NYC's anti-soda ads hit right in the gut [VIDEO]

New York City's government has declared war on "sugar-sweetened beverages." While Mayor Michael Bloomberg would love to pass a controversial penny-per-ounce soda tax, his government isn't waiting around for the windfall to start discouraging residents from popping open a pop.


Court rules rBGH-free milk *is* better than the kind produced with artificial hormones. Now what?

News that an appeals court is overturning Ohio's ban on "rBGH-free" milk labeling has caused quite a splash. The court disagrees with the FDA that there is no "compositional difference" between milk produced with and without the artificial growth hormones. …


In search of black and Latino farmers in the sustainable food movement

One woman's journey to explore the urban-ag movement, learn to farm, and search for her black roots.

Business & Technology

SunChips not-so-quietly buries its noisy compostable bags

Which is noisier: the SunChips compostable bag or the snacklash from chip-eaters who prefer their chips to crunch more loudly than the packaging? For now, it's RIP (but not in a compost pile) for the noisy packaging.


Life, uncontained: Fighting with weeds, squash — and GMOs

Living things have a habit of not doing what you expect them to. But sometimes plants and animals can go places you aren't intending, and the consequences can be minor ... or catastrophic.

Food Feeding the City

Would a Walmart solve West Oakland's and Nashville's food problems?

Getting fresh, healthy food into low-income urban areas known as "food deserts" isn't as simple as it appears. For example, should food-justice advocates be celebrating when Walmart is the one bringing an oasis of fresh groceries to these deserts?


A recap of the FDA's ‘Frankenfish' hearings

Even the FDA's pro-industry committee charged with evaluating the safety of a new genetically engineered salmon wants to see better science before supporting its release.

Climate & Energy

Wasted food equals wasted energy, new study makes clear

Americans' profligate food-tossing ways waste the energy equivalent of 350 million barrels of oil per year, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Texas. And that figure is probably low, says American Wasteland author Jonathan Bloom.


Fixing USDA dietary guidelines won't fix our diets

The USDA is revising its guidelines on what Americans should be eating. But even if the feds get it right, which they probably won't, a new pyramid won't be enough to change the way we eat.