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Goodbye, Small Farmer? Investors Could Soon Own Most of American Farmland
by Katy Keiffer
Today, 30 percent of American farmland is owned by non-operators who lease it out to farmers. Here’s why that’s a problem.
Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Sequel” Could Have Gone Further
by Mark Rahner
Let’s face it. The people who really need to see this film are never going to go near it.
The Secret to Growing More Food With Fewer Chemicals? Squirmy Soil
by Matthew Wallenstein
Over the past century, we’ve abused our soils. But recent studies suggest they can be revived to support a sustainable food system.
Comic: Why You Should Turn Your Yard Into a Mini-Farm
by Jennifer Luxton, Erin Sagen
Take that lawn by the grass and grow something!
A Trillion-Ton Iceberg Broke Off Antarctica and All I Can Think About Is Food
by Erin Sagen
Climate change is getting worse, and policymakers are ignoring one of the biggest factors.
Your Chocolate Might Have Survived This Fungus in Ecuador
by Meredith Rutland Bauer
Half of all cacao grown in Ecuador is ruined by a disease called frosty pod rot. But farmers, exporters, and chocolate-makers are finding sustainable ways to combat it.
Why Climate Change Belongs in the Health Care Debate
by Stephen Miller
We know climate change is affecting the environment—but it’s also threatening people’s health.
Call for Submissions: How Can Our Economy Spark Joy?
by YES! Editors
Send us your ideas by August 18.
5 Ways to Take Your Love of the Outdoors to the Next Level
by Melissa Hellmann
This summer, get outside, roll up your sleeves, and take a stand for public lands.
Naomi Klein Pushes Us to Dream Big to Get Beyond Trump’s Shock Politics
by Robert Jensen
The activist’s new book challenges the pessimism that sets in when we think radical change is politically impossible. But it misses something big.
Judge’s Ruling on Standing Rock a Second Chance for Justice
by Mark Trahant
The federal court decision could start a new chapter in the DAPL saga, beginning with dropping prosecution of water protectors.
Resistance That Won’t Quit: A Timeline of the Keystone XL Pipeline
by Valerie Schloredt
Despite a Trump executive order undoing nearly nine years of defiance, the story of the-pipeline-that-won’t-die isn’t over.
After Coal, a Small Kentucky Town Builds a Healthier, More Creative Economy
by Peter Slavin
A complex network of local organizations helps neighbors support one another as they rebound from a dying industry.
Blackfeet Researcher Leads Her Tribe Back to Traditional Foods
by J. Gabriel Ware
Forced assimilation destroyed most nations’ diets, but now Native youth are learning to integrate local foods back into their daily lives.
No, Killing Coyotes Does Not Help Ranchers
by Megan M. Draheim
There is no clear evidence that lethal control works to protect livestock.