"We Don't Know What Normal is Anymore": Confronting Extreme Weather on US Farms

May 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Extreme Weather and Farms

Matt Russell has seen strange weather before. As a fifth-generation Iowa farmer, he’s used to being at the whims of the skies. But ominous changes are underway at his Coyote Run Farm, and lately, he’s been trying to cope with “the wrong weather at the wrong time.”[read more]

Protecting Water from Fracking Risks: NEPA Environmental Review Remains Essential

April 13, 2013 by Amy Mall

Last week a federal court ruled that fracking proposals there need to look at the air and water impacts of fracking more thoroughly. This is just the latest powerful reminder of why "NEPA" is so important.[read more]

Oil and Food Over Longer Times: 'Color Me Confused'

May 8, 2011 by Michael Tobis

NOTE (Update): This article should be read as a follow-on to "Why is this?" The question at hand is whether food costs are actually dominated by petroleum costs.I claim no prior expertise in this matter. Indeed, I am confused; I had thought that natural gas prices, not oil prices, would drive costs of agricultural commodities. But the...[read more]

Why farmers need (something like) Facebook

April 28, 2009 by Marc Gunther

Some solutions to environmental problems are dizzyingly complex. Others are surprisingly simple. Last week at FORTUNE’s Brainstorm Green conference, the Environmental Defense Fund released its 2009 Innovations Review—a collection of new ideas, products and services that are good for business and good for the environment. EDF asked me to...[read more]