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This Holiday, Give Thanks and Get Real (About Our Food!)

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 01.20.2013 | Home
Frances Moore Lappe

Our exceedingly bright species has ended up creating a "food" system so inefficient that much of it doesn't really produce food at all!

Meet the New Dust Bowl, Same as the Old Dust Bowl

Donald Carr | Posted 01.15.2013 | Green
Donald Carr

Ken Burns, America's premiere documentarian, has tackled topics from jazz to the Civil War. His new film chronicles the Dust Bowl, the massive ecological disaster that plagued a large swath of U. S. farmland during the 1930's.

Gene Feat May Bring Better Way To Test Drugs

Reuters | Chris Wickham | Posted 01.15.2013 | Science

By Chris Wickham LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have mapped the genome of the domestic pig in a project that could enhance the animal's ...

What Matters About California's GE Labeling Fight

Heather Pilatic | Posted 01.08.2013 | Green
Heather Pilatic

California's labeling fight broadened and emboldened this movement's power base just as we are heading into what looks like a spring 2013 re-authorization battle over the now-expired Food and Farm Bill.

A Brit Down on the Farm in Iowa

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 01.07.2013 | Home
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

It is not a style and form of agriculture suited to the farmers around my village in England, although it might be appropriate, in part, to East Anglia. But it does seem to suit Iowa and it is highly productive and, in many respects, environmentally sustainable.

After Sandy: Seeds of Hope

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Dr. Chris Martine

In modern times, as our populations grew and our reliance on agriculture became greater, so grew our consciousness of the fact that the sustenance of the global population was dependent on stewardship of the seed resources we had developed.

Climate Change This Week: Burning Farts, Improved Cloud Forecast and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Climate Change Poster Child, was likely influenced by continuing climate change in 3 ways.

The Era of the Celebrity Farmer

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 01.02.2013 | Home
Katherine Gustafson

We have indeed entered the era of the celebrity farmer. But all over the country, small farmers -- some of whom have been at it for decades with scant recognition -- are finding themselves catapulted to rock-star status.

For Returning Tennessee Veterans, Clean Energy Jobs Are a Perfect Fit

Nicole Lederer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Lederer

While Tennessee might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of clean energy, Gen. Castellaw sees opportunity in his home state.

Embracing Permaculture Gardening on a Personal and National Level

Anthony Anderson | Posted 01.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Anthony Anderson

We can have reforestation, and we can feed ourselves at the same time. Edible reforestation.

Why Economic Growth Happens in Some Places and Not in Others?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 11.01.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Have you ever wondered why, sometimes, poverty continues to increase in countries that grow super-fast? Take the case of India, a model of economic take-off.

Land Grabbing: What Has Changed?

Ian Scoones | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ian Scoones

There is now a growing understanding of the international, wider context of large land deals. Researchers are also showing how the narratives of 'idle land', 'productive commercial agriculture' and 'backward smallholders' are being used by politicians and others.

Honoring Achievements of Hispanic Food Producers, But No Engagement With Their Struggles

Gary Paul Nabhan | Posted 11.01.2012 | Latino Voices
Gary Paul Nabhan

Secretary Salazar may also be on the wrong side of history if he maintains that sustainable food production is inherently antithetical to healthy national parks.

Climate Change This Week: New Solar Record, Wind Means Money, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.29.2012 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

North America Has Largest Increase in Human-Driven Climate Change Catastrophes of all the continents, say insurers, and it'll get worse, according to a major new study, reports Joe Romm at Climate Progress.

Seven Things to Tell Your Friends About GMOs

Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé | Posted 10.25.2012 | Home
Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé

We know it's easy to get sunk by "information overload" and agribusiness advertising. So far the largest GMO maker, Monsanto, and other industry giants have plowed at least $35 million into keeping us in the dark.

Future Gazing for Our Food Supply

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 12.24.2012 | Impact
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

How many of us have wished we could predict the future? To gaze into a crystal ball and see our fate in fifty years time? A group of agricultural researchers from around the globe are coming together to do just that, and examine the future of our food system.

Be a Leader, Entrepreneur Whose Livelihood Provides Food for Others

Paul Schickler | Posted 12.16.2012 | Impact
Paul Schickler

Agriculture is a dual solution to economic and food security challenges, and it presents just one outcome: By focusing on agriculture now, we will improve the livelihoods and quality of life of billions of people.

Green Mountain College Has Oxen and Morals

Jason Schmitt | Posted 12.19.2012 | College
Jason Schmitt

I am not here to butt heads with critics of Green Mountain College's decision to slaughter a team of oxen who have worked on the campus for many years. What is missing from the dialogue, however, is how close both collective's rationale are situated.

Joe Van Brussel

Investing Fund Seeks Social Impact Through Agriculture | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.22.2012 | Money

While driving to Boston to enroll as a Harvard MBA student, Willy Foote had what he described as an existential crisis. Foote was driving up from ...

Fracking, Developers And Acid Rain: New York Readers Share Their Concerns

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

As part of today's series on New York State, we're asking readers which issues they're concerned about in their communities. We're hearing a wide vari...

World Food Day 2012: Heifer International's Cooperatives Will Help Feed the World

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 12.16.2012 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Today Heifer International joins the FAO and others in observance of World Food Day. This year, the theme "Agricultural Cooperatives -- key to feeding the world" highlights the efforts of smallholder farmers who have united to end hunger.

Climate Change This Week: Nanoflowers, CC Whacks Thanksgiving and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.15.2012 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Every day is Earth Day, folks.

Lack of Information on Livestock Facilities Spells Trouble in Illinois and Beyond

Karen Steuer | Posted 10.12.2012 | Green
Karen Steuer

Illinois is the fourth-largest hog-producing state in the country. But water quality problems have caused real concern about that state's regulation of the rapidly growing hog industry.

The Climate Post: Experts Debate Link Between Climate Change and Extreme Weather

Tim Profeta | Posted 12.11.2012 | Green
Tim Profeta

According to their latest survey, Yale found 74 percent believe global warming is affecting weather in the U.S. -- up from 69 percent in March 2012.

Lynne Peeples

Arresting Arsenic: How A Notorious Poison Permeates Our Food And Drink | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.10.2012 | Green

A French maid, a promiscuous husband, and an angry wife -- the first arsenic poisoning patient that Dr. Michael Harbut saw in his Michigan practice wa...