Robin Madel works on water and waste issues and the food-water-energy nexus. Robin produces reports and multimedia content and is a regular contributor to GRACE's Ecocentric blog. She has been published in Huffington Post, AlterNet and Grist. Prior to GRACE, Robin worked as a Recording Secretary and Research Assistant for the city of Boulder Public Works Water and Transportation Departments and as a Project Manager at Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site, managing treatability studies and site cleanup projects. Robin received an MS in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, a BS in Civil Engineering and a BA in Geological Sciences - both from the University of Colorado at Boulder and she recently completed a Certificate in Journalism from New York University. She is an avid photographer who increasingly shoots food, water and energy sustainability topics and she's also an actor, so she's usually not too far away from a camera of some sort.
When you think about Thanksgiving turkey, what else comes to mind? No, not mashed potatoes and gravy: we're talking about cranberries. Most people either love or hate their sweet-tart flavor. We happen to love cranberries, but once we started looking into the impacts that conventional farming methods have on the environment, our relationship turned a little sour.
The recent Monsanto-Bayer merger sent a shudder through the food movement and even got the Senate's attention as a problem for farms, consumers and the US food system. Find out why consolidation in our food system is a bad deal for us.
As owner and operator of over 1,500 restaurants serving over 320 million meals per year, Darden Restaurants is in a position to take major steps to reduce antibiotic use. Tell Darden: "No more meat raised with routine antibiotics!"
The types of food that can be grown in recirculating farms are expanding rapidly. Systems can be specifically designed to produce a variety of vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers and more by using shallow or deep water grow beds, vertical towers and many other creative options. Read on to find out just how much you can grow!
On September 17, 2016, Farm Aid hosts its annual concert in Bristow, VA. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to support programs designed to keep family farmers on the land. Dig in and support our family farmers by donating to Farm Aid today!
New curricula for highschoolers from the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University addresses a critical knowledge gap about our food system in US schools.
Dave Love, Laura Genello and Jillian Fry answer our questions about the Food Systems Lab at Johns Hopkins University's Center for a Livable Future and the ins and outs of their experiences with aquaponics.
There's a better way to farm fish and grow produce that is sustainable and that takes away many of the problems that come with open ocean aquaculture. Recirculating farms are innovative ways of bringing food right to the communities that need it.
Waterkeeper and Environmental Working Group just released a new report that maps the location of over 6,500 CAFOs and their waste lagoons in North Carolina. Astonishingly, the maps illustrate how numerous counties in the state have been overrun by factory farming.
Oko Farms is New York City's largest outdoor aquaponics farm. Co-founded and managed by Yemi Amu, they raise freshwater fish and a variety of vegetables and herbs on a formerly unused lot in the heart of Brooklyn.
Marianne Cufone, Executive Director of Recirculating Farms Coalition and Farm Manager of Growing Local NOLA raises produce and fish in an aquaponics farm on an abandoned lot in New Orleans. Here, we talk about the challenges she's faced and who's buying her products.
Whoever said there's no free lunch? On Tuesday, over 5,000 people gathered in Union Square to get a free bowl of ratatouille and a piece of torte, all made from food that would've otherwise been wasted. Check out our pictures from the event!
Many Californians are looking at their brown lawns and wondering why all farmers don't make the switch to drip irrigation. That would free up more water for cities, right? Read on for the answers - plus everything you ever wanted to know about farm irrigation, and what it all means for water conservation.
Last month, GRACE released a Spanish version of our Water Footprint Calculator and water saving tips. This is a tremendous opportunity to spread the message about water conservation and efficiency to an audience that often gets ignored in eco-minded efforts.
Love water? Hunting for a new job? You might be able to make a splash with a career in water protection. Our need for water and wastewater management is only going to grow. Whether you're a scientist, an advocate, a writer or an accountant, you'll be needed!
Big Ag's answer to climate change is GMOs, more centralized systems - and irrigation, irrigation, irrigation. We think the answer to building resilience in our food system might be a little closer to home, with innovative agricultural systems like rooftop farming and aquaponics.