More and more people today are realizing that our food system is dysfunctional. Instead of nourishing us, it feeds us food that is not food; food that is damaging to the soil, air, water and climate; food that is decreasing the lifespans of our children and grandchildren; food for which we pay little up front but far, far too much down the road.
Terry McGuire is a Senior Legislative Representative with the Policy & Legislation team in Washington, D.C.
Today is Endangered Species Day, and to mark the occasion, 968 scientists from across the country sent a loud and clear message to the federal government: Keep politics out of conservation decisions. The scientists addressed a petition to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, the heads of the federal agencies that oversee America’s land and natural resources and economic growth.
Last week, more than 88,000 gallons of oil leaked from a ruptured pipeline at one of Shell’s offshore oil fields, creating a 13-mile slick in the Gulf of Mexico that resembled a deep purple bruise. The incident was a painful reminder of the risks of offshore drilling, and it happened during a week that saw a rising tide of progress away from the destructive practice.
The National Energy Board Summary of Recommendation on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project
For years, officials in charge of wildlife management have operated under the belief that policy that allows for government-sponsored culling of predators reduces the incidence of poaching. The idea behind this theory is that eliminating “problem” animals, such as wolves with a history of attacking livestock, will make local people more tolerant of the species as a whole. But a new study conducted by researchers in Wisconsin and Sweden found just the opposite is true.