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Sustainable Agriculture

Fixing the Food System From the Base of the Supply Chain

Don Shaffer | Posted 09.12.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Social equity in the food supply chain was a strong thread running through the annual Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders forum this June in Denver.

Economy or Environment? We Need Both.

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 09.11.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

I remember as a kid walking the fields with my grandfather. He said, "No man has the right to take more from the land than the land itself can withstand." That balanced approach made sense to me when I was six, and it still makes sense to me today.

Raised to Farm

Ken Cook | Posted 08.28.2014 | Green
Ken Cook

Working with nature is not simple. But you can make a good living at it when you get your business model and growing system in place.

Science Academy Falters in Launch of New GE Study

Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman

As I looked over the bios provided on NRC's webpage, I quickly realized that the Council appears to have a pretty poor idea of how to carry out such a challenging, complex and multifaceted study. In fact, this week 67 scientists and researchers publicly rebuked the NRC for failing, right at the outset, to put together a slate of experts equipped for the task.

What Are Pesticides, and Why Do We Use Them on the Farm?

Jenny Dewey Rohrich | Posted 08.11.2014 | Home
Jenny Dewey Rohrich

When people talk about using chemicals on the farm, oftentimes they use the word "pesticides." To people outside agriculture, pesticides tends to be the catch-all category for any and all chemical compound we spray on our crops. And honestly, that is far from the truth.

The 'Perfect Storm' Behind Toledo's Toxic Tap Water

Terrance Heath | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Toledo's water crisis is over, for now, but the "perfect storm" that created it rages on.

Betting on Resilience: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Alena Hall

This Peace Corps Couple Turned A Volunteer Project In Africa Into Their Life's Mission

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact

Peace Corps volunteers Cynthia Hellmann and Gregory Flatt didn’t anticipate falling in love in Mali nearly 15 years ago. They also didn't plan on de...

A Sustainable Approach to Combating Human Trafficking

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

Although today is the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the issue of human trafficking is hardly a novel one; rather, this crime has sadly survived and thrived for thousands of years.

What You Never Realized About Rural Poverty And Your Food

Julie Peachey | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Julie Peachey

Of the 7 billion people on earth, 1.3 billion people farm the food and raw materials we consume. Despite being our "most valuable citizens," a disproportionate number of farmers suffer from the consequences of poverty.

"USDA-Approved" Conservation Innovation

David Bank | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
David Bank

Paying farmers to store carbon in untilled prairie. Stimulating demand for wooden "plyscrapers." Creating markets for nutrient and temperature credits. This is not your grandparents' Department of Agriculture.

To Find Your Mission, Disrupt Your Life

Patrick Struebi | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact
Patrick Struebi

Curiosity, joy, integrity, clarity of commitment -- all of these are essential to social entrepreneurship in its deepest sense. But I had to disrupt my life and take a risk in order to rediscover them.

How To Feed More People Without Wrecking The Environment

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green

By some assessments, the human population will require twice as much food in 2050 as we do now. Some have estimated that an area the size of South Af...

Locally Grown Foods Becoming More Popular, Mainstream

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore. A growing network of companie...

Join the Revolution -- It's Not What You Think

Valerie Kausen | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Valerie Kausen

When I look around at the state of the world: the wars, the debilitating addiction to technology, massive species die-off, ocean destruction and overu...

How To Make Mindfulness A Long-Term Habit

Rachel Verlik | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Verlik

As I age, I recognize how important daily periods of reflection and quiet are. Whether you refer to it as prayer, meditation, reflection, or other, it allows the rest necessary to rejuvenate and see other possibilities. It is one of many ingredients that help my inner garden thrive.

India's Rare Chance to Redefine Capitalism

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Given that many international businesses are themselves widening their view of capitalism and prioritizing corporate social responsibility, India would be justified in demanding balanced behavior from companies in exchange for the opportunity to profit from the nation's economic potential.

Green Wine Labels May Send the Wrong Signal

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

For some wine lovers, going green means sacrificing quality, according to a recent study conducted by UCLA researchers on eco-labeled wines.

Family Wineries More Likely to Be Environmentally Sustainable Too

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

Family owners who intend to pass down their businesses to the next generation are more likely to invest in sustainable practices than non-family business owners, according to a study published in Family Business Review.

Why The Makers of Animal Growth Hormones Shouldn't Control the Hunger Debate

Andy Bellatti | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
Andy Bellatti

As long as the conversation about world hunger continues to center around -- and be dominated by -- the myth that we are not growing enough food, we can expect the problem to get worse.

Open Letter to African Union Heads of State

Kanayo F. Nwanze | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Kanayo F. Nwanze

As Africans, we are tired of caricatures. But we are also tired of waiting to be led toward the one Africa we all want -- the Africa that can and should be. We know the real Africa, filled with possibilities, dignity and opportunities. Never has the time been more right for us to finally realize our full potential.

What Is Our Narrative?

Melody Meyer | Posted 08.19.2014 | Home
Melody Meyer

I chance to say this new type of industrial agriculture isn't modern at all but a development of the notion that we can conquer nature rather than be in harmony with her. Modern agriculture has not yet been conceived in its fullest sense.

The White Stuff That Comes From Cows

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 08.16.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Exploding demand for milk and dairy products around the world and especially in China has created a dynamic market.

You Need to Know: How Climate Change Affects The Food System

Eve Turow | Posted 08.13.2014 | Green
Eve Turow

Some smallholder farms are already practicing innovative farming techniques like growing indigenous plants that protect natural resources like water, and improve the density of nutrients in crops.

Kenya's GM Ban and the Future of GM Policy in Africa

April Zhu | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
April Zhu

A quickly executed blanket ban destroys nuance in the GM issue -- something that the international GM debate desperately needs.