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How and Why Our Clothing Choices Matter

In a place where population growth is moving incredibly fast, added pressure on farmers in India in the wake of crushing debt and failed crops calls for a new agricultural approach. Genetic modification and organic farming present promising solutions. Young Explorer Andrew Flachs will investigate the effect of both growing strategies by interviewing farmers in Southern…

Genetically Modified or Organic Farming: Which Will Sustain a Growing Nation?

In the newly formed state of Telangana, India, the high-tech science of genetic modification is mediated by a 6,000 year old farming tradition. PhD candidate Andrew Flachs explores how new technologies are changing farmer lives (and how farmers are adapting new technologies to suit their needs).

Human Pee Added to Compost Boosts Crops

People have been using manure as fertilizer for millennia. But scientists now believe they can turn human urine into liquid gold—as composting material.

Nusa Penida: Black Magic Island, Part II

By Altaire Cambata All Photos Courtesy of Justin May/Interwoven   Multicolored quarter-sized candy wrappers, amassed by the fist full, were slipping through my gloves on my thirtieth trip to the trash bag in the corner of the lot. I crouched again, my dirty knees hovering above the aged, twisted plastic, the remnants of a bygone…

Can National Happiness Survive on an Organic Diet?

  The small kingdom of Bhutan is known for establishing the “gross national happiness” tool, a “multidimensional measurement” that looks at its citizens’ quality of life and well-being. Lately, it has been making waves for its government’s ambition to become the first 100% organic country in the world. Its only competition? The Pacific Island of…

Uganda’s Household Farmers Become Organic Exporters

The market for organic food and drink is estimated at U.S.$50 billion and growing by IFOAM, the global organization of organic trade. While much of that product demand originates in wealthy developed nations, it creates opportunity for developing countries like Uganda to build a sustainable export business that protects natural resources while boosting the economy through the creation of long-term green jobs.

NASA’s O/OREOS Dunking Bacteria in Space Rays

Today NASA officials announced that a tiny satellite launched last week has started conducting astrobiology experiments in low-Earth orbit. —Image courtesy NASA No bigger than a bread box, the Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses, or O/OREOS, satellite lifted off from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska on November 19 aboard a U.S. Air Force rocket.…

Portland Start-Up Tries to be “Facebook of Food”

In “foodie-heavy” parts of the country, if you want to buy a side of locally-raised bacon or organically-grown pears, it might be as simple as asking your neighbor or heading down to the local farmer’s market. But if you live somewhere besides San Francisco or New York, you very well may have access to local…

Compost Cab Helps City Dwellers Turn Garbage to Soil

If you live in a city, you might have a window box or a pot of tomatoes on your balcony. You might even be lucky enough to have a small backyard garden. But do you compost? Probably not: composting in a small space is tough, not to mention smelly. You could get a worm bin…

Tip # 8 for Mr. Obama: Orange is Greener When It’s Organic

by Wendy Gordon Breakfast, they say, is the most important meal of the day, and if yours is like most families’, it includes a glass of orange juice, a great source of Vitamin C. Few, or so we figured, have ever tipped back their glass of orange deliciousness and wondered about the other C, the…

Another Flyby! This Time It’s Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

Even as sharp new pictures continue to flow in from the recent MESSENGER flyby past Mercury, the folks over at the Cassini-Hyugens program are conducing their own close encounter with Saturn‘s icy moon Enceladus. —Image courtesy NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute This afternoon the Cassini spacecraft made its closest approach yet to the wrinkly-faced moon—a trip that…