Urban Agriculture

Michigan’s gangsta gardener gets off [VIDEO]

Julie Bass of Oak Park, Mich. no longer faces jail time for having a vegetable garden in her front yard.

Jail time for gardening: Now officially a trend

Hey, remember the woman threatened with 93 days in jail for growing a garden in her front yard? She could have a cellmate! Dirk Becker of Lantzville, British Columbia turned his scraped-dry gravel pit of …


Why it's so hard to reform the food system, explained in one chart

It's very hard to make change in the food system in an environment where wages are flat and couples (read: women) are working more hours.

Food Safety

Who really benefits from the egg industry deal?

An agreement between the Humane Society and United Egg Producers to seek federal legislation for better henhouse conditions is still a long way from having any real effect.

Why this drought will be way, way worse than the last one

A New York Times article about the current drought in the South compares it to a record-setting dry spell 60 years ago: Climatologists say the great drought of 2011 is starting to look a lot …

Industrial Agriculture

Going rogue: USDA may have just opened the GMO floodgates

Did the USDA just open the floodgates to unlimited, unregulated planting of new genetically engineered crops? It sure looks that way.

Michigan woman could face jail time for growing a garden

The green movement doesn't have much use for lawns. Yeah, they make suburban enclaves look tidy and uniform, but really, would it be so effing bad if your house had something useful -- say, a …


Land of the freegan, home of the brave

For a freegan, the world is a grocery store, and everything is marked 100 percent off. I go dumpster diving with a few intrepid New Yorkers who are living the freegan dream.


Foraging in the Land of Enchantment [VIDEO]

Daniel Klein learns how to forage for edibles in the woods from a nomadic University of New Mexico professor.