Donald Carr

Donald Carr is a senior policy and communications advisor for the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group and the author of Psaurian: A Novel of Semi-Intelligent Design.

Drought-stricken farmers pay the price for failed climate bill

In the face of crippling drought across the Corn Belt, Congress is considering funding a disaster aid package with cuts to climate friendly conservation programs.

Farm Bill

Why the 2012 Farm Bill is a climate bill

The Environmental Working Group says climate change activists should be concerned about proposed cuts to farm bill conservation programs, which would be the carbon-emissions equivalent of adding 2 million cars a year to America's roads.

Industrial Agriculture

Big Ag is pissing away our nation’s rich topsoil

Midwest farmland is more scarred and eroded then previous reports suggested.Photo: Environmental Working GroupBad federal policy and intensifying storms are washing away the rich dark soils in the Midwest that made this country an agricultural powerhouse and that remain the essential foundation of a healthy and sustainable food system in the future. That’s the alarming finding of a new Environmental Working Group report that highlights innovative research by scientists at Iowa State University (ISU). The report is titled “Losing Ground,” and it shows in stark terms what industrial-scale crop production is doing to our soil and water in the Corn …

First we'll take Manhattan

Plotting the food revolution at TEDx in New York City

Laurie David delivers inconvenient truths on the food system at TEDx Manhattan.Photo: Jason Houston, via FlickerAttending the TEDx Manhattan event on the future of food and farming was a day-long drink from a fire hose of cutting-edge ideas, sobering realities, and sincere enthusiasm about how America can eat better and farm more sustainably. Since Time’s Bryan Walsh offered a comprehensive write-up of the day’s highlights here and here, I’m focusing my coverage on conversations I had with attendees and speakers as they came off the stage. Much of the offstage discussion centered on the looming farm bill, the critical legislation …

Crop circles

The only thing 'green' about NASCAR's switch to corn ethanol is the cash

Using an energy-hogging fuel to gas up cars circling a track is absurd. NASCAR might want to ask its fans whether they'd rather watch races -- or be able to fish in clean water or hunt in abundant habitat.

Sugar rush

Corn subsidies make unhealthy food choices the rational ones

Deliberations have already begun over the Farm Bill, which comes up for debate again in 2012. The corn refiners' recent push to re-brand corn syrup is a clear response to growing consumer awareness that we need to reform which kind of agriculture -- and calories -- we support in this country.

Shall we Sundance?

The best green films at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival has long been a celebrated venue for environmental documentaries, due in part to Sundance founder Robert Redford‘s green sensibilities. An Inconvenient Truth, The Cove, and Who Killed the Electric Car? all attracted critical buzz at Sundance before they made their way into theaters around the country. The festival’s 2010 lineup continues this trend with a handful of well-crafted, compelling films that address crucial environmental themes not yet in the public consciousness. Gasland Avant garde filmmaker Josh Fox grew up in Pennsylvania on a pastoral stretch of the Delaware River, which happens to sit on the natural …

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