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Locally Grown Food Could Be Good for Illinois' Economy

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.31.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Editor's Note: The landscape in rural Illinois is changing rapidly as family farms give way to industrial agricultural production. This change is havi...

Smallholder Farmers Are The New Global Food Frontier

Hugh Locke | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Hugh Locke

One-third of the world's 7.3 billion people are smallholder farmers and their families who produce nearly 70 percent of all food consumed worldwide on 60 percent of the planet's arable land. For what sounds like a major part of the global economy, you would expect these farmers to be relatively well off and financially secure. But they aren't. In fact, they represent the majority of the poorest and hungriest people on earth.

Farming May Have Started Way Earlier Than Scientists Thought

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.25.2015 | Science

When did humans first begin farming? Scientists have long thought that our prehistoric ancestors didn't start raising crops until some 12,000 ye...

Life's Hard Realities Demand Science

Stella Salvo | Posted 07.24.2015 | Women
Stella Salvo

The experience in Ethiopia will once again ground me in reality. The opportunity to be of service is the other. My only wish is that more Americans could share in this kind of experience. I think it could result in important changes to some of their views.

Climate Change This Week: Solar For Everyone, Mothers Mass, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.21.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Broken computers and wildflowers are making this week's column late, short, but swee...

Greece, the Troika and Maggie Thatcher

David Morris | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
David Morris

In its policies toward Greece, the "Troika" -- a new shorthand for the combined will of the European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund -- has actively and enthusiastically embraced Maggie Thatcher's social and political philosophy, memorably captured in her chilling assertion, "There is no such thing as society."

Researchers Discover a Protein-Packed Superfood That Tastes Just Like Bacon

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

Now this is a superfood: Researchers from Oregon State University have reportedly created and patented a new strain of nutrient-rich seaweed that tastes like everyone's favorite fetishized breakfast meat.

Cowboy Country in New Jersey

Melissa DeCastro | Posted 07.15.2015 | Travel
Melissa DeCastro

This is a part of New Jersey where the local college offers glass blowing and hones skilled artisans, and the local schools keep farming alive in clubs dedicated to the love and pursuit of preserving the land.

Boots and Suits Converge at Salinas AgTech Summit

Brian Milne | Posted 07.15.2015 | Technology
Brian Milne

With investment in the space at an all-time high, ag tech events are popping up in cities from San Francisco to New York.

How Do the New USDA Initiatives Incorporate Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)? A Look at What Makes CSA So Smart

Rosaly Byrd | Posted 07.14.2015 | Green
Rosaly Byrd

A few months ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a set of voluntary and incentive-based initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the agricultural sector.

Climate Change This Week: The Seafood Connection, Super Solar Chip, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.14.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Tired of facts? Do you think all the concern about climate change is just a bunch of hooey? Then this newscast is for you.

It's Not Just About the Money: To Change the World We Must Change Ourselves

Kanayo F. Nwanze | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Kanayo F. Nwanze

Let us remember that not all commitments are measured in dollars. True, to save ourselves, our future and our planet, we need major resources, both public and private.

Ag Tech Takes Center Stage in Salinas Valley

Brian Milne | Posted 07.08.2015 | Technology
Brian Milne

I like to think of myself as a pretty tech savvy guy, but I have to admit the first time I flew a drone over a vineyard a few years ago it didn't go so well.

The Road to Reduce Poverty and Undernourishment in Africa: How Investment in Research and Agriculture Can Help

Robynne Anderson | Posted 07.07.2015 | World
Robynne Anderson

With Financing for Development a hot topic, there are clear signs that investing in agriculture is the right thing to do. Globally, 842 million people are estimated to be undernourished.

Climate Change This Week: The Extreme Weather Connection, Another Solar Breakthrough, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.07.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Beautiful in so many ways: where people moved government to act on climate. Source...

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.