Mother Earth News’ new online Vegetable Garden Planner helps users create customized garden plans based on their local climate, desired crops and rotations within the garden. Knowing the best times to plant each crop is one of the trickiest aspects of food gardening. The Planner first determines someone’s local average spring and fall frost date by matching that […]

Now that the FDA itself has found BPA in canned foods, will it regulate the poison?

The next time an FDA panel convenes to discuss whether to ban BPA, the endocrine-disrupting industrial chemical used in can liners, it will have new data to consider — a study by the agency’s own scientists. In a just-released report, they tested a range of commonly used canned foods, from peas to chili, and found “detectable” […]

In Blow to Big Polluters, Judge Halts California’s Cap and Trade Program

San Francisco’s Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment (CRPE) announced today that it received the judge’s writ in its lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The writ gives the green light to most of the policies advanced under AB32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, but puts a permanent hold on cap and […]

Food Desert Locator Tool Released

Following on previous efforts to make information available to the public using visual interfaces, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released the Food Desert Locator this week.  This new tool provides population characteristics of areas considered food deserts according the definition by the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Working Group. The HFFI, a partnership between the […]