“Cool China” Calls for One Vegetarian Day a Week

Perhaps for the first time in China’s history since the reign of Emperor Wu of Liang, more than 1,600 years ago, a vegetarian diet is being embraced by a governmental initiative. The difference is that instead of having… Read More

London Olympics Setting New “Green” Standard

The London 2012 Olympic Games are in full swing. Although there has been some controversy over security and NBC’s coverage of events, the games go on, exciting fans around the world. Brighter Green was curious how these Olympic… Read More

“Meat Week” Brings Agriculture to the Forefront

This week is “Meat Week” on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition program. They have a short interview each day that focuses on some aspect of meat (from analyzing the paleo diet to looking at the environmental effects of… Read More

Plate to Planet: Rio+20

It’s hard to know what’s on the menu at the Earth Summit (Rio+20) in terms of people’s plates, but food and agriculture, and their critical intersection with global sustainability and equity, are being discussed in interesting and potentially… Read More

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

The Judges Have Chosen a Winner: Eat Ethically (If You Can.)

The New York Times’ ethicist, Ariel Kaminer, has announced the results of her Ethical Meat-Eating Contest. Turns out eating meat is ethical when it’s ethical (More about the winner below). Fortunately, Ms. Kaminer addressed some of the criticism… Read More

USAID Wants “More Beef” to Feed Growing Population

An estimated 7 billion people are living on this planet, and that number is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. In any situation in which sharing is involved, issues of equity and distribution arise. USAID recently released… Read More