agriculture and environment

Debunking the Farm Bureau's Attack on the Clean Water Act

In a desperate, last ditch effort, the American Farm Bureau Federation is attempting to foil efforts to clarify Clean Water Act protection for the nation's water resources. However, their aggressive campaign only reinforces the value of clean water to our livelihoods and communities and our national economy.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Salmon, Part 2

Salmon is an ancient creature that has sustained civilizations throughout the ages, but in just the past hundred-plus years, this majestic elder of the sea has been taken for granted, exploited, depleted and endangered. Whatever you know about salmon, there is more to the story.

Our Heroes: Tiffany Haworth of the Dan River Basin Association

It's been a year like no other for Tiffany Haworth, executive director of the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA). In early February, a coal ash waste pond on the banks of Dan River began to spill its toxic contents into the river. Here, Tiffany shares how DRBA responded to one of the worst coal ash spills ever to occur in the US.

Bad News for Food: Climate Change is Here

The newly released National Climate Assessment says that climate change will hit agriculture particularly hard due to extreme heat, drought, disease and heavy downpours. That leaves food security in doubt.

Who's Afraid of the Clean Water Act?

The long-awaited Clean Water Act draft rules were released in a document known as the "Waters of the United States," marking one of the most substantial steps towards improved US water quality in years. One problem though: Some industries think it is governmental overreach.

Years of Living Dangerously Recap: Episode 1, Dry Season

Judging from episode one of Showtime's new Years of Living Dangerously documentary series, we're in for a visually stunning, compelling and fascinating ride as climate change is discussed in the most human terms possible. It's riveting, truly must-see viewing. Here are some highlights and fun tidbits from the premiere!

39-Year Wildflower Bloom Count Reveals Changes Attributed to Warmer Climate

A unique 39-year study of wildflower blooms in a Colorado Rocky Mountain meadow shows more than two-thirds of alpine flowers have changed their blooming pattern in response to climate change. The flowers' response to climate change is more complex than previously believed, with different species responding in unexpected ways.

Farmed and Dangerous: Episode 1, Oiling the Food Chain

If you're interested in a funny, accessible onramp to Big Ag 101, the Farmed and Dangerous web series (sponsored by Chipotle) is worth a watch. Here's our recap, complete with some Fun Tidbits and our favorite Buck Marshall moments from Episode 1. (So what's with the Man in Black?)

Our Heroes: Marc Yaggi of Waterkeeper Alliance

Today Ecocentric kicks off the latest installment of Our Heroes with "Know Your Waterkeeper," a short series of weekly interviews with Waterkeepers from around the country. First up is Waterkeeper Alliance Executive Director Marc Yaggi, who turned his childhood love of water into a long-standing career, making water protection a main focus of his life.

A True Cost of Food Q&A with Liz Earle and Patrick Holden

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.

Coming to a Store Near You

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?

Could Walmart Lead an Antibiotics Revolution?

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.

Quake's Up? Fracking the Ocean and California's Central Valley

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.

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