So far, the story of US renewable energy transformation has skipped a key chapter, which is the exploitation of our massive offshore wind power potential.
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You know how it goes… when sustainability is outlawed, only outlaws will be sustainable. You’d think that Kansas, of all states, would be the one that would look at climate change and say “OMG! Bigger, stronger, more destructive storms?!? Epic droughts that will blister our corn in the fields?!? What can we do to prevent this?” But […]
I’m sure you’ve heard horror stories about the abusive way this country raises its chickens, cows, and pigs. But I’ll bet you didn’t realize there’s another species that’s victimized almost as much as the animals: The humans who raise them, who are caged and penned in by huge agribusiness almost as badly as the animals. […]
By James Howard Kunstler Way up here in the heartland, far from the craft beer parlors, Facebook stock bucket shops, and gender obsessions of the mythical Urban Edge People, the detritus of your country is up for sale. The lawns are strewn with the plastic effluvia of lives lived through humankind’s weirdest moment: Pee Wee […]
Is the message about sustainable agriculture finally breaking through? Watch this Chipotle-sponsored video, “Cultivate a Better World”, with a soundtrack by Willy Nelson(singing Radiohead!), and see what you think.
In two states, bills are making their way through the legislature that will deal with bad publicity affecting factory farms in a novel way.
It turns out that folks don’t like to buy meat if they hear about the horrible, inhumane way in which it’s been raised. But rather than clean up their act, big ag has decided the problem isn’t disgusting business practices – it’s videos of disgusting business practices. So they’ll make THOSE illegal.
By Rady Ananda Food Freedom A plant pathologist experienced in protecting against biological warfare recently warned the USDA of a new, self-replicating, micro-fungal virus-sized organism which may be causing spontaneous abortions in livestock, sudden death syndrome in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soy, and wilt in Monsanto’s RR corn. Dr. Don M. Huber, who coordinates the Emergent […]
Monsanto has been systematically blocking researchers from using its patented gene modified (GMO) seeds to learn if there are problems with them, according to an explosive op-ed in yesterday’s LA Times by Doug Gurian-Sherman of the Union of Concerned Scientists. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, but it’s encouraging that it’s hitting the mainstream media. Soybeans, […]
[social_buttons] A significant opportunity to mitigate the risk of climate change is literally “beneath us,” but not in the arrogant sense of our current, political tide. I’m talking about our soils. Not the ones paved over in our urban centers, but the soils under the hundreds of millions of acres of our farm land. These […]
There are lots of well intended efforts underway to increase the “sustainability” of fresh fruit and vegetable production. This includes a recent announcement from Wal-Mart saying that they want to use their influence in the market to drive positive change. All these efforts focus on how efficiently farmers use land, fertilizer, fuel, electricity, water and […]
Last year, Forbes magazine named Monsanto company of the year. Last year, Monsanto made more than $4 billion in profits. That was last year. This year, Monsanto is tanking. Here’s what Forbes has to say this year: Forbes made Monsanto the company of the year last year inThe Planet Versus Monsanto. I know because I […]
We can fish smart, and feed our planet for a lifetime, or we can fish stupid, and feed ourselves for a day. Here’s one example of fishing stupid… The orange roughy (Hoplostethus atlanticus) is a slow-growing deep-water fish that congregate around seamounts in the open ocean; they were discovered in the latter half of the 20th […]
Once, we thought the oceans were an inexhaustible resource. It turns out we were wrong. But we should have seen the signs. Lots of good fish in the sea In early years, Europe’s coasts teamed with dolphins, orcas, blue whales and tuna, and its rivers ran with fish. By the 1500s, though, the continent was fished-out. […]
From policymakers, business leaders and NGOs, to students in law and graduate programs, the broad scope and forward-looking tone of Agenda for a Sustainable America would make it a valuable addition to the bookcases of anyone interested in sustainability.
Although Amtrak may be a greener choice for travel, some questions still remain about the company’s overall environmental policies. Trains are not money-makers and Amtrak is no exception. From the sounds of it, they are cutting some of their greener practices to shave a little off their expenses, but at what cost to the environment?