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Climate-Smart Villages Boost Nepali Farmers’ Harvests

Nepali farmers are finding that environmentally friendly cultivation methods increase yields—and also help them adapt to rising temperatures and increasingly erratic rainfall.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

In the Public Interest: Monsanto and Its Promoters vs. Freedom of Information

As the Freedom of Information Act approaches its 50th year, it faces a disturbing backlash from scientists tied to the agrichemical company Monsanto and its allies.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Michael Moore Plays a Big Prank on Audiences in ‘Where to Invade Next’

The title of documentarian Michael Moore’s latest provocative cinematic production is “Where to Invade Next.” Probably a blistering critique of U.S. foreign policy, right? Not exactly.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Added Gene Can Make Rice More Climate-Friendly

Scientists discover a way to boost production of the grain that billions rely on for food—and reduce its damaging emissions of methane.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver: We Waste a Third of Our Food While American Families Go Hungry

The “Last Week Tonight” host lists the moral, environmental and, yes, even financial reasons why, as a country, the U.S. needs to stop wasting so much food.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

How Whole Foods Exploits Prison Labor

It has been revealed that in addition to allegedly overcharging and mislabeling its products, the company is using prison labor at a base pay of just 60 cents per day.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change as Grave a Threat as Nuclear War

An international scientific report commissioned by the U.K. government says the risks of climate change are comparable to those posed by nuclear conflict.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

Warming Planet Heightens Plight of the Bumblebee

Scientists warn that human intervention may be needed to protect bees as climate change overheats the southern portions of their habitat range.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change May Knock Seafood Off the Menu

Researchers warn of a serious threat to fish, mussels and other marine species as carbon dioxide acidifies the world’s waters and increases temperatures.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE

Stress on Water Resources Threatens Lives and Livelihoods

Satellite data raise red flags about the draining of underground aquifers in California and elsewhere to meet the demands of expanding populations.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

Lucky Charms Colors

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

Rise in CO2 Could Restrict Growing Days for Crops

While plants in temperate zones may benefit from higher temperatures, global warming’s impact in the tropics threatens catastrophe for food security.

Posted on Jun 20, 2015 READ MORE

Why Organic Farmers Are Angry With Whole Foods

The chain’s latest move is another strike against its holier-than-thou image.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE

An Exclusive Excerpt From ‘Trade Is War’

In his new book, subtitled “The West’s War Against the World,” international trade expert Yash Tandon challenges the notion that free trade helps countries develop. Instead, he finds, it often fosters poverty and violence.

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE

Well Drilling Has Deep Impact on Health of Great Plains

Vegetation loss on North America’s vast rangelands resulting from a huge increase in oil and gas well activity evokes memories of the 1930s Dust Bowl disaster.

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 READ MORE

Familiar Fish Find Northern Seas Too Warm for Comfort

Fish accustomed to shallow northern waters will search in vain for cooler depths as climate change warms the seas where they thrive.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE

China Ramps Up Rhetoric on Climate Change

A senior Chinese official warns that climate-related temperature rises could seriously affect the country’s harvests and major infrastructure projects.

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE

Oregonians Are ‘Mad as Hell’ About Trade Deals That Threaten Their Food Supply

Angry over losing a ballot measure to label GMO foods, Oregon residents are urging Sen. Ron Wyden to say no to fast-tracking the TPP and the TTIP.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE

Acid Attack on Algae Damages Ocean Ecosystem

Increasing acidity in the Southern Ocean is having a serious effect on the growth of a small but hugely important food source for marine life.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE

Big Cities Head for Water Crisis as Populations Explode

With more than half the world’s population now in cities, scientists warn that inadequate surface water supplies will leave many at increasing risk of drought.

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 READ MORE

Mediterranean Sardines Swim North to Keep Cool in a Changing Climate

Fish species in subtropical European waters are migrating to northern waters to escape the warming seas—leaving fishers who rely on them for a living with empty nets.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE

Arid Areas of the U.S. Face Prospect of ‘Megadroughts’

Scientists are predicting extended droughts in the U.S. worse than those believed to have played a part in ending the once-flourishing Pueblo culture in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 READ MORE

Cannabis Growers Blamed for Leaving California High and Dry

As California endures its worst drought since records began, illegal marijuana plantations are being accused of further depleting precious water resources.

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 READ MORE

California Rains Bring Little Relief From Devastating Drought

Unless substantial rain falls soon, California’s worst drought on record threatens dire consequences for the state’s massive agricultural industry.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE

Climate’s Threat to Wheat Is Rising by Degrees

Worldwide field trials show that just one degree of warming could slash wheat yields by 42 million tonnes and cause devastating shortages of this vital staple food.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE

Aid Is Aimed at Rice Farmers in a Warming World

International team provides help to small-scale farmers on the eastern Ganges plains who are struggling to make a living and grow enough rice to feed the population.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE

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What the U.S. Can Learn From Cuba’s Food Revolution

Long before President Obama’s historic opening, American and Cuban foodies have been exchanging cutting edge ideas in agriculture and health.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE

Climate’s Impact on Agriculture Could Lead to Calamity

Widespread hunger and poverty are predicted unless strategies are developed to cope with the drop in crop yields climate change will cause.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE

Plea for South Asia to Unite In Fight Against Climate Risks

South Asia, one of the world’s most populous and disaster-prone regions, faces dire impacts from climate change. So why are its nations not working together to tackle the many shared threats they face?

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE

The Chain

A new expose of Big Pig reveals that for all the hoopla about artisanal bacon and grass fed beef, Spam and its industrial meat cousins are still what’s for dinner.

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 READ MORE

Weather Extremes Will Be the Norm As World Warms

The World Bank says the Earth is on an unavoidable path towards a 1.5 C heat rise by mid-century—but it could reach 4 C by 2100 unless immediate action is taken to avoid dire impacts for millions of people.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE

Green Revolution Trebles Human Burden on Planet

American researchers say seasonal swings in temperatures and CO2 levels are evidence of how agricultural advances and the population explosion have tilted nature’s balance.

Posted on Nov 22, 2014 READ MORE

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Walmart Employees Go Hungry Working for the Richest Family in America

The Walton family control $145 billion in personal wealth, an amount equivalent to the bottom 42 percent of all Americans. Their employees, meanwhile, depend on food banks and taxpayer-funded welfare programs to survive.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Pledge Gets Dollars Flowing Into Climate Fund

Many developing countries are already suffering the impacts of climate change, but a special fund to help them adapt to a warming world has been bolstered by promises of billions of dollars from wealthier nations.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE

Diet’s Effects on Emissions Give Food for Thought

American researchers confirm that a shift to vegetarian, Mediterranean or fish-based diets would cut greenhouse gases, conserve forests and savannah, and have a big impact on obesity-linked health problems.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 READ MORE

Food Security Faces Growing Pest Advance

Warmer temperatures and globalization are helping many pests that attack some of the world’s staple foods to extend their range with possibly devastating impacts, scientists say.

Posted on Aug 31, 2014 READ MORE

Climate Change Heralds End of Civilizations

New research supports the growing body of evidence that many past civilizations have collapsed because of climate change. So is history repeating itself?

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE

Warming Threatens to Cut Crop Yields

The odds on food production being unable to meet the needs of an expanding population are hard to predict, but a new study shows that the risk increases dramatically when man-made climate change is factored in.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE

Rising Heat Hits Indian Wheat Crop

Satellite imaging highlights the growing need to change agricultural practices in South Asia as higher average temperatures cause the reduction of crop yields on the Indo-Gangetic plain.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE

Win-Win Way to Aid Food Security and Climate

Scientists in the U.S. believe they have identified a way to feed billions more people, while reducing the strains and stresses on the environment.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE

Climate Puts U.S. at Risk of Multibillion Dollar Bill

U.S. government and business are warned that climate change could cost the economy billions of dollars because of the increasing risk of property damage, reduced harvests and workers incapacitated by extreme heat.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 READ MORE

U.S. Corn’s Gravy Train Faces Derailment

Corn produced annually in the U.S. is estimated to be enough to fill a freight train stretching around the world, but climate change and unsustainable use of water resources and fertilizers threaten the industry.

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Samantha Appleton

Michelle Obama Takes on Republicans Over School Lunches

First lady Michelle Obama made a rare but strident foray into political debate Tuesday, slamming a Republican bid to change U.S. school nutrition standards as “unacceptable.”

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE

‘Fed Up’ Promises to Change the Way You Eat

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new movie from the producer of “An Inconvenient Truth” and Katie Couric takes on the American diet. Also: A look at the border industrial complex, and a broken promise to help Filipino immigrants send aid to victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE

‘Fed Up’ Promises to Change the Way You Eat

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new movie from the producer of “An Inconvenient Truth” and Katie Couric takes on the American diet. Also: A look at the border industrial complex, and a broken promise to help Filipino immigrants send aid to victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE

World in the Grip of Big Agri-Food

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE

Radical U.N. Report Promotes Democratic Control of Food and an End to Corporate Domination

A new report submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the “Right to Food” took aim at the entire basis on which food is produced and distributed on a global scale.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE

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Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE

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A Few ‘Unhealthy’ Foods That Are Actually Good for You

It seems like every time experts claim something is detrimental to your well-being, they have to retract themselves the following day. Here are a few things you’ll be delighted to reincorporate into your diet.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE

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