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Lack of hippo manure tips ecosystem into failure

Hippo-suction: From Lake Edward in war-torn central Africa comes another example of the complexity of nature. The lake was once a rich and reasonably well-managed source of fish for the region, but now fishing nets are coming up empty. Reasons include unlicensed boats, fishing in the normally off-limits...

Postcard from the Sustainable Foods Institute in Monterey

I'm here in Monterey for the Sustainable Foods Institute, which the Monterey Bay Aquarium (creator of the Seafood Watch pocket guide) puts on for members of the media before its monster Cheffapalooza event this weekend, Cooking for Solutions. This year there are two full days of programs about issues in...

Beef industry not fans of Meatless Mondays, surprisingly

Moderation or abomination?: The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has called on Obama to re-institute "Meatless Mondays," something previous presidents did in wartime. The Center says it is making the request to promote better health and better environmental practices. The beef industry, of course,...

Agrofuels are not the answer for CA’s low-carbon energy needs

This guest post has been unpublished at the request of the contributor due to timing issues.

‘Killer’ movie tells who to charge for the large

"Killer at Large," a new documentary DVD, is a veritable banquet of obesity information, serving up copious facts and personal tales about the American obesity epidemic that threatens to shorten the life span of the current generation of young people. Alas, the movie provides only a dollop of solutions...

What two 19th-century cities can teach us about community-based food systems

While compiling this week's (long overdue) Digest, I came across the excellent infographic above in Yes! magazine's April issue, which is all about growing a food revolution. It nicely collects all of the inputs — homegrown seed, clean energy, regional processing plants, grow-your-own programs — that...

Transgenic seeds are toast(ed): New report says GE crops have not increased yield

Couched deep within the earth-mother rhetoric of a recent Monsanto ad (which you can also see on the back cover of the current New Yorker issue, a $100K-plus ad buy) is a bold claim: Providing abundant and accessible food means putting the latest science-based tools in farmers' hands, including advanced...

Unfair fare: Why prices for meat from small local farms are too high

Editor's note: New York part-time farmer Bob Comis sent us a link to a post on his Stonybrook Farm blog for consideration in the Digest, but we liked it so much we asked him if we could publish an edited version in its entirety. His opinions are going to raise some hackles, not to mention hocks, but we...

Meet menhaden – before this ecologically critical fish vanishes

By Alice Friedemann Ever heard of menhaden? Probably not, although perhaps you're familiar with the fish’s other names: bunker, pogies, mossbacks, bugmouths, alewifes, and fat-backs. You may be surprised to learn they’re the most important fish in the Atlantic and Gulf waters. Menhaden are the vacuum...

Fatal attraction: Humanity’s love affair with fish like the Chilean sea bass

Recently I was snared — or hooked, snagged, or netted (pick your favorite fishing pun) — by a book that shows  humanity's enormous capacity to affect ocean life. We can nearly wipe out an entire species in just a few decades thanks to new technologies and taste trends. Take the Chilean sea...

Digest – Blogs: Tomato truths, legislation lies, and the murky waters of sustainable shrimp

The price of tomatoes: Tom Philpott follows up on his trip to Immokalee, Florida with the second of a two-part post, examining how tomato pickers survive on $50 a day. The answer? With much difficulty. (Grist) That's the internet for you: There's been quite a bit of webby rabble-rousing over Representative...

Digest – Features and blogs: Why go local?

Agriculture next to fall? In his latest blog screed, famed dystopian James Howard Kunstler predicts that agriculture will be the next to fall in the world economic crisis, noting that "if the US government is going to try to make remedial policy for anything, it better start with agriculture, to promote...

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