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Despite Progress, Long Fight Ahead to Protect Rare Wildlife From Pesticides

Collette Adkins Giese | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Collette Adkins Giese

The Environmental Protection Agency, which is charged with protecting us and the environment from the risks of pesticide use, has failed to assess the impact of literally hundreds of pesticides on our nation's endangered species despite a clear legal requirement to do so.

Eating Healthy in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
John Feffer

It wasn't particularly easy to find vegetarian cooking in Hungary when I was there in 1990. This was the land of goulash and chicken paprikas, after all. So when I met Ferenc Fruhwald in 1990, he was way ahead of the curve.

What Do the Names of Corn Varieties Actually Mean?

Bon Appetit | Posted 08.18.2014 | Taste
Bon Appetit

We're deep in the heart of corn season, with piles of bright-green ears stacked on tables at farmers markets and supermarkets across much of the country.

Got More Herbs Than You Know What to Do With?

Food Politic | Posted 08.18.2014 | Taste
Food Politic

I decided to save herbs in every way possible and had to get creative to find uses for all of my herbs. Here are eight helpful hints I have used to put up your herbs so you can enjoy them year-round.

Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers

Jenna Woginrich | Posted 08.13.2014 | Green
Jenna Woginrich

Let your children grow up to be farmers. Let them know what it is like to be free from fluorescent lights and laser pointer meetings. Let them challenge themselves to be forever resourceful and endlessly clever.

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

Jenny Dewey Rohrich | Posted 08.11.2014 | Food
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.

Q&A With Joe Conway, Author of Get Back Stay Back: 2nd Generation Back-to-the-Landers in Maine

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 08.11.2014 | Taste
Sharon Kitchens

These newcomers face impossibly-priced agricultural land and extreme weather, but with these challenges also comes something the first generation of back-to-the-landers did not have.

A Perfect Summer Day

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 08.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

I made a note to myself when I was standing in the middle of a white peach tree to remember the feeling. I wanted to remember the heavy scent, the branches full of leaves and the ripe fruit in my face, beside me and behind me. I wanted to remember laughing.

Why Labor and Women Are the Keys to India's Economic Success

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Unless the majority of India's workers are sufficiently educated and retrained to fulfill skilled jobs, and unless more women are invited to work, Indian companies will find themselves unable to compete on the world stage or to attract foreign capital for growth. In order to address this, Prime Minister Modi can do three things.

Seeds Mean Freedom: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.29.2014 | 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...

They Ferment For Each Other

Sarah Archer | Posted 07.25.2014 | Taste
Sarah Archer

Their aim is to personally cultivate everything that goes into their jars.

Why Farmer Suicide Rates Are the Highest of Any Occupation

Terezia Farkas | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Terezia Farkas

The next time you're munching on that delicious corn or eating something that comes from a farm, think about this: Suicide rates in farmers are the highest of any occupation. That's an alarming statistic.

An Open Letter From a Farmer to Angry Vegetarians

Jenna Woginrich | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Jenna Woginrich

About once a week I get an email or comment from the Animal Rights contingent. It is expected and usually I do not engage. I need to remember that whe...

Six Surprises About the State of the American Farm

OnEarth | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
OnEarth

A few early-summer visits to the local farmers market are usually all it takes to turn us into cheerleaders for the American farm. But if you really want to know about the current state of farming in the U.S.A., you'll need some real, hard facts.

Seven Years at Katchkie Farm -- and Itching for More!

Liz Neumark | Posted 07.11.2014 | Green
Liz Neumark

Summer 2007. I will never forget the speed with which our neglected acres came to life. Bit by bit, Farmer Bob plowed and nurtured the soil transfor...

Joe Van Brussel

This Family Went To Extraordinary Lengths To Rid Themselves Of 'Stuff'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living

Five years ago, Catherine and Temple Pond led a seemingly picturesque New England life in the small New Hampshire village of Hancock. Their Federal-st...

In Heartland and Beyond, Businesses Get It: Not Cutting Carbon Pollution Is Risky Business

Bob Keefe | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
Bob Keefe

For businesses, not taking action to cut carbon pollution and address climate change is a business risk that can have serious results. According to "Risky Business," the groundbreaking new report by E2 co-chairs Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer, sea-level rise and coastal storms could sap $35 billion out of our economy every year.

Becoming a Global Citizen

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 06.27.2014 | Green
Dr. Laurie Marker

We need to come together as citizens of planet Earth to solve the big issues. One of the biggest is global climate warming, because it is linked to species survival.

Hop Farming in Maine

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
Sharon Kitchens

Unless a brewer uses them in a beer within 48-72 hours of being picked, they need to be dried to a certain water density, they have to be preserved in cold storage, and then pelleted. If this does not happen, they will rot and be useless.

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 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 | 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.

Local Foods: From Fad To Force And What It Means For The Food Industry

Michael Zacka | Posted 08.17.2014 | Food
Michael Zacka

Given the fact that the local foods movement offers consumers so many benefits, sustainably processed and packaged food has an important role to play in supporting the admirable goals of local food advocates and supplementing their needs.

Borlaug Institute Program Offers Optimism and Stability in Democratic Republic of Congo

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
Sharon Kitchens

The community and the soldiers themselves look at their lives differently -- they are not just soldiers, but farmers.

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.