Each time we choose to eat an underutilized species instead of an Atlantic salmon or an over-fished cod, swordfish, or bluefin tuna, we give these stressed populations a break and discover anew the possibilities in our oceans and lakes.
For the sake of you health, your children's health, and for environmental health, our food systems need to be realigned with principles that focus on long-term sustainability. That process starts with you asking the right questions.
The use of genetically modified organisms (G.M.O.'s, or GE's) is a hot and volatile topic in the world of sustainable farming. Nordic Breads, however, is taking a stand -- and leading the revolt with rye.
Growing organic vegetables in New Mexico's Sonoran Desert isn't easy. Conditions there are different than in many other parts of the United States. Sixteen time zones away, in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) -- known as North Korea -- farmers can relate.
Vegetables. Who could have imagined an economy in which gentle vegetables were subversive? But this is our world. A world where a vegetable, whose growth is imperceptible to the naked eye, can spider a crack into the concrete of our industrial food system.
Through the unique combination of city-provided land and partner-provided funding, programs and labor, Lake Oswego has intuitively actualized a sustainable community farming model for other cities to follow.
Have a blueberry muffin with your latte this morning? Or sneak a chocolate chip cookie during your work break? Living inside all of these products is an ingredient that would cause us to hesitate before the next bite -- if we only knew its source.
Wendy, a fourth generation Italian farmer, is protective of her heritage. Picking up where her grandfather left off (even with some of his tools -- like a 1930s plow and seeder), she's resolved to be a part of retooling the supply for the predicted global food crisis.
Around the country, farming states are passing "ag-gag" laws that punish activists who record and share horrific scenes from inside confined feeding operations and slaughterhouses. The reason is clear: when people get a good look at these scenes, they don't like them.
If you aren't able to make regular visits to every farm your food dollar touches, and if you really want to have confidence in the farms you are supporting, you need to look for a credible third-party certification.
Just before I was to leave for the 32nd Ecological Farming Conference in gorgeous Pacific Grove, CA, an unseasonable heatwave hit County Line Harvest Farm in Thermal, CA, where I'm conducting a bio-nutrient field study.
These two biotech giants have developed a weed management program that, if successful, would go a long way toward a predicted doubling of harmful herbicide use in America's corn belt during the next decade.