2013's Top Blog Stories in Food, Water and Energy

Happy New Year! Today, in lieu of our usual Eco News roundup, we’re taking a moment to share some of our top blog posts from the past year. Our ongoing coverage of the latest food, water and energy issues, from GMOs to food waste to fracking, kept us busy last year – expect even more in 2014 ! Thanks for reading, and if you have any stories we should share, drop us a line at [email protected]


The Arsenic in Your Chicken
Despite the threat to human health and the environment, industrial poultry producers continue to use arsenical drugs to boost growth rates. A new study measured how much of this arsenic ends up in your meat.

Stopping a CAFO: The Biggest Victory You Never Heard About
An Illinois community engaged in a five-year struggle to prevent completion of a partially constructed industrial dairy facility - and won big.

Get to Know the Truth about Monsanto
In the wake of the Monsanto Protection Act becoming law, Food and Water Watch has a handy new report on the agri-giant. "Monsanto: A Corporate Profile" runs down a famous list of misdeeds, from Agent Orange to GMOs, and if you eat, you should be interested in this.


Beef: the “King” of the Big Water Footprints
Are new developments in the decades-long cold war over the average water footprint of beef worth revisiting or does the grudge match remain?

So Where Does All That Mercury in Fish Come From?
Look at a seafood guide and you're bound to come across the ominous warning: "High in Mercury." But what does that mean, and how is mercury winding up in the fish on your plate?

Water Use, Withdrawal and Consumption: What Does It All Mean?
Water use can take two forms - consumption or withdrawal. It's important to understand the difference between the two.


9 Things to Know About the Food, Water and Energy Nexus
How well do you know the interconnections between our food, water and energy systems? Here are several interesting facts and insights into the nexus.

Waste Without Borders: Fracking's Dirty Dilemma
The EPA estimates that the annual water requirement for hydraulic fracturing may range from 70 billion to 140 billion gallons (the energy-water nexus in High Definition!). But that's only the start of fracking's water problems!

Photographer Jamey Stillings: Seeing the Big (Solar) Picture
A person might wonder how images of a bunch of mirrors in a desert would yield beautiful - and important - photography. Welcome to the work of Jamey Stillings and his online exhibit of photos at the Forward Thinking Museum of the ongoing construction of the Ivanpah Solar project in the Mojave Desert.