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Tyson Foods Linked to Largest Toxic Dead Zone in U.S. History

Tyson Foods Linked to Largest Toxic Dead Zone in U.S. History

By Shana Gallagher What comes to mind when you think of Tyson Foods? A chicken nugget? A big red logo? How about the largest toxic dead zone in U.S. history? It turns out the meat industry—and corporate giants like Tyson Foods—are directly linked to this environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, and many others. […]

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    6 Innovative Farmers That Will Change Your Perception of What It Means to Grow Food

    6 Innovative Farmers That Will Change Your Perception of What It Means to Grow Food

    By Tracie McMillan How do you feed a hotter, drier, more inequitable world? A new generation of American farmers are coming up with answers that rarely resemble the cornstalks and cattle pens of mainstream agriculture. Today’s American farmers are less white. They’re also increasingly experimental. Even as our biggest farms get bigger, small producers are […]

    8 Ways to Sequester Carbon to Avoid Climate Catastrophe

    8 Ways to Sequester Carbon to Avoid Climate Catastrophe

    By Mary Hoff Klaus Lackner has a picture of the future in his mind, and it looks something like this: 100 million semi-trailer-size boxes, each filled with a beige fabric configured into what looks like shag carpet to maximize surface area. Each box draws in air as though it were breathing. As it does, the […]

    We’ll Soon Be Using More Than Earth Can Provide

    We’ll Soon Be Using More Than Earth Can Provide

    By David Korten Four days after President Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, the Global Footprint Network (GFN) reported that Earth Overshoot Day 2017 will fall on Aug. 2. Most Americans likely have no idea what that means. The basic point is quite simple: From Jan. 1 to Aug. 2, […]

    Regenerative Agriculture Can Save the Planet

    Regenerative Agriculture Can Save the Planet

    A diverse group of farmers, food companies, scientists, non-profit and advocacy groups from more than 100 countries have joined together to support a definition for “regenerative agriculture,” as a way to rebuild soils, produce nutritious food and address the growing threat of climate change. World’s Topsoil Could Be Gone in 60 Years “Regenerative agriculture keeps […]

    Here’s How We Feed the World

    Here’s How We Feed the World

    By David R. Montgomery One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable. It can be, but it isn’t necessarily. After all, soil erosion from chemical-free tilled fields undermined the Roman Empire and other ancient societies around the world. Other agricultural myths hinder recognizing the potential to restore degraded […]

    Spaceship Earth, Your Main Oxygen Systems Are Collapsing

    Spaceship Earth, Your Main Oxygen Systems Are Collapsing

    Yes, Houston, we have a problem: Our oceans are dying. As the brilliant futurist Buckminster Fuller used to point out, our Spaceship Earth is hurtling through space at a great speed. Imagine if someone told you (a passenger on that ship) that the main oxygen systems were failing because of how food was being grown. […]

    DiCaprio’s Before the Flood: Powerful, Yet Misses on Soils and the Carbon Cycle

    DiCaprio’s Before the Flood: Powerful, Yet Misses on Soils and the Carbon Cycle

    The new Leonardo DiCaprio documentary Before the Flood can now be seen on National Geographic. The actor is a longtime advocate of environmental causes, and his film is surely helping to increase awareness of global warming and the challenges we face with climate chaos. In it, DiCaprio journeys from the remote melting regions of Greenland […]