Looking into the connections between parts of complex food, water and energy systems can yield eye-opening and important results. This week's Eco News features this type of research. There are stories of how important immigrants are to milk production, the outcome of massive herbicide use and a look at cities bearing the costs having clean water. Learn about these items + more!
In this week's installment of Our Heroes, we talk with Jennifer Pitt of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), one of River Network's 2015 River Heroes. Pitt manages EDF's efforts on the Colorado River to protect and restore the river's delta. In 2014, she helped bring water to the Delta for the first time in five decades.
The woods of North America are a veritable cornucopia of food - plenty of it really yummy. A great example is the pawpaw, America's largest indigenous fruit! With a tropical taste, a variety of culinary uses and a large range, it's a shame that pawpaws aren't a snack staple. Go out and get a hold of one of these super local fruits!
As we enter fall, we can expect peak foliage, peak pumpkin spice and, sadly, peak harmful algal blooms (HABs) in US waters. What's the deal with toxic algae blooms and why is the problem getting worse?
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?
Often times, the week's big Eco News is about major systems and complex relationships. This week is no different, from disturbing studies coming out about how much fast food kids eat and the amount of crop-diversity we've lost to exciting news like the fast-growth of the organic food sector and global companies joining climate change efforts.
We're proud to have been part of Farm Aid's HOMEGROWN Village so that we could share the Eat Well Guide with so many family farm supporters! Click through our photo slideshow to get a feel for the Farm Aid festivities!
Over here at GRACE we're celebrating our new favorite holiday: cow week. In honor of this special occasion, we've put together a list of the most important moovers and shakers throughout history that have helped shape human society and culture.
The production of milk - overwhelmingly milk from cows - is a massive industry that employs thousands of people. And, with wide differences between how milk is produced in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations versus the methods of smaller sustainable farmers, knowing what milk to buy is important.
Whether or not you eat beef or consume dairy, America's relationship with cattle is incredibly important to understand. And, if you want to get truly informed about the state of the cattle industry and how we could improve it to be more sustainable, there's no more exhaustive book out there than "Cowed" by Dennis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes.
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy - aka "mad cow disease" - created a media frenzy back in the 1990s, when the UK experienced an outbreak of both the bovine and the human form of the disease. So what ever happened to mad cow disease?
It takes a lot of people working together to make sustainable changes to our food, water and energy systems. This week's Eco News has stories of companies, individuals and governments cooperating to make a better world. There are also stories that underscore the need for more cooperation: for instance, how Big Ag and water protectors need to work together to protect resources and limit runoff.
Come with us on the (virtual) Road to Farm Aid as we celebrate Farm Aid's 30th anniversary concert in Chicago - this weekend! - by profiling the amazing musicians involved. This week we're talking about the Red Headed Stranger - musical legend Willie Nelson, one of the founders of Farm Aid.
Coffee is the world's second most traded commodity after oil, and more than two billion cups of the caffeinated beverage are drunk around the world every day. But how did the fruit of a desert shrub become one of the most popular (and for some of us, necessary) beverages on the planet? And what are the environmental implications of our global addiction?
When the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program rates a fish as green (its highest rating for sustainability) it's a good thing. When that fish is an invasive species it's even better. Such is the case for the Chesapeake Bay blue catfish, an invasive predator species eating its way through the rivers of the Chesapeake Bay.
How did an LP, a few scrappy conservation groups and a fleet of tiny inflatable boats turn the tide on commercial whaling?