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Meatless Monday: Give Back, Don't Throw Out

Ellen Kanner | Posted 02.01.2014 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Before you pitch those potatoes, stop and consider they'll be joining an estimated 36 billion tons of annual American food waste.

Eating As Though the Environment Mattered

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 07.15.2013 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

Every time we eat meat, it's as though we're throwing away 6-20 calories worth of grains and legumes for every calorie we take in. Plus, we're contributing to exponentially more water use, desertification, air pollution, global warming, global poverty, and more.

Who Would You Nominate for the World Food Prize?

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

I'm wondering who you would like to see nominated for the Prize? An activist for food sovereignty in India? A scientist working on agroforestry practices in Latin America? An agronomist developing green manure practices in sub-Saharan Africa?

Nourishing The Planet, All 7 Billion Of Us

Ellen Kanner | Posted 09.08.2012 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Growing indigenous crops empowers the people who need it most. The foods that best sustain the planet, with the highest yield and the lowest carbon footprint are the same foods that best sustain us -- vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds -- your plant-based diet greatest hits.

Sustainable Prosperity

Edward Flattau | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

There is no denying the inexorable law of supply and demand's effect on the earth's remaining natural resources.

What Women Really Want for Valentine's Day

Robert Engelman | Posted 04.14.2012 | Impact
Robert Engelman

Access to family planning and other reproductive health services safeguard the lives of women and their children and promote families that are emotionally and economically healthy.

Innovation of the Week: Rewarding Farmers for Providing Ecosystem Services

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 04.11.2012 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Supporting poor rural farmers and including them into business discussions can have big payoffs for all -- especially the environment.

Meatless Monday: Give Back, Don't Throw Out

Ellen Kanner | Posted 01.28.2012 | Green
Ellen Kanner

America may be the land of plenty but we don't have enough to squander. And yet, we're brilliant at it.

Global Meat Production and Consumption Continue to Rise

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 12.13.2011 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Global meat production and consumption has increased rapidly in recent decades, with harmful effects on the environment and public health as well as on the economy.

Fishing for Sustainable Practices to Conserve Fisheries

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 07.05.2011 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Around the world, fisheries co-managed by local authorities and fishers themselves are emerging as a promising solution to replenishing depleting fish stocks.

Agriculture: The Unlikely Earth Day Hero

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.19.2011 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

This year Nourishing the Planet highlights agriculture -- often blamed as a driver of environmental problems -- as an emerging solution to the world's challenges.

The Nutritional and Economic Potential of Vegetables

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

From 1975 to 1985, maize, wheat and rice production grew twice as fast as the global population. But the green revolution had little impact in sub-Saharan Africa -- the region most crippled by hunger.

State of the World 2011 Symposium in Washington DC and Live Streaming Online

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

State of the World 2011 provides new insight into the often overlooked innovations that are working right now on the ground to alleviate hunger and deserve more funding and attention.

Working With the Root

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

The following is an eight-part series about Danielle Nierenberg's visit to the Ecumenical Association for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (ECASARD) in Ghana.

Livestock Keepers Rights -- Conserving Engendered Animal Genetic Resources in Africa

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

As climate change becomes more evident, it's increasingly hard to push livestock keepers' rights aside. Governments need to recognize that pastoralists are the best keepers of genetic diversity.

How to Green Your 2010

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Whether you call them resolutions, goals, or lifestyle changes, here are four key measures you can take to make 2010 easier on the planet.

Cultivating a Passion for Agriculture

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

In Mukono District, about an hour outside of Kampala, Uganda, agriculture used to be considered a "punishment" for young people at school if they didn't behave.

Looking for a Greener Revolution: Visit to AGRA

Bernard Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Pollack

By building up the private sector and creating a system of agro-dealers to distribute fertilizer, AGRA is hoping to reduce the gap between farmers and inputs in Kenya.

Is Locally Grown Food Going Corporate?

Laura Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Laura Weiss

If locally grown veggies are packed in plastic tubs, crammed into trucks, and shipped off to grocery stores, how different are they from any other produce section offering?