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  • How To: Grow Microgreens in Tupperware

    Microgreens are delicious, easy-to-grow food sources that are high in nutrients and easily moveable- Julie Finn does a great job explaining this how to! More

  • Open Source Beehives Help Fight Colony Collapse

    Loss of habitat is one of the major factors contributing to the mass pollinator deaths that are threatening our food future. The Open Source Beehives Project is looking to protect honeybees and other pollinators by making it easy for folks to set up bee habitats in our backyards or on our patios. More

  • Full Planet, Empty Plates, Chapter 11: Can We Prevent A Food Breakdown?

    Editor’s note: We’re proud to support the Earth Policy Institute’s online publication of Lester Brown’s book Full Planet, Empty Plates by publishing selections from the book. If you missed other installments, you can find them here; we’ll add new ones every couple of weeks. By Lester R. Brown As food supplies have tightened, a new geopolitics of food has […] More

  • Can the World Feed China?

    By Lester R. Brown Overnight, China has become a leading world grain importer, set to buy a staggering 22 million tons in the 2013–14 trade year, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture projections. As recently as 2006—just eight years ago—China had a grain surplus and was exporting 10 million tons. What caused this […] More

  • Many Countries Reaching Diminishing Returns in Fertilizer Use

    By Lester R. Brown When German chemist Justus von Liebig demonstrated in 1847 that the major nutrients that plants removed from the soil could be applied in mineral form, he set the stage for the development of the fertilizer industry and a huge jump in world food production a century later. Growth in food production […] More

  • India's Dangerous 'Food Bubble'

    India is now the world’s third-largest grain producer after China and the United States. The adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation have led to this remarkable tripling of output since the early 1960s. Unfortunately, a growing share of the water that irrigates three-fifths of India’s grain harvest is coming from wells that are starting to go dry. This sets the stage for a major disruption in food supplies for India’s growing population. More

  • Full Planet, Empty Plates, Chapter 3. Moving Up the Food Chain

    For most of the time that human beings have walked the earth, we lived as hunter-gatherers. The share of the human diet that came from hunting versus gathering varied with geographic location, hunting skills, and the season of the year. During the northern hemisphere winter, for instance, when there was little food to gather, people there depended heavily on hunting for survival. Our long history as hunter-gatherers left us with an appetite for animal protein that continues to shape diets today. More

  • Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?

    Aquifer depletion now threatens harvests in China, India, and the United States. These big three grain producers together supply half of the world’s grain harvest. The question is not whether water shortages will affect future harvests in these countries, but rather when they will do so. More

  • Full Planet, Empty Plates: Chapter 4. Food or Fuel?

    The massive diversion of grain to fuel cars has helped drive up food prices, leaving low-income consumers everywhere to suffer some of the most severe food price inflation in history. As of mid-2012, world wheat, corn, and soybean prices were roughly double their historical levels. More

  • Return to Traditional Farming, or: the Next Revolution Will be Fought With the Hoe

    Despite technological advances and the proliferation of GMO crops from companies like Monsanto, we – as individuals – have very little in the way of long-term food security. That’s what Harvesting Justice believes, at least, and they’re working hard to convince you that it’s true. Harvesting Justice is a series about getting back to traditional […] More

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