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Sustainable Agriculture

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

Valerie Kausen | Posted 07.07.2014 | 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 06.27.2014 | 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 06.24.2014 | 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 06.23.2014 | 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 06.23.2014 | 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 06.23.2014 | 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 06.20.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | Food
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 06.16.2014 | 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 06.13.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | Impact
April Zhu

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

Solving California's Water Problems

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Now, halfway through the second decade of the 21st century, we've hit the wall. California is in a drought -- some call it the third year of a drought, but it could also be called the 10th dry year out of the last 13. Even if next year brings some relief, our water problems will remain.

The Untapped Savings in California's Water Supply

Steve Fleischli | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Steve Fleischli

California is facing a historic drought. But a new report from NRDC and the Pacific Institute highlights a lot of ways we can help protect ourselves from water shortages while using water more wisely.

This Is An Unlikely Use For Cow Poop

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.04.2014 | Green

When life gives you lemons, the saying goes, make lemonade. When a cow gives you manure... make clean water? That's the result of new technology t...

Are The Terroir-ists Winning?

Bill Reed | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green
Bill Reed

It's not just that a certain place consistently produces food that tastes the same.

Farmland and Fed Up: Two Documentaries, Two Reactions From Big Food

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.23.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

With these movies, we see two reactions by Big Agriculture and Big Food to documentaries sounding the alarm about America's systemic problems with food, from how it's produced, marketed, and regulated to its final impact on eaters suffering from a growing list of ailments. But both responses are ultimately problematic.

Choosing the Mission-Driven Life

Patrick Struebi | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact
Patrick Struebi

To take the world's future into our hands, we must take our own future into our hands. We must change ourselves by living meaningful, mission-driven lives. Deciding to do so is where social entrepreneurship begins.

Schools for Sustainability Welcomes (SuperMOM and Permaculture Expert) Melissa Miles, Environmental Biologist, to their Team

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

Some women have it all, leaving us wondering, "How DOES she do it?" Melissa Miles is no exception.

Snacks and Storms: Standing on the Sidelines

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

As has been proven over and over again, when enough people come together and urge companies to change how they do business, they listen.

"Walk With Me": What Do the Curses in Leviticus 26 Mean for Us Today?

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 05.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

What do these curses mean, and what can they teach us? It sounds like the message is just that we should be obedient -- but that's not what it means.

How USDA Rubber-Stamps 'Humane' and 'Sustainable' Food Claims

Dena Jones | Posted 05.15.2014 | Green
Dena Jones

When a shopper spends their hard-earned money on meat that is labeled "humanely raised" or "sustainably farmed," it's not unreasonable for them to assume that someone has validated the truthfulness of the claim. In fact, USDA is supposed to be doing it.

Four Inspirational Food Leaders Honored at Growing Green Awards

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.14.2014 | Food
Peter Lehner

Through the efforts of these inspirational educators, practitioners and advocates, we are beginning to make farming and food production more sustainable, and to change the way we eat as a nation.

Advice to New Graduates: Eat Like You Give a Damn

Fedele Bauccio | Posted 07.13.2014 | Food
Fedele Bauccio

One wonders how we ever ended up where we are today. We never voted or ever had a conscious say on the transformation of agriculture from what it used to be to what it has become.

Celebrating Mothers' Role in Building a Healthier Future for Families and Communities

Barry Segal | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Guest Post by Jessie Cronan, executive director of Gardens for Health International, a partner of Segal Family Foundation When Naomi Musabyimana fi...

Will 'Milk Life' Go Global? Big Dairy Sets Its Sights on Asia

Mia MacDonald | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Mia MacDonald

Could the U.S. dairy processors' new slogan, "milk life," make it big in Asia? If dairy multinationals like Nestlé and Danone have their way, the answer might be yes.