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What is sustainable farming – and can it save the world?

Sustainable farming seeks to preserve and improve the environment, ensure human health and grow food for the growing global population. There are many philosophies and methods contained within this practice, and it can be tricky to choose one definition. In general, sustainable agriculture looks to improve growing practices so that land does not degrade at […]

July 25th

Gardening maintenance: A month by month guide

Every spring, people get excited to head to the store for gardening supplies. It’s fun to plant seeds and watch your garden grow, but anyone who wants a green thumb should how to tend plants in every season. It’s possible to garden all year round if you know what to look for and add to your […]

July 12th

City compost programs turn garbage into ‘black gold’ that boosts food security and social justice

Almost overnight, the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed many Americans’ relationships with food. To relieve some of the stress associated with shopping safely for groceries and ensure food security, many people are once again planting “victory gardens.” This tradition hearkens back to previous generations who cultivated home gardens during both World Wars. By Kristen DeAngelis, University […]

June 13th

As COVID-19 Reveals Our Food System’s Flaws, Congress Can Boost Protection Now—and Resilience for the Future

If we didn’t know it before — or had forgotten — the escalating Coronavirus pandemic and its widening economic ripple effects are hammering home the reality that our world is full of risk and uncertainty. Preparedness is paramount. Resilience is essential. And apart from the nation’s healthcare system, nowhere is this more apparent right now than […]

April 24th

Unlike the US, Australia has truly excellent food security

The Coronavirus pandemic has taken Australia and the world by surprise. Coming after severe droughts in eastern Australia, concerns have been raised about Australian food security. The concerns are understandable, but they are misplaced. Despite temporary shortages of some food items in supermarkets caused by an unexpected surge in demand, Australia does not have a food security […]

April 20th

Would you eat a 3D printed steak?

Did you know that there is a 3D printed steak that you can eat? It was 3 something in the morning and I couldn’t sleep, so I scrolled through Twitter and saw this tweet about 3D-printed meat: A taste of what's to come. 🔎 Learn more about how technology is fighting food waste: https://t.co/3cUk2nUkWa pic.twitter.com/jrDQqbFJv2 […]

March 12th

For Valentine’s Day Green is the new Red

Show her your love is sustainable… because on Valentine’s Day you care enough to say “I love you” in a way that also says you love our planet (and you want to make it a better place for our children). By Jeremy Bloom This is the biggest shopping day of the year for chocolate and […]

February 14th

Modern tomatoes are very different from their wild ancestors – and we found missing links in their evolution

The Big Idea: The tomato’s path from wild plant to household staple is much more complex than researchers have long thought. For many years, scientists believed that humans domesticated the tomato in two major phases. First, native people in South America cultivated blueberry-sized wild tomatoes about 7,000 years ago to breed a plant with a […]

February 8th

Why is the FDA ending the import ban on GMO “Frankenfish” salmon?

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will lift the import ban on eggs of AquaBounty’s genetically modified salmon product, drawing praise from the company and strong criticism from fishing organizations. By Dan Bacher Both the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association and the Golden Gate Salmon Association blasted the decision and vowed they […]

March 10th

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

Want to lower your carbon footprint? Switch to a more plant-based diet.

Actors Joaquin Phoenix, Emily Deschanel, Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklage, and Casey Affleck are in the cohort. So, too, are singers Carrie Underwood, Ozzy Osbourne, and Stevie Wonder. There’s former US President Bill Clinton, heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson, radio personality Don Imus (really?), and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. These prominent vegans are just a sampling […]

January 15th