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The New Global Leader, Part VI: Jens Rötzel, Driving Sustainable Growth in Africa

O'Brien Browne | Posted 04.26.2014 | Business
O'Brien Browne

A true entrepreneur, Jens founded his first company at age 18. He is CEO of JRX Ghana, a company which specializes in connecting non-African companies with African firms to create win-win business for all.

Climate Change This Week: Screaming in the Tub, Solar Surge, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.22.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter - and more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Feb 20 2014 How unusual has th...

Meet the New Monsanto: Dow Chemical... and Their New 'Agent Orange' Crops

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 04.20.2014 | Home
Andrew Kimbrell

There is one company that may even be worse than Monsanto. And unless we act soon, that company is going to start contaminating our farms and our food in ways we have never seen before. Meet the Dow Chemical company.

Africa's Mega Micro Hedgers: Why We Have a Lot to Learn From Smallholder Farmers

Liz Wilson | Posted 04.19.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

We all know that life does not always turn out like you think it will. The concept of reducing the risk of an investment by making an offsetting investment is well understood. But what if your whole way of life was intensely vulnerable?

Climate Change This Week: Magma Mania, Dirty Fuel Dealer, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Can the Private Sector Help Combat Hunger and Malnutrition?

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

The World Economic Forum meeting in Davos was a step change with business and political leaders signing up to the UN Secretary General's "Zero Hunger" challenge to eliminate hunger in our lifetimes.

As Obama Heads to Drought-Stricken California, Many Solutions Await

Steve Fleischli | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Steve Fleischli

While we enjoyed some light rain last week, the drought hasn't let up by any measure. We've been hit by droughts before, but climate change will make "critically dry" years occur more frequently. It also will threaten the water we need for our homes, farms, and businesses.

The Costs of California's Bellwether Drought: What Can We Expect?

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

The costs of drought vary widely from sector to sector, and often include things that are hard to measure or to quantify. It is difficult to report on drought costs in a comprehensive or consistent way. And until a drought ends, it is impossible to know the ultimate costs.

The Climate Post: Keystone XL Assessment Report Finds No Significant Environmental Objections

Tim Profeta | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

The State Department issued its final environmental impact statement on the Keystone XL pipeline, which echoed findings in previous analyses that the pipeline would lead to no substantial increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Change This Week: Pipeline Picadillo, Penguin Babies, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Feb 5, 2014 How unusual has the weather been? N...

Agriculture and Youth Employment: The Missing Link

Matthieu Cognac | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Matthieu Cognac

Agriculture does not top many young people's "most wanted" wish list of careers. It represents the past and is often perceived as the antithesis of progress. But Suk Moo thinks differently.

WATCH: Teen Bought House With Pig Winnings

HuffPost Live | Posted 02.06.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Though most of us scrimp to buy a house in our 20s or 30s, Lindsay McNeal bought her first home at age 18, thanks to one very valuable asset: pigs. Ov...

A Farm Bill at the Expense of the Poor

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

Two years after its deadline, a Farm Bill emerges from Congress headed to the President's desk. For months, the Agriculture Conferees struggled to compromise on the various elements of the farm bill that our nation needs.

Sustainability Squared

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Mary Manning Cleveland

How can the world attain a decent, sustainable lifestyle, one that doesn't wreck our land, water, and air? In fact, we already have the necessary technology -- technology that can create more and better jobs. Here are examples from farms, cities, and businesses.

Farmer John and the Cow-Flop

Carl Pope | Posted 04.03.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

As Congressman George Miller, who has led the Northern California team at water negotiating tables for decades, commented, Boehner's proposal "has little or nothing to do with water policy in the state" and everything to do with the politics of the Republican caucus.

Alissa Scheller

If You Like To Eat, You Should Really Be Worried About California's Drought

HuffingtonPost.com | Alissa Scheller | Posted 01.31.2014 | Green

California had record low rainfall in 2013. It was potentially the driest year in the last 500 years, according to tree rings, and dry weather is expe...

Climate Change This Week: Banking On Clean Energy, Breathing China's Pollution, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 29 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No ...

What's in the 2014 Farm Bill?

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The ultimate deal was far from perfect, but it reflects the growing power of the food movement and it just might hint at the beginnings of a new direction for American agriculture.

Myanmar: A Critical Moment for the Country's Future

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 03.31.2014 | World
Jim Yong Kim

Myanmar is emerging decisively from conflict, fragility, and isolation toward a prosperous and peaceful future. It is in the midst of a triple transition: from a military government to democracy, from conflict in border areas to peace, and from a state-centered to a market-oriented economy.

15 Real Reasons to Date a Farmer

Jenny Dewey Rohrich | Posted 03.31.2014 | Weddings
Jenny Dewey Rohrich

A while ago, eHarmony came out with an article entitled 15 Reasons to Date a Farmer. I was literally laughing out loud. The article was extremely stereotypical. So I figured I'd amend the article a little bit, make it a little more real rather than fantasy land like eHarmony has it sound.

Seedtime -- About the "Magical Reality" of Seeds and GMO Seeds

Karl Grossman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Karl Grossman

Just out is a brilliant book, highly important and beautifully written, by Scott Chaskey, a Long Island, N.Y. farmer (for 25 years he has run the Peco...

Climate Change This Week: Faster Heating, A Stitch in Time, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter. DAILY CLIMATE CHANGE: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 22 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No ...

Publicly Traded Company to Go Into Marijuana Cultivation

Abdullah Saeed | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Abdullah Saeed

Terra Tech, a hydroponic farming specialist operating in New Jersey and California, announced it is applying for a license to operate a cannabis farming facility and dispensary under recently implemented changes to Nevada's medical cannabis laws.

Courage and Conviction: Eric's Story

Acumen | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Acumen

When we handed Eric the money he earned, his face broke into smiles. "This is so amazing! I've never seen so much cash in one place in my life." Eric continued to grasp the roll of money in both hands, as if feeling its heft over and over.

An Open Letter to Agriculture Journalists and Leaders

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

In an era of sweeping change in communications, the long-standing principles of American journalism are being tested and challenged. Some journalistic...