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Farming Better, Eating Better: On the Ground Solutions From the Growing Green Awards

Peter Lehner | Posted 07.23.2012 | Green
Peter Lehner

Brown succeeds because he loves his work, he loves his land, and he believes that by making his ranch more sustainable, he's doing the right thing, for his family and his faith.

Stop Excluding Women From Farmer Business Associations, Field School Training

Dr. Rekha Mehra | Posted 07.20.2012 | Impact
Dr. Rekha Mehra

Women farmers work hard to grow food for themselves and their families, and for sale. They plant and tend, fertilize and weed, harvest and process -- in short, do all it takes to produce a crop. But they don't get much in return.

Start Your Own Modern Homestead

Maria Rodale | Posted 07.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Robyn Jasko, cofounder of Grow Indie With the rise in food costs, pesticides, and GMOs there's never been a better or more important...

Conservation Lessons of the Dust Bowl

Mark Tercek | Posted 07.07.2012 | Green
Mark Tercek

It marked the peak of the American Dust Bowl, a nine-year period that destroyed farmlands, blackened skies and left millions homeless.

Working Kids... to Disability and Death

Bruce Lesley | Posted 07.04.2012 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

According to a report in the Journal of Pediatrics, approximately 26,650 youth are injured on farms every year. Of these injuries, more than 3,700 require hospitalization. Now, passing the CARE Act is even more important.

The Obama Administration Is Wrong to Deny American Farmers a Profitable Crop

Eric Steenstra | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Eric Steenstra

Despite growing consumer demand for these eco-friendly and healthy products, the U.S. remains the only industrialized nation in the world that allows the importation and sale of hemp raw materials and finished goods, but bans its farmers from growing the crop.

Return to Bountiful

Liz Neumark | Posted 07.02.2012 | Home
Liz Neumark

Typically, Mother Nature reveals herself one treasure at a time -- this year it is an explosion of near-simultaneous arrival. Every farmer is shaking his or her head, just wondering what lies ahead this season.

One Woman's Journey Around the World for a Good Cause

Erin Bernhardt | Posted 07.02.2012 | Good News
Erin Bernhardt

Betty Londergan's idea was to give away $100 a day for 365 days. She wanted to give to and highlight non-profits that most people had not yet heard about.

Feeding the World Through Smarter Agriculture

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.30.2012 | Impact
Mark Tercek

How can we meet the world's increasing demands for food, water and energy without degrading the natural systems we depend on for survival?

Dave Jamieson

White House Caves On Controversial Regulations | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Facing political pressure from Republicans and farming groups, the White House has decided to scrap rules proposed last year that would ...

Visit to a Rare Wasabi Farm (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 06.26.2012 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

There are only four wasabi farms in North America. The wasabi plant is difficult to grow commercially, and because of its value, these farms tend to be hidden from public view.

Falling in Love... With Dirt

Craig McCord | Posted 06.17.2012 | Green
Craig McCord

Paul Quinn College recently abandoned its football program and converted the field into a working organic farm maintained by the students themselves.

Should Young Farmers Be Exempt From a National Draft?

Jenna Woginrich | Posted 06.16.2012 | Green
Jenna Woginrich

Would you be willing to grow or raise your own food in a time of national emergency such as war? Do you even know how?

Three Ideas for the Food Movement (Small, Medium and Large)

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 06.16.2012 | Green
Jedediah Purdy

Around the country, farming states are passing "ag-gag" laws that punish activists who record and share horrific scenes from inside confined feeding operations and slaughterhouses. The reason is clear: when people get a good look at these scenes, they don't like them.

Matt Sledge

Richard Mourdock: Sen. Dick Lugar's Ethanol Policies Making You Pay More For Gas | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.12.2012 | Politics

Facing a fierce primary challenge this year from the right, Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar found himself accused Wednesday night of driving up gas prices ...

New Williams-Sonoma Line To Bring Mushroom Logs, Kombucha Kits To All

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 04.05.2012 | Home

Good news for green thumbs everywhere: On Thursday Williams-Sonoma launches an agrarian line on its website and in six stores nationwide on April 9th....

Four Ways The Farm Bill Can Make You Crazy

Dan Imhoff | Posted 06.02.2012 | Home
Dan Imhoff

A rational, coherent blueprint for a healthy national food supply might be too much to ask. But after years of studying the Farm Bill, I'd be thrilled to see a dent made in four of its most glaring conflicts of purpose.

Citing "Tradition," Big Ag Fights Reforms for Child Farmworkers

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Child labor is a symptom of a monstrous blight across the food system: consumers relish cheap prices and companies reap profits, and workers pay the human cost.

What's Worse than Early Spring? Early Spring Followed by a Freeze

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

When I recently cautioned that we shouldn't be so giddy about warmer-than-normal temperatures in March, people called me a killjoy, a wet blanket, a nattering nabob of negativism, and worse. I now have more bad news.

Farming 101: Growing Pains

Leona Palmer | Posted 05.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Leona Palmer

Farming, I'm learning, is one part obstacle course, one part adventurous labor camp, and two parts planning, guesswork, and abrupt problem-solving.

Dave Jamieson

Ag-Friendly Dems Join GOP In Opposing Child Labor Rules | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans have stepped up their efforts to block new rules from the Obama administration that would limit the work kids can do on farm...

Deepak Chopra and Vandana Shiva Talk Seeds and GMOs

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 05.26.2012 | Green
Alison Rose Levy

By surveying the versatile ecology of cow dung, even urban dwellers, like me, can see the earthy pragmatism embedded in the Indian worship of cows (and indeed all life) as sacred.

Superbug Suit: Antibiotics Victory Will Preserve Medicines for Sick People, Not Healthy Livestock

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.26.2012 | Green
Peter Lehner

While conscientious doctors do their best to limit the use of unnecessary antibiotics, the livestock industry continued its indiscriminate use of these powerful medicines.

What's Your Water footprint? Water Security, Global Health and Chocolate Bars

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 05.23.2012 | Impact
Dr. Layla McCay

Unless we're one of the (mostly) women and girls who spend 200 million hours a year fetching it from wells or rivers, we have no particular incentives to ration water -- and it's running out.

Lynne Peeples

Superbug Suit: FDA To Address Antibiotic Overuse In Livestock, Protect Public Health | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.23.2012 | Green

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration must act on scientific knowledge that the overuse of antibiotics in food animals has contributed to the rise of ...