on the table was climate finance: funds to support climate mitigation and adaptation.

What the Paris Agreement Left Out: A Crucial Path for a Lower Emissions Future

Mia MacDonald | Posted 01.08.2016 | Green
Mia MacDonald

The Paris summit largely ignored a crucial fact: what the world eats and how it produces its food are extremely important factors in addressing climate change, more than most governments and their citizens generally recognize.

Defending the Land: Young Veterans Take Up Sustainable Farming

Jim Luce | Posted 01.07.2016 | Impact
Jim Luce

Michael wanted to make a plan, wanted to know what he'd be doing for the winter. He started thinking about those farmer-training programs he'd read about, and decided to apply.

Climate Change This Week: Record Hot Christmas, Cozy Cohousing, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.06.2016 | Green
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US Cohousing: A Growing Model For Sustainable Communities are villages that engage in more resource-sharing, efficient use of space, and affordability, and ultimately smart clean renewable energy use.

Frankenfish Wins FDA Approval

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

After a decade of intense lobbying from a Maynard, Massachusetts-based salmon production corporation the Food and Drug Administration for the first time has given its seal of approval to a genetically modified animal.

Eat Well and Don't Wreck the Planet: Choose Organic

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 01.04.2016 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

To be the best we can be, we should eat the best food we can--starting with cleaner ingredients that don't wreck the planet on which our food is grown--or the people growing it.

Climate Change This Week: Groundwater Feeds Sea Rise, Community Solar Rises, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.28.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Every day is Earth Day, folks. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future.