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  • Clean Drinking Water Project Challenges You to Put Down the Smartphone

    We live in an age of screens. At work, many of us stare at a computer screen all day, then head home to watch television. In between, our eyes are glued to our smartphones as we check email, play Words with Friends (guilty!), and text our besties. All of that screen time can’t be healthy, and Giorgio Armani is challenging us to step away from our smartphones for just 10 minutes. In exchange, he will give a child in need a day’s worth of clean water. More

  • Poverty and Obesity: What's the Connection? [Infographic]

    We don’t do as much on issues of human health as much as some of our sister sites, but our concern with the environment certainly incorporates wellness… both individually and collectively. So when a friend offered me this infographic exploring the links between poverty and obesity, I jumped at it: these kinds of connections are […] More

  • Baby Busts and Ponzi Demography: The Costs of Population Growth

    Worried about the “baby bust” under discussion in some media outlets? John Seager of Population Connection argues that there’s no shortage of people in the developed world (nor will there be), and that the “Ponzi demography” represented by such thinking is unsustainable. More

  • By the Numbers – Data Highlights from Full Planet, Empty Plates

    More than 150 data sets accompany Lester R. Brown’s latest book, Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity. These tables and graphs help to explain the precarious situation in which humanity finds itself, as the world leaves an era of food surpluses and enters one of food scarcity. Here are some highlights from the collection. More

  • Stove Man: Cooking and Crying

    Part two of the Paradigm Project’s reality webseries Stove Man is online. In it, Greg and Austin try to cook over an open fire the traditional Kenyan way. More

  • Urban Agriculture Success Stories (that you may have missed)

    Can small scale, urban farming feed the world… or even provide a significant portion of the food needed for local residents? I don’t know… I do know you’ll find different perspectives on that question right here on the pages of sustainablog. Regardless, urban agriculture does create a number of benefits, particularly in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods: […] More

  • Are High Global Food Prices A New Norm?

      FAO (The food and agriculture organization of the United Nations) released their June estimate of global food price indices yesterday.  The new numbers were mixed, but not encouraging overall. Sugar was up 15% over the month. All the other indices were nearly flat: Dairy up 0.2%, Oils down 0.6%, Meat down 1.5%, Cereals down 1.3%. […] More

  • World Water Day 2011

    We’ve talked about water around here before, but I don’t think it ever hurts to take a look at our water system again. If you’re reading this site, chances are that you’re fortunate enough to have ready access to clean, safe drinking water. Many folks aren’t so lucky. With the recent news about cuts to water infrastructure here in the U.S. as part of the 2012 federal budget, World Water Day couldn’t have come at a better time. More

  • Sneak Preview: State of the World 2011

    In just a few short weeks State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet will be launched! We’re excited to share with you a sneak preview of Chapter 1 entitled, “Charting a New Path to Eliminating Hunger,” authored by co-project directors Brian Halweil and Danielle Nierenberg. More

  • Sustainable Farming Making a Sustainable Society

    Hi. I’m Tom Lynch, Founder of Worthwhile Wine Company, an importer of great, sustainably made wines from South Africa. I’m also the Co-Founder with my teenage daughter, Miranda, of Isipho, Inc., a nonprofit company that is empowering the people of a remote rural South African village to lift themselves out of poverty through sustainable food […] More

  • Find Out How Rich You Are On Global Rich List

    Ever wonder how rich you are? Or more reasonably put, how your income compares to that of everyone else in the world? Just how rich is rich, and how poor is poor? With Global Rich List, you can find out exactly how you compare to the rest of the world. More

  • The Population-Poverty Connection

    By Lester R. Brown The 21st century began on an inspiring note: the United Nations set a goal of reducing the share of the world’s population living in extreme poverty by half by 2015. By early 2007 the world looked to be on track to meet this goal, but as the economic crisis unfolds and […] More

  • Monsantophobia: Sustainability Concern or Wealthy Convenience?

    [social_buttons] A phobia is defined as an irrational fear.  I’m going to describe a real life example of  how irrational fear about a company called Monsanto gave some influential people in our food industry a way to ignore a significant ethical question.  First I need to give a little background. A particularly articulate and challenging […] More

  • The Local Food That Matters The Most

    [social_buttons] If you have read some of my earlier posts you know that I see a positive, but actually quite limited role for “local food.” But there is a situation where the increased production of “local food” is not just a nice concept – it is a moral imperative.   I’m talking about places like rural, sub-Saharan […] More

  • Tainted Produce in Poor Neighborhoods

    [social_buttons] Not only do low-income neighborhoods have less access to fresh produce, but the rare fruit or veggie found in these areas is also more likely to be tainted. A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that the levels of bacteria, yeast, and mold found on fresh produce vary according to […] More

  • Plan B 4.0 by the Numbers — Data Highlights on Poverty and Population In Chapter 7 of the recently released Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Lester Brown lays out the Plan B goals for eradicating poverty and stabilizing population. Behind the scenes are a number of datasets and graphs that delve deeper into the trends discussed in the chapter. Here are some highlights from the […] More

  • A Civilizational Tipping Point

    By Lester R. Brown In recent years there has been a growing concern over thresholds or tipping points in nature. In my latest book Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, I state that scientists worry about when the shrinking population of an endangered species will fall to a point from which it cannot recover. […] More

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