Brown Bag: From Agrarian Crisis to Alternatives

Brown Bag: From Agrarian Crisis to Alternatives

Over 17,000 Indian farmers committed suicide in 2009. The majority of these farmers had outstanding agricultural loans. At the turn of the century, the southern state of Kerala, India had the third highest suicide rate within India, despite being renowned as a...

Three Cheers for the Nine-Spotted Ladybug

Great news, people! A colony of nine-spotted ladybugs has been discovered in Amagansett, New York. This uplifting story is a rich organic mixture of state pride and nature’s resilience, along with America’s scientific pluck, teamwork, serendipity, and bug...

Feeding the World

Come October, Atlas won’t be shrugging, he’ll be groaning as global population passes the 7 billion mark. Until very recently, demographers predicted that these numbers would peak in 2050 at just over 9 billion and then start to decline. The latest...

Why Billions Eat Unhealthy Rice and Shouldn’t

Filipinos have been described as among the most polite and hospitable people on earth. And, in our numerous sojourns to this country over three decades, we can count on one hand the number of disagreements we have had. Then, on our last visit in 2010, we learned from...

Organics and the Science of Farming

This article was originally published on the YES! Magazine website. One of the biggest myths about organic farmers is that they are “unscientific” and “backward.” After time in the southern Philippines with Danilo and Carlito, we learn something quite different....

Food for a Rooted Future

Our search for rootedness has brought us back to the Philippines, back to communities in the south where Robin spent a year over three decades ago. We spend time with the family of a rice farmer, Delia, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Delia, her husband...