Kibera Kale

While the local food movement is growing in the U.S., Europe and even Japan (where Community Supported Agriculture – CSA – was invented), we don’t hear much about similar movements in southern regions of the world. Sometimes it… Read More

Post post debate

Well, the pundits and analysts and partisans and more than a few hacks have weighed in on the Biden vs. Palin debate. But what I’ve heard less about is what we didn’t hear issue-wise. Not only in the… Read More

Green for All – September 27th

Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel at a Grantmakers without Borders conference in San Francisco on which the estimable Van Jones was a speaker. As many will know, Van is a visionary,… Read More

Skillful Means: A New Report from Brighter Green

New York-based policy action tank Brighter Green’s new report, Skillful Means: The Challenges of China’s Encounter with Factory Farming (PDF) explores the emerging superpower’s “livestock revolution,” which is having serious impacts on public health, food security, and equity… Read More

Good Grazing

Last night I watched a Web video of a talk New York Times food writer Mark Bittman gave at a TED conference last December called “What’s Wrong With What We Eat.” Bittman, a wry and clear writer is,… Read More

World, Warming, in a Coffee Mug

A few months ago I got a global warming mug as a gift. It’s high-concept. When you pour in a hot beverage, a world map stuck on the mug changes. Coastal regions disappear (so long, Bangladesh and south… Read More

A Warming World….in Manhattan

Climate change means erratic weather, melting polar ice caps, rising seas and more intense hurricanes, droughts and floods. Green energy means lower greenhouse gas emissions and more trees left standing to combat desertification, reduce soil erosion, and offset… Read More

New Food Lexicon: What’s in a Term?

Some new terms have been making their way into the increasingly intense debate about rising global food prices, their causes, and what on Earth to do about it. Yesterday, UNESCO released a report, four years in the making… Read More

Food Fever

Flash points over food are getting more common. In the last week or so, protests over food prices and availability have roiled Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Indonesia, Egypt and now Haiti, where already several people have died. Peaceful marchers… Read More

O, Kenya 2.0

Last Friday, Kenyans were glued to their radios or TVs, waiting to hear news of a brokered solution to the election crisis that has consumed and unsettled the country since late December. With more than 1,000 people officially… Read More