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Is There Such a Thing as Sustainable Beef?

Alicia Kennedy Epicurious.com
With factory-farmed cattle responsible for huge greenhouse gas emissions, we wondered if grass-fed beef is a more climate-friendly option. The answer? It's complicated.

The Cheapest Way to Save the Planet Grows Like a Weed

Ellen Brown Truthdig
marijuana plant Industrial hemp has been proved to absorb more CO2 per hectare than any forest or commercial crop, making it the ideal carbon sink. It can be grown on a wide scale on nutrient-poor soils with very small amounts of water and no fertilizers.

A Green New Deal for Agriculture

Raj Patel and Jim Goodman Jacobin
farmer workers during New Deal in 1930s Agriculture policy in the original New Deal sprang from a...mix of class struggle and uneasy alliances. The Green New Deal will have...a different coalition...(to) challenge the dominant mode of agriculture and create a more just food system.

Cashing in on Water Crises: Public-Private Partnerships Are Not the Solution

Julia Kassem Truthout
Lebanese farmers irrigate their malt fields. In the USA privatization practices contribute to increased water bills and jeopardize water quality, endangering one of residents' most basic needs. We can gain some perspective on the consequences of water privatization by looking to a glaring overseas example: In Lebanon, mismanagement of infrastructure has provided ample opportunity for privatization to proliferate. In both cases, the pursuit of privatization comes from cash-strapped places prioritizing cost-cutting over resource conservation and quality.
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