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Food

On superior farmlands, limited appetite for local food.

In hyper-fertile Central Illinois, sustainable farmers seek local support, but end up trekking their wares to Chicago.

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Toxics

A small town in Texas. A huge explosion. An unsolved mystery — and the long road back.

WEST, Tex. — If her son hadn’t stowed that damn ’66 Chevrolet Impala in her garage, Jeanette Holecek would have died the day her town exploded. But its sloping steel bulk was in just the right place, at just the right time, and it shielded her from the concussion that shattered her home.

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Climate

Trump’s Puerto Rico video tells positive story but leaves a lot on cutting-room floor.

A few minutes into a video about Puerto Rico relief efforts that President Trump tweeted out this week is a short clip about U.S. Forest Service workers clearing fallen trees off a road in the rural interior.

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Justice

Chicken workers sue, saying they were modern-day slaves.

Three Oklahoma men filed a federal class-action lawsuit today alleging that they were modern-day slaves forced by a drug rehabilitation program to work for free in chicken processing plants.

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Food

Can we trust the sustainable meat we order online?

The best way to know where your beef comes from is to order directly from a farmer. But not everyone can afford to pay farmers’ market prices or to front hundreds of dollars for a cow share and then try to fit all the vacuum-sealed meat into their freezer. For this reason, a host of online resources are now available to ship the most sustainable meats directly from family farms to consumers’ doors. All in manageable quantities at a reasonable price.

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Toxics

Following the family tradition, Chris Darwin is leading the fight to protect animals from extinction.

Following the family tradition, Chris Darwin is leading the fight to protect animals from extinction

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Food

They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants.

The worst day of Brad McGahey’s life was the day a judge decided to spare him from prison.

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Opinion

Even in farm country, farm to table restaurants are hard work.

When I first opened Hobos, a farm-to-table restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, I embraced the grand vision of sourcing everything from within 40 miles of the restaurant. I had worked in farm-to-table spots across the country and trained in Europe and Mexico at restaurants as far from commercial food suppliers as you could possibly get. I assumed that sourcing entirely from sustainable, local farm and seafood purveyors would be easy here; after all, Delaware is a state fewer than 100 miles in length, and claims 40 percent of its land in use for agriculture.

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Climate

Goodbye - and good riddance - to livestock farming.

What will future generations, looking back on our age, see as its monstrosities? We think of slavery, the subjugation of women, judicial torture, the murder of heretics, imperial conquest and genocide, the first world war and the rise of fascism, and ask ourselves how people could have failed to see the horror of what they did. What madness of our times will revolt our descendants?

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Water

Why factory farming is not just cruel – but also a threat to all life on the planet.

The world desperately needs joined-up action on industrial farming if it is to avoid catastrophic impacts on life on earth, according to the head of one of the world’s most highly regarded animal campaign groups.

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Big Oil flows a little bit backward

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Join the “Agents of Change” discussion on research and activism

Four of the fellows who participated in the program this year will discuss their ongoing research, activism, and experiences with publishing their ideas in the public sphere.

The dangers of opinion masquerading as fact in science journals: Jerrold J. Heindel

A call for unbiased, honest science in peer-reviewed journals.

Beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: Clean energy takes a COVID-19 hit

With job loss and stifled development in the renewable energy sector, economists, politicians, and advocates say policy action is necessary to stay on track.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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