Wake up and smell your vegetables, America!

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of fatness

When did a diet of processed, sugary junk foods become what "real Americans" eat? Messaging by Big Food -- echoed by a cynical GOP -- has taken many people hostage in what I call American …


Why are gays more eco-friendly?

A recent poll says gays and lesbians are more likely to support the environment. So why are the gays greener?

dirty business

Think composting stinks? Here's a fresher idea

Brooklyn company Vokashi is a composting service for people who don't want to harbor rotting vegetable matter in their kitchens.

The Magical History Tour

Ask Umbra Book Club announces 'At Home' by Bill Bryson for next read

Ask Umbra announces the new book club selection, At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson. Join and discover why we live the way we do!

Set the Alarm Clock: Don’t Sleep Through the Green Revolution

Originally posted on The Great Energy Challenge “There is nothing more tragic than to sleep through a revolution.” The revolution Dr. King spoke of in his speech at the National Cathedral in 1968 was one …

Pop culture

8 things you can do about population

Things anyone can do to lessen population pressure: improve sex ed in local schools, support abortion rights, & don't push others to have kids.

The brain curdles

Care for some human cheese?

If you said "Ew, no thanks!" you're not alone. But why do we consume milk meant for other baby animals but wrinkle our nose at our own?

Growing bolder

The (not so) New Agtivist: Joan Gussow, mother of the sustainable food movement

For more than 30 years, Joan Gussow has been writing, teaching, and speaking about our unsustainable food system and how to fix it. Here she tells how growing her own food and reducing her consumption …


Organic cigarettes on the rise, still bad for you

A small but growing number of tobacco farmers are going organic, giving smokers everywhere a potential out from New Year’s resolutions.