Susan Montz

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Could The Future Of Urban Farming Be Found Inside Of An Old Shipping Container?

When Michael Bissanti opened Four Burgers in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2008, he knew he wanted to create a fast food restaurant with a strong sense …

Aquaponics

Meet the father-son farmer duo revolutionizing Ontario's shrimp business

Paul Cocchio’s introduction to inland shrimp farming did not go well. There is no manual, after all, for converting a rural Ontario hog barn into a temperature-stable complex of tropical saltwater shrimp pools – nobody had ever tried it before him. And it’s a surprisingly finicky business growing …

Gardens: grow your own mini kiwis

Imagine if a food-industry marketing board sat down to redesign the kiwi fruit: “First, let’s get rid of that nasty fuzz. Consumers want easy-peel.”<p>“Yeah, and can we up their sugar content? Maybe give them added Vitamin C?”<p>“How about making them fun size?”<p>Ladies and gentleman, introducing the …

Asia

Drought could turn millet into American food - Futurity

Most people in the US put millet in the birdfeeder, but Amrita Hazra says we ought to eat it ourselves—and grow it in drought-ridden California.

Drought

Farms of the Future: Forget Sun and Soil, It's All About LED

For centuries, farmers have been dependent on weather, short growing seasons, fluctuating supply and demand cycles, and a host of environmental factors that make the farming business one of luck as much as agricultural acumen. Combined with the world's growing population and the increasing scarcity …

Humans are endangering the most abundant animal on the planet

Barely longer than your thumb, weighing under an ounce and nearly translucent, delicate crustaceans known as krill are vital to ocean ecosystems around the world. In the waters that encircle Antarctica, krill are an essential food source for penguins, baleen and blue whales (which can eat as much …

Biodiversity

The truth about small, local farms

What comes to mind when you think about small, local farms?<p>I instantly envision the fresh, delicious-looking produce in brightly colored piles at the …

Is Your State Consuming More Than Nature Can Provide?

Our never-ending appetite for food, water, and energy is driving the environment into the ground.<p>Get too far into financial debt and creditors come calling. Fall into debt with nature and the consequences can be even more distressing: Hotter temperatures, shrinking farmland, and dried up reservoirs …

Some foodies think the urban poor should forage for food. Not so fast

Should the poor look to weeds from cracks in the sidewalk as a source of nutritious, organic free food? New York Times writer and foodie Mark Bittman thinks so. He is roaming “underserved urban neighborhoods” with UC Berkeley professors, spreading this gospel. “Salad from the Sidewalk?”<p>The spirit …

Urban Agriculture

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The Billion-Dollar Business to Sell Us Crappy Food

At the turn of the last century, the father of public relations, Edward Bernays, launched the Celiac Project, whose medical professionals recommended bananas to benefit celiac disease sufferers. Those pitched on the sweet fruit’s miraculous properties didn’t know the project was actually created …

Agriculture

The Geniuses on the Front Lines of Sustainable Seafood

Photo: Andrew Hetherington<p>Wild fish? Farmed fish? No fish? This is no Dr. Seuss rip-off; it’s the increasingly confusing situation that seafood consumers are facing. But as Tim Zimmermann found in our June 2015 feature, a growing horde of thoughtful farmers, scientists, and harvesters wants to …

Aquaculture

Can meat actually be eco-friendly?

Should we eat meat? That’s the big question, which — for this series — I’m asking three different ways: in terms of environmental sustainability, …

Agriculture

Organic farming is actually worse for climate change than conventional farming

Organic food is booming right now, as more and more people choose what they perceive to be healthier, more environmentally friendly food.<p>But a new study published in the June issue of Agriculture and Human Values suggests that organic farming, as it currently stands, is not as sustainable as it …

Agriculture