Healthy soils are the key to a healthier planet! Healthy soils are a huge carbon sink, and are an exciting new field of climate research.
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Anthony Wile address what sustainable development really means.
Rather than being inspired to change our nasty, greedy habits after watching films like Super Size Me and Food Inc., it seems as if many Americans have simply rolled over and given up. After watching these films I too sunk into a “this is all too grand for me to make a difference” depression. My […]
Going green has evolved from a movement of the crunchy counterculture to a mainstream obsession. Large corporations know there is money to be made from eco-friendly product claims, yet consumers are often left disillusioned by what it really means to be green. “Corporate baking giant” Sara Lee is no exception to greenwashing claiming its “Eco-Grain” […]
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and although this holiday is designed to celebrate the bounty of fall harvests and myths of US history, discarding (or composting) half the meal makes this holiday unsustainable. You may be planning to green your Thanksgiving by only serving local foods; however, if you waste those uneaten leftovers, you […]
I’ve long been a fan of Willie Nelson and Neil Young and what they have done for the American family farm and the environment. I remember watching the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 when I was 14-years-old and being moved by the message and the music. This year’s Farm Aid concert will be on […]
Concern has been raised recently about the integrity of the USDA organic label. Non-organic additives have been allowed in USDA organic labeled products, and consumer groups and Congress are concerned. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) explains, “It will unravel everything we’ve done if the standards can no longer be trusted. If we don’t protect the […]
When the USDA label was first implemented in 2002, concern was expressed that certification standards would not be as stringent as the private organic labeling programs it replaced, such as the Oregon Tilth. Prior to 2002, organic certifiers each had their own standards that they used when certifying organic produce and products. The standards were […]
Sir Paul McCartney and his late wife Linda have long been famous vegetarians, including writing several vegetarian cookbooks. Now the Beatle is promoting Meatless Mondays as a way to educate and promote family activism. The idea is simple: Go meat-free one day a week. This campaign follows on the announcement by the United Nations last […]
Genetically modified (GM) sugar beets have been grown in the United States since 2008. These beets were developed to be resistant to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. Sugar beets are grown primarily for the production of sucrose, and by now, sugar from the GM beets has entered the market. The safety of GM crops, especially sugar beets […]