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Back to the Earth: Carbon farming and the Green New Deal

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not coal-fired power plants and internal combustion engine transportation that emit the majority of greenhouse gases — it’s industrial agricultural food production. But that could change, as the Green New Deal has major implications for the food system. By Carolyn Fortuna Cleantechnica When we do a close reading of the full text of the […]

March 9th

The food revolution: Five Black farmers and researchers share their thoughts on how to change the food system to work for everyone.

Half a century ago, the world saw a seismic shift in agriculture, as farmers began planting high-yield crops and using synthetic fertilizers to grow more food. The Green Revolution, as it’s known, saved hundreds of millions from starvation, but it also ushered in an era of industrial farming that has eroded the health of people and […]

March 2nd

Like the oceans, the Great Lakes may be turning acid

Carbon pollution could be turning the lakes more acidic. A lack of data has left scientists with more questions than answers. By Tiffany Chen Nexus Media Imagine diving into the shallow waters off the coast of Lake Michigan. You can see bare rocks and sand as you descend. Pinky-size spottail shiners swim by, shimmering in […]

March 1st

Cali Gov Newsom appoints agribusiness leader as liason with agribusiness

On February 12, California Governor Gavin Newson announced the appointment of William Lyons, 68, of Modesto, to serve in a new position — the Agriculture Liaison in the Office of the Governor. Lyons, a San Joaquin Valley grower who has opposed increased San Joaquin River flows, has been chief executive officer of Lyons Investments Management, LLC […]

February 28th

A Green New Deal would also provide huge opportunities to America’s farmers

his month, a group of Democratic lawmakers called for an ambitious plan for the United States to reach net-zero carbon pollution in 10 years. While experts debate whether the proposal is technologically or politically feasible, the so-called Green New Deal is about more than shifting to cleaner, more advanced forms of energy sources. It’s also about shifting to more traditional […]

February 19th

Food in the Anthropocene can be sustainable, but you gotta eat your veggies

A recent New York Times article outlined 7 ways the US could make significant headway in reducing carbon emissions: a carbon tax, utility requirements to produce all electricity from zero-carbon sources, electric vehicles, industry efficiency, California-style building efficiency, curbing methane emissions from oil and gas operations, and ending the use of hydrofluorocarbons. However, while such approaches would […]

February 16th

Kamala Harris is against the water-stealing WIIN Act by Brown, Trump, Feinstein & McCarthy

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has announced her opposition to the controversial “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation” (WIIN) Act), a bill designed to increase water deliveries to agribusiness. The deal was proposed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and is supported by the Jerry Brown and the Donald Trump administration. By Dan […]

December 7th

Major U.S. report says climate change not a far-off concern, but causing ‘substantial damages’ now

No doubt with the intent of deep-sixing it on one of the deadest news days of the year, the Trump regime announced Wednesday that the Fourth National Climate Assessment Vol. II would be released today, and it now has been. The report was produced by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Volume I was released a year ago. Bottom line: Climate change isn’t […]

November 24th