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Building high-speed rail in California is actually a great idea, but there's a good reason you think it's a boondoggle
California's high-speed rail is only the latest public megaproject to be stuck in the overpromise-overspend cycle -- because we make it hard for officials to be honest.
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The Gates Foundation is probably not what you thought. Here's the former subsistence farmer that revamped its ag policy
Sam Dryden led the Gates Foundation's farm program for five years, guided less by his background in Big Ag than his upbringing on a hardscrabble Appalachian farm.
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I'm going to start looking into the econom(nomnom)ics of getting food to hungry people.
The planet may be jammed with people, but there's an awful lot of food out there. The big question: How can we grow it sustainably and distribute it equitably, too?
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Olive trees don't take much water to produce lots of healthy oil. Plus, when you make it locally, you can actually taste the difference.
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For better or worse, we're running this planet now. What's wrong with saying we might be able to pull that off? A conversation between Andrew Revkin and Clive Hamilton.
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We don't have to understand every detail of the amazingly complex soil microbiome. We just have to feed it right, and it might work wonders.
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Colorado is gearing up for a ballot fight on labeling genetically engineered food products. It looks like the initiative doesn't give cannabis a pass.
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Don't be taken in: This site sometimes plays to green sympathies, but it's full of untrustworthy information and outright conspiracy theories.
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Hard to stay healthy in a world where everything is super-sized, sterilized, deep-fried, ultra-wide Naugahyde. But if we really care about health, lets focus on poverty, not paleo.
There's some sensible thinking behind the trendy diet, but it's fueled by a "press reset" mentality that distracts us from more realistic solutions to food problems.
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A new study sums up all the other studies about the health impact of eating organic and finds that it remains a mixed (compostable) bag.
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We don't have to understand every detail of the amazingly complex soil microbiome. We just have to feed it right, and it might work wonders.
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A new documentary, Dryland, illustrates the brutal logic of rural depopulation. But the process isn't inevitable.
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San Francisco
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Nevada City - Burley, Idaho - Fairbanks, Alaska
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Unnatural nature writer
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I'm a journalist living in San Francisco. This blog is a repository for the random musings generated in my work on a book, All Natural. I also write for magazines like Harper's about the troubled intersection of man and nature (or more accurately: the trouble that arises from acting like there is a separation in the first place). I've written about pig sex, superpowered beverages, and the improbable life of Theresa Sparks. nathanael47(at)yahoo(dot)com
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  • Pomona College
  • U.C. Berkeley School of Journalism
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