impacts of agriculture

Our Heroes: Sherie McClam of Manhattanville College

Sherie McClam is passionate about social and environmental justice. This passion has led her on an interesting journey to Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, where she has designed an advanced certificate program in Education for Sustainability. Through this program Sherie inspires and prepares the next generation of sustainability leaders.

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?

North Carolina Ag-Gag Bill Will Help Keep Consumers in the Dark

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.

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.

Food System Recommendations Should Account for More Than Public Health

American agricultural products are used in food, fuel and other goods marketed to consumers around the world. Too often, however, policy makers and businesses overlook the implications of this interconnectivity when making decisions about food consumption here in the US. That's why a systemic approach to policymaking matters!

Food as Medicine: Why Doctors Are Choosing Local, Sustainable Food

While food directly impacts health, the US healthcare system fails to address the importance of food as a preventative tool in personal and public health. Dr. Robert Graham spoke with us about his work to bring a more sustainable approach to medicine, and explained why sustainable food can play a big role in keeping people healthy.

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.

'What's For Dinner': A Documentary Film Review

Pork production in China is growing fast, shifting to US-style industrial operations, with thousands of pigs raised on a diet of commercial feed and drugs. In recent years, researchers and activists in and out of China have analyzed this on paper, but "What's for Dinner?" shows us the process firsthand.

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.

Heroic Endeavor: Sanjay Rawal's New Film, Food Chains

Sanjay Rawal's new film, Food Chains, takes an unflinching look at abuses in the fields. It also tells the hopeful story of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who've managed to strike agreements with some of the world's largest fast food companies and grocery stores through consumer pressure.

Antibiotics Should Resist A Free-Market Paradigm

How do officers of publicly traded pharmaceutical companies reconcile protecting vital antibiotic drugs with their corporate responsibility to boost market share and profitability? Andrew Gunther of Animal Welfare Approved says they don't, and the current federal-industry pact won't stop the ongoing abuse of antibiotics in farming.

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