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Weeding Corporate Power out of Agricultural Policies: Communities Mobilize for Food and Farm Justice

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.29.2013 | Green
Beverly Bell

It regulates agricultural subsidies, food stamps, school lunch programs, rural conservation, and much more. Given the heavy impact this set of laws has on our daily lives, more and more people are asserting the need for public participation in crafting the legislation.

Rural America Tells Washington: Clean Energy Works for Us

Nicole Lederer | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Nicole Lederer

Farmers are stepping up, along with national security and business leaders, to voice their support for an American clean energy economy. Altogether, these advocates represent households in every congressional district in the country. Can our elected representatives afford not to listen?

U.S. Dairy Industry: Leading the Way in Sustainable Innovation

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Sec. Tom Vilsack

U.S. dairy producers are leading the way in productivity and innovation when it comes to sustainable practices. Earlier this afternoon, I joined Innov...

'Potato-PEC' Keeps Spud Prices Artificially High, Suits Allege

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business

What energy-rich commodity is harvested from beneath the Earth's surface and subject to price fixing by a small group of powerful landowners? If yo...

Where Is the Scrutiny of Crop Insurance Fraud?

Donald Carr | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Donald Carr

Minnesota Congressman Colin Peterson (D-Minn.) struck a nerve this month when he said that "there is five times as much fraud" in the federal crop insurance program as there is the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.

Seeds of Change: Shifting National Agricultural Policies

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Beverly Bell

The need for us to become the policy-makers to create a just and sustainable food supply chain is urgent, because in the hands of the US government it has become increasingly unjust and unsustainable.

An Earth Day Note for Farmers

Jason Evans | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Jason Evans

Like all entrepreneurs, though, the farmer has a bottom line to maintain and a tendency to view government regulation as a barrier to progress and profit. And, who would blame them?

Climate Change This Week: The $6 Trillion Mistake, Cut The Soot, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Fossil Fuels Investments A $6 Trillion Mistake, if the world addresses climate change, says a London School of Economics study, reports Sally Bakewell...

Scientists Unite to Share Ag Data and Feed the World

Catherine Woteki | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Catherine Woteki

We will empower farmers and agricultural producers from Uganda to Bangladesh with the knowledge gained by those in other countries so that they can be as fruitful and productive as producers anywhere.

Celebrate Earth Day: Invest in Women

John Seager | Posted 06.21.2013 | Green
John Seager

Slowing down population growth won't single-handedly solve the problems of hunger, water scarcity and biodiversity loss -- but it would help reduce the pressures on natural resources.

A Hope for a Sustainable Future

EF Education First | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
EF Education First

Located in the forests of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Earth University is an institution of education, innovation, and exploration.

Small Farms Fight Back: Food and Community Self-Governance

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.15.2013 | Green
Beverly Bell

Blue Hill is one of a handful of small Maine towns that have been taking bold steps to protect their local food system. In 2011, they passed an ordinance exempting their local farmers and food producers from federal and state licensure requirements when these farmers sell directly to customers.

A Comprehensive Menu Labeling Standard Is Needed to Support Healthy Choices

Dan Glickman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Dan Glickman

When families go to restaurants, movie theaters, sports arenas and supermarkets, they should have the option to eat healthier food and the calorie information they need to make informed choices between various food options.

Climate Energy This Week: Healthy Clean Energy, Mideast Climate Change, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.14.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Invest In Clean Energy To Reap Enormous Health Benefits says the UN, reports Alister Doyle at Reuters News, and help slow climate change. Fossil fuel ...

Eat-In at the FDA

Ben Droz | Posted 06.10.2013 | DC
Ben Droz

Whatever your thoughts on GMO foods or GMO fish, whether you eat them or avoid them, please take action. f you don't, the FDA will continue to spend American tax dollars asking the wrong questions.

Debate: After Activists Covertly Expose Animal Cruelty, Should They Be Targeted With "Ag-Gag" Laws?

Democracy Now! | Posted 06.09.2013 | Green
Democracy Now!

So-called "ag-gag" bills that criminalize undercover filming on farms and at slaughterhouses to document criminal animal abuse are sweeping the countr...

Climate Change This Week: MegaMelt, Clean Energy Rockin', and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

It's Melting, Melting: 1600 Years Worth of Andean Ice Melted in 25, says a new study, reports Justin Gillis at the New York Times. Researchers studyin...

Lynne Peeples

Keystone XL Stirs Montana Farmer's Climate Change And Crop Concerns

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green

Last year proved too dry. The year before -- too wet. For Wade Sikorski of Fallon County, Mont., the years in which the weather is just right to grow ...

World Health Day: 9 Things We Can All Do

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.02.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

This year, World Health Day focuses on high blood pressure, one of the many chronic diseases that are increasingly common around the world. The Worl...

Honeybees to EPA: Where Is Thy Sting?

OnEarth | Posted 06.02.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Scott Dodd, OnEarth The list of fruits, vegetables, and field crops that rely on honeybees for pollination is truly astonishing: apples, avocados, ...

Climate Change This Week: China's Choice, Climate Punch, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.01.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

China's Choice: Cut Coal Or Dry Up says a new report highlighting how coal mining and combustion technologies there are drinking up scarcer water supp...

The Growing Need for Local-Living Communities

David Norman | Posted 06.01.2013 | Impact
David Norman

By serving the local communities, creating wealth and facilitating education, we can tackle the problem at its heart and provide a simple solution to a growing global concern.

How the Poultry Industry Is Grinding Up Workers' Health and Rights

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Michelle Chen

Bitter hardships are stowed far away from the millions of super-clean, ultra-cheap drumsticks that will end up on American dinner tables tonight. Countless consumers will enjoy their meals without any conception of how perfectly the poultry industry masks the true price of its brutal efficiency.

Congress's Affair With Ethanol: Love Gone Wrong?

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.28.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Knowing what's behind Congress's passion for ethanol as a fuel is not quite as inscrutable as knowing what sparks romantic love, so let's look at some possibilities.

What Are the BRICS Building in Africa?

Ian Scoones | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Ian Scoones

To understand the new encounters in development cooperation brought by the BRICS and others, we have to get to grips with the details, and the cultural, social and political relations at play, as well as the wider political economy that structures such engagements.