agriculture and environment

Cranberries: Bogged Down in Water and Pollution

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.

How Sustainable Are Sugar Alternatives?

It's virtually impossible to avoid either baking or eating sweet treats from Halloween straight through to the New Year. Sugar alternatives are becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons - but how sustainable are these cane sugar replacements? And are some better for the environment than others?

What Ever Happened to... Rainforest Destruction?

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 Buzz on Bees: How We're Saving Our Pollinators

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.

Heroic Endeavors: James Whitlow Delano and @EveryDayClimateChange

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.

North Carolina Puts Pork Before Civil Rights

For years, North Carolina communities have complained that industrial pork farms pollute their rivers and streams and lower quality of life in the area, but the state has all but ignored their complaints. The EPA is now conducting an investigation of the state's civil rights infringements that could change the game.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Cooking Oils

Like salt and black pepper, you probably reach for cooking oil for just about every meal you make. But have you ever wondered about the history of your canola oil, or what makes fancy extra virgin olive oil so expensive? Or what the heck margarine really is? Read on for all of this and more.

Less Meat, Less Heat: Addressing Climate Change with Meatless Monday

With the UN Climate Summit upon us, what can the rest of us do to address climate change in our own lives? When it comes to food, reducing the amount of emission-heavy foods we eat can go a long ways. Eating less meat (perhaps going meatless just one day a week) is easy and effective.

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 as the "Waters of the United States," marking one of the biggest 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!

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