Business & Technology


Here’s why renewable energy needs a boost from Congress

Ground was broken for what will likely become the largest wind farm in the country -- but overall, the news for renewable energy is not so good.

Yeah, that's a chip on my shoulder

Will Frito-Lay's new traveling greenhouse really sell more potato chips?

Frito-Lay, the $13 billion business unit of PepsiCo, is spending millions to try and persuade people it's a simple, farmer-friendly company, and I haven't the faintest clue why.

Stir-fried pork

With the global climate pact dead, China gets hungry for U.S. factory pork

China's growing appetite for meat -- and its rapid conversion to U.S.-style industrial meat production -- may prove just as damaging to the climate as its growing proliferation of cars. The only winners will be U.S. exporters of cheap corn and cheap pork.

Taking charge

Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt? Choosing your green drive

Are you a Volt kind of gal or a Leaf guy? General Motors and Nissan are revving up to put the first mass-produced electric cars in showrooms.

Why chew when you can sip?

WTFood: Would you drink Jamba Juice's 'Cheeseburger Chill Smoothie'?

Fast-food turf wars are nothing new. What's new is when one restaurant openly mocks the others for it with an amazing product like Jamba Juice's Cheeseburger Chill Smoothie, "a delightful mix of real beefy goodness, smothered in cheese, loaded with your favorite condiments and blended to creamy perfection." Slurp up the action in their tasty video.

Foul ball

Sports stadiums rack up gag-worthy food violations (especially Florida's)

According to a report for ESPN, Florida boasts seven of the eight stadiums nationwide in which 75 percent or more of food vendors were in violation of food safety regulations, including for things like a "buildup of slime."

Tapped out

U.S. faces climate-driven water shortages

As global warming accelerates, the world will become not only hotter, flatter, and more crowded but also thirsty, according to a new study that finds 70 percent of counties in the United States may face climate change-related risks to their water supplies by midcentury.

Bubble gummed

Financial-reform bill limits the speculation in ag commodity markets that sparked food crisis

While we mourn the dead climate legislation, it's worth noting that something non-hideous emerged from Congress last week. Buried within the financial reform bill, there's a set of provisions that evidently limit excessive speculation in ag commodity markets -- something that drove more than 100 million people into hunger in 2008.


Solar drones, homemade wifi, and other amazing tales of green

From solar cells as small as lint to environmentally-friendly predator drones, here are 10 tales to share this weekend.