In 1997, during a trip to the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, I saw firsthand what rainforest destruction looks like. While flying into the interior of Sarawak, I had a breathtaking view of the damage done by the timber industry - large swaths of deforested land. The question is: are we still destroying the planet's rainforests?
The production of milk - overwhelmingly milk from cows - is a massive industry that employs thousands of people. And, with wide differences between how milk is produced in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations versus the methods of smaller sustainable farmers, knowing what milk to buy is important.
Whether or not you eat beef or consume dairy, America's relationship with cattle is incredibly important to understand. And, if you want to get truly informed about the state of the cattle industry and how we could improve it to be more sustainable, there's no more exhaustive book out there than "Cowed" by Dennis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes.
Come with us on the (virtual) Road to Farm Aid as we celebrate Farm Aid's 30th anniversary concert in Chicago by profiling the amazing musicians involved! This week we're profiling musical legend Neil Young, one of the founding members of Farm Aid.
Come with us on the (virtual) Road to Farm Aid as we celebrate Farm Aid's 30th anniversary concert in Chicago by profiling the amazing musicians involved! This week we learn more John Mellencamp, one of the founding members of Farm Aid, Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee and 13-time Grammy Award nominee.
These days, social media has made it easier for labor activists and concerned consumers to push corporations to treat workers more fairly, but old school organizing is still in the fight, too. Here, to mark Labor Day 2015, is a snapshot of the evolving landscape of food labor.
Come with us on the (virtual) Road to Farm Aid as we celebrate Farm Aid's 30th anniversary concert in Chicago by profiling the amazing musicians involved! This week we learn more about singer-songwriter Dave Matthews, a Farm Aid board member and Virginia-based sustainable farmer.
The new Eat Well Guide is a fantastic way to find sustainable and delicious food anywhere in the US. But as GRACE's Water and Energy team found out, it's also a great tool to find a meal that's water-efficient and solar-powered!
Ok, so maybe there is no nonprofit called SkipShowersForBeef.com, but the Yes Men stunt does raise an important discussion about the vast amount of water involved in beef production. Here we add to that discussion -- if you eat beef, which kind of beef you choose makes a big difference.
Spreading urban farming and food systems know-how to strengthen local communities is Stacey Murphy's expertise. The founder of BK Farmyards, Stacey has been helping others learn and start farms in New York since 2009, and she's got a big plans ahead. Read about BK Farmyards' work and vision in our interview with Stacey here.
Last week, North Carolina's state legislature voted to override Republican Governor Pat McCrory's veto to pass one of the strongest anti-whistleblower laws in the country. Critics explain that the law was crafted to punish whistleblowers who shed light on animal abuse and shield meat producers and slaughterhouses from undercover investigations.
We're facing a major decline of hard-working pollinators, but it's not a losing battle. Efforts to save our bees and other pollinators are on the rise. With bee highways under construction, pesticide-free zones under consideration and everyone joining in to garden for bees, we're almost on track to healing our bees, our environment and our food system. Here's where we're at today.
Photojournalist James Whitlow Delano created @EveryDayClimateChange on Instagram, a photographic endeavor by a diverse group of photographers from five continents, to document visual evidence of climate change on people and the environment, all around the planet. We talk about his efforts in this week's Heroic Endeavor.
Use Food & Water Watch's latest factory farm map to find out where in the US industrial livestock operations exist.
Arjen Hoekstra not only created the concept of water footprint, but he opened people's eyes about how humanity uses water. Find out what guided Hoekstra onto this visionary path, the role that consumer decisions have on water use, the complexities of industrial versus pasture-raised meat, and more.
Imported or domestic? Wild or farmed? When did choosing fish become so difficult? We've pulled together advice on navigating some common fish options you'll likely come across at the market or fish shack. Summer goes by fast, so cut back on the pondering and get back into the sunshine with our fish cheat sheet!