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New Approaches: A View from Aspen Environment Forum 2011

John Sauer | Posted 08.21.2011 | Impact
John Sauer

Despite the enormity of the challenges of mitigating our footprint, reducing carbon emissions, and providing sanitation to the 2.6 billion people without a toilet, the forum was a good reminder that adversity brings opportunity.

Greek Citizens Flee Cities For Rural Areas As Economy Implodes

Die Welt/Worldcrunch | Gunnar Köhne | Posted 08.21.2011 | World

Olga Palavidou cautiously inserts a small spoon into the waxy cell of a honeycomb. The larva inside has to be moved to what's known as a "peanut" cell...

Republicans Slash Food Aid For Low-Income Women And Children, But Dodge Farm Subsidy Cuts

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans have quietly maneuvered to prevent a House spending bill from chipping away at federal farm subsidies, instead forging ahead...

Georgia's Illegal Immigration Solution: Farms Should Hire Workers On Probation

AP | RAY HENRY | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal offered a provocative solution Tuesday for farmers who claim workers have been scared away by a crackdown on ...

Amanda Terkel

GOP Cuts Food Assistance For Low-Income Families While Protecting Azaleas

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you're an azalea at the National Arboretum, you're in luck -- a Republican on the House Appropriations Committee is looking out for y...

A Fighting Lion: Exercises in Awesome Titles

Jeff Klima | Posted 08.07.2011 | Comedy
Jeff Klima

Bar none, the best tool in your author toolbox is a title. Not some suck-ass combination of words culled from your manuscript, supposedly embodying so...

The Ag Gag Bill: Industry Lobbying & Corporate Overreach Run Amok

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 08.07.2011 | Home
Kurt Michael Friese

Industrial agriculture, like most powerful business interests, has a very effective lobbying organization -- not only in DC, but also in state capitols around the country.

Answering the Challenge for Small Farmers

Bill Gates | Posted 08.06.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

The vast majority of the poorest people in the world get their food and income from farming small plots of land. Helping these farming families grow and sell more helps them become self-sufficient and build better lives.

The Agriculture Industry's Dirty Little Secret

AP | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 08.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The agriculture industry fears a disaster is on the horizon if the one bit of new immigration policy that Congress seems to agree on bec...

Michael Hancock: Urban Gardening Could Be Economic Boon for Denver

The Denver Diatribe | Posted 08.02.2011 | Denver
The Denver Diatribe

Every candidate for office in the U.S. today knows if you want to get elected, you'd better come with a plan for creating jobs. Hancock has a big idea for creating jobs, but no one seems to be taking it seriously.

Russian Investment Opportunities: The Drivers and the Hidden Gems

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 07.31.2011 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

It is clear to see why investors place so much emphasis on the oil price as a dictator of Russia's financial health. Supplying some 11.4% of the world's oil supply last year, Russia is the "biggest single source outside the OPEC cartel."

Food Fight: Why Congress and Obama's Proposed Budget Cuts Are the Wrong Move for Colorado

Sam Schabacker | Posted 07.31.2011 | Denver
Sam Schabacker

These cuts are not solutions to our budget crises, nor will they mend our broken food system. Rather, they are ideological prescriptions that will do nothing but further enrich corporate agribusiness.

The Truth About E-Verify

Frank Sharry | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Over the next few weeks and months, we'll hear Republicans claim unequivocally that E-Verify is the solution to our immigration problem. So, let's look at some key facts about the GOP's next "great" idea.

Building A Better World By Supporting Farming Families

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 07.24.2011 | Impact
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Supporting farming families makes sense on many fronts. It not only helps farmers become self-sufficient, but it helps increase the prosperity and stability of countries in the developing world.

Agricultural Policy Should Fuel Health, Not Epidemics!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

In 2009, USDA spent more than twice as much buying meat and dairy as it did on fruits and vegetables. What that means is that the USDA used taxpayers' money to buy about $1.5 billion worth of meat and dairy.

Reader Challenge: Grow One Food-Producing Plant This Year

Rebecca Shoval | Posted 07.23.2011 | Home
Rebecca Shoval

One of the best things about living on a farm is the freshness of the food. Nothing quite compares to the satisfaction of picking a head of lettuce, washing the leaves and eating a salad in under 10 minutes.

Rooftop Farm Report: Winter Is Not Bee Season

Dave Snyder | Posted 07.19.2011 | Chicago
Dave Snyder

Honeybees are hardy, and given good conditions, such as a large population and plenty of honey storage, they generally make it through the winter. At least that's how it's supposed to go.

Nations With Most Extreme Water Shortages

Posted 07.19.2011 | World

Water shortages are the most extreme in Africa and the Middle East, and the hardest hit are nations along the Gulf, according to a new report. Rel...

Sustainability is for People, Too: Why We Need Fair Labor Rights in Organic Farming

Jim Cochran | Posted 07.17.2011 | Green
Jim Cochran

Our global, industrial food system is causing a slow erosion of the rich complexity that used to exist in farming communities around the world.

Save the Bay, Save Your Life

Neal Barnard, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2011 | Home
Neal Barnard, M.D.

If we eat grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits directly, instead of using grains to fatten animals, we could cut down on land use and pollution.

253 Pounds: Americans Throw Away Their Weight in Food Every Year

Valerie Jaffee | Posted 07.13.2011 | Green
Valerie Jaffee

According to a staggering report from the Food and Agriculture Organization, nearly one third of food produced for human consumption globally is lost or wasted every year.

Their Spray Rigs in a Twist

Ken Cook | Posted 07.13.2011 | Green
Ken Cook

It apparently doesn't occur to the pesticide-produce lobby that the reason sales for organic products have surged is because they taste better and don't deliver toxic pesticides into one's daily diet.

Farm Subsidies: A Useful Sacrifice in the Budget Debate

Patrick Sharma | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Patrick Sharma

Since being introduced to help cope with the Great Depression, farm subsidies have devolved into a hodgepodge of price supports, direct payments, insurance programs, tax loopholes and low-interest loans for wealthy farmers and agribusiness.

Do You Live in a Food Desert? New Map Exposes Areas Most at Risk

Valerie Jaffee | Posted 07.11.2011 | Green
Valerie Jaffee

The Department of Agriculture just released a new online tool, the Food Desert Locator, which allows you to see whether your community lacks access to affordable, fresh and healthy food.

Small Farmers Are the Answer

Bill Gates | Posted 07.09.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

Many people don't realize it, but most of the world's poorest people are small farmers, and they can play an important role in cutting hunger and poverty.