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Sustainable Agriculture

The Real Reason To Buy Organic

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 12.06.2011 | Home

If you ask most people why they buy organic, they say that they think organic produce is healthier and tastes better. But studies have consistently un...

Sustainability and Behavioral Change

Soren Petersen | Posted 12.05.2011 | Green
Soren Petersen

Imagine how the creation of multiple small and large clever solutions can impact everyday user behaviors and alter them in ways that ultimately help our world.

Sustainable Food Comes of Age

Tensie Whelan | Posted 11.23.2011 | Green
Tensie Whelan

It's hard to pinpoint an exact definition or an exact beginning of the sustainable food movement. No doubt human beings everywhere have always sought...

Will Sustainable Farms Survive in Flood-Prone New York?

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Alison Rose Levy

In these upstate regions in Ulster, Sullivan, and Delaware counties, there's a new breed of organic and sustainable farming.

Group Tries To Get Blacks Interested In Farming

AP | By GOSIA WOZNIACKA | Posted 11.16.2011 | Home

FRESNO, Calif. -- As the sun rises on tilled soil on the outskirts of Fresno, Calif., Mori Vance bends to pick black eyed peas, then disappears among ...

New Agriculture Needs Out from Under the Corporate Thumb

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 11.14.2011 | Green
Elizabeth McVay Greene

Growing Power is part of the reason New Agriculture finally feels accessible, but their decision to take support from a corporate giant places them squarely within the corporate framework.

If You Eat, You Better Get GIPSA

Dave Murphy | Posted 11.07.2011 | Home
Dave Murphy

The GIPSA rules would create a fair marketplace for farmers to sell their livestock without fear of retaliation from packers and integrators, require packers to maintain written records over price deviations and prevent undue preferences.

New Documentary Tries To Argue For Sustainability Without Polemics

Posted 11.07.2011 | Home

American Meat is by no means the first movie to make a case for sustainable husbandry. 2006's fictional adaptation of Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Natio...

Laurie David on Why Sitting Down to a Meal Is Such a Big Deal

Kerry Trueman | Posted 11.01.2011 | Home
Kerry Trueman

"We have to alleviate the pressure on ourselves that dinner has to be this fancy affair, three courses and a homemade apple pie. If you're having peanut butter and jelly on whole grain, that's good enough."

Willie Nelson Covers Coldplay For Chipotle

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.31.2011 | Home

Looks like we can now feel even better about ourselves for eating Chipotle more than once a week. Thanks, Willie Nelson! The Chipotle Cultivate Fou...

Memories of a Life Spent Saving Seeds

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 10.26.2011 | Home
Kurt Michael Friese

Very few people in Iowa have had a greater impact on the movement to protect real food than Diane Ott Whealy, the author of a new memoir detailing a life obsessed with seeds and soil, farm and family.

Eat Like A Pro Football Player

Andrew Gunther | Posted 10.19.2011 | Healthy Living
Andrew Gunther

Ever heard of the phrase "you are what you eat?" Well, no one takes this more seriously than today's top athletes.

Worldwatch Report Focuses on China's Green Future

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 10.19.2011 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

China's environmental problems remain a cause for global concern, as climate change continues to reduce agricultural production and create instability in world food prices.

Why Martin Luther King's Son Doesn't Eat Meat

Josh Tetrick | Posted 10.07.2011 | Green
Josh Tetrick

We might feel anger by the comparison implicit in invoking racism and animal protection. After all, Nelson Mandela didn't move the nation of South Africa to secure the rights of mother pigs or egg-laying chickens.

What Can the Horn of Africa Do in the Face of Severe Droughts?

Vinod Thomas | Posted 10.04.2011 | World
Vinod Thomas

Given the unfortunate recurrence of droughts in the Horn of Africa, there is urgency in investing and maintaining drought resilient agriculture and agribusiness.

Why Are Young, Educated Americans Going Back to the Farm?

Turnstyle | Posted 10.02.2011 | Green

Photo Credit: Nelson Harvey/Turnstyle Two farmers smile in Paonia, Colorado. Originally published on, a digital information servi...

Why Are Young, Educated Americans Going Back to the Farm?

Turnstyle | Posted 10.02.2011 | Green

Photo Credit: Nelson Harvey/Turnstyle Two farmers smile in Paonia, Colorado. Originally published on, a digital information servi...

Congress's Short-Sighted Farm Policy

Dan Morgan | Posted 09.19.2011 | Green
Dan Morgan

This summer, agriculture is again center stage in the policy debate. There's plenty of fat and waste in the farm programs, but there's also an urgent need for a new vision of American farming in the 21st century.

Lynne Peeples

Battling Agricultural Pests With Natural Weapons | Lynne Peeples | Posted 09.12.2011 | San Francisco

The 15 million wasp eggs scattered across neighborhoods in Sacramento and San Luis Obispo counties represent a rare return to historical methods of pe...

Undercover Investigation of a Dog Factory Farm

Josh Tetrick | Posted 09.11.2011 | Green
Josh Tetrick

Last week, the animal protection organization Mercy For Animals released a video taken undercover by an employee wearing a hidden camera at a dog fact...

Building a Humane Economy

Josh Tetrick | Posted 09.10.2011 | Green
Josh Tetrick

Compassion now has a market. And we're seeing even wider cracks in the system of factory farming, including this week's historic agreement between the Humane Society of the United States and the egg industry.

It's Time for a Closer Look at "Remarkable Indonesia"

Perry Yeatman | Posted 08.30.2011 | World
Perry Yeatman

The first time I was in Indonesia was about 20 years ago. At the time I think the tourism slogan was something like "Amazing Indonesia." And in many w...

Dog: The Other White Meat

Josh Tetrick | Posted 08.26.2011 | Home
Josh Tetrick

Why save dogs, but eat other animals? Pigs are more intelligent. They can dream, recognize their own names, fetch a tennis ball, and lead social lives of a complexity previously observed only in primates. Some even enjoy cuddling.

How Smartphones Can Safeguard The Future Of Agriculture

Deborah Bassett | Posted 08.26.2011 | Impact
Deborah Bassett

Ugandan farmers can now access important information at their fingertips. Photo: Karl Muth What does mobile phone technology have to do with farmer...

Where Are You?

Josh Tetrick | Posted 08.22.2011 | Home
Josh Tetrick

Where are you? Three rows of masks hang on the wall. Barbed-wire encircles the building. Enormous sets of fans bang. Machines power on intermittently...