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Big Pot can come with big environmental consequences. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in lush Humboldt County, the Northern California enclave at the epicenter of California’s booming marijuana industry. The signs of pot cultivation in Humboldt are many. A view from Google Earth shows a forested landscape fragmented by clearings, roads, and greenhouses. At night, the sky is illuminated with the glow of artificial grow lights, and humming generators disturb…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

Cheap Food is a Myth

Alice Waters

photo Ian Umeda Alice Waters occupies a special space in the sustainable food movement. Part world-famous chef, part educator, part slow-food advocate, her reach is broad and her message is simple: We must respect the land. We must respect our farmers. And we must educate ourselves about what we put in our bodies. Much of Waters’s philosophy, not to mention her celebrity status within the food community, can be traced back to…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Winter 2017

Looking to Nature in the Search for Global Soil Solutions

Ray of Hope Prize winners mimic Andean nurse plant to help restore depleted soils

Soil is the unsung-hero of our food system. We depend on it to grow the food we put in our bodies, yet we treat it poorly, compacting it with tractors, depleting it of nutrients, and filling it with chemicals. The Food and…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – October 25, 2016

Can California Finally Ditch Single-Use Plastic Bags?

Proposition 67, facing fierce industry opposition, puts the issue before voters

Two years ago, the Golden State took a strong stance against plastic pollution when Jerry Brown signed SB 270, which made California the first state in the country to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. While environmental groups celebrated the victory, a group…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – October 11, 2016

Sculpting Hope

Courtney Mattison

Artwork by Courtney Mattison, photo by Arthur EvansOur Changing Seas III, the third in a series of large ceramic installations that depict the vulnerability of coral reefs,…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Autumn 2016

Feds Move Oil & Gas Lease Auctions Online in Effort to Avoid Opposition

23.8 million acres of leases in Gulf of Mexico are being auctioned today amid protests from community activists and environmentalists

This morning, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will auction 23.8 million acres of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico. Today’s sale is the agency’s first attempt at auctioning oil and gas leases using an online, livestream auction…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – August 24, 2016

Oakland City Council Votes to Ban Coal Exports in Big Win for Local Advocates

Councilmembers cite strong concerns about public health and safety

The Oakland City Council took a strong stand against coal last night. Following a long and often emotional city council meeting — during which whistles and cheers were at times met with boos and yelling — the council passed an ordinance prohibiting…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – June 28, 2016

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