Rachel Cernansky

Rachel Cernansky is a freelance journalist in Colorado. She focuses on the environment and social justice, and you can find her on Twitter.

Chilling effect: How warmer winters could ruin fruit

Warmer temperatures and less predictable weather can make for confused trees and less fruit. Here's why.

Will 2013 bring more rights for farmworkers?

Obama has named immigration reform a top priority in his next term. But big farmers and farmworkers have very different ideas about how that reform should look.

Lunchroom justice: Students push for cafeteria workers’ rights

As the good food movement takes root on college campuses, some students are asking: Where do the people who make our food fit in to the picture?

Is your cup compostable — or biodegradable? And why does it matter again?

As more cities adopt municipal composting programs, the range of to-go ware made from bioplastics is expanding. Here's what you need to know about what's real, what's greenwashing, and why it matters.

Nothing small about it: Microloans give new farmers a needed boost

Unless one has family money, starting a farm can be a huge financial risk. Now, some micro-lending programs are giving a wider range of people a chance to farm on their own.

Power play: Can utilities turn energy efficiency into fun and games?

Utilities are taking a page from Angry Birds and "gamifying" power consumption with a host of software and social tools. Conserving energy now brings high scores and badges -- along with money saved for the consumer and a smarter, safer …

It’s even in gum!: Tips on avoiding plastic from expert Beth Terry

Author Beth Terry talks about plastic-free living, why the proposed alternatives to BPA might be worse, and the connection between cutting out plastic and building a local economy.

Climate change could cause ‘zombie weeds’

New research found that weeds exposed to high levels of CO2 actually transfer their genes to nearby crops and make them behave like weeds.

It’s getting easier for organic farms to get certified

California Certified Organic Farmers and Oregon Tilth plan to merge forces in the coming months, making it easier for organic farms to get and stay certified.