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'Silent Spring' Turns 50: Rachel Carson Warned Of 'Pesticide Treadmill' Powered By Big Ag

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 09.27.2012 | Green

"This is not what Rachel Carson would have wanted for her 50th anniversary present." Mardi Mellon, senior scientist with the non-profit Union of Co...

Huntington Botanical Gardens Warns of Super-Pest: Is Anybody Listening?

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 09.26.2012 | Green
Stephanie Woodard

A little-understood but devastating beetle is infesting trees in commercial avocado groves, botanical gardens and backyards in Southern California.

Appalachia by Any Other Name

Ed Hooper | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Ed Hooper

"Appalachia" is no longer the heritage-derived place name coined by European explorers or the designation famed author Washington Irving once suggested as a replacement for North America. The word now represents systemic failure and poverty in the national lexicon.

Cutting Off Aid to Arab World Hurts U.S. Business

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 11.25.2012 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

It would seem reasonable for a government to take a step back from aid pledges to other governments when an international incident involves American deaths. However, discontinuing aid might not make pragmatic sense when considering all of our interests.

What Would Rachel Write: The Top 4 Untold Pesticide Stories

Heather Pilatic | Posted 11.21.2012 | Green
Heather Pilatic

Just as she confronted the paternalism of postwar science, and questioned the paradigm of scientific progress and mastery that defined postwar America, I imagine Carson would today name the most disabling dynamic of our times: corporations running roughshod over democracy.

Punt Now, Pay Later: Why Congress Should Pass the Farm Bill Now

Mark Tercek | Posted 11.21.2012 | Green
Mark Tercek

As rising temperatures and soaring demands for food and energy put more pressure on our planet's resources, we can invest wisely in food and environmental security by helping America's farmers, ranchers and foresters act as good stewards of our lands and waters.

Archaic and Modern

Kátia Abreu | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Kátia Abreu

The Brazilian agricultural intelligence is creating its own imprint of success by respecting the untouchable part of our territory and preserving and maintaining fertile the cultivated part.

How Does Arsenic Get Inside Rice?

Posted 09.20.2012 | Science

By: Life's Little Mysteries Staff Published: 09/19/2012 06:15 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries Arsenic-laced rice products being reported in the n...

Increasing Pollution, Dwindling Options

Donald Carr | Posted 11.19.2012 | Green
Donald Carr

Industrial agriculture, not manufacturing, gas drilling or mining, is the largest contributor to America's water pollution problem.

It's Time to Ask the World's Poor What They Really Want

Ben Leo | Posted 11.18.2012 | Impact
Ben Leo

Groups like ONE are pushing for a What the World Wants Poll, a standardized set of questions that would be answered in both developing and developed countries. The resulting data would give a serious boost of credibility and relevance to the post-2015 framework discussions.

Can Africa Feed Africa?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 11.18.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Why is Africa so "food insecure"? Doesn't it have some 400 million hectares of agricultural land waiting to be cultivated?

Climate Change This Week: Megafarms Grow Climate Change, Rogue Weathergirl, and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.17.2012 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Bad US Policy Boosts Climate Change on US Megafarms, says policy expert Mark Hertgaard at the New York Times, by skewing subsidies towards a few commodity crops that use vast amounts of fossil fuel.

Dem Says She 'Stood Up To' Obama

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics

The Democratic nominee for North Dakota's U.S. Senate seat, Heidi Heitkamp, is saying in a new ad that she "stood up to" President Barack Obama. H...

Can Primates Teach Us How to Do Politics Right?

Kelpie Wilson | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Kelpie Wilson

As crazy as politics seems to us these days, politics actually has its evolutionary roots in the primate use of "tactical deception," which is just as it sounds: the use of deception to manipulate your fellows into giving you what you want.

The Future of Agriculture Is Not Conventional

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 11.11.2012 | Home
Elizabeth McVay Greene

This organic nonsense has to stop. I'd like to request that those who don't know agriculture cease stoking a divisive debate that misses the heart of the problem: We're not sure how we should grow food, and thus we're not sure how to eat.

Organic Food Study 'Missed the Point'

Heather Pilatic | Posted 11.11.2012 | Home
Heather Pilatic

This week's controversy surrounding a Stanford study claiming to have established that organic food is no more nutritious than non-organic illustrates the pitfalls of talking about food issues in a consumer frame.

GOP Rep's Family Took Subsidies He Wants To End

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics

The family of Rep. Jeff Flake, the Republican nominee for Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat, has received farm subsidies under federal programs that he ...

Governor Brown: Don't Let Farmworkers Die From the Heat

Donald Cohen | Posted 10.31.2012 | Green
Donald Cohen

A bill is now on California governor Jerry Brown's desk that will end these brutal practices and save lives. The Humane Treatment for Farm Workers Act (AB 2676) says that agricultural employers must treat farm workers at least as well as animals or face the same criminal penalties.

Farm To Fork Across America: Linus Pauling Institute -- It's All About Science

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Home
Julie Ann Fineman

Our discussions raised critical questions: How do conventional and organic farming and manufacturing processes impact food quality? What toxins are present in raw and processed products? How does milling and cooking alter nutrient composition?

Don't Romanticize Small Farmers -- Some Are Jerks

Tamar Haspel | Posted 10.30.2012 | Home
Tamar Haspel

The destruction of topsoil, the reliance on monocrops, and the web of subsidies for corn and soy are indefensible. Painting big farmers as bad guys and small farmers as good guys doesn't help.

The US Drought: An Opportunity to Rethink the Global Food System

Mia MacDonald | Posted 10.27.2012 | Green
Mia MacDonald

How can the global food system be made sustainable, equitable and climate-compatible? This means agriculture that's resilient against climate change, such as drought -- and that doesn't produce enormous amounts of greenhouse gases.

Climate Change This Week: Climate Flat Earthers, Green Vikings, and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.26.2012 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The Bay State is using less energy per person thanks to smart policy and big investments in programs to save energy. Mitt Romney was part of that legacy, in the good ole days before he flip-flopped and hooked up with Paul Ryan.

Policymakers Are AWOL on Agricultural Challenges

Mark Muller | Posted 10.20.2012 | Green
Mark Muller

Taxpayer-funded Band-Aids are getting expensive and do nothing to address the structural challenges in food and agriculture.

The US Drought and Global Hunger: What We Know and What We Don't

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 10.20.2012 | Impact
Eric Holt Gimenez

The failure of the U.S. corn harvests spells a disaster for the world's poor, but not because the poor eat our corn. They don't eat corn-fed livestock from CAFOs either, nor do they fill up at the pump with ethanol-blended gasoline.

The Climate Post: Crop Damage Sparks Fuel Versus Food Debate

Tim Profeta | Posted 10.17.2012 | Green
Tim Profeta

Dry conditions that continue to grip Midwestern states, damaging crops and threatening to push up food prices, stirred new debate this week after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released crop yield projections capturing the severity of the drought.