War of the worlds: FarmVille vs. real farms

Why are people flocking to tend virtual sheep on Facebook when so many real farmers are virtually barely scraping by? See how the two measure up when planted side-by-side in this telling infographic.

Food Feeding the City

Three projects that are watering Detroit's ‘food desert'

Food has emerged as the key motivating force of Detroiters' efforts to re-imagine their town as a thriving, livable place. Here are three representatives of the spirit driving the 21st-century version of the Motor City.


Urbivore’s Dilemma, Weeks 13 &14: Being away from my CSA box

Forced to eat cafeteria food for six days straight, the Urbivore has a new dilemma -- being homesick for her local-veggie box. Can such fresh food spoil you? And why does it spoil so fast, anyway?

Business & Technology

To establish 'integrity,' Chipotle Grill needs to stand against farmworker abuse

Chipotle Grill won't live up to its "integrity" slogan until it stands with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers against slavery.


The atrazine emails: Science with an attitude is still science

UC Berkeley professor Tyrone Hayes sent obscene emails to pesticide maker Syngenta's staff. But that doesn't invalidate his research on atrazine.

Climate & Energy

Our energy-gulping industrial food system revealed in eight bullet points

New York Times recently ran Stephen Budiansky's op-ed hailing the energy efficiency of the industrial food system. The reality is much more complex


Do you have the balls to really change the food system?

You like nose-to-tail dinners and street-food festivals. Your bananas and coffee are Fair Trade, but everything else is Far From It. Sound familiar? A farmer and real-food activist lays out what you can do if you truly want to change …


Michelle Obama to Congress: Without school food reform, anti-obesity initiative may fail

Michelle Obama renews her call for Congress to pass the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" touting an increase in funding. But it's about more than that -- the bill may finally get junk food out of schools.


Is PETA Butter full of … vegans?

If peanut butter is chock full of peanuts, and PETA is chock full of vegans, then the only logical conclusion is that PETA Butter is chock full of vegans, no?