Category: Food

  • Senator Booker Is Right about Factory Farming

    Should we pass legislation to end factory farming? Contrary to common belief, Senator Cory Booker’s best idea wasn’t dropping out of the 2020 presidential race. That was his second-best idea. His best idea was introducing the Farm System Reform Bill of 2019 to the U.S. Senate. This legislation would curtail concentrated animal-feeding operations (CAFOs), so-called […]

  • Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world

    One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable. It can be, but it isn’t necessarily. After all, soil erosion from chemical-free tilled fields undermined the Roman Empire and other ancient societies around the world. Other agricultural myths hinder recognizing the potential to restore degraded soils to feed the […]

  • Fungus provides powerful medicine in fighting honey bee viruses: Mycelium extract reduces viruses in honey bees

    A mushroom extract fed to honey bees greatly reduces virus levels, according to a new paper. In field trials, colonies fed mycelium extract showed a 79-fold reduction in deformed wing virus and a 45,000-fold reduction in Lake Sinai virus compared to control colonies. The hope is that the results of this research will help dwindling […]

  • San Antonio to Combat ‘Climate Emergency’ with New Action Plan

    One of America’s highest Latino-populated cities now has a strategy to address the climate crisis. Earlier this month, the San Antonio (64% Latino) City Council passed Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) by a 10-1 vote. It outlines objectives that will aim to reduce the city’s greenhouse emissions by 2050 and achieve climate equity for […]

  • What’s Worrying the Plastics Industry? Your Reaction to All That Waste, for One

    HOUSTON — One by one, they stepped to a clear plastic lectern at the Global Plastics Summit here and talked about what their companies were doing in response to the world’s crisis in plastics waste. Representing businesses all along the supply and packaging chain, the speakers suggested solutions ranging from new technology that would take […]

  • The Plan to Grab the World’s Carbon With Supercharged Plants

    In humanity’s battle against man-made climate change, the Earth itself provides one of the most important weapons, a natural system that breathes in Earth-warming CO2 and exhales oxygen. Yes, I’m talking about plants, engineered by nature itself over the course of millennia to harness the Earth’s natural conditions to turn sunlight and CO2 into oxygen […]

  • Plastic Packaging Alternatives

    Tired of plastic pollution? There are many alternatives. Why should we and brands care about plastic pollution? Plastics is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing right now. Thanks to David Attenborough’s Blue Planet, consumers are suddenly aware of the thousands of tonnes of plastic filling the ocean. As plastic is so prolifically […]

  • “Prescribing” healthy foods would save $100 billion in medical costs

    Perhaps it’s time for doctors to start prescribing more produce than pills. That’s, at least, what researchers argue in a new study that finds “prescriptions” for healthy foods could save more than $100 billion in healthcare costs. Researchers at Tufts University made the case that subsidized fruits and vegetables could prevent millions of cases of […]

  • San Antonio Chicken Walk Coop Tour | Food Policy Council of San Antonio

    The Food Policy Council of San Antonio‘s 2nd Annual San Antonio Chicken Walk coop tour will be held Saturday, April 13th, with great coops in north central San Antonio. The provide a map and passport to pre-registered visitors by email, but you can register on the day of the tour. This tour celebrates the October […]

  • An Open Letter To Be the Change and Lead the Change

    Whale blubber and buggy whips were once fine industries, but progress moved us away. And today we know the days are over of a false choice between environmental protection and economic growth. Since when did the simple concept of leaving the planet a better place for our kids become a partisan issue? We all benefit […]

  • In the Deepest Ocean Trenches, Animals Eat Plastic

    Alan Jamieson remembers seeing it for the first time: a small, black fiber floating in a tube of liquid. It resembled a hair, but when Jamieson examined it under a microscope, he realized that the fiber was clearly synthetic—a piece of plastic. And worryingly, his student Lauren Brooks had pulled it from the gut of […]

  • Biological Pest Control, Biomimicry & Mycology

    Biological pest control is the way of the future using biomimicry to emulate what nature does. Why genetically modify when we can just learn from nature how it’s already being done, and has been doing it for millions of years. Or in other words, why reinvent the wheel? Mycology is also a great example of […]

  • Planting Calendar & Companion Planting Guide

    San Antonio Area 2019 Planting Calendar – and below our Companion Planting Guide Join our newsletter for reminders on upcoming sales & seminars Here is your San Antonio Area Planting Calendar in pdf format suitable for printing. We’ve been giving these away for years. Includes most favorable dates for planting and destroying crops yielding their […]

  • Going plastic-free: The rise of zero-waste shops – BBC News

    How long until this concept crosses the pond? Packaging-free refill shops are on the rise in Wales as the backlash against plastic gathers pace. Last year saw "zero waste" shops open in Crickhowell in Powys, Tenby in Pembrokeshire and in Cardiff. "It's a more modern way of doing an older thing," Sophie Rae, founder of […]

  • Mushrooms have the power to eat plastic say scientists

    Fungi can be used to break down waste plastic and create sustainable building materials, according to scientists from Kew Gardens in London. The State of the World’s Fungi 2018 report – the first of its kind – highlights the aspergillus tubingensis fungus, found in a Pakistani rubbish tip and first documented in 2017. It claims […]

  • 8 Answers to the Judge’s Climate Change Questions in Cities vs. Fossil Fuels Case

    San Francisco and Oakland want to hold fossil fuel companies liable for sea level rise costs. In an unusual move, the judge ordered a climate tutorial for the court. Judicial review is about to meet peer review in a federal courtroom in San Francisco, where sparring cities and fossil fuel companies have been called to […]

  • Meet the Satellites That Can Pinpoint Methane and Carbon Dioxide Leaks – Scientific American

    We have many ways of measuring methane and CO2 levels. When we measure it we can manage it…if we really want to know and manage it. Polluters can’t hide anymore. Source: Meet the Satellites That Can Pinpoint Methane and Carbon Dioxide Leaks – Scientific American

  • Polyface Farms – The Future of Farming is Holistic

    Polyface Farms – How our food is farmed is what matters most, as in biomimicry, study ecosystems and mimic ecosystems, rather than just blaming meat eaters. Animals can be good for the land and have an ecopostive affect. Regenerative farming methods include: holistic management and planned rotational grazing of livestock; cover-cropping; no-till practices; agro-forestry; diverse […]

  • Identify Anything, Anywhere, Instantly (Well, Almost) With the Newest iNaturalist Release –

    A new version of the California Academy of Sciences’ http://inaturalist.org/iNaturalist app uses artificial intelligence to offer immediate identifications for photos of any kind of wildlife. You can observe anywhere and ask the computer anything. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it seems like it mostly works. It is completely astonishing. One […]

  • The Cult of Perma – Food and Farm Discussion Lab

    Editor’s Note: I stumbled across this piece by Graham some time in 2013, not long after it was published, and it set off more than one lightbulb moment for me. Up to that time I’d considered permaculture an intriguing subculture. I had thought that it might be a place to look for ideas and innovations […]