Erik Hoffner

Erik Hoffner works for Orion magazine and is also a freelance photographer and writer. Follow him on Twitter: @erikhoffner.

Food

Yes, chef: Tom Colicchio fights to make your food better

The head judge on "Top Chef" is also an influential advocate for ending hunger, greening agriculture, and creating an actual food movement.

Climate & Energy

Drill next door: Here’s what it looks like when fracking moves in

Drilling rigs pop up in suburban neighborhoods like mushrooms overnight.

Five questions for DC Environmental Film Festival Director Peter O’Brien

The twenty-first annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital kicks off this week in Washington, DC. The event, which runs from March 12 – 24, will screen 190 films that celebrate our connection with the natural world—from an exploration of the Amazon to a kayaking trip down the infamous Los Angeles River. I caught up with Peter O’Brien, the Festival’s executive director, who answered a few questions via e-mail. The 2012 Festival was one of the most ambitious to date—over a hundred films were screened—but this year’s event looks even bigger. What are some of the highlights? The 2013 …

Local food a growing trend for land trusts

When a land trust in Grayslake, Illinois, made a strategic decision in 2005 to include farmland in its list of property types to preserve, it joined scores of traditional ‘woods and waters’ trusts across the U.S. which are increasingly preserving agricultural lands and building local food systems. While it made sense strategically, since much of the county’s remaining forested and open land has already been conserved, it was also right on mission for Conserve Lake County (CLC). As they got into it, the CLC leadership realized that they didn’t want to convert purchased farms to natural uses, though, but rather …

Food

Sea sick: Another virus crashes Canada’s salmon farms

Viruses that devastate fish farms, like the one that broke out last month in British Columbia, could have serious implications for wild salmon populations.

Living

Green screen: 20 years of environmental films

The first environmental film festival is celebrating its 20th year of using movies to bring green issues to the masses. Founder Flo Stone took a minute to answer our questions before the excitement begins.

Oil

Ride the line: What one activist learned biking the Keystone XL route

"Renewable rider" Tom Weis biked the over 2,000 miles of the U.S. portion of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route, learning along the way that opposition to the project doesn't fall along party lines.

Climate Change

Eco-shocking the airwaves

For his podcast, Radio Ecoshock, Alex Smith interviews mostly off-the-radar authors, scientists, and activists about the climate crisis.

Pollution

Fishing for change

Recycled Fish turns anglers into conservation stewards, in the hopes that future generations will be able to fish in healthy waters.

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