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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 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.

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

Michael Zacka | Posted 06.18.2014 | 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 06.16.2014 | 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 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.

Cocoa Is Playing a Positive Role in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
Sharon Kitchens

Joe Whinney of Theo Chocolate with farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo A beloved staple in many a household, chocolate has taken on a riche...

Dianne Feinstein's Unsettling Victory

Peter Getty | Posted 06.20.2014 | Los Angeles
Peter Getty

Why should special provisions be made to ensure plentiful water for surprisingly well-heeled nut farmers when our steelhead and salmon populations are facing collapse?

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...

Your Plate Is the Answer

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.29.2014 | Food
Maria Rodale

If we limit our food purchases to things that we recognize as coming from a farm, foods that are fairly produced and are as local as possible, we will help nudge the system in the right direction, AND it might just be the weight-loss "diet" we've been looking for.

Free the Bees From Forced Slavery!

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

Only each and every one of us making the right choices (demand organic!) can free the bees from forced slavery. And in freeing the bees, we are ensuring a healthy future for us all.

The Dirty Truth Behind Fast Food Lettuce

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Fed Up: Fighting Obesity Together

Nicole Patterson | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Nicole Patterson

Is the food industry to blame for the increasing epidemic of obesity in our society today?

The Most Inspiring Farmer You'll Ever Meet

OWN | Posted 05.27.2014 | OWN

Meet Chris. He's a farmer at Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, Calif., and has been farming his entire life. It's a physically demanding career that ...

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.

Working in Tobacco but Too Young to Smoke

Emma Daly | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Emma Daly

Three-quarters of the children working in tobacco fields we interviewed described symptoms consistent with acute nicotine poisoning, also known as Green Tobacco Sickness.

Investing in our 'AgGems' for Regional Vitality

Sibella Kraus | Posted 07.20.2014 | Green
Sibella Kraus

For a fraction of the dollars moving through the virtual-tech world, the Bay Area's working landscapes could be permanently protected. And the clean air, water and foodsheds that we all rely upon could be safeguarded.

Growing Soybeans in Northern Maine

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Sharon Kitchens

What a farmer sprays on his soybeans this year might have an ill effect on next year's potatoes or small grains.