Food

Messin' around

Getting back to our green roots with potlikker soup

Collard greens, pork stock, and corn dumplings soak in the rich broth of history.  (Photos by April McGreger) Recently I was one of more than …

Wally Green World?

Putting Wal-Mart’s green moves in context

What journalists and even environmentalists so often fail to do in reporting on Wal-Mart’s sustainability announcements is to provide some context. Context is everything. Consider …

Maybe locavores can save the world after all

Financial blogger Felix Salmon has an essay in Foreign Policy called “How Locavores Can Stop World Hunger.” Salmon normally focuses on issues involving economic crises, …

Gasly stuff

The N of an era: America’s nitrogen dilemma — and what we can do about it

There are three things on which the mighty engine of U.S. agriculture depends: water, fuel, and synthetic nitrogen. Like water, nitrogen is elemental to life. …

cutting bait

The bluefin tuna gets a bigtime backer: the U.S. government

The Atlantic bluefin may be down, but it’s not out. After delaying a decision, the Obama administration came out today in support of a proposal …

That's just beachy

USDA research chief concerned about ‘safety of organic food’

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO — In another post, I’ll explain why I’m in Mexico for the next two weeks, and how I came to attend a conference …

Drill baby drill

Garden Girl TV: indoor gardening, part three

In this episode, I show you how to build the shelves for your indoor garden. Mine are up off the floor about 14 inches, which …

The terror-ble, horrible, no good, very bad freshwater crisis

Water and the War on Terror

While leaders in Washington have been war-gaming the national security risks of climate change, they’ve only started to connect the dots to the closely related …

Carb your enthusiasm

Obama’s cholesterol beef isn’t with the burgers, but the buns

(Photo by Vanessa Pike-Russell,  Creative Commons)It must have surprised many that a president as young and vigorous as Barack Obama could be experiencing rising cholesterol, …