EPA Fails To Follow Landmark Law To Protect Children From Pesticides in Food

WASHINGTON – The landmark Food Quality Protection Act requires the Environmental Protection Agency to protect children’s health by applying an extra margin of safety to legal limits for pesticides in food. But an investigation by EWG, published this week in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, found that the EPA has failed to add the mandated children’s […] […]

Bees Love Cannabis! Researchers Discover Hemp Could Help Restore Bee Populations

Hemp attracts bees in droves, a new study finds. Researchers tested several strains and found bees – both wild and domestic – love them all, especially the taller varieties. It’s an unusual finding considering cannabis doesn’t possess the sweet nectar or bright colors typical of flowers that attract pollinators. The researchers speculate it’s something to […] […]

Jane Goodall Plans to Plant 5 Million Trees in 2020

Joining the effort to reforest the planet, Jane Goodall commits to planting 5 millions trees by the end of the year.  Jane Goodall, known for saving the chimpanzees, is now on a similar mission to save our forests. The famed primatologists’ Roots & Shoots program connects young people across 60 counties in an effort to reforest […] […]

Jane Goodall Plans to Plant 5 Million Trees in 2020

Joining the effort to reforest the planet, Jane Goodall commits to planting 5 millions trees by the end of the year.  Jane Goodall, known for saving the chimpanzees, is now on a similar mission to save our forests. The famed primatologists’ Roots & Shoots program connects young people across 60 counties in an effort to reforest […] […]

Three maps tell the story of urban farming in Philly right now

Hundreds of Philadelphians grow their own food on city land. African and Southeast Asian immigrants cultivate African eggplant and Thai roselle in South Philadelphia. Mexican immigrants and Puerto Ricans grow jalapeños and gandules in Kensington. In neighborhoods across the city, some 418 edible gardens bloom across 500 parcels. But these spaces face an uncertain future […] […]

Lessons Learned from My Year-Long 100% Homegrown and Foraged Food Challenge

It’s the dream of millions of people: To live off the land and to never need to make a trip to the grocery store. But for nearly everyone with that dream, it’s just that — a dream. Our current global, industrial food system is just too convenient and easy to resist. Our modern lives are […] […]

Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy

Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potential. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier. Natural remedies have been around […] […]

Cincinnati’s urban farmers cross-pollinate nutrition, community to grow sustainable neighborhoods

CINCINNATI — Domonique Peebles grew up in Louisville, Kentucky growing food in his backyard, taking what he and his family couldn’t eat themselves and giving to his neighbors and family friends. “We would always grow more than we could actually eat,” he said. “I asked my dad one time, ‘Why do we do this?’ and […] […]

Urban Agriculture is Dead! Cities have One, Two, Three…Many Urban Agricultures!

When Socrates, Plato, and the gang hung out at the farmers market in downtown Athens, they argued a lot about the essence of beauty, truth, and justice. They had no idea of the problems they would create for urban agriculture 2500 years later. Ancient Greece, a major tributary to western culture, was obsessed with absolute […] […]

Heroes Center wants its urban agriculture to benefit veterans and the whole community

Paula Sieber can see long into the future and well beyond the dingy white cabins that hug the trees at the Heroes Center Veterans Support Camp. She sees an urban farm that grows up to 100,000 pounds of fruits, vegetables and eggs a year for veterans, community customers and people who can’t afford or can’t […] […]