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Concealed by Shutdown-Related Headlines, a Big Week in Food Politics
by Erin Sagenposted Oct 18, 2013
- In case you were distracted by Tea Party antics this week, here's a rundown of important developments in GMOs, sustainable farming, and other food news.
3 Ways Obamacare Will Help You Out (Even If You're Off the Grid)
by Shannon Hayesposted Oct 16, 2013
- Self-reliant farmer types may not think they need help from the government. But they need affordable health insurance at least as much as the rest of us.
Think You Understand GMO Labeling? Take Our Quiz and Find Out!
by Erin Sagenposted Oct 16, 2013
- Do you fully understand the complex layers of legal, scientific, and political information at play in the fight over Initiative 522?
Pro-Coal Kids' Pages Pulled from Government Site as Public Pressure Increases
by Jeff Biggersposted Oct 14, 2013
- Two sections that essentially told kids that coal was safe and good for the environment disappeared today from the website of a state agency in Illinois.
Why the Corporate Media's Climate Change Censorship Is Only Half the Story
by Sarah van Gelderposted Oct 11, 2013
- Of course the media needs to start talking honestly about climate change. But there's more to the issue than just gloom and doom.
Is "Snowden Effect" Inspiring More Whistleblowers to Step Up?
by James Trimarcoposted Oct 11, 2013
- For those in the intelligence community who want to come forward about government lawbreaking, Edward Snowden made it clear that they're not alone.
Is Your Phone Smart Enough to Not Poison the People Recycling It? This One Is
by Chris Sweeneyposted Oct 11, 2013
- Our throwaway electronics harm people overseas, but new trends in responsible design are not just smart—they’re kind.
Why Jon Stewart Wants to Adopt Malala Yousafzai
by Christa Hillstromposted Oct 10, 2013
- “If you hit a Talib with your shoe, there is no difference between you and the Talib”—and other impressive things the teenage Nobel Peace Prize contender said to leave “The Daily Show” stunned.
How Domestic Workers Won Their Rights: Five Big Lessons
by Amy B. Deanposted Oct 09, 2013
- After decades of exclusion, home care workers are finally covered by federal minimum wage laws. Anyone who works for social change can learn from how they did it.
Obama: Citizens United Helped Pave the Way to Shutdown
by Fran Kortenposted Oct 08, 2013
- So unchecked campaign spending has played a role in today’s political chaos, and the Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC could make things way, way worse. Now here’s the good news.
Shutdown EPA Workers Clean Up River Anyway
by Cynthia Danielposted Oct 08, 2013
- In one of our favorite responses to the government shutdown, this group of EPA staffers in Georgia went DIY on a local creek.
What 11-Year-Olds Get—and Adults Forget—About Child Labor in Chocolate
by Katrina Rabelerposted Oct 04, 2013
- Marie Hogan confronted Hershey’s about using children in its supply chain because she cares about other kids, fairness—and candy. Here’s what we can learn from her.
This Slam Poet Totally Nails Why Kids Learn Best in Their Native Language
by Nur Laljiposted Oct 04, 2013
- With a string of powerful similes, poet Dylan Garity lets us know what life is like for Boston students who are trying to learn English.
Welcome to Commonomics: How to Build Local Economies Strong Enough for Everyone
by Laura Flandersposted Oct 04, 2013
- In our new series, YES! Magazine investigates what it will take to strengthen our local economies for the benefit of all.
Why the Government Shutdown Is Not Anarchist Utopia
by Nathan Schneiderposted Oct 03, 2013
- Real anarchists aren't just for abolition of the state. They're for a society in which ordinary people can freely and democratically govern themselves.