Environment

Where True Quality of Life Comes From

The following is an abridged version of the speech Maria Rodale delivered at the United Nations on Monday, December 8, 2014, upon receiving Auburn University’s International Quality of Life Laureate Award. The award recognizes outstanding global citizens who have made a significant contribution to improving the lives of people worldwide. Past laureates have included Archbishop […]

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In Gratitude

by guest blogger “Coach” Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute executive director Every day, when I get dressed, I put on something green. It’s a joke around the office that, if anyone sees me without green, I’ll give him or her $100. Thus far, I’ve never had to make a payout. I have a lot more green […]

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Bringing Our Money Back Down to Earth

  Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted with permission from the pamphlet “Commons nth: Common Sense for a Post Wall Street World,” by Woody Tasch, the founder of Slow Money. Over the past five years, more than $38 million has been invested in 350 small food enterprises via dozens of local Slow Money networks and […]

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How a Gas Glut got 100 People Arrested

“Climate Justice-FERC Action Day 1″ by Nick Lyell/Flickr, licensed under CC 2.0 by Sam Koplinka-Loehr, community organizer with Clean Air Council “Well, there’s a gas glut right now” is usually not the reason someone ends up in jail. And it definitely isn’t the sexiest reason to end up in jail. Gas glut sounds more like […]

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What?! Fish Can’t Be Organic?

by Lisa J. Bunin, PhD, organic policy director of Center for Food Safety That’s right. Neither wild fish nor farmed fish can be certified organic because no organic standards exist in the U.S. to regulate them. But that may be about to change—for the worse. Why? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently proceeding […]

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Money Can’t Buy the Truth about Food Labeling

Photo: (cc) Chris Goodwin/Flickr, cropped and licensed under Creative Commons 2.0 by guest blogger Robyn O’Brien, author and former financial and food-industry analyst The debate to label genetically engineered foods is heating up in the United States. In the absence of any legislation at the federal level, states are taking the initiative. It’s not the first […]

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Ebola vs. Climate Change, Fear vs. Courage

Recently, I’ve seen a lot of social media humor and sarcasm around the fearful public response to ebola as compared to people’s generally unafraid responses to climate change. People are wondering why everyone is freaking out about a difficult-to-contract disease and not freaking out about the end of civilization as a result of climate change. […]

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Can Organic Agriculture Really Reverse Climate Change?

by guest blogger “Coach” Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute executive director Over the past 14 days, I have been on a walk—a walk that, I hope, will change the way that we look at climate change. Each day I walk 10 miles on a journey from the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, to Washington, DC. Along […]

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