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World Health Day: 9 Things We Can All Do

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.02.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

This year, World Health Day focuses on high blood pressure, one of the many chronic diseases that are increasingly common around the world. The Worl...

Honeybees to EPA: Where Is Thy Sting?

OnEarth | Posted 06.02.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Scott Dodd, OnEarth The list of fruits, vegetables, and field crops that rely on honeybees for pollination is truly astonishing: apples, avocados, ...

Climate Change This Week: China's Choice, Climate Punch, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.01.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

China's Choice: Cut Coal Or Dry Up says a new report highlighting how coal mining and combustion technologies there are drinking up scarcer water supp...

The Growing Need for Local-Living Communities

David Norman | Posted 06.01.2013 | Impact
David Norman

By serving the local communities, creating wealth and facilitating education, we can tackle the problem at its heart and provide a simple solution to a growing global concern.

How the Poultry Industry Is Grinding Up Workers' Health and Rights

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Michelle Chen

Bitter hardships are stowed far away from the millions of super-clean, ultra-cheap drumsticks that will end up on American dinner tables tonight. Countless consumers will enjoy their meals without any conception of how perfectly the poultry industry masks the true price of its brutal efficiency.

Congress's Affair With Ethanol: Love Gone Wrong?

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.28.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Knowing what's behind Congress's passion for ethanol as a fuel is not quite as inscrutable as knowing what sparks romantic love, so let's look at some possibilities.

What Are the BRICS Building in Africa?

Ian Scoones | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Ian Scoones

To understand the new encounters in development cooperation brought by the BRICS and others, we have to get to grips with the details, and the cultural, social and political relations at play, as well as the wider political economy that structures such engagements.

Time for Recognition: Building on the Progress at CSW57 to Empower Women in Agriculture

Anette Engelund Friis | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Anette Engelund Friis

Despite their massive contribution to food security, the yield gap between men and women is still 20-30 percent mostly due to the lack of resources available to female farmers who are often subject to lower wages and minimal (if any) training, and who are crucially left out of high-level policy-making.

The True Cost of Industrialized Food

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.27.2013 | Green
Beverly Bell

It seems an irresistibly good deal, our 99¢ soda or $1.50 loaf of bread. But these prices represent just a fraction of the true costs of getting that soda and bread into our shopping bags. We pay for the hidden costs of the corporate food supply chain in multiple ways, not all of them financially.

USDA StrikeForce: Expanding Partnerships and Opportunity in Rural Communities

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

Unfortunately, 90 percent of America's persistent poverty counties are in rural America -- and we can't allow these areas to be left behind. This week, USDA is further expanding a program to partner with rural communities on projects they support to promote economic growth.

Worker suffocations persist as grain storage soars, employers flout safety rules

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.25.2013 | Impact
The Center for Public Integrity

By Jim Morris and Howard BerkesThe Center for Public IntegrityMT. CARROLL, Ill. - Will Piper and Alex Pacas were being buried alive.It was July 28, ...

Climate Change This Week: Big Bad Drought, Flowing Batteries, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.24.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

You Know That Big Bad US Drought of 2012? It Will Likely Worsen in 2013, says NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as it continu...

Who Will Feed the World?

Evelyn J. Kim | Posted 05.22.2013 | Green
Evelyn J. Kim

While Harttung and Stein highlighted the infrastructural and supply chain issues with regard to food security, what does this mean when it comes to the actual food that people eat? Turn to the chef.

Giving Employers Their Cake and Letting Them Eat It, Too

Christopher Dutton, VMD | Posted 05.22.2013 | College
Christopher Dutton, VMD

Colleges can -- and should -- do more to prepare students for "the real world." We can chop up our lessons a bit and create short intense courses that work well with full time jobs. We can create partnerships with employers that offer student programs that are "half work, half school."

Preparing for Spring in New York

Carolyna De Laurentiis | Posted 05.20.2013 | Taste
Carolyna De Laurentiis

For those of us whose shopping lists vary by the season, our taste buds can grow a bit frustrated around this time of year. But no one is looking forward to spring as much as farmers in the tri-state area.

What I Tell My Students

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I have taught sporadically at several universities. My latest teaching is at Pitzer College that prides itself for its liberal and environmental value...

Antibiotic Sales Data: A Tale of Two Medicines

Richard A. Carnevale, VMD | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Richard A. Carnevale, VMD

While the total volume of antibiotics is higher in animals as might be expected from the sheer size of animal populations, the percentage of the various classes of antibiotics shows marked differences between animals and humans.

How to Triple Food Production in Africa

Pedro A. Sanchez | Posted 05.19.2013 | Impact
Pedro A. Sanchez

Food production is beginning to increase in Africa. The specter of massive hunger by a world population of 10 billion in 2050 is not as large as it once was.

Farm On Wheels (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 05.19.2013 | Good News
Bus 52

Many a school bus has been re-purposed, giving it a life well beyond that of carrying children back and forth from school each day. However, few have ...

From Parking Lot to Paradise - the Revenge of Urban Agriculture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.17.2013 | Green
Charles A. Birnbaum

Urban agriculture during my baby boomer childhood in New York City, when postwar agricultural production became increasingly industrialized, amounted ...

Climate Change This Week: Earth Shoots UP on GHG, Biggest Security Threat, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.17.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Global Warming Gases Spike in 2012, packing in the second highest yearly amount recorded yet, reports Alex Kirby at Climate News Network, while fellow...

Haiti: A Hope, a Promise and an Opportunity

Dan Glickman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Progress is being made and worldwide government and humanitarian efforts have been helpful. The U.S. needs to keep the pressure on the Haitian government to maintain the development of its democratic institutions.

Climate Change This Week: Frying Earth, Sustainable Solar, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.10.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Just How Fast is Earth Warming? About 50x Faster Than Before, a new study that reconstructs the fine grained climate history since the Ice Age 11,000+...

On International Women's Day, Celebrate and Empower the Female Face of Farming

Anette Engelund Friis | Posted 05.08.2013 | World
Anette Engelund Friis

A significant share of rural households in all regions are headed by women and women are engaged in unpaid family work, meaning rural women on average work much longer hours than men.

Positively Disrupting the Global Community

Melinda Gates | Posted 05.06.2013 | World
Melinda Gates

Disruption is often unwelcome. But some disruption can be a positive -- even vital -- catalyst for change. That is why I am so thrilled about this year's TEDxChange theme of "positive disruption."