It sounds ridiculous: how could an element on the periodic table be an endangered species? The scientist, James Elser of Arizona State University, who is asking if we need a 'Red List' for phosphorous uses the
The disaster at Fukushima may have faded from the news cycle, but the radioactive waste it left behind isn't going anywhere. At the Saitama sewage treatment plant, 169 miles from Fukushima, workers are dealing with tons of
It seems that GMOs are again steamrolling their way through our legal system. Back in December it seemed there may be a light at the end of the tunnel when a federal judge ordered that 258 acres of genetically modified sugar
Earlier this week John was musing about how "peak fertilizer" could make manure a valuable commodity once more, and if Gene Logsdon's guide to managing manure is to be believed, some mega-farmers are getting back into
Our de facto senior humanure correspondent, Sami Grover, has written a number of times on how we've both created a huge mess by mixing our excrement with water in sewage systems and Ihow we're flushing down the toilet an amazingly useful and valuable
Michael Pollan says that if you eat a typical American diet, you are made of corn. Dale Allen Pfeiffer takes it one step further, and says We are Eating Fossil Fuels. (Actually, Jaymi points out that Michael Pollan says that too.)
Our friends over at Grist are asking a serious question about the nitrogen dilemma: Is America Fertilizing Disaster? This is the first piece in a series, and is a great primer in nitrogen, its uses, and abuses.