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.
Urban agriculture comes in many shapes and sizes. It's in cities and suburbs, and it encompasses everything from soil-based community gardens, to warehouses full of hydroponics, to rooftops farms supplying greens to the restaurants below. Inclusivity in urban agriculture will help our food system grow into a healthier and stronger system for all.
We use plastic bags for everything, from carrying our groceries to carrying our lunches to bagging trash, and most of those bags don't get recycled. Instead, they end up littering the environment and harming wildlife. But you can cut back on bag waste. Read on to learn about making your city a Bag It Town.
It's not quite "the Rumble in the Jungle" - more like "the Rumble in the Field." It's the debate over whether or not hydroponic farming and other forms of container growing systems will be permanently allowed into the USDA-certified organic program.
Food Policy Action has released its National Food Policy Scorecard for the 114th Congress. Find out if the legislators from your state kept food safe, healthy and affordable.
Eating sustainably is hard and, from an environmental perspective, nutritional guidelines don't offer any clues as to how sustainable an eating plan might be. However you decide to eat, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) new report about agriculture and climate change gives little guidance on sustainable eating.
Large factory farms regularly give massive amounts of antibiotics to healthy farm animals, and meat from those animals is then served to you at restaurants like KFC, Burger King and Dunkin' Donuts. It's time to tell them to stop! Check out Consumers Union's new antibiotic scorecard to learn more.
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.
August 7-13, 2016 is National Farmers Market Week. The US Senate and House of Representatives will not be in session that week, so this is the perfect opportunity to invite your elected official to visit your local market and share the importance of farmers' markets to the nation's food system and to your community!
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.