Transforming Your Lawn With Edible Landscaping

July 8th, 2018 Originally published on The Climate Reality Project. Edible landscaping can go a long way toward conserving valuable resources while creating a powerful carbon sink, allowing you to take effective climate action right in your own backyard. What have you done for me lately? The one-and-only Janet Jackson once asked that question of a bad boyfriend. But lately, we’ve been …

What if School Lunch Programs Promoted Public Health, Good Jobs, and the Environment? From LA to Cook County, local governments are using their purchasing power to transform the food system.

By Anna Lappé and Jose Oliva in The Nation, 25 May 2018 Students eat lunch at the cafeteria at Marston Middle School in San Diego, California, March 7, 2011. (Reuters / Mike Blake) Eleven billion dollars. That’s the total tally of the national school-food program in the United States and just a small fraction of what public institutions in this country spend every year in …

Agroecology Is Becoming A Global Movement. But Where Does the U.S. Fit In? Movements move government policy, not the other way around.

Support farmer-to-farmer exchange that spreads agroecological practices through existing, and expanding, networks of small-scale family producers. It would entail greatly expanding the numbers of small, ecological farmers, based on the wisdom of those who already produce in this way  “Scholars interested in advancing agroecology must turn to their own institutions, see how we do and don’t work with and for …

Study Uncovers Surprising New Reason to Go Local: it’s better for land and people on both ends

Eco-Watch, May 2018 There are lots of ecological reasons to buy local food, from reducing the carbon footprint of the meals you eat to preventing agribusiness‘ destruction of unique ecosystems like the Amazon rainforest. But research published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday uncovered another surprising benefit to local agriculture: it is also better for the environment of countries that currently import lots of food.This is …

Exporting water quality problems

Mar 22, 2018, by Kate Ravilious, contributing editor to environmentalresearchweb. A new study has shown that some rivers are far more capable of mopping up livestock-related pollution than others. For countries, like the UK, with rivers that are already overloaded, imported meat helps to keep rivers clean at home, but often results in extra river pollution elsewhere. Intensive livestock farming is a major source of …

Glyphosate clouds contaminating even more distant fields now, and all popular beer and wine brands tested

By Zen Honeycutt, March 2018 The past few years have revealed some disturbing news for the alcohol industry. In 2015, CBS news broke the announcement of a lawsuit against 31 brands of wines for high levels of inorganic arsenic. In 2016, beer testing in Germany also revealed residues of glyphosate in every single sample tested, even independent beers. Moms Across America released test …

There are low cost ways to reduce carbon through ag, land and forest restoration, but attention is needed now to reach the contributions possible

By TNC, Proceedings of the National Academies of Science “New research by TNC and 15 other institutions . . . demonstrates that nature-based solutions provide up to 37 percent of the emissions reductions needed be 2030 to keep global temperature increases under 2 degrees Celsius—30 percent more than previously estimated.” Globally, forest pathways offer about half of the lowest-cost climate opportunities, …

Free access to locally grown food for everyone – movement has turned all the public spaces, from the front yard of a police station to railway stations, into farms filled with edible herbs and vegetables for all

By Khushboo Balwani February 6, 2018 on Shareable Here’s the problem: The rapid expansion of cities is breaking the relationship that people have with the food ecosystem. Although the problem is receiving attention by some city officials, and they are adopting new sustainability programs and policies, it is a time-consuming, top-down process with an uncertain impact. What if with a bottom-up approach of …

Sat 27 Jan 2018 The Guardian   London’s cycle superhighway squeezes cars on Victoria Embankment. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian Imagine a healthy future. That we need to change radically was shown by a mass study of the health of 300,000 people that was at once entirely shocking and wholly predictable. Newcastle University found obesity and the lack of exercise (the two go …