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  • Urban Farming: the Quiet Revolution

    If the idea of urban farming wasn’t a hugely revolutionary act then people like Sean Law and Julie Bass wouldn’t be losing their homes and facing jail. More

  • The Invisible People Who Take our Trash "Away"

    Ever gotten stuck behind a garbage truck? Or heard one banging against a dumpster in the middle of the night? I’d guess that for most of us, these inconveniences/disturbances are among the few times we give any thought to the people who deal with our waste after we throw it “away.” More

  • The Survival of the Earth Depends on Frogs

    Healthy frogs means healthy humans. Jean-Marc Hero, a vertebrate ecologist specializing in conservation biology of amphibians, biodiversity assessment and monitoring, and conservation physiology explains that the survival of the Earth depends on frogs. The survival of frogs depends on humans.

    Today, there are more seven thousand species of amphibians in the world – more than six thousand of those species are frogs. With so many frogs, how can the survival of the planet depend on them? Well, in lots of ways. More

  • Edible Landscapes Transform a Town

    Pam Warhurst calls it “propaganda gardening.” Warhurst co-founded the group Incredible Edible in the little English town of Todmorden to promote eating healthy fruits and vegetables and growing food locally. More

  • Alberta Tar Sands Project

    The Alberta Tar Sands Project is in the U.S. news a lot these days. As a U.S. citizen, I’m usually focused on the potential effects of the Keystone XL pipeline contaminating aquifers and soil. This TEDx video shows the effects on Canada. The Alberta Tar Sands is basically just a huge strip mine that goes on as far as the eye can see. More

  • What Does Truly Sustainable Seafood Look Like?

    I recently ran across a TED talk by Barton Seaver on seafood, sustainability, and health. He makes some really excellent points: Of course, probably the most sustainable thing you can do for our oceans is to skip the seafood all together. Who says a meal has to center around animal protein at all? While I’m […] More

  • Renegade Lunch Lady Ann Cooper

    Renegade lunch lady Ann Cooper discusses the food in our schools. This TED talk is a few years old, but it’s still timely. Not much has changed in most schools since she filmed this talk. An early point she makes is that food should look like food. Kids don’t know what chicken looks like on […] More

  • How Pig Parts Make the World Turn

    Christien Meindertsma wondered what happened to the pig parts that don’t make it into the grocer’s freezer as pork. Long ago, people used all the parts of the animals they raised for food. She asked herself, β€œDo they still use all the parts?” And then she tracked one pig from the farm to the processor and through all the products he ended up in. More

  • The 30 Project Fights Hunger and Obesity Simultaneously

    According to Ellen Gustafson of the 30 Project, the last thirty years have seen enormous changes in our food and agricultural systems, such as the consolidation of agriculture in the United States and abroad and the move towards highly-refined, processed food as the bulk of our diets. The 30 Project is based on an interesting […] More

  • How Food Shapes Our Cities

    In her recent TED Talk, Carolyn Steel takes a look at the history of food production and asks an important question: What would a modern city look like if it were centered around food? More