Sustainable Living

Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

Cows are not efficient at converting feed to protein for human consumption, said lead author Gidon Eshel, an environmental physics professor at Bard College in New York.

2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

Numerous investigations have taken place on farms in the past decade, leading to “food safety recalls, citations for environmental and labor violations, evidence of health code violations, plant closures, criminal convictions, and civil litigation,” the Idaho lawsuit says.

Brave new gardening for brave new climates

Brave new gardening for brave new climates

“Awareness is changing in a way that is here to stay,” said Brian Sullivan, a vice president for landscapes at The New York Botanical Garden.

Hop to it: Plant what you need to brew beer

Hop to it: Plant what you need to brew beer

“The modern palate pretty much demands some hops in beer, but beyond that, there’s a lot of choices available,” says Dennis Fisher, an organic farmer from Winterport, Maine.

Scientist gets World Food Prize for wheat advances

“It’s a great honor,” Rajaram said.

Salmon migrate by truck during California drought

Salmon migrate by truck during California drought

Millions of six-month-old smolts are hitching rides in tanker trucks because California’s historic drought has depleted rivers and streams, making the annual migration to the ocean too dangerous for juvenile salmon.

New York is central in modified-food label debate

“New York is a pivotal state in this debate,” said Rick Zimmerman, executive director of the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance, one of several industry groups fighting the proposed labels.

Food companies work with farmers on sustainability

Food companies work with farmers on sustainability

“Climate change and pressures on water supplies pose financial risk to our agricultural industry but it’s not just the corn belt’s problem,” said Brooke Barton, water program director at Ceres and co-author of the report, which argues that increased corn production has depleted land and water resources in some areas and contributed to increased water pollution from fertilizer runoff.

West Coast groundfish certified as sustainable

“A proud day for fishermen in Oregon, Washington and California,” Dan Averill, fishery outreach manager for the council, said in a statement.

A crusade to save backyard edible gourd

A crusade to save backyard edible gourd

“There aren’t a lot of vegetables that people can plant and have access to 300 pounds of fruit in their backyard,” he said.