This week's Real Food gets a bad rap -- it's heavily subsidized and heavily monocropped, a whopping 88% of it is genetically engineered and most of it becomes animal feed, high fructose corn syrup or ethanol. But we've got a soft spot for sweet corn, and we bet you do, too.
Algal blooms occur naturally, but human development has knocked the natural nutrient cycling out of balance and made them harmful. This installment of our Algal Doom series looks at some of the major pollution sources, like fertilizer runoff from farm fields, animal agriculture manure lagoons and wastewater treatment plants.
The corn crop in the US will help to supply the required 18 billion gallons of ethanol in 2016, which will add to the strain of devoting more environmental resources to produce corn. Read on for the latest in our series on corn and its impact on our food system.
This week's Eco News features stories about a foundation's fight against food insecurity; if our love for avocados has a harmful impact on our environment; how food waste can become a vital ingredient in premium products - and much more!
Dr. Christopher Gobler and his lab at Stony Brook University are performing pioneering research investigating the causes and effects of harmful algal blooms in aquatic ecosystems, including the terrible toxic algae outbreak in Florida this summer.
Tastes like chicken? Not this bird. Ostrich meat is "the other red meat" with a taste profile that more closely resembles beef than poultry. The birds are easy to raise, gentle on the land and their meat has a champion nutritional profile. Read on for more about this fascinating bird - plus a recipe for ostrich burgers!
How we feed the world is currently out of balance: one billion people go hungry, while one billion eat too much. However, a recent Friends of the Earth report found that agroecological farming practices, combined with democratic institutions, can create a fairer, more resilient and sustainable food system.
As the dominant agriculture commodity in the US, corn has found its way into a large part of American life, but this comes with costs from both environmental and public health standpoints. Learn more about what dent corn is, what's it made into and why we should care.
This week's Eco News features stories about why the GMO labeling movement fell short; a new kind of challenge at the Olympic games; how the science of nutrition can be very messy - and much more!
Has the water in your swimming hole gone green with gunk? Chances are that you're witnessing a harmful algal bloom, which is a serious problem throughout the US and the world. Our new Algal Doom series explores what algal blooms are, why they're bad and what they're caused by (hint: conventional ag and CAFOs are just two of the causes).
In the peak of the season, the farmers' market explodes with tomatoes of all shapes and sizes, colors and nuanced flavors. The imperfect, bumpy, lumpy, scarred tomatoes are often the ones that taste the best. Here's how to use up every last one of them!
New curricula for highschoolers from the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University addresses a critical knowledge gap about our food system in US schools.
The US's devotion to corn has led to an increased strain on resources and created an industry dedicated to increasing yields. In this new series, we explores how the corn industry got so big in the US, the crop's role in contributing to factory farmed meat and obesity and how little of the corn crop gets directly eaten by people.
This week's Eco News features stories about how leftover meal swipes in college dining halls can fight food waste; a top-notch guide to buying eggs; Big Pharma's push to switch farm animals from antibiotics to vaccines - and much more!
Post Carbon Institute supports the transition to a more resilient, equitable and sustainable world. Here, PCI's Executive Director Asher Miller talks about what he sees as the biggest barriers to bringing about a more sustainable food system and what makes him hopeful that we can make things right.
Did you go a little crazy at the farmers' market this week? Is your garden producing more zucchini than you know what to do with? Or maybe your CSA box is overflowing with summertime goodies? If you're looking for seasonal inspiration on what, exactly, to do with all of that produce - look no further. We've got seasonal pairing ideas, recipes and inspiration galore!