December 16th, 2013
Cops. Lawyers. Doctors. Even ice road truck drivers have all received their due on TV, either in fictional or “true life” series. It was about time farmers got some exposure. Meet the inordinately attractive and active King family of Freedom Farms in western Pennsylvania. They’ll get you learning about CSAs, family farms, and as a bonus, show what biceps look like when they’re used every day. Indeed, you may get healthier just watching this show on Great American Country TV.
December 13th, 2013
Antibiotic-resistant diseases are depriving Americans of good health every year, with 23,000 people dying from diseases that were untreatable because antibiotics failed to work.
This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sprang into action – 30 or so years into this growing problem — to take aim at a major culprit, perhaps the major culprit, the livestock producers who routinely administer antibiotics to make animals…
November 23rd, 2013
The USDA allows livestock to be fed controversial growth enhancers that are banned in the European Union. This year Russia joined the countries that won’t accept meat that was raised with beta agonists, forcing US authorities to come up with some quick answers if they want to recover this large export market. A collateral effect could be that Americans get meat that’s free of growth hormones, or not.
Animal rights advocate Peter Singer explains how inhumane factory farming exacerbates poverty and climate change
November 21st, 2013
Animal rights advocate Peter Singer says shifting our diet away from meat could relieve human, as well as animal suffering. Speaking at UT-Dallas last week, he showed how factory farming and our inability to effectively fight world hunger are entwined.
Tags: · animal cruelty, Animal Liberation, battery cages, CAFOs, Climate Change, ethics, factory farming, farm animals, gestation crates, inhumane, methane gas, Peter Singer, poverty, Princeton, The Life You Can Save, UT-Dallas
November 11th, 2013
Beta Renewables, a biochemical company in Italy, is running the world’s firstcommercial-scale plant for the production of non-food biofuels. It makes more sense economically and for the environment.
November 11th, 2013
Oil and gas drillers faced with scarce water supplies and other related issues turn to recycling to resolve their problems.
October 29th, 2013
What does the “good life” entail? Clearly, at one level, it is about growth, rising incomes for the population as a whole, and correspondingly higher living standards. But “living standards” are not simply a question of dollars and cents. In China, the country’s quantum leap in growth has long been associated with a corresponding degradation of the environment.
October 28th, 2013
Motley Fool contributor Sara Murphy looks at three companies that are involved in fighting the growing global threat of water scarcity.
Tags: · water scarcity
October 28th, 2013
At the Prairie Festival in Kansas, Mark Bittman finds out what ecologists and agro-researchers are doing to make grain agriculture more sustainable. He speaks to Wes Jackson from The Land Institute.
October 25th, 2013
John Tenanes, real estate director for Facebook, talks about how the social media giant has installed rooftop solar power system that provides hot water and electricity at its corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
October 21st, 2013
A dispute over water that has been brewing for more than two decades has reached a boiling point. Georgia, Alabama and Florida all have a stake in a river system that flows inside all three states.
October 17th, 2013
Maybe there’s something to this solar power thing, with it’s renewable-ness and positive ROIs. Major U.S. retailers, who understand narrow profit margins and keeping expenses down better than anyone, have installed hundreds of megawatts of PV panels. See who’s converting to sun power.