Is the grass greener on the other side?

Is the grass greener on the other side?

SCIENCE SHORTS Is the grass greener on the other side? Drug legalization could both help and hurt the environment   By Hillary Rosner Social transformations that once took generations to cement now seem to cover the globe in a matter of years. The legalization of...
Can local food feed an urban world?

Can local food feed an urban world?

Data Collection  |  October 2016 Can Local Food Feed an Urban World? Researchers dig into the efficacy of urban agriculture By Sarah DeWeerdt Once upon a time everybody ate local food. No one called it that back then, of course. People just hunted, gathered, tilled...
What Food Should Go Nude?

What Food Should Go Nude?

BACKGROUND CHECK 10•24•14 What Food Should Go Nude? And when can packaging actually be good for the environment? By David Tyler If you’re like me, you probably get a bit annoyed when you discover that an item you bought in the grocery store uses too much packaging. It...
Butter Is Toast

Butter Is Toast

LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS Butter Is Toast . . .  in an environmental showdown with margarine By David Tyler My father-in-law was in the dairy business for over 40 years, and—as might be expected—he had nothing good to say about margarine. He called it a synthetic product of...
Taming the Blue Frontier

Taming the Blue Frontier

FEATURE Taming the Blue Frontier The U.S. has laid claim to 2.5 billion acres of coastal seas, but that vast area produces very little seafood for Americans. Therein lies a dilemma: should the U.S. cultivate giant offshore fish farms in its piece of the sea or keep...