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The Farm Bill’s “Government Handouts”: Who Really Benefits? The Farm Bill’s “Government Handouts”: Who Really Benefits?
by Shannon Hayes
There’s nothing like talk of “government handouts” to get people upset. But when it comes to farm bill, the real culprits might not be who you think they are.
Would Smokey the Bear Get Arrested to Stop Fracking? Would Smokey the Bear Get Arrested to Stop Fracking?
by Peter Rugh
When artist Lopi LaRoe used Smokey the Bear imagery to encourage anti-fracking activism, the Forest Service threatened her with a lawsuit.
Vermont Time Bankers Build a More Personal Economy Vermont Time Bankers Build a More Personal Economy
Video: Whatever service you might need, you’re likely to be able to get it at Onion River Time Bank, where you pay by doing what you love.
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
by Nadia Colburn
When author Florence Williams learned her breast milk contained chemicals like flame retardants, she started investigating what exactly is in a breast and how that body part connects us to our children, our past, and our surroundings.
Houston’s Most Polluted Neighborhood Draws the Line at Alberta Tar Sands Houston’s Most Polluted Neighborhood Draws the Line at Alberta Tar Sands
by Kristin Moe
If the Keystone XL pipeline is approved, 90 percent of the tar sands crude that flows through it will be processed near an embattled Houston neighborhood called Manchester. Residents are joining up to demand a healthier future.
“World’s Greenest Office Building” Makes Net-Zero Look Easy “World’s Greenest Office Building” Makes Net-Zero Look Easy
by Samantha Thomas
It’s a commercial office space equipped with composting toilets, rainwater showers, and a stairway designed to be so beautiful that no one ever takes the elevator.
Newly Released Tim DeChristopher Finds a Movement Transformed by His Courage Newly Released Tim DeChristopher Finds a Movement Transformed by His Courage
by Melanie Jae Martin
Tim DeChristopher, who was just released from federal custody, is best known as the man who disrupted an auction of pristine public lands. But there’s more to his story than his role as “Bidder 70.”
Big City Farmers Take to the Rooftops Big City Farmers Take to the Rooftops
by YES! online staff
Space is expensive in Brooklyn, so Gotham Greens built their urban farm on a rooftop.
A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think
by Jen Soriano
Two recipients of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize are working to abolish the practice of sending trash to landfills and incinerators. And the idea is catching on.
Curriculum & Resources: The Food Project Curriculum & Resources: The Food Project
Resources from The Food Project, based in the Boston area, focus on sustainable agriculture and youth leadership. TFP graciously shares many of its manuals, activities, and curriculum for free (downloadable).
Building a Solar Economy: 4 Lessons from Hawaii Building a Solar Economy: 4 Lessons from Hawaii
by Erin L. McCoy
Hawaii generates more of its power from the sun than any other state. Here’s what the rest of us can learn from the obstacles that came up along the way and and what’s being done to overcome them.
Look out Monsanto: The Global Food Movement Is Rising Look out Monsanto: The Global Food Movement Is Rising
by Daniel Moss
The book Harvesting Justice isn’t just a look at the world’s most exciting food justice groups—it’s also a knockout organizing tool.
Occupy Sandy Funds Growth of Worker-Owned Co-Ops Occupy Sandy Funds Growth of Worker-Owned Co-Ops
by Peter Rugh
Could the seaside neighborhoods struck by Hurricane Sandy be the next big incubator for worker-owned companies?
Why the Most Powerful Thing in the World Is a Seed Why the Most Powerful Thing in the World Is a Seed
by Abby Quillen
“The Seed Underground” is a love letter to the quiet revolutionaries who are saving our food heritage.
Empowered by the Past: Red State Co-ops Go Green Empowered by the Past: Red State Co-ops Go Green
by Brooke Jarvis
A century ago, cooperatives electrified the poorest counties in the nation. Today, can they lead the way to a smarter, cleaner grid?
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