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Should Companies Patent Life?

Judy Frankel | Posted 11.09.2013 | Technology
Judy Frankel

Before we march off into this dark future where the source of our food comes from companies that would like to control all seed and food supplies, remember to find a congressman who would vote against the TPP.

Life and Death on My Animal Farm

Bob Comis | Posted 11.05.2013 | Green
Bob Comis

My feelings about life are in direct contradiction to my actions in regards to the lives of these animals, or, more specifically, to their deaths. I am never more than a thought or two away from remembering that I kill for a living.

One Of The Most Important Women In The Farmworker Movement Has Died

AP | Posted 11.04.2013 | Latino Voices

FRESNO, Calif. -- Jessie Lopez De La Cruz, a longtime leader in the national farmworker movement, has died. She was 93. The United Farmworkers of Ame...

What Sustainable Islands Teach Us

Kyle Datta | Posted 11.04.2013 | Hawaii
Kyle Datta

How can humanity manage someday to support more than 9 billion lives on one small planet -- an island floating in an ocean of space -- without destroying the environment? Can our energy systems operate solely on renewable energy and still be affordable? Can we truly feed ourselves from local agriculture and maintain the diets of developed countries?

Farming Taught Me That the Ordinary Life Is Worth Living

Bob Comis | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Bob Comis

For most of my life, all of my life, in fact, I have had an intense desire to be extraordinary -- not just to stand out from the crowd. But is in the very ordinariness of farming that I have found contentment.

Dethroning the King Amendment

Paul Shapiro | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Paul Shapiro

Whether one cares about states' rights (as King's own party proclaims), decency toward animals, or laws to prevent fires -- and firefighter deaths -- it seems there's something about the King amendment that's odious to just about everyone.

Our Lives in the Balance

Brian Snyder | Posted 10.27.2013 | Green
Brian Snyder

The more we do to sanitize our environment of all pathogens, while also accepting the rampant use of complex agricultural chemicals to control so-called "pests," the less able we are to fend off disease of all kinds in more natural ways, which then increases our own dependence on modern pharmaceuticals to keep from being sick.

Tech Is Growing the Food Community

Lee Schneider | Posted 10.23.2013 | Green
Lee Schneider

Why would it matter to share knowledge about plants? Because when you're talking crops, you're talking food. PlantVillage, a new app, creates connection between people who want information about the food they grow.

For African Farmers, Talk Is Cheap But Information Is Priceless

Katy Wilson | Posted 10.21.2013 | Technology
Katy Wilson

Despite problems in the delivery, the value of this information cannot be overestimated. Information is crucial if farmers are to boost lagging productivity seen in much of sub-Saharan Africa, engage more with markets and adapt to coming challenges.

How You Can Help Start A Farm

Posted 08.20.2013 | Taste

This Kickstarter is making waves in pastured farming.

Farming for Good: Why Work Is Essential for Teens to Develop and Leave Poverty

Jesse Bilger | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Jesse Bilger

Jennifer is one of five teenagers spending her summer days at Philadelphia's Lutheran Settlement House as part of the Teens 4 Good program. Every morning, she arrives ready to work the patch of green in the heart of the city. But every night, she returns to the homeless shelter for women where she's living now.

The Yoga of Ecology: The Garden of Seven Gates

Chris Fici | Posted 10.19.2013 | Green
Chris Fici

I am more convinced than ever that to work and create earth-centered ecologically-sound communities and local food cultures, grounded in the timeless wisdom of ancient spiritual tradition, is the most vital justice work of our time and also the true spiritual revolution of our time.

Where Do You Go to Renew?

Jessica Keener | Posted 10.12.2013 | Travel
Jessica Keener

I like that it takes time and effort, and a measure of discomfort to arrive at this beautiful, sequestered place. As I cross multiple state lines and head south to the farm, I undergo a process of shedding.

The Yoga of Ecology: The Teaching Garden

Chris Fici | Posted 10.07.2013 | Green
Chris Fici

The Teaching Garden is an example of small-scale biodiversity, empowering the local community with local food culture.

A Conference for Bakers

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 10.02.2013 | Green
Sharon Kitchens

After all, just because a fast food joint sells "apple pie" doesn't mean it is the same thing as the pie your family makes at home from scratch with locally sourced apples.

Farmworkers Face Silent Spring in the Fields

Michelle Chen | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Some lawmakers in Washington may be losing sleep in the coming weeks as they mull over proposed immigration reform legislation. But many migrant child...

Norman Wirzba: Food and Salvation (Video)

Travis Reed | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion
Travis Reed

What does food and land have to do with salvation? Norman Wirzba invites us into healing and restoration through the reconciliation of the land, our food and with our neighbors.

The Yoga of Ecology: A Day in the Life of the Green Wheeling Initiative

Chris Fici | Posted 09.24.2013 | Green
Chris Fici

He tells me that the coal residue on the road is highly toxic yet there is no regulation for its safe disposal, if such a thing exists. He tells me that the air in this part of the country is dirtier, because of the coal residue, than it is in my home locale of Manhattan.

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.

Climate Change and the Church

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

The crisis of global warming is the great granddaddy of all cultural crises. I care about gay marriage. Gun control looms large in my thinking. But such concerns shrivel in importance when I consider the fact that our planet may soon no longer sustain life as we know it.

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.

LA Planning Commission: South LA Community, Part 2

Tezozomoc | Posted 09.21.2013 | Los Angeles
Tezozomoc

The South LA community is highly concerned over the lack of regulatory oversight and analysis of the soil contamination at the proposed site.

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.

Manure Hit Farms WAY Earlier Than Previously Thought, Study Shows

| Michael Balter | Posted 07.17.2013 | Science

Europe's first farmers helped spread a revolutionary way of living across the continent. They also spread something else. A new study reveals that th...

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.