USDA wants us to 'know your farmer,' FDA wants us to stay home

A new federal law went into effect last month, supposedly designed to reduce the risk of Salmonella enteritidis contamination, which requires farms with more than 3,000 hens to abide by strict sanitation practices, including keeping customers out of the chicken …


A new way to grow peas: in your lungs

Nowadays growing food is totally hip, delicious, and sure to appease the most Frugal Freddy. But this is the weirdest place we've ever heard of growing food.


Please eat this fish to extinction

In the recent wave of goodwill toward the ocean, some people are channeling the Noah's Ark approach to saving sea life while others are channeling Hungry Hungry Hippos. Check out this snack-rifice.


An anti-corn elitist helps harvest … corn

Up to my elbows in corn, I explain why -- despite recent dead zone and ethanol rants -- I am not against the grain.

Food Feeding the City

Baltimore seeds city farms as path to sustainability, jobs

Forget "Homicide" and "The Wire." In some Baltimore circles, there's now a lot more talk of sustainability and green living than of the murder rate, and ambitious plans for workforce training and job opportunities are under way -- on places …


Corn industry fights back over my depiction of corn's role in the Gulf dead zone

A National Corn Growers Association rep calls one of my posts about the Gulf of Mexico dead zone "snobbish" and the "rantings of an elitist with an anti-corn agenda." In addition to those fighting words, she took a swing at …


Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 9: The well-traveled vegetable

A takeout eater turned farm-fresh foodivore takes her vegetables on vacation and tries to figure out where to compost their remnants. Should she get a worm bin? Weigh in!


Canola gone wild! Uh-oh, transgenic plants are escaping and interbreeding

Scientists have found novel strains of canola, genetically modified to resist multiple pesticides, that are growing wild along North Dakota roads.

Business & Technology

The climate clock ticks faster, a solar campus, butter as biofuel, and 7 more green tales

Ten stories you might have missed from the greenosphere.