“The Mondragón Experiment” could be a Robert Ludlum thriller, but it’s actually more interesting than that—at least if you think the current economic crisis creates a teachable moment about what’s wrong with our system and what might work better.
Mondragón is a town in the Basque region of Spain, and also the home of the Mondragón … Continue Reading ››
ECHO Farm Seed Bank Manager, Lindsay Watkins
On Tuesday, August 18th, 2009, Worldwatch Senior Researcher Danielle Nierenberg and Research Fellow Molly Theobald took a trip to ECHO Farms in Fort. Myers, Florida to see some examples of agricultural innovations and technologies in … Continue Reading ››
Some weeks ago, my former Worldwatch colleague Zoë Chafe—now a PhD student with the Energy and Resources Group of the University of California at Berkeley—queried me whether I was aware of any major occupational health and safety issues in the renewable energy industry.
What quickly came to mind was a March 2008 newspaper story … Continue Reading ››
Beth Doerr, ECHO Intern Manager and Agricultural Consultant
Tuesday, August 18th, 2009, Worldwatch Senior Researcher, Danielle Nierenberg, and Research Fellow, Molly Theobald took a trip to ECHO Farms in Ft. Myers Florida to see some examples of agricultural innovations and … Continue Reading ››
For decades, ocean currents between Japan and the United States have been carrying flows of garbage back and forth, accumulating in a region known as the Pacific Gyre, or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This floating garbage of nonbiodegradable plastic is now a potential goldmine for international recyclers, who are now part of an Continue Reading ››
Sometimes it’s what’s left out of a news story that makes the reporting disappointing, because omissions may leave readers lacking critical information. I was reminded of this in a recent piece in the New York Times, which reported that after three decades of rising income inequality in the United … Continue Reading ››
Senior Researcher, Brian Halweil, appeared on NPR’s Science Friday, ”Sizing Up Sustainable Food ,” last week with Michael Polland and James Mc Williams
On a recent episode of Science Friday, when the host asked whether organic farming could feed the world, one of the guests suggested that the impracticality lay with compost.
“The concerns with fertilizer … Continue Reading ››
The U.S. “cash-for-clunkers” program—formally known as the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) Program—has apparently been successful far beyond what Washington policy-makers expected. The $1 billion set aside for the program ran out in a matter of days, leading Congress to vote an additional $2 billion for it. Government data indicate that the average … Continue Reading ››
She’s called “The Radical.” And perhaps in comparison with the other interviewees of the film, she may appear so. The Radical (Stephanie Mills) is just one of several voices contributing her story to the upcoming documentary, Earth Days
, a film that recounts the history of the environmental movement from the post World War … Continue Reading ››