agriculture and environment
As the Sustainable Food Trust hosts "The True-Cost Accounting in Farming and Food" conference in London Thursday and Friday, here is a Q&A with Patrick Holden, the Founding Director of the Trust, about the true cost of the food we eat - and how we can make those costs more visible.
Out of sight and out of mind, huge container ships glide from port to port, bringing us the goodies we crave, but what's their real cost?
In the wake of reports from the CDC and Johns Hopkins on the urgent threat of antibiotic resistant infections, the pressure is on America's biggest retailer to tackle the antibiotics overuse problem in meat production.
To handle risks like the 2012 drought, most farmers turn to the Federal Crop Insurance Program, which pays for part of the losses that farmers suffer when weather destroys their crops, but farmers have another key tool to help them become more resilient to these challenges right beneath their boots - their soil!
Should The Golden State allow fracking offshore in the Pacific and atop the Monterey Shale? Impacts are being felt from the Central Valley to Los Angeles; given the earthquakes triggered by injection wells in less seismically active places, there remain concerns about doing so next door to the San Andreas Fault.
Climate change, global warming and weather all impact each other but they aren't the same things. Read about the difference and find out how they're all making droughts and floods worse.
It's been a busy few weeks of developments in genetic engineering (GE) news, each deserving of further attention - so without further ado, here's a roundup-ready (sorry, we couldn't resist) collection of the most important stories about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as efforts to require their labeling.
The farmland sitting on top of the shale is known for producing raisins, nuts, fruits, vegetable and cotton. Given California's rich oil history, oil and agriculture interests have co-existed for a long time, but fracking could pit the two against each other.
Recently, the Union of Concerned Scientists put together a policy brief, in which they outline a vision of a healthful alternative to the unsustainable practices that are involved in industrial agriculture. Accompanied by a bright interactive web feature illustrating the components of a healthy farm, the brief spells out the principles, practices and benefits that come along with a shift toward farming based on ecological principles, or agroecology.
Although it may have taken half a century, we are now seeing Rachel Carson's frightful predictions become reality. Countries across the world are growing increasingly concerned with the plight of honey bees. Rightfully so - they are indicating quite clearly the deterioration of our ecosystems. But here in the United States, while we patiently wait 5 more years for our government agencies to review the registrations of neonicotinoid chemicals, there are many things we can be doing now to help.
What has Ecocentric Blog had to say about climate change over the past couple of years, and the people who are trying to make a difference today? For this Earth Day 2013, here are eight archival posts from our unique food, water and energy perspective.
In the wake of the Monsanto Protection Act becoming law, Food and Water Watch has a handy new report on the agri-giant. "Monsanto: A Corporate Profile" runs down a famous list of misdeeds, from Agent Orange to GMOs, and if you eat, you should be interested in this.
What do we know about the giant food companies' social and environmental practices even as they produce so many of the familiar food products we buy and eat every day? According to Oxfam's "Behind the Brands" campaign, we don't know enough, and what we do know is a bit troubling.
We Ecocentric bloggers were dismayed when the New York Times closed the Green blog because most mornings began with a visit there as we produced our curated Eco News. If the Green blog and environmental reporting aren't deemed essential at the Times, then what is?
What can the trashing of 13,200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies tell us about America's food waste problem and our food system?
A new pilot program will help Nebraska's farmers look towards the sun to power their irrigation. But just like homeowners, farmers should also take advantage of their countless energy - and water - efficiency opportunities.