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World Water Day Photo Feature: The Chinese Dust Bowl

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Benoit Aquin's surreal color photographs capture the otherworldly beauty of a land without water.

The Chinese Dust Bowl is an arid 400,000 square mile wasteland representing the largest ever manmade conversion of productive land into desert. It has been called "one of the greatest environmental disasters of our time." Benoit Aquin's eerie, hazy photographs call awareness to "scarce water resources, desertification, and ecological refugees in China" by revealing the devastating effects of......read more

What is 'Sustainable Food' Anyway?

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Most people are down with sustainability. Too bad no one can agree on what it means.

In theory, there aren't too many people opposed to the idea of sustainability -- especially as it relates to food. But for all the people who agree that sustainable food is a good thing, there are just as many definitions of what it means. "Sustainability" is as ambiguous as it is appealing. That issue was addressed by a panel of experts at last week's Food Summit hosted by The Atlantic.......read more

Sustainable Food Leaders Recognized by NRDC

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Winners of 2011 Growing Green Awards announced this week.

We are in the midst of a food revolution. Urban farms are popping up all over the place. Wal-Mart is buying local, sustainable produce. Even the White House growing its own vegetables. Organic is the new conventional. This week, our friends at NRDC announced the winners of their 2011 Growing Green Awards, recognizing the incredible work being done to transform the future of our food system. The......read more

Anna Mia Davidson: Stewards Of The Land

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Stirring portraits of sustainable farmers in the Pacific Northwest

Anna Mia Davidson is an acclaimed documentary photographer whose editorial clients include The New York Times and Vanity Fair. Anna's personal interest in sustainability and rural America led her to travel around the Pacific Northwest, shooting farmers of organic food.   "These individuals represent the resurgence of sustainable farmers in the Pacific Northwest, who are passionate,......read more

Sustainable Meat Is Good for the Environment -- and the Economy

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New doc, American Meat, aims to ignite conversation about meat production

A new documentary about the U.S. food system hit its first round of theatres this month. American Meat, directed by Graham Merriwether, documents the lives of dozens of American farmers producing both industrially and sustainably raised meat. The film's main subject is Joel Salatin, a pasture-based pork rancher featured in Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma". Salatin has started producing......read more

Daniel Handal: Between Forest and Field

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Young farmers head back to the land in New York's Hudson Valley

Like we recently mentioned, the sustainable farming movement is alive and growing in New York's Hudson River Valley. NYC photog Daniel Handal documents the back-to-the-land movement thriving in the area with a collective portrait called Between Forest and Field. These are not old and crusty farmers, desperately hanging on to a rural life their children have left behind. No sir. These are......read more

In London, a Farm in a Shop

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FARM:shop is a radical experiment in retail and urban farming

At an empty storefront in East London, a group of designers led by the crew from Something & Son have opened what must be the world's first farm in a shop. The disused shop has been transformed into productive urban farm with hydroponic and aquaponic plants, a backyard garden, a rooftop chicken coop, and tilapia in the front room. Meanwhile, the bottom floor dishes out......read more

Airdrop

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Award-winning irrigation gadget looks to ease the effects of drought on farmers

In no place have the cataclysmic environmental effects of climate change been felt more strongly than southeastern Australia. There, a prolonged, 12-year drought has wrought havoc on local ecosystems and caused catastrophic damage to agriculture, which suffered record losses and sent rural communities into a tailspin.  Enter Australian inventor Edward Linnacre, a Swinburne University......read more

Back to the Land in Upstate New York

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A fashion photographer heads back to his roots

We'd be hard-pressed to think of two livelihoods more diametrically opposed than fashion photography and farming. There are plenty of dual careers out there that make sense: actor/model, director/producer, artist/designer. Farmer/fashion photographer does not. But that unlikely pairing is exactly the situation NYC fashion photog Fabio Chizzola found himself in when he and his wife Laura......read more

Eco and Health Advocates Weigh in on Farm Bill

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Legislative delay means there's time for revisions

Some U.S. farmers are paid to leave their land wild; others are compensated when weather devastates their cultivated land. Still others receive money when crop prices drop -- all from the same federal funds set aside through the current Farm Bill. To call it the "Farm Bill," however, is something of a misnomer. The federal government's primary agricultural and food policy legislation......read more

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