Robin Madel works on food, agriculture and water issues, including water footprints, sustainable seafood, urban and innovative forms of agriculture and personal actions people can take to help improve the food system. She produces blog posts, issue pages, reports, videos and other online content. Prior to GRACE, Robin worked for the city of Boulder Public Works Water and Transportation Departments and at Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site. She received an MS in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, a BS in Civil Engineering and a BA in Geological Sciences - both from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as a professional certificate in Journalism from New York University. She is an avid photographer and an actor, so she's usually not too far away from a camera of some sort.
Of the 13 million metric tons of plastics that make their way into the oceans every year, much of it ends up as microplastics - sesame seed-sized particles that contaminate our fish, shellfish and even sea salt. In honor of World Oceans Day 2017, find out what you can do to turn the tide of plastic trash.
Greenpeace's Sustainable Shopper Seafood Challenge will show you how sustainable your seafood purchases are and how to make even better choices to help ensure a fish-filled future for us all.
The USDA is taking public comments on the twice-delayed implementation of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule, which is designed to make improvements to certified organic animal welfare standards. The deadline of June 9, 2017 is fast approaching.
"The Reducetarian Solution," Brian Kateman's new book about eating less meat, is a collection of essays about how large-scale, factory-farmed meat production is hard on the planet, bad for health and causes animal suffering. At an upcoming summit, Kateman and other leaders of the reducetarian movement will explore how individuals, organizations, communities and societies can work to decrease meat consumption.
Take the Better Burger Challenge when you grill your burgers! Go for an all veggie burger or try a veggie and sustainably raised beef blend. Help make the iconic hamburger into a force for a healthier, more humane and more environmentally responsible food system!
What's next for Obama's 2015 Clean Water rule (aka, the Waters of the US rule) - will it be repealed and replaced? Find out what WOTUS actually is and what it entails, how it impacts agriculture and why it's controversial.
Tell the companies that produce Halos and Sweethearts mandarin oranges to stop dumping oil wastewater on their oranges, putting our health and the health of farm workers at risk.
Agriculture and venture capital have joined forces to take the centuries-old concepts of hydroponics and aquaponics to new heights, turning them into what some are calling the future of urban agriculture.
After trying a bunch of hard ciders and learning what they're all about, one of us decided to make her own, because making hard cider is easy, right? Maybe.
As delicious as Girl Scout Cookies are, they could be even better. This petition tells you how you can help make all Girl Scout cookies organic and GMO-free.
Recirculating Farms Coalition has just launched Better Fish Farming, a new website about recirculating farms that will help you understand what recirculating farms are, how they work and why they're so great for fish, plants, people and the environment.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and its members spent nearly $400 million over the past four years to defeat mandatory GMO labeling laws. Buycott has assembled a list of products from companies that fought against your right to know. Find out if your favorite organic brand is on the list!
Urban agriculture comes in many shapes and sizes. It's in cities and suburbs, and it encompasses everything from soil-based community gardens, to warehouses full of hydroponics, to rooftops farms supplying greens to the restaurants below. Inclusivity in urban agriculture will help our food system grow into a healthier and stronger system for all.
We use plastic bags for everything, from carrying our groceries to carrying our lunches to bagging trash, and most of those bags don't get recycled. Instead, they end up littering the environment and harming wildlife. But you can cut back on bag waste. Read on to learn about making your city a Bag It Town.
It's not quite "the Rumble in the Jungle" - more like "the Rumble in the Field." It's the debate over whether or not hydroponic farming and other forms of container growing systems will be permanently allowed into the USDA-certified organic program.
Food Policy Action has released its National Food Policy Scorecard for the 114th Congress. Find out if the legislators from your state kept food safe, healthy and affordable.