Sustainable Farming

Sustainable Farming

Say it ain’t soil: What’s the true value of organic farmland?

A Maryland organic farm's battle against development raises big questions about the future of food and farming in this country.

Climate Change

‘Himalayan Viagra’ is going extinct

A parasitic caterpillar fungus that grows in the Himalayas has many names, according to Scientific American — yarsagumba, yarchagumba, yartsa gunba, yatsa gunbu. But we are only going to remember one name: Himalayan Viagra. This fungus, which leeches off of …

Climate & Energy

Morning chance of guilt, followed by afternoon desperation

Here is a happy recap of various depressing articles from the news today.

Sustainable Farming

Tyrion Lannister loves farm animals

Tyrion Lannister is my favorite character in Game of Thrones (both the HBO series and the book series, which I refuse to call by its goofy official name), and Peter Dinklage is super-handsome and deserves 300 Emmys. So it’s nice …


Blame it all on my roots: Local food sees a resurgence in the South

A growing cadre of farmers, chefs, activists, and consumers is moving Alabama back to its rich and sustainable agricultural heritage.

Sustainable Farming

New documentary is like ‘The Real World’ for farming

Filmmaker Hailey Wist’s documentary The Garden Summer is the true story of five strangers picked to live on a farm, work together, and have their lives taped. Wist recruited four other good-looking 20-something suburbanites to spend the summer on an …


Cut above: Cooking with grass-fed beef

A new book by Lynne Curry covers everything from how grass becomes beef to the basics of butchery -- with plenty of recipes along the way.

Sustainable Farming

Put it in your pipe and grow it: Former tobacco farms evolve

The 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement didn't just pay for health damages and counter-marketing, it's also been quietly helping farmers in North Carolina rebuild their local food system.

Sustainable Farming

What’s the real difference between cage-free and pastured eggs? [VIDEO]

With Big Ag hijacking terms like "free range" and reducing them to marketing slogans, how can you really tell if your eggs are humanely raised? This beautiful video from the Lexicon of Sustainability cracks the case.