Opinion

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Accumulation of greenhouse gases a "planetary emergency"

If eloquent words and scientific data don't move you to be a better steward of this fragile place we call Earth, then make it personal.

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Is the Earth overpopulated?

We must bring down the population through universal education, and government assisted family planning programs; doing so is a necessary condition of controlling global warming.

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A cook’s thoughts on food and more

Cooking has always been enjoyable. But I am growing very worried over many aspects of the food we eat.

Waiter, there's a newfangled technology in my soup

The unregulated nanotech industry is spreading through the U.S. food system.

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Food deficits, deadlier than budget deficits

Living on a farm makes me think long and deep about food deficits here at home and around the world, deficits far more menacing than budget deficits.

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Another chicken and egg story

Given the need to feed a growing world population, what kind of farming is viable and sustainable today?

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According to the fruits of their labor

A photo-essay about blueberry workers in eastern Maine by photojournalist David Bacon resurrected my own memories of picking blueberries in Maine as a young boy.

What catastrophe are we waiting for?

Global climate change is putting humanity's most basic, most elemental needs increasingly at risk.

Undocumented immigration: paying the price of NAFTA

It is unconscionable to blame and persecute Mexican and other immigrants who are forced to migrate because of trade policies that our own government has so forcefully promoted.

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Why working in the fields is no laughing matter

Recently, Arturo Rodriguez, president of the United Farm Workers, appeared on Comedy Central's Steven Colbert Report to encourage U.S. workers to take jobs in agriculture.

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