Articles from December 2011



Keeping Organic Purveyors Honest

When is “USDA Organic” not organic? More often than you probably realize. The USDA keeps a “National List” of inorganic products that can legally go into foods labeled as organic. The casings for those tasty USDA Organic sausages can come from conventionally raised animals that have been fed antibiotics. The hops in your favorite organic […]

Conservation Group Asks Marine Stewardship Council to Give Sea Turtles a Break

Several years ago, I spent a few days on a boat with a University of Florida sea turtle research team off the Azorean island of Faial. Using a long-handled dip net, the biologists scooped juvenile loggerheads out of the ocean. Once aboard the ship, the turtles, about the size of dinner plates, were measured, weighed, […]

A Sufferer from TDS (Tomato Deprivation Syndrome) Dreams about the Days of Brandywines and Roses

My favorite garden catalog arrived this week. I am an unabashed lover of tomatoes – real tomatoes that I grow in the summer, not the tough, tasteless orbs that pass for tomatoes in supermarkets this time of year. So I immediately flipped the pages until I found the tomato section and began gazing longingly at […]

Organic Farming Can Feed the World. Here’s Proof.

“We all have things that drive us crazy,” wrote Steve Kopperud in a blog post this fall for Brownfield, an organization that disseminates agricultural news online and through radio broadcasts. Kopperud, who is a lobbyist for agribusiness interests in Washington, D.C., then got downright personal: “Firmly ensconced at the top of my list are people […]

Cod Comeback or Cod Collapse?

Are the embattled populations of Atlantic cod collapsing or making a comeback? It depends on who you ask and when you ask it. Fishermen and fisheries officials were taken aback earlier this month by an initial assessment of Gulf of Maine cod populations conducted by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Patricia Fiorelli, a […]

Venturing into Some of the Most Desperate Slums in Africa, Jocelyn Zuckerman of OnEarth Finds Unexpected Solutions to World Hunger. Read her Excellent Article:

Our driver isn’t at all happy about this. We are headed to Kibera, the notorious slum in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, and Mary Njenga, our guide for the visit, has just suggested that maybe it would be a good idea for the men to stay behind in the car. People in Kibera can be […]