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Politics of the Plate: Sweet Victory

Courts are ruling against genetically engineered crops, but where does the Obama administration stand?
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Politics of the Plate: The Conscientious Carnivore

Can meat be a part of an environmentally sustainable diet?
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Carbon 101

Footprints, offsets, and conversion factors: The jargon of sustainability can confuse even the most environmentally sensitive among us, particularly in the supermarket aisles. Here’s a handy...
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Politics of the Plate: Talking the Talk on Sustainable Food

The USDA’s new Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative is a nice symbol, but will it actually change anything?
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Blood and Chocolate

After 10 years of promises, protocols, and initiatives, the children of West Africa remain at the mercy of the cocoa industry.
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Politics of the Plate: Score One for Farm Workers

For the first time, a large Florida tomato grower agrees to increase wages and eliminate worker abuse in its fields.
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Politics of the Plate: Obama’s Fish Faux Pas

Thanks to the current administration’s inaction, the Gulf of Mexico will soon become home to unsustainable fish farms.
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The Gourmet Q + A: Richard Wrangham

In his new book, Catching Fire, Richard Wrangham, Ruth Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University, makes the case that cooking was the definitive evolutionary step that made us humans what we...
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Wine, War, and Global Warming

What does it take to make people care about climate change? In France and the U.S., very different kinds of arguments.
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Politics of the Plate: Selling the Farm

For a sixth-generation farming family, the time has finally come to let go.
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