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The Rebirth of the East European Countryside?

John Feffer | Posted 07.25.2013 | World
John Feffer

Throughout the region there has been an emptying out of the countryside. Farms have either disappeared or become more efficient, so fewer farmworkers are needed. It's the common story of modernity: a rural generation becomes an urban one.

Want To Prevent Future Hunger? Try Precision Agriculture

Lloyd A. Treinish | Posted 09.22.2013 | Technology
Lloyd A. Treinish

How many mouths will the world be feeding by 2050? It is an estimated 9.2 billion, up from 7 billion today. To keep pace with this growing population, global food production will need to increase by 70 percent. That means getting a lot smarter about how we raise crops.

Miller Rails Against House Republicans

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics

Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) chastised Republicans in a Monday report over their decision to forfeit nutrition programs, while approving farm subsidi...

Climate Change This Week: Climate Shift Looms, Brilliant Wind Turbines, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Global Air Temperatures To Rise Faster Between Now and 2025 say scientists, reports Rob Painting at SkepticalSciencecom, as he reviews several studie...

From Cold to Hot: There's Something in the Air

Aaron Gray-Block | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Aaron Gray-Block

Aggressive action to reduce carbon emissions is urgently needed. If governments take concerted policy steps, the worst impacts of climate change can still be avoided.

Climate-proofing Africa's Lifeline: Water

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 07.19.2013 | Impact
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

One billion people around the world go hungry every day. In fifteen years time, there will be another billion people on the planet who will need food ...

Water, Water Everywhere

Peter Neill | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

If there is a single issue for the international community to agree on as an incontrovertible requirement for world peace, it may be this one: equitable and sustainable water practice and distribution regardless of other necessities and needs.

What the Farm Bill Really Means

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

What's the problem with the farm lobby? Don't farmers need representation too? Don't farm subsidies help keep the food market stable? Yes and yes. But, American farm policy may be one of the most incoherently developed and rigidly path dependent.

The Yoga of Ecology: The Green Wheeling Initiative

Chris Fici | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Chris Fici

It is those entities on the margins, because of their race, economic condition, their species and what is considered the correct utility of their existence, who are the most unjustly treated in the trenches of this crisis.

Climate Change This Week: Frackin' Freakout, US Energy Disruption, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.15.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Distant Quakes Can Trigger Temblors at US Fracking Sites or geothermal sites, says a new study, reports Brian Bienkowski of the Daily Climate at Clima...

Stripping Food Assistance From Farm Bill Undercuts Basic American Values

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 09.15.2013 | Green
Kimberly Freeman Brown

Our country can't ever truly prosper or act as a leader in the global economy when our own kids don't have enough to eat. If we want to get America on its feet again, we need to first stabilize the growing number of vulnerable communities -- and that begins with food security.

Once Upon a Village Value Chain in Africa

Michael Hoevel | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Michael Hoevel

Rural value chains in Africa are being touted as important potential drivers of early economic growth and employment, and there is a growing set of literature to validate this.

Arthur Delaney

House Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed farm legislation that, for the first time in 50 years, did not include food stamps ...

Give Women and Girls the World

John Seager | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
John Seager

Demand that your lawmakers support funding for international family planning programs -- $1 billion is America's fair share. Talk to your friends and family about how all women -- not just the lucky residents of developed nations -- deserve to make choices about their own futures.

Climate Change This Week: Jet Stream Extremes, Nano Solar Cells, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.07.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

2001-2010 Hottest Decade On Record, With 'Unprecedented High-Impact Climate Extremes' says the World Meteorological Organization, report Ryan Koronows...

The Rural Landscape and Urban Lessons Learned

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.07.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Take a harder look, and see the reasons forests and farms have been elemental to growth management legislation, emulating the naturally evolved agricultural region that has always surrounded the City of Rome.

Sam Stein

Tom Vilsack To GOP: The '80s Called, They Want Their Attacks On Food Stamps Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Republicans' obsession with cutting food stamps is symptomatic of a 1980s state of mind. "This...

Federal Log-Rolling and Agricultural Subsidies: Time to End the Farmers' Dole

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Congress is debating the so-called Federal Agricultural Reform and Risk Management Act. More commonly known as the Farm Bill, it is a looting expedition, roughly 80 percent general welfare (food stamps, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and 20 percent farm welfare (agricultural price supports).

Climate Change This Week: Vote Says O, Climate Cooks Cattle, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.31.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

*** Full Disclosure: NOBODY pays me anything to write this column - I'm a masochist! *** Acid Oceans Threaten Billion $ Oyster Biz reports Tim Radfo...

Why Not Drug Test U.S. Farmers Who Receive Federal Aid?

Steven Strauss | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
Steven Strauss

Food stamps help many families who've temporarily fallen on hard times, and about 60 percent of its recipients are in the program for only a year or less. Farmers, however, are multi-generation Federal subsidy junkies.

Why the Failure of the Farm Bill Was Good for Low-Income Families

Elizabeth Lower-Basch | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Lower-Basch

The Southerland amendment would have incentivized states to deny SNAP benefits to needy individuals and families by allowing the states to keep half the savings resulting from decreased SNAP payments, even though the federal government pays the full cost of SNAP benefits.

Traditional Sacred Agriculture

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 08.25.2013 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Traditional farmers share a respect for the land and the people who eat what they raise on that land. This means they follow ancient traditions of agrarian knowledge and practice. Some even touch the gods with their farming.

Forage for Your Supper

Summer Rayne Oakes | Posted 08.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Summer Rayne Oakes

As a city dweller of nine years, I've come to realize that I now rely entirely on others to fetch, forage and farm my food. Sure, I cook for myself and grow some key herbs, but besides that, I am completely reliant on others for my daily dose of nutrition.

Rabble Rousing Optimists: Sinclair and Schrode

Erin Schrode | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Erin Schrode

What happens when a classically trained British architect develops an interest in social, cultural, and humanitarian design? Architecture for Humanity is born.

Michael McAuliff

Reid Vows No Bailout For Boehner On Farm Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned Monday that there would be no new bailouts for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) aft...