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Insult to injury: How the House snuck protection for GMOs into its farm bill

On top of huge cuts to food stamps and big giveaways to Big Ag, the just-passed House farm bill also includes a special provision to protect the biotech industry.


Blood on the bike path: What a tragic accident teaches us about safely sharing the trails

When an elderly woman was killed in a collision with a bicyclist, commenters on news websites unleashed a flurry of anti-cyclist vitriol. Not only was it unfair, but a few simple rules of thumb might have prevented the whole mess.


L.A. braces for hellish heat waves while world leaders diddle

Los Angeles and other cities have been leading the fight against climate change. Now, they’re preparing for the inevitable.


Top chefs go to ‘food policy boot camp’

Chefs as sustainability advocates? Absolutely, says the James Beard Foundation, which invited 15 chefs to take a deep dive into issues of antibiotic overuse and the farm bill earlier this week.

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Umbra’s second helpings: Shaving the planet [VIDEO]

Caught up in a hairy situation? Umbra shaves the day.


Vandana Shiva talks with Bill Moyers about the food system [VIDEO]

In this interview clip, scientist and philosopher Vandana Shiva recommends asking oneself daily: "Where am I complicit in the war against the earth?"


Cohousing: The secret to sustainable urban living?

Experiments in cooperative living offer a great model for building sustainable urban communities. But can they work for everyone?

Farm Bill

Will the farm bill prop up doomed crops in this extreme climate?

If the House Agriculture Committee has its way, the farm bill will continue to subsidize monocrops that don't have a chance in this increasingly inhospitable climate.


The left’s gone left but the right’s gone nuts: Asymmetrical polarization in action

Political polarization has risen sharply in recent years. But the process hasn't been symmetrical: Republicans have moved farther right than Democrats have left.