food politics

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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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: It’s in the Bag

A new study concludes that reusable shopping bags can harbor bacteria and fungi. But a closer look reveals that this supposed public-health threat may be more of a scare campaign....
food politics

Politics of the Plate: Oh, Deer

In the name of food safety, California farmers have been waging a needless war against native wildlife.
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How to Help Australia

The devastating fires this month have ruined lives and livelihoods. Here’s how to help.
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Politics of the Plate: Killing the Fish That Lays the Golden Eggs

A new harvesting procedure keeps fish alive during caviar extraction—and it may help bring sturgeon back from the brink of extinction.
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Politics of the Plate: So What’s the Catch?

A promising idea called “catch shares” may be the solution to dwindling fish stocks and cutthroat competition among fishermen.
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Four Farmers Project: Barren Fields

King Corn stands alone as the last crop, battered and wind swept. The gaudy tassel top hats of August have long since broken off and blown away.
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Four Farmers Project: Hurry Up and Wait

It’s the heart of the corn harvest, and nothing is moving. Farmers worry that their predicament could lead to a genuine disaster.
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