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Food

Why do we turn up our noses at eating bugs?

The lines we draw around what's acceptable to put in our mouths have more to do with culture and climate than with science or nutrition.

Food

Some California farmers are ditching popular crops for less thirsty varieties

Instead of avocados and oranges, farmers are opting for pomegranates and ... dragonfruit?

Business & Technology

Did slaves harvest the palm oil that went into your cookie?

A Wall Street Journal investigation finds egregious worker exploitation on a plantation in Malaysia that sells to big multinationals.

Oklahoma just recorded 40 earthquakes in a week

Forget tornadoes: Thanks to fracking, Oklahoma is all about earthquakes now.

Food

To make meat greener, make it more efficiently

The planet isn't going vegetarian. But we could make all that meat a lot more efficiently, and less wastefully.

baby, you can drive my chard

This Airstream farm is so … Burning Man

It even includes a DJ booth. Guess where it's headed?

Living

To sort or not to sort? That is the recycling question

A reader wants to know whether "single stream" recycling is more efficient than the usual sort-paper-and-plastic approach. Umbra digs up the answer.

Politics

Potholes on the road to highway funding might put us on a better course

Congress is deadlocked on extending the Highway Trust Fund. Maybe it's time to rethink the whole idea.

Climate & Energy

Is your food being grown with wastewater from the oil industry?

The practice is gaining popularity in drought-plaged California, but is it safe?