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Sustainable Agriculture

Snacks and Storms: Standing on the Sidelines

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

As has been proven over and over again, when enough people come together and urge companies to change how they do business, they listen.

"Walk With Me": What Do the Curses in Leviticus 26 Mean for Us Today?

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

What do these curses mean, and what can they teach us? It sounds like the message is just that we should be obedient -- but that's not what it means.

How USDA Rubber-Stamps 'Humane' and 'Sustainable' Food Claims

Dena Jones | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Dena Jones

When a shopper spends their hard-earned money on meat that is labeled "humanely raised" or "sustainably farmed," it's not unreasonable for them to assume that someone has validated the truthfulness of the claim. In fact, USDA is supposed to be doing it.

Four Inspirational Food Leaders Honored at Growing Green Awards

Peter Lehner | Posted 07.14.2014 | Food
Peter Lehner

Through the efforts of these inspirational educators, practitioners and advocates, we are beginning to make farming and food production more sustainable, and to change the way we eat as a nation.

Advice to New Graduates: Eat Like You Give a Damn

Fedele Bauccio | Posted 07.13.2014 | Food
Fedele Bauccio

One wonders how we ever ended up where we are today. We never voted or ever had a conscious say on the transformation of agriculture from what it used to be to what it has become.

Celebrating Mothers' Role in Building a Healthier Future for Families and Communities

Barry Segal | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Guest Post by Jessie Cronan, executive director of Gardens for Health International, a partner of Segal Family Foundation When Naomi Musabyimana fi...

Will 'Milk Life' Go Global? Big Dairy Sets Its Sights on Asia

Mia MacDonald | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Mia MacDonald

Could the U.S. dairy processors' new slogan, "milk life," make it big in Asia? If dairy multinationals like Nestlé and Danone have their way, the answer might be yes.

ReThink Review: 'Farmland' - Meet the Next Generation of Farmers

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

In a country where over 60 percent of farmers are aged 55 or older, Farmland profiles six young farmers, portraying them as hardworking people attempting to navigate an industry fraught with risks, changing technologies and unknowns.

Calestous Juma On Why Africa Needs GM Crops

April Zhu | Posted 05.02.2014 | Green
April Zhu

Sub-Saharan African countries have been slow to adopt modern agricultural tools like GM seeds. To date, commercial GM crops can only be planted in three countries on the continent.

Science of the Small With a Big Sustainable Impact: Interview With Novozymes' Adam Monroe

James Grundvig | Posted 04.22.2014 | Green
James Grundvig

As modern society evolves and the global population swells from 7 billion to more than 9 billion by 2050, the density of people and sprawl is shifting...

If We Can't Smoke It, at Least Grow It: The 4/20 Case for Hemp

David Dietz | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
David Dietz

No plant species on earth has the mix of awesome commercial, economic and environmental potential as hemp and yet sadly, no plant has been so stigmatized.

Third World Wisdom Is Vital for Redeveloping a Sustainable Civilization

Rohit Kumar | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
Rohit Kumar

The best human civilization possible can only emerge from a synthesis of so-called First and Third World cultures. The First World civilizations have developed technology and science, which have grown from a wonderful cultural sense of appreciation for adventure, risk, and innovation.

Are Genetically Modified Crops Good for Sub-Saharan Africa? An Overview

April Zhu | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
April Zhu

The model itself is complex, incorporating the activities of multiple countries and goods, but the concept is simple: If all else remains equal, how much more money can we expect sub-Saharan Africans to make if they just switched to GM?

Nurturing the seeds of change: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

The Heat Is On!

Anita Verma-Lallian | Posted 06.01.2014 | Green
Anita Verma-Lallian

People have probably heard more than enough about global warming -- whether it exists or doesn't -- but judging by the severity of storms over the past four months, no one can deny that 'something' is going on.

Sustainability Is The Organic Movement's Strength

Peter Getty | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Peter Getty

Instead of biting the organic hand that wants to feed us, let's chew on it and learn more about sustainable practices and farming techniques that will preserve life now and replenish our lands for future generations.

Global Means Urban and Rural

Kanayo F. Nwanze | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Kanayo F. Nwanze

When President Obama and Pope Francis discuss how to help those who have thus far not benefited from global economic expansion, I hope they will first look at where those people are. The gap between rich and poor is primarily a gap between urban and rural.

This Is What A Totally Green, Sustainable NYC Could Look Like

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business

The Terreform Research Group envision a New York City in which streets and avenues would be converted into greenways and farms. New York City is ...

Going Organic in Slovenia

John Feffer | Posted 05.16.2014 | World
John Feffer

I visited Slovenia to do a report on organic farming for the Bay Area-based organization Food First. I was drawn to the former Yugoslav republic because it had recently joined with several neighboring Italian and Austrian provinces to create the world's first organic bioregion.

'Farmed and Dangerous': The Food Emperor's New Clothes

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 05.03.2014 | Food
Eric Holt Gimenez

Whether Farmed and Dangerous is a successful marketing ploy for Chipotle depends on just how unbelievable Big Ag has become.

Stop Feeding the Beast and Start Feeding the People

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

by Coach Mark Smallwood, executive director at Rodale Institute Have you ever wondered how anyone makes any money on a $2.00 bag of nacho-cheese-fl...

Fixing Food in Four Minutes or Less

Anna Lappé | Posted 04.20.2014 | Food
Anna Lappé

When I launched the first-ever Real Food Media short films contest, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I just knew that there were incredible stories of people farming, growing, cooking, sharing food and fighting to fix our broken food system that people weren't hearing.

Dig In: A Call For Re-Investment In Metro-Region Agriculture

Sibella Kraus | Posted 04.20.2014 | Food
Sibella Kraus

Sustainable agriculture can help bring cities down to earth, to a deeper commitment to the ecology and economy of the surrounding countryside on which they depend.

Kale Seeds With Your Morning Cup-a-joe

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Food
Annie Spiegelman

Will and Wyatt Roscoe, founders of Seedtabs, a new sustainable agricultural startup want to turn us all into garden geeks. As a longtime plant-a-holic, I say, bring it!

Why Now Is the Time to Start Drinking Fair Trade Coffee

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Food
Kelsey Timmerman

Low prices coupled with coffee rust is threatening the livelihoods of many farmers in Central America. Consumers are paying more for coffee; producers are getting paid less; and those in the middle are making money from both.