sustainable agriculture

Trump’s Choice for Ag Secretary Not an Obvious Champion for Sustainable Agriculture

Trump’s Choice for Ag Secretary Not an Obvious Champion for Sustainable Agriculture

By Jonathan Kaplan President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Sonny Perdue, a long-time agribusiness leader, Democrat-turned-Republican state legislator, two-time governor of Georgia to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Faced with a warming planet, increasing water scarcity, collapsing bee populations and other environmental challenges, the USDA needs a leader who will promote planet-friendly farming practices […]

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    Worldwide Honey Bee Collapse: A Lesson in Ecology

    Worldwide Honey Bee Collapse: A Lesson in Ecology

    Greenpeace By Rex Weyler We know what is killing the bees. Worldwide Bee Colony Collapse is not as big a mystery as the chemical companies claim. The systemic nature of the problem makes it complex, but not impenetrable. Scientists know that bees are dying from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air […]

    A Menu for a Sustainable Food Future

    A Menu for a Sustainable Food Future

    World Resources Institute By Craig Hanson and Tim Searchinger A bean farmer checks her crop in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo credit: Neil Palmer, CIAT How can the world feed more than 9 billion people by 2050 in a manner that advances economic development and reduces pressure on the environment? This is one of […]

    Victory: EU Votes to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides

    Victory: EU Votes to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides

    Beyond Pesticides Photo courtesy of Shutterstock A landmark decision by the European Commission yesterday, means that bee-killing, neonicotinoid pesticides will experience a continent-wide ban in Europe for two years. A 15-member states majority supported the ban, with eight against and four abstaining. European Health and Consumer Commissioner Tony Borg explains, “Since our proposal is based on a […]

    Big City Farmers Take to the Rooftops

    Big City Farmers Take to the Rooftops

    YES! Magazine [vimeo_embed http://player.vimeo.com/video/62903716?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&color=a6a6a6 expand=1] Brooklyn may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of gardening. The dense population and high cost of land means there is precious little space for agriculture. But that didn’t stop the urban farm company Gotham Greens from creating a hydroponic greenhouse there. They just […]

    Growing Green Awards: Fifth-Generation Farmer Shares His Success Raising Pigs Sustainably and Antibiotic-Free

    Growing Green Awards: Fifth-Generation Farmer Shares His Success Raising Pigs Sustainably and Antibiotic-Free

    OnEarth By Russ Kremer The food we eat every day is intimately connected to our health and the health of the environment. Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) fifth annual Growing Green Awards celebrates the food producers, businesses, activists and bold thinkers who are making America’s food system healthier and more sustainable. This year’s winners were selected […]

    Local Food a Growing Trend for Land Trusts

    Local Food a Growing Trend for Land Trusts

    Erik Hoffner When a land trust in Grayslake, Illinois, made a strategic decision in 2005 to include farmland in its list of property types to preserve, it joined scores of traditional “woods and waters” trusts across the U.S. which are increasingly preserving agricultural lands and building local food systems. While it made sense strategically, since […]

    Growing Green Awards: Healthy Food Coming to a Corner Store Near You

    Growing Green Awards: Healthy Food Coming to a Corner Store Near You

    OnEarth By Brianna Almaguer Sandoval The food we eat every day is intimately connected to our health and the health of the environment. Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) fifth annual Growing Green Awards celebrates the food producers, businesses, activists and bold thinkers who are making America’s food system healthier and more sustainable. This year’s winners were […]

    Organic Valley’s George Siemon—A Living Legend in Sustainable Agriculture

    Organic Valley’s George Siemon—A Living Legend in Sustainable Agriculture

    Stefanie Spear Organic Valley CEO George Siemon. While attending Ohio’s largest food and farming conference last weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down with Organic Valley CEO George Siemon. Siemon was the featured keynote speaker at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association‘s (OEFFA) 34th annual conference in Granville, Ohio. I’m inspired by Siemon’s […]