No and Yes?: “Sustainable” Food and Agriculture at Rio+20 (and Before)

“No” is the declarative answer two staff members of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization gave when asked at the Bonn climate change talks if “sustainable intensification” of livestock meant, for example, turning pastoralists into feedlot operators. That… Read More

Young Women’s Leadership Initiative Webpage Updated!

The webpage for the East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative has been updated! The new page includes summaries of leadership and rights training workshops, recent photos, and updated and more detailed biographies of each young woman. Since the… Read More

Dairy Farms Responsible for City Smog

A recent U.S. study shows that California industrial dairy farms are responsible for smog in the city of Los Angeles just as much as automobiles’with possibly even greater contributions. This news is one more addition to the long… Read More

Throw it in the Rubbish

Tetra Pak is the dominant brand in the global food packaging industry. Flip over any of your organic soup or fresh juice cartons, and chances are you may see Tetra Pak’s tiny logo across the bottom. A self-proclaimed… Read More

Forests: Who’s Driving?

Drivers of deforestation: they’re on the formal agenda at the climate talks here in Bonn. Strange indeed that a global framework to reduce deforestation and forest degradation—REDD+—has been agreed through the UNFCCC, but without thoroughly defining or addressing… Read More

Jacaranda and Wings: Part 2

This blog was originally posted on Brighter Green partner A Well Fed World’s blog on April 13, 2012. This is the second of two parts. What made KFC’s entry into the Kenyan market possible was securing a reliable… Read More

Jacaranda and Wings: Part 1

This blog was originally posted on Brighter Green partner A Well Fed World’s blog on Friday April 13, 2012. This is the first of two parts. I read about it before I actually saw it: the first East… Read More

Unspoken Cultural Costs to India’s First Mega-Dairy: Part II

This is the second of two blogs examining just a few of the unspoken cultural costs to India as a result of the transition from small-scale dairy operations to factory-style mega-dairies, like the recently opened Bhagylaxmi Dairy Farm…. Read More

Unspoken Cultural Costs to India’s First Mega-Dairy: Part I

Last year, Bhagylaxmi Dairy Farm in the city of Pune opened as India’s first industrialized mega-dairy with a total of 3000 Holstein-Friesian cows. Although India is currently the world’s top producer of cow’s milk, the burgeoning middle class… Read More

Growing the Movement for Nature’s Rights

The Earth Island Journal recently published a resource-filled article on natural law, which is becoming an ever-hotter topic in the environmental advocacy realm. Covering the history and key players in the ongoing campaign for the rights of nature,… Read More