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.
Find out how much you can reduce your impact on the environment, your health and animal welfare by taking the Reducetarian Pledge. Choose an option to eat less meat for the next 30 days and you'll see your positive impacts add up every day!
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.
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What's next for Obama's 2015 Clean Water rule (aka, the Waters of the US rule) - will it be repealed and replaced?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.
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.
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.