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Claire Hope Cummings on Seeds, Synbio, GMO and the Future

Claire Hope Cummings on Seeds, Synbio, GMO and the Future

Despite her tough critiques of seed and chemical conglomerates like Monsanto, and her warnings about the tenuous future of food and biodiversity, Claire's stories are primarily about connecting people, places and plants, and respecting the wisdom of traditional land-based cultures. In an interview with Ethical Foods she speaks about the consequences of genetic seed modification for both farmers and consumers, her fears concerning the rise in synthetic biology, and how individuals can effect positive change.…

Modern Diwali Foods: Organic & Sustainable

This year on October 23, firecrackers will sound throughout the streets of India, as well as many other countries around the world, in celebration of Diwali—the festival of lights. But as modern lifestyles have picked up pace, the quality of the traditional festival foods has begun to change as well.

Global Farmers Market: Buying Coffee Directly from Growers

You've heard of farm to table, but how about farm to cup? Coffee farmers devote years to producing top quality beans enjoyed by coffee lovers around the world. However, due to a lengthy and inefficient supply chain, these largely independent farmers are rarely rewarded with financial security. By giving farmers the resources to roast their own specialty, Fair Trade beans, then connecting them directly with consumers, Vega Coffee is set to revolutionize the coffee trade – and provide much needed financial stability to hard working farmers.

Ending Plastic Pollution in Bali: Reusable Bags and Straws

Following a stroll on a lovely, yet plastic-strewn, Balinese beach, Glenn Adams and daughter Gaia Shekhinah set out on a mission. The two formed The Last Straw, a campaign that encourages island businesses to end their use of plastic straws and embrace reusable alternatives. The two spoke enthusiastically about their efforts, and their next plan to tackle plastic bag pollution.