Watching Little House on the Prairie while growing up (more times than one should admit to in a blog) led me to be fascinated with people who could make things themselves at home, instead of running to the store. This probably
Zooming by Oak and Fell Streets in San Francisco, you may not notice the bustling growth that is taking place behind the fence on the corner of Laguna and Oak. When the City removed the Laguna freeway off-ramp, there remained 2.5
Josh Kilmer Purcell and Brent Ridge were ready to make a run for it, break out of Manhattan and get back to the land, so they literally bought the farm. Tricky part is, they knew nothing about raising crops, tending pigs, or staying afloat as
Of all the environmental issues to think about -- and there a lot of them -- questions concerning food and health are common to us all. We've all got to eat, and do so every day, and so questions of how we manage the environment and how the environment
One of my not-so-extended male relatives steadfastedly refuses to buy organic. No amount of talk about pesticides, overuse of synthetic fertilizers, or factory farm cruelty will sway his view. He lives in the heart of GMO corn and soybean country, which
Last weekend the president of the Maldives held an unusual cabinet meeting. Underwater. The president asked his ministers to learn scuba diving for their unusual in-the-sea meeting, where they used hand signals and wrote on slates to communicate in an
Organic soils such as those seen here could sequester 40% of global carbon emissions. Image source: Rodale Institute stock.
Global Climate Change Chaos
We've overshot sustainability. Three hundred fifty parts per million (350 ppm) is the recommended
Joel Salatin is a self-described environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer, or as the New York Times calls him, "the high priest of the pasture." You may remember him from The Omnivore's Dilemma, in which he was profiled at length by Michael Pollan.
Earlier this year, TreeHugger awarded Sokol Blosser Winery with the Best Green Winery award in our inaugural Best of Green Awards. We knew they were doing lots of different green things -- practicing organic viticulture, green building, and so forth --
"Midnight at the oasis, send your camel to bed," was an oldie, and it's about to come back into its own as camel milk chocolate bars are soon to hit the scene. The benefits: they are organic, healthy and good for your sex life.
We talk a lot about eating local, seasonal food, but that can be tricky to visualize in different places around the world, depending on the season, region, even the micro-climate. To help showcase eating what's
Living off the land is often seen as the ideal for many aspiring greenies. Bucolic bliss. Healthy harvests. Cheery chickens. Milk making moo cows. Plentiful potatoes and a fresh figs. Sunsets sipping Sauvignon.
In the lead-up to the conference Food and Society 2009: Gathering for Good Food the organizers have released an online slide show highlighting 75 portraits of people in the food movement who attended last year's event. Electronic communications have
The USDA ain't what it used to be. Ever since Earl Butz was charged with creating a highly efficient ag sector under Nixon and Ford the USDA has been about production of cheap calories through industrial agriculture. Enter the