Climate change is here, and with more erratic weather, temperatures and precipitation, the threats are real. Don't fret, though: there's a framework for a more resilient agriculture system that puts adaptive management into farming and the food system, which can help everything thrive - even as problems in the system heat up.
California is a major agricultural state. California is also a major oil-producing state. And never the twain shall meet, right? Not quite, and the use of recycled oil field wastewater as irrigation water for food crops has raised concerns about their coexistence.
The Governator tours the fire line and Harrison Ford continues his Indonesian palm oil tour in this week's episode, "The End of the Woods." The bigger story behind the two icons: teams of firefighters, scientists and activists protecting the forests and wildlife in the path of climate change.
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!
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.
Media coverage of a recent Stanford study has questioned the value of organic food. But is all organic agriculture created equal? In a word, no.
California's Central Valley and New York's Suffolk County have the shared problem of nitrate contaminated drinking water as shown in two separate studies. The question is, how long can this pollution be tolerated?
Over at GOOD magazine, July's 30-day Challenge is to Waste Less. (Twitter hashtag: #30daysofgood) Here at GRACE, we've been having a great time checking out the the GOOD staff updates and the responses to the questions they've been putting to their readers.
Stone Barns Center is an 80-acre farm tucked away in the rolling hills of Westchester County, New York and lies at the heart of a new food revolution.