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Northwest Earth Institute

If you follow the news, you might believe that Americans are deeply divided about issues like protecting the environment and combatting climate change. The fact of the matter, however, is that there’s a broad consensus in this country about the importance of greening and cleaning the planet. There’s just one problem. While most agree that …

August 4th, 2016  |  Published in Power of We, Sustainability, Sustainable Living

Stop (and Eat) Food Waste

Food waste in the United States is turning out to be even worse than previously thought.  According to a recent article in The Guardian, “Americans throw away almost as much food as they eat because of a ‘cult of perfection,’ deepening hunger and poverty, and inflicting a heavy toll on the environment.” It’s high time …

July 18th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Sustainability  |  3 Comments

Rootstock Radio: Margaret Reeves on Agroecology, Regenerative Agriculture, and Pesticides (Oh my!)

Download Today, Rootstock Radio co-host Anne O’Connor chats with Margaret Reeves, senior scientist for Pesticide Action Network (PAN). This year, Margaret celebrates 20 years with PAN working toward a just, thriving, pesticide-free food system. Prior to that, she spent most of nine years in Central America teaching and conducting research in tropical agricultural ecology. Margaret’s …

July 12th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability

Loving the Many Benefits of Biodiversity

Have you ever taken delight in a field of wildflowers buzzing with bees and bustling with butterflies? Or enjoyed the bright, citrusy taste of a Green Zebra tomato alongside the mellow sweetness of a Rose de Berne? If so, you’ve experienced a few of the many benefits of biodiversity. Biodiversity is short for “biological diversity,” …

June 15th, 2016  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability

Organic Flowers Show Deeper Love

“Flowers,” wrote Goethe, “are the beautiful words and hieroglyphs of nature, with which she shows us how much she loves us.” And in turn we humans have, throughout time and across cultures, conveyed our love to others  with the stunning beauty and enticing aroma of flowers. But before you buy that bouquet for your loved …

May 2nd, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Sustainability, Sustainable Living

7 Earth Day Facts That Link Past, Present, and Future

April is a time for change–gardens are planted, spring cleaning is launched, and, in my neck of the woods, graduates prepare for commencement. With change in the air, Earth Day lands gracefully on April 22nd each year, a perfect time for each one of us to reflect on our earthly behavior. While you’re out planting …

April 21st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Sustainability  |  1 Comment

Bringing Soil Back to Life

Photo and video courtesy of Terra Brockman. A fierce north wind was driving tiny ice needles into my face as I pulled over to the side of a country road near my home in central Illinois. The wind nearly tore the door off the car as I leapt out to get a closer look at the …

March 25th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, Sustainability

Impact of Climate Change on Pollinators and Agriculture and What to Do about It

The Problem: Climate Change Will Increase Extinction Risk of Other Pollinating Insects Such as Bees and Butterflies By guest contributor Christine McCullum-Gomez, PhD, RD, LD Nuts and produce such as almonds, pumpkins, squashes, blueberries, and apples are highly dependent on pollinators such as bees and butterflies.1 In contrast, crops such as corn and wheat do …

February 4th, 2016  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Sustainability

Bringing Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic” to Life

Photo courtesy of the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Few figures loom as large in today’s sustainability movement as Aldo Leopold. A scientist, forester, and conservationist, he is best known as the author of A Sand County Almanac, which was published posthumously in 1949 and has since influenced a generation of environmental thinkers. He was among the …

February 3rd, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We, Sustainability

A Conversation with Paul Hawken: “Carbon Drawdown”

This fall, Organic Valley hosted a special educational event called Grass Up with our friends at the annual national Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California. We were honored to be joined by environmentalist, entrepreneur and author Paul Hawken, and we’d like to share his talk with you here. In it, he speaks about his new endeavor, Project Drawdown, …

December 31st, 2015  |  Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Sustainability

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