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The limits of locally grown food

May 6, 2008
Locally grown food is high on many shopping lists, but if you are an institutional kitchen that serves, say, 10,000, you might have problems with supply. Peter Crimmins reports on locally grown food and economies of scale.

Seventh Generation's greenwashing trifecta

May 5, 2008
The Greenwash Brigade responds to Jeffrey Hollender's interview with Marketplace's Sarah Gardner. Check back with the blog throughout the day as...
Posted In: BP, GE, Green standards, Seventh Generation, Toyota

Hollender's rules on being green

May 5, 2008
Jeffrey Hollender is the outspoken CEO of Seventh Generation, maker of non-toxic household products. How does he judge whether a company is truly green? Sarah Gardner caught up with him recently to ask just that question.

West's main water source getting drier

Apr 30, 2008
Spring has been coming earlier and earlier in the Rocky Mountains for the past decade. And while this year has been a bumper crop for snow, scientists and farmers are worried about a dry, long-term trend. Peter O'Dowd reports.

Rockefellers want Exxon shake-up

Apr 30, 2008
Exxon Mobil is used to criticism from environmental activists. But now, one of their chief critics is the family that founded the company: the Rockefellers. They're going public with complaints today. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Green energy could cost more to feed

Apr 29, 2008
In Europe, utilities pay people who provide green energy for the power grid. But everyone else foots the bill for those payments. There's talk about doing the same thing in the U.S. Can Americans afford another surcharge on their energy bills? Lisa Desai reports.

Texas gov seeks relief on ethanol rules

Apr 25, 2008
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is asking the Bush administration to waive some federal requirements for renewable fuels that he says are hurting his state and adding to rising food prices. Kai Ryssdal gets reaction from Joseph Romm of the Center for American Progress.

Tight economy could curb urban sprawl

Apr 25, 2008
Higher gas prices and living expenses are cutting into the pros of living outside an urban area and commuting in to work. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports on how the economic downturn might affect urban sprawl.
Posted In: Economy

Rice crisis is 'as bad as it has ever been'

Apr 23, 2008
The price of rice is up 146% over a year ago. It's become expensive for Americans and dangerously scarce for the world's poorest consumers. Public policy professor Per Pinstrup-Andersen talks with Kai Ryssdal about the scarcity of the world's main grain.

Buying green to avert global warming is like #%*&ing for chastity

Apr 22, 2008
Michael Pollan's latest piece in the New York Times Magazine, "Why Bother?" tells us why we should bother....
Posted In: buying green, gardening, Michael Pollan