Food System

3 New Urban Farm Projects To Watch

Nov 27th, 2013 | By Nicole Rogers

The urban farming movement is going strong, with organizers worldwide working to bring food production into urban areas. Urban food production improves city dwellers' access to fresh food, promotes food justice, and reduces transportation costs. Check out three up-and-coming urban farming projects tailor-made to suit the needs of their communities.
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Transportation

Algae Is Moving Fast

May 2nd, 2013 | By Nicole Rogers

It's no surprise that algae-based biofuels continue to make great progress. Algae is fast-growing and doesn't compete with existing food sources like corn ethanol does. With an increase in funding, the support of the military and exciting new research happening all the time, we're excited to follow the development of this burgeoning industry. This week, we offer the most recent algae news.
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Food System

The Hidden Costs of Drought

Mar 8th, 2013 | By Amy Leibrock

Shipping on the Mississippi River has returned to normal levels after a threatened shutdown due to the drought, but the scare exposed one more way our food supply is vulnerable to extreme weather events.
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Food System

How To Make The Food System More Energy Efficient

Oct 12th, 2012 | By Nicole Rogers

This article was originally published in Scientific American, and is republished on the Sustainable America blog with the permission of the author, Dr. Michael E. Webber. "Examining our food supply through the lens of energy use reveals opportunities for smart policies, innovative technologies and new dietary choices that can potentially solve food and energy problems together. The same steps would also make our bodies, and our ecosystems, healthier."
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