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The fast-food giant's insistence on paying poverty wages to tomato pickers could backfire, as student activists' campaign for fair food cuts into their business.

There is an alternative to unhealthy eating and irresponsible development schemes.

From a church in a rugged rural parish in Honduras, Father Andres Tamayo leads a grassroots movement to protect dwindling timberlands. Bills introduced in the US Congress might help save the forests.

As consumers increasingly seek out farmers who raise organic and unpasteurized food, suddenly energized regulators claim they want to "protect" us from pathogens and other dangers. What gives?

What began as an attempt to help financially strapped farmers in the Reagan years has grown into a visionary political and social movement rooted in the agrarian values of the American Revolution.

A new way to fight global warming and corporate agriculture: Eat only locally grown food, and call yourself a localvore.

As he shapes the Senate farm bill, Tom Harkin should heed progressives and forge legislation that ends subsidies and gives a fair shake to family farmers.

The bipartisan farm bill making its way through Congress offers real hope to feed the hungry at home and abroad and improve nutrition for poor kids. But it faces a likely presidential veto over, you guessed it, taxes.

Local food projects and community gardens are springing up in urban areas all over the country, cutting a promising new path to empowering the poor.

She cuts her lawn slowly with a push mower. I save time, hiring men to run machines, burn gas, kill the ozone. Who's the wiser?

Blogs

Los Angeles is trying to make good jobs vital to producing good food.

November 3, 2014

Environmentalism could be a populist movement—if its focus shifts from just cutting carbon to cultivating justice on a larger scale.

April 22, 2014

In the face of a changing climate and a constrained domestic budget, the lunacy of fossil fuel subsidies is hard to overstate.

April 15, 2014

South Korea may be better known for its high-tech exports, but its small farmers are leading the way when it comes to food sovereignty and community agriculture.

November 14, 2013

The case against GMOs has strengthened steadily over the last few years, even as the industry has expanded all over the world.

October 29, 2013

Mountain top removal is wreaking havoc on Appalachia. There's a bill on the Hill to stop it.

April 22, 2013

An Ohio produce farmer's fields of failed crop point to a problem that goes far beyond her family's losses.

July 30, 2012

Twenty-six years after the Chernobyl disaster, the US media have yet to print the pictures of Chernobyl now.

April 26, 2012