Why Should We Look At The Clouds More Often?

NPR |Nov. 21, 2014 6:21 a.m.

You don't need to plan a trip to find beauty and perspective. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, and stop for a moment every day to admire the beauty in the sky above and in our everyday lives.

Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years?

NPR |Nov. 21, 2014 6:21 a.m.

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.

Apps Aim To Guide You On 'Sustainable Food' (Whatever That Means)

NPR |Oct. 30, 2014 9:04 a.m.

Consumers who care about how their food is produced have a growing number of apps they can turn to at the supermarket. The problem? Nailing down just what sustainability means when it comes to food.

Do We Need A New 'Environmental Impact' Label For Beef?

NPR |Oct. 17, 2014 6:42 a.m.

Labels like "organic" and "grass-fed" don't capture the beef industry's true environmental impact, researchers say. Why not have a label that assesses water use, land use and greenhouse gas emissions?

New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

NPR |Oct. 15, 2014 4:01 p.m.

Farmers will be able to plant types of corn and soybeans that can tolerate doses of two weedkillers. It may be one of the most significant developments the world of weedkilling in more than a decade.

Love Pine Nuts? Then Protect Pine Forests

NPR |Oct. 08, 2014 2:02 p.m.

An expensive delicacy among nuts, pine nuts are foraged — not farmed — from distant forests. In some places, the delicate ecosystems that produce the nuts are disappearing.

Everything But The Squeal: How The Hog Industry Cuts Food Waste

NPR |Sept. 29, 2014 9:27 a.m.

Large-scale hog operations get a bad environmental rap. But when it comes to processing the animals, the industry is a model of efficiency, making use of every last bit in sometimes surprising ways.

Supermarkets Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers

NPR |Sept. 25, 2014 2:33 p.m.

In the U.S., consumers account for the biggest share of waste in the food chain. Demand for stocked shelves and unblemished produce, and confusion over date labels lead to mountains of tossed meals.

Scientists Step Up Food Fraud Efforts Following Horse Meat Scandal

NPR |Sept. 24, 2014 8:35 a.m.

The latest report in response to the horse meat scandal of 2013 reminds us that the potential for fraud in the food supply is high. But scientists are working to predict and prevent the next incident.

Before You Take A Bite Of That Mushroom, Consider This

NPR |Sept. 23, 2014 12:46 p.m.

Guess what scientists found lurking inside a common-looking packet of supermarket porcini? Three entirely new species of fungi. That's what happens when you DNA sequence your dinner.

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