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Fear the Fear

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 12.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Digital Art: I.Rimanoczy A few months ago, Katrin Muff, dean of the Business School Lausanne, Switzerland, guided a room filled with hundreds of dean...

Is Food Security Breaking Through in Paris Climate Talks?

Frank Rijsberman | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
Frank Rijsberman

The latest news from Paris is cautiously optimistic that we will have an agreement by Friday. What does it mean for agriculture and food security? Although the French government has shown great leadership championing agriculture at COP21, it is not yet really on the table for the negotiators.

Quit Treating Soil Like Dirt

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 12.06.2015 | Green
Pierre Ferrari

United Nations designated the entire year the International Year of Soils. And today is World Soil Day. As helpful as soil is to keeping humans alive, we humans haven't taken very good care of this precious, non-renewable resource.

How One New York Woman Is Changing The City's Composting Game

Rebecca Louie | Posted 11.19.2015 | Green
Rebecca Louie

"Perhaps there could be a way to compost for credits toward fresh produce. Really, New Yorkers need to buy what they can consume and stop producing so much waste in the first place."

Compost: To Turn Or Not To Turn

Rebecca Louie | Posted 11.04.2015 | Green
Rebecca Louie

Anyone who has passively nurtured a pile (i.e. just let it sit there) knows that it can take months, if not years, for a mini mountain of food scraps and landscaping waste to become luscious black gold.

On World Food Day, Look At Amazing Photos Of Soil Around The World

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.16.2015 | World

Friday Oct. 16 is World Food Day, a moment for people around the world to come together and reaffirm their commitment to eradicating global food insec...

Goats, Chickens and Compost: Volunteering With Earth Matter on Governors Island

Rebecca Louie | Posted 09.16.2015 | Green
Rebecca Louie

I started volunteering with Earth Matter several years ago because I was drawn to the chickens, rabbits and goats. Aggressive squirrels, threatening rats and dive-bombing pigeons made up most of my wildlife interactions in NYC, and I longed to be around creatures more friendly and fun.

California Can Save Our Planet

Marco Antonio Regil | Posted 08.11.2016 | Green
Marco Antonio Regil

President Obama's Clean Power Plan sets achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. However, just reducing carbon dioxide emissions isn't enough.

250 Must-Follow Twitter Feeds For Every Food Activist

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 08.04.2016 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

Whether you have found a chef that speaks to your soul or want to learn more about organic agriculture, Twitter has proven to be a powerful platform f...

Ecologist-in-Chief Urges Changes in Production and Consumption

Diana Donlon | Posted 06.19.2016 | Green
Diana Donlon

By taking a strong stance on climate change, Pope Francis shows not only his concern for all of creation, but his particular concern for the poor. Investing in soil health especially in dry parts of the world will help to meet the food and water needs of millions.

From Farm to Patient: How One Medical Facility is Rethinking Hospital Food

NationSwell | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

The words "hospital food" usually inspire thoughts of rubbery jello and syrupy fruit cups. But the St. Luke's University Health Network in Easton, Pa. is doing its best to change that. In the fall of 2013, it teamed up with the Rodale Institute.

Composting With Coppola at Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize

Rebecca Louie | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Rebecca Louie

With such bounty, keeping the soil healthy is key. How does the Blancaneaux team do it? Compost, compost, compost! During a private garden tour, I learned about the resort's super soil practices, large-scale compost strategy, and gardening techniques.

An Awesome, Under-Recognized Opportunity to Act on Climate

Diana Donlon | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green
Diana Donlon

As a plant-lover I've always appreciated healthy soil, but it wasn't until I heard a rancher named Richard King explain how rebuilding the organic matter in soils has the potential to store tons of atmospheric carbon that I got true religion.

GMO Pesticide Propaganda Machine Continues to Bamboozle

David Bronner | Posted 04.30.2015 | Green
David Bronner

It's past time that mainstream media cut through the flak of GMO pesticide industry propaganda, and connect the dots that GMOs = pesticide companies engineering food crops to sell more volume of more kinds of more toxic weed killer.

What to Do With Our Bodies After We Die

Katrina Spade | Posted 04.25.2015 | Green
Katrina Spade

The Urban Death Project is developing a new option which may appeal to those among us who want to minimize environmental harm and give something back to the earth when we die.

Top 5 Food Trends To Watch In 2015

Peter Lehner | Posted 03.11.2015 | Green
Peter Lehner

The FDA should recognize the latest science and get dangerous chemicals out of food packaging, and young farmers will embrace a new climate-conscious paradigm in farming that makes healthy soil a priority.

Love Will Save My Place

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 02.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I.Rimanoczy I was reading the controversial Canadian journalist Naomi Klein's latest book This Changes Everything, recommended by a colleague ...

Healthier Soils Will Give Us - and the Planet -- a Healthier Century

Dr. Robert T. Fraley | Posted 02.07.2015 | Science
Dr. Robert T. Fraley

The soil clearly must be protected, and to do that, we need to understand it. But we're making great strides now, and they're going to make agriculture more productive and sustainable -- better for us and the earth.

Top Soil Could Be Gone In 60 Years If Degradation Continues, UN Official Warns

Reuters | Chris Arsenault | Posted 02.04.2015 | Green

ROME, Dec 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue ...

Effects of Climate Change in My Backyard

Irene Monroe | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Irene Monroe

Understanding the interconnections and interdependence needed for a healthy planet to live and the global and collective work needed to fix the damage done is not just a backyard issue, but rather an LGBTQ one, too.

We Can Reverse Climate Change By The Way We Grow Food

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

Beyond "stemming" the effects of climate change on agriculture however, the way we produce food has the potential to substantially address and even reverse many of the root causes driving climate change.

Digging for Solutions in the Ground Beneath Our Feet

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 08.24.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

One of the most overlooked ingredients in farming exists right beneath farmers' feet -- healthy, fertile soils.

Drop Into Your Ancientness

Miriam Ava | Posted 08.18.2014 | Arts
Miriam Ava

walk the lavender fields of Provence through the grains of earth at lilac dawn when clouds are opalescent air barefoot drop into the sweetness that i...

Financial Stability on the Farm: John Reganold Is a 2014 NRDC Growing Green Award Winner

Claire O'Connor | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green
Claire O'Connor

If you ever visit Washington State University's certified organic teaching farm, chances are you'll find Regents Professor John Reganold there, bent over and closely examining a handful of soil, but don't mistake him for being myopic.

'We Don't Know What Normal Is Anymore': Confronting Extreme Weather on U.S. Farms

Claire O'Connor | Posted 07.03.2014 | Green
Claire O'Connor

So how will we confront the climate challenge facing American farmers? Will we ignore the ominous reality of climate change? Or will we take steps to improve farms' resiliency to extreme weather and prevent the worst impacts of climate change?