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Dead Zones, Now in More Frightening Detail!

Peter Hanlon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Hanlon

2011-03-10-hypoxia.jpg A new interactive map of oceanic dead zones charts hundreds of areas across the globe where sewage and fertilizer runoff have created areas virtually uninhabitable for most marine life.

Behind Monsanto's Satisfied Farmer Ad Campaign

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

We have two agricultural systems in this country, both claiming to be good for farmers and both claiming to be sustainable.

Amid Holiday Glitter, Food Shines As A Genuine Article Of Faith

Pythia Peay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Pythia Peay

That food can root us in the past while offering hope for the future seems proof of its power to transform. Most of us have experienced the bliss of biting into a dish so divine it thrills alive the soul as well as the body.

Let's Ask Marion Nestle: How Did Junk Food and Obesity Become a Red State / Blue State Debate?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Kerry Trueman

I cornered NYU Professor of Nutrition Marion Nestle to ask why the issues of junk food and obesity have become so incredibly politicized.

Wealthy Ag Lobbies Cry Poor

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Donald Carr

The idea that agribusiness lobbyists don't have the funds to properly "defend" their continuing cornucopia of taxpayer dollars does not even come close to passing the smell test.

No More Sea Shells by the Seashore -- New Evidence of the Impacts of Rising CO2 Levels

Robin Madel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robin Madel

In a new study, clams and scallops that were grown in pre-industrial conditions displayed significantly faster growth and development and had higher survival rates compared to those grown in today's conditions.

Cruelties Destined for Condemnation

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Wayne Pacelle

None of us should be bystanders as animal cruelty persists. By joining in the fight, we can hasten its demise.

The Latest Threat to Industrial Agriculture: The Local Foods Movement?

Carla Wise | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Carla Wise

Something really weird has been happening: seemingly intelligent columnists have been warning of the terrible threat posed by the local foods movemen...

New York Times Writers Speak up for Chickens, Chimps

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Today, the New York Times covers two of the pitched debates in our society about animals -- the controversy over the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research and the industrial confinement of laying hens in cages for egg production.

Paraguay Takes Hard Line on GMOs

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tracy L. Barnett

Paraguay's federal agricultural agency's dramatic destruction of more than 100 acres of transgenic corn has provoked a fiery new round here in the debate about genetically modified crops.

U.S. Scientific Establishment Throws Down Gauntlet to Big Ag

Andrew Gunther | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Andrew Gunther

I don't often find much to cheer about when I read the food and farming news, but a new report from the influential National Research Council on the future of U.S. farming had me reaching for my pom-poms.

Factory vs. Sustainable Pork Production: Two Videos, One Case for Transparency

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Leslie Hatfield

If I'm going to eat something -- especially an animal product -- I want to know as much as I can about where it came from, what it ate, and how it was treated.

ReThink Review: DIRT! The Movie -- Love the Earth, Literally

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Earth Day has come and gone, and while many of us took time to think about our planet, we were probably focused on the things that happen on its surfa...

Green News Report -- April 20, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Rescue & reco...

Moby's New Bedfellows: The Vegan & The Hog Farmer

Jerusha Klemperer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Jerusha Klemperer

How did Moby end up editing a book with a contribution by a sustainable hog farmer? We are at an interesting moment, I think, one in which the vegans are trying a new tact.

The KFC Double Down: One Sandwich To Kill You All (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Mark Morford

Behold, the KFC Double Down sandwich. It is, if you really want to know, two slabs of fried chicken intersliced with two pieces of bacon, two slabs of cheese, and the Colonel's "special sauce."

A Conversation with Anna Lappe on Climate Change, Problems, and Solutions (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

The first thing one notices about Anna Lappe, author of the new book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You ...

Green News Report -- May 18, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Oil, Oil, Tar...

Green News Report -- March 18, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport Now available via Stitcher Radio's way cool app! Listen on your iPhone, Android, Palm Pre and BlackBerry! IN TODAY'S RADIO...

Nicolette Hahn Niman Speaks to Our Broken Food System (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

CUpS caught up with Nicolette Hahn Niman, author of the new book, Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms during her vis...

Five Million Pounds of Bad Meat

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mark Morford

I happened to read a charming, albeit nauseating little news item that tried to skulk by unnoticed recently, wherein it was announced that the Hunting...

Still Another Critic of Real Food - This Time in the NYT

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kurt Michael Friese

We are not idiots and none of us expects to see the brick-by-brick dismantling of McDonald's worldwide. But we live in a world with a billion people starving and another billion overweight. There must be a better way.

Green News Report -- February 9, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: 'Snowpocalypse' in Washington, D.C., but snow-less in Vancouver for the Winter Olympics; Toyota...

It's Election Day: May I Take Your Order?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Think of your ballot as a list of menu options. Would you like your burger with, or without, deadly pathogens?

Can Organic Feed The World? Michael Pollan Answers

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In response to a question about whether we can really feed the world without industrialized ag (ah yes, a perennial), Pollan pointed out that we're no...