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California's Drought Is Everyone's Drought

XPRIZE | Posted 07.02.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

California's drought may end up having a bigger impact on your grocery cart than you realize, and it's not just about almonds and avocados.

Climate Change This Week: $1 Rooftop Solar for Nonprofits, the Ocean Carbon Punch, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Amazonian Wildlife: a treasure trove of biodiversity. Source mostly ajorbahman.blog...

Ending Poverty: There's an App for That!

Suzanne Skees | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Building on their legacy of leading-edge ideas, Grameen Foundation has evolved from funding microfinance to designing disruptive solutions to the kind of poverty that's most challenging to reach, in remote rural areas, and to the poorest of the poor.

Hillary vs. Bernie on Frankenfood

Judy Frankel | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Food is a good reason for Democrats and Republicans to abscond from their "politics as usual" party loyalties and vote for Bernie Sanders, the 38-year Independent running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic primary.

30 Women Under 30 Changing Food

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

There are hundreds of women who inspire us at Food Tank. They are entrepreneurs, stewards of the land, business owners, researchers, farmers, and in...

This Video Explains How So Much Food Gets Wasted In America

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 06.22.2015 | Taste

There's a certain school of thought about sustainability that argues that the worst problem in the food system today is waste. The idea is that we exp...

After 'Swimming in Pesticides' for 20 Years, One Woman Takes a Stand

Hilal Isler | Posted 06.22.2015 | Books
Hilal Isler

Farm life was nothing like I'd expected. At night, pesticides drifted in our bedroom window while we slept. During the day, the poison coated the sheets and clothes I hung on the line. It was all around us. I was horrified by what I witnessed, but I felt helpless to do anything about it.

Climate Change This Week: The Climate Pope, Hot Babes, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

California: Blue State, Boom State

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

California's economy hasn't thrived because it's run by Democrats, but rather because of liberal culture. Not liberal values in the classic sense -- equality, peace, and justice -- but rather the liberal mindset that's open and flexible.

Backed by Solid Science, Agriculture Climbs the International Climate Change Agenda

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2015 | Green
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

Despite getting explicit mention in the original climate change treaty, agriculture has never been amongst the key issues at subsequent climate negotiations. Quite a surprise considering the headline facts and figures.

Climate Change This Week: The Melting Ice Connection, Sharing Solar, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. "Yoda" Bat Is Threatened from climate change and climate changing activities like ...

Pig Farming in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
John Feffer

Theirs is a family farm, which is nothing like the industrial farming that dominates American agriculture. The Janeczeks keep about 90 sows and produce about 1,300 piglets a year that they then fatten up and sell.

Artist Susan Sweet Talks About Painting And Living In Rural Nova Scotia

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.11.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

Perhaps it was inevitable that I would eventually end up interviewing family - as I am not the lone artist in our bloodline. So, as a photography and arts blogger, it made sense to corner my aunt, painter Susan Sweet, and try to squeeze a little more than an artist statement out of her. Here is my attempt.

One Smart Way California's Avocado Farmers Can Adapt To Drought

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 06.17.2015 | Taste

These days, it's hard not to feel a little guilty when you eat a California avocado. Not because they're high in calories, but because they're seen as...

Rein in California's Farmers to Solve the Drought? Not so Fast.

In the Gold Country | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
In the Gold Country

We've all been through droughts and come out the other side, breathed a sigh of relief, and turned our hoses back on. This one has a new factor, an uncertainty over whether this is a California drought with a limited life, or climate change and a look at the new facts of life in California.

Monsanto Eyes Plans To Become Even Bigger, More Powerful

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green

You know you're unpopular when not even a company notorious for selling chemicals banned in Europe for harming defenseless invertebrates wants anythin...

Climate Change This Week: Solar-Plus Storage Push, Water and Energy Collide, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Which is more important to Americans - water, or hydro-power?

Farming for Peace in Syria

William Lambers | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Summer is when we get to enjoy fresh and yummy fruits and vegetables. Just by taking a walk down the street you may see a farmer with their food stand all set up and ready for business.

Shaming the Lawn

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I. Rimanoczy A few days ago I was listening to a conversation on NPR about the California drought and the restrictions imposed on the consump...

The Farmers and Food System Leaders of Tomorrow

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.04.2015 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

Young people are the farmers and food system leaders of tomorrow. According to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), young people are increasingly abandoning agriculture and rural areas in search of better prospects, which makes creating opportunities for young people to contribute to their agricultural communities an urgent need.

Political Population Poppycock, and the Ethics of Misinformation

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.04.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

In "Unrealized Horrors of the Population Explosion," Clyde Haberman beats an obsolete, dead horse, repeating observations made over past decades that Paul Ehrlich's predictions of horrors stemming from our exploding population have not come true. His misplaced focus masks real, constructive discourse on overpopulation and promotes overpopulation denial.

This New Kind Of GMO Could Restore Lost Traits To Crops

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 06.03.2015 | Taste

Even the most ardent supporters of the use of genetic modification would admit one potentially troubling fact about the technique: It's very new. ...

Study Finds Organic Agriculture Is More Profitable For Farmers

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 06.03.2015 | Taste

Organic agriculture alone may or may not be able to feed the world, but a recent study suggests that it can provide a relatively healthy paycheck for ...

You're to Blame for California's Water Woes

Brian Milne | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green
Brian Milne

The biggest question from California's skeptical residents being: Who's to blame for the state's water issues?

Seizing the Opportunity for Agriculture in a New Climate Change Deal

Anette Engelund Friis | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green
Anette Engelund Friis

It has been a long, and at times drawn-out, affair. We have seen progress made on reducing emissions from deforestation (REDD+), and on many other issues. Still, agriculture has been touch-and-go for much of the past decade.