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Why the market alone can’t save local agriculture
16 Aug 2006 at 1:08pm
Today we proudly present the debut of Victual Reality, a new column by organic farmer (and Gristmill contributor) Tom Philpott that will explore the politics of food and agriculture. Wanna know why, even with Wal-Mart and Whole Foods jumping on the buy-local bandwagon, small farms are doomed without big-time intervention? …
Water crisis doesn’t care if countries are rich or poor
16 Aug 2006 at 1:08pm
Water crisis: not just for poor countries anymore. Industrialized nations must make drastic policy changes if they wish to maintain water supplies, warns the World Wildlife Fund today. In cities from Seville to Sydney to Sacramento, water has become a hot political issue as supply declines thanks to everything from …
On dropping out of society
16 Aug 2006 at 1:08pm
When faced with the reality of climate change, everyone has a different reaction. Some people snort and scoff (we dislike those people). Some people propose solutions (we like those people). And some people want to run far, far away and hide in a corner (um, we actually are those people). …
Genetically modified grass found in the wild
16 Aug 2006 at 1:08pm
In what could be the first confirmed instance of a genetically modified plant growing outside a farm in the U.S., EPA ecologists have found an unapproved type of GM grass in the wild in central Oregon. The EPA said the creeping bentgrass (could it sound more evil?), being developed by …
Residential wind systems gain popularity
16 Aug 2006 at 1:08pm
It’s somewhat ironic, considering all the NIMBY opposition to wind farms, that more and more consumers are seeking out wind power for, well, their back yards. Three-bladed turbines are popping up at personal abodes across the country, with the potential to save consumers 30 to 90 percent on their electric …

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