Joe Fargione

Joe Fargione is the lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy's North America region.

Pollution

How to kill the Gulf's dead-zone zombie

The Gulf of Mexico's dead zone is the largest in the world, and it keeps coming back. But there are steps we could take to get rid of it.

Food

Why wasting food wastes nature, too

Waste not, want not: In order to meet global food demand, we should decrease food waste instead of expanding agriculture.Photo: Christoph LupprichCross-posted from Cool Green Science. A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations finds that globally, roughly one-third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted. But why is that bad news — and potentially good news — for nature? First, the bad news: Agriculture is the dominant way people use land, covering about 12 billion acres, roughly 36 percent, of the Earth’s land surface — and conversion of land to agricultural …

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